Last December, in a quiet ceremony attended only by select Silicon Valley billionaires, romance novelist Melanie Craft made an honest man out of Larry Ellison. It was Ms Melanie’s first union, Marriage 4.0 for The Larry. Meanwhile, the $US17 Billion Man recently decided to step back from his kingly duties at Oracle and spread some of his responsibilities among three execs, presumably to devote more time to his Craft. I was going to get the happy couple a wedding present but frankly I’m stumped. It’s too late for a good prenup attorney, and PeopleSoft is just too hard to wrap.The sun also surprises
Sun calls its Java Desktop System "the first viable Microsoft Windows alternative", but it’s apparently much more than that. One Cringe crew member trying out Sun’s bootable JDS evaluation disk made an intriguing discovery: You can insert the Linux-based disk into any NTFS (NT file system), boot up and bypass Windows security to gain access to all the files on the hard drive (kids, please don’t try this at home). It’s an open source OS and an anti-Microsoft hacking tool all in one -- what more could a geek want?A tough cell
If Cingular is planning to merge with AT&T Wireless, it’d better do it while AT&T still has customers left. According to my spies, problems with a Siebel CRM upgrade that first struck AT&T in early November continue to plague some of its three million GSM and GPRS customers, and many are leaving for friendlier providers. In this case, CRM stands for Can’t Remember Much.Got hot tips or good Ellison-Craft nuptial gifts? Send ‘em to firstname.lastname@example.org.