GOP looks east, SP2 goes south

And Cringe meets a Tony-Tam

A reader concerned for my soul as well as my social life suggested I try out a new dating service where, for the price of a dinner, a "hot" gal named Tamara will convert me to the true and righteous path. Unfortunately, it turns out Tam is really a guy named Tony who uses the site to sell religious-themed stickers, T-shirts, and thongs. I may be desperate, but I have my limits.

Indian elephants

My editor threatened to lock me in a networking closet with Al Franken and Bill O'Reilly if this column gets even remotely political, but this item is too good to pass up. It seems the Republican National Committee is such a staunch believer in outsourcing that it used a firm in Maharashtra, India, to create its database of approximately 165 million registered voters. Technically, the RNC hired a Seattle-area consultant, which then apparently outsourced the job to Compulink Systems in India. I tried to reach the GOP-ers for comment but had no luck — I guess they had other things on their plates.

For the record

The Democrats' voter database was developed by a company, Plus Three, based in a distant suburb of New Delhi, India, called Washington, DC. It's an open source app — but that's probably just a cynical attempt to lock up the Linux vote.

Raising a stink

So you come back to your desk after lunch and encounter a familiar smell. Methane? (No, that's odourless, or so I'm told.) Rotting eggs? Your boss's aftershave? No, it's just the heady aroma of a Microsoft update gone sour. A survey by Canadian firm AssetMetrix says one in 10 PCs is likely to gag on Service Pack 2. Apps that have "issues" with SP2 include AutoCAD, Corel's WordPerfect Office, Computer Associates' eTrust, Norton AntiVirus, and ZoneAlarm, among others.

It's all over now, baby Big Blue

Apparently 3Com's polka-packing driver disk that I mentioned last week is not a complete aberration. One Cringester reports loading an MVS disk for an IBM mainframe and finding it full of Bob Dylan tunes. I'm guessing the songs included 'Don't ThinkPad Twice, It's Alright,' 'The Times They Are Upgrading,' and 'It Ain't Windows ME, Babe'.

Got hot tips or geeky song titles? Send 'em to cringe@infoworld.com.

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