He's too busy being knighted

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He's too busy being knighted

A Microsoft team member was telling her mother that her boss, corporate relations manager Doug Wilson, was leaving the company to join EDS. Concerned mum asked: “What does Bill think about it?” We understand Mr Gates is still sleeping confortably.

Down on the farm

New TelstraClear chief executive Alan Freeth's last job was as head of Wrightson, a farming supplies and R&D company. Moving from the rural sector to telecommunications is a big change, but he'll still have a farm connection at TelstraClear - his new place of work is at Smales Farm, on Auckland's North Shore. This farm is, however, an industrial park, not a working farm.

Eats shoots and leaves

It's very important, very, VERY important, not to underestimate the importance of punctuation. At least, that's what our sub-editors tell us.

Perhaps Orcon might like to consider the difference between "We're bringing you" faster internet access and "Were bringing you" faster internet access and its impact on public perception. Still, how many people watch television advertising in this day and age, eh?

Rum internal mergers at TelstraClear

With the ongoing depeering from the rest of the NZ internet, TelstraClear has been accused of delivering "marketecture" rather than proper network architecture.

Imagine our surprise then when a little bird who flew the Smales Farm nest a while ago told us that that is the actual name of the department in charge of the depeering. Marketing was merged with Architecture last year to form Marketecture apparently.

The reasoning behind the merger was, our source tells us, that Marketing is responsible for selling products that don't exist and Architecture the place where such vapourware is dreamt up from the start. A marriage made in heaven in other words and we think it explains quite a few things.

Tardis travels in cyberspace

Doctor Who fans in Britain have travelled forward in time and had a sneak preview on the internet of the first new series of the popular programme for 15 years. One theory has it that the uncut footage came from a DVD sent to a Canadian broadcaster, while another holds that the whole thing may be a viral marketing ploy to gain publicity for the series. However, in a statement, the BBC has said the appearance of the episode on the net is "a significant breach of copyright which is currently under investigation." The vehicle for the sneak previews is file sharing network BitTorrent. One internet review of the leaked episode has described it as "like a fan-produced parody of the original series."

P2P Prosecution

An Arizona teenager has become the first person to be prosecuted by the state for downloading copyrighted material from a peer-to-peer network. Parvin Dhaliwal, a student at the University of Arizona, got a three month deferred prison sentence, three years' probation, 200 hours' community service and a $US5400 fine — and must also take a university course on copyrights. Dhaliwal allegedly on-sold some of the material he downloaded, which didn't help his case.

From Texas to Tandoori

Dell is no longer a predominantly American company, according to a recent filing the PC maker made with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Today, 55% of Dell's staff, or 30,600 workers, are located outside the US. The figure compares with 51% in 2003. Last year, Dell opened call centres in India, Canada and El Salvador and according to The Register, the El Salvador staff were at Dell's Texas headquarters recently, being trained. The Register was prompted by this news to make the comment "McDell looks more like Michael's Naan and Pupusa Palace." However, the company still makes most of its revenue in the US.

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