Luck O the Katt
The PartnerWorld comedy club; green journalism.As you may recall, we last left Spencer lurking about Las Vegas during IBMs PartnerWorld. Sadly, the romantic Rumormongers attempt to woo a young misswho had mistaken him for IBM guest speaker Robert Redfordfailed when her Seeing Eye dog snapped at him. Unlucky at love, the Libelous Lothario turned his baby blues back to Big Blue. The Furball thought IBM boss Sam Palmisanos keynote veered near Howard Stern territory. "With the speed in this ThinkPad, you could put it in your lap and get your pants pressed ... and maybe something else, too," Palmisano chortled. "The FCC should fine him for attempting to commit humor," mused the Mouser. The conferences basic message was that IBM is ready to go toe-to-toe with Microsoft in its upcoming battle for the SMB market. Even IBMs business partners, including Lou Johnson, president of Siwell Consulting, were spoiling for a donnybrook with Redmond. Hobbling onstage in a leg cast, Johnson blamed the injury on "kicking so much Microsoft butt."
The Tabby was tickled when IBM researcher Roberto Sicconi demonstrated a Ford sedan equipped with IBMs personal speech assistant technology, featuring a conversation agent called Sally. Unlike the verbose computer car of the ancient TV hit "Knight Rider," Sally seemed to suffer from an attention disorder, causing Paul Horn, IBMs research director, to quip, "Sally isnt quite awake this morning. I think she was at the tables last night."