Don't believe all you read

Some of the most compelling demonstrations at the recent Bluetooth World Congress in reality ran on the IEEE 802.11b standard, not Bluetooth, according to my man on the ground.

“That’s a nice bike you’ve got there.” A young waitress in a diner noticed me during my weekend escape to stretch the new Harley’s legs. I think that this Harley thing just might work.

Speaking of work, one of my spies has not been enjoying his occupation. His company is struggling to make Computer Associates’ Unicenter TNG live up to its maker’s claims. Even CA staff are having problems.

“The big story floating around this week, though, is that [Utah-based ASP] Center7 is suing CA for breach of contract because they are having the same problems we are and CA can’t get their software running as promised,” the spy told me.

When confronted, the CA reps at my spy’s site confirmed the allegations.

Dicey demos

And here’s another one for the dicey files. Some of the most compelling demonstrations at the recent Bluetooth World Congress in reality ran on the IEEE 802.11b standard, not Bluetooth, according to my man on the ground.

One product in question was Pocit Labs P2P network platform BlueTalk, which earned a prize for “Most Innovative Use of the Bluetooth Technology in a Product or Application” at the Congress. But in truth, it used 802.11b. Just shows that you can’t always believe what you read.

And on that note, it seems I have to eat my helmet this week. I’ve been overwhelmed by mail from many of you who noted that I did some fuzzy math last week.

I wrote that Palm had recently written off $US300 million in inventory, equal to 200 million units. Palm sources would not come to the party with accurate numbers, but my original informant reports the second figure should be two million units. To save you doing more math, that would put each unit at around $US150.

Regardless, it still sounds like Palm needs a solid forecasting tool. After all, advanced planning solutions are all the rage right now.

It all blows over

My second update goes out to the folks at America Online and L-Soft. I wrote recently that AOL had blocked email originating from L-Soft, a direct-list software provider, and my spies had claimed L-Soft was on AOL’s spammer list.

“We did at one point have some difficulty delivering some email to aol.com addresses,” conceded L-Soft’s CTO. But it’s all been sorted now and there’s no bad blood.

“They [at AOL] were very cooperative and assured us that we were not on any ‘spammer’ list,” the representative said.

“So what’s your name?” the waitress asked. “Bobby, er, uh, just call me Cringe,” I stammered.

The bike is great for catching attention, but it’s time I worked on being cool — tough stuff for a techie. Maybe I should get an “HD” tattoo.

Send your biking tips to cringe@infoworld.com.

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