Speaking of unfaithful, a bigwig in the Oracle development tools user group came knockin' at my door, figuratively speaking, of course. In a previous column I pointed out that they use Microsoft's database instead of Oracle's. Mr User Group pointed out that they outsource some of their IT to a non-Oracle shop, which is why they were busted for using Microsoft tools. I'll concede there is a distinction. But, guess what … last week I learned that the UK Oracle user group uses SQL Server to run its website, as one of my gumshoes discovered when it crashed on him and coughed up a SQL Server error message.
Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100 series machines are failing, one spy revealed. It seems a solder joint keeps coming undone and frying the motherboard. A fix was issued, new motherboards were on hand, and you guessed it, they failed too. Engineers were dispatched to Japan , lots of action, still no solution. "Meanwhile my firm is in the lurch with a hefty inventory of machines failing daily," the spy says.
Another spy noticed that an HPQ contact recently signed email with the following signature: "Compaq Federal LLC, A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard".
"Hmmm, I've been leery of the integration of hardware, software and services between the former rivals. If they can't integrate their people, then they can't integrate their products. Maybe I'll buy Sun instead," the spy says.
And this little paragraph went out in another spy's company when someone in IT discovered that a number of employees had signed up their work PCs to participate in SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and downloaded the software:
"During regular business hours, please limit your search for intelligent life to our planet only. Hopefully you can find this amongst some of our customers, suppliers, etc."
Pay up, SBC
Another of my spies ran into some trouble with SBC. He and his company waited seven months for a $US1800 refund and got it only after contacting a California watchdog group.
"They said it took so long because the accounting department is in Kansas City ," sir spy says. Geez, the pony express could have delivered it sooner.
It occurred to me that maybe Amber is getting sick of this old dawg, and I don't mean Apache the Airedale. I was tossing and turning the whole night thinking she might be out with another trade's hack.
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