Eye of the Katt
Spencer F. Katt gets a little rocky when he stares into the eye of the tiger."Its the eye of the tiger / its the thrill of the fight," warbled the Tawny Titan as he prowled San Franciscos Moscone Center checking out Suns JavaOne conference. The Proud Puss was ecstatic. The conference was dedicated to "The Tiger" and his "strength, power and fierceness," Sun execs said. "Cest moi," Spence squealed inwardly. Imagine the delusional Drudges dismay when he discovered the Tiger reference was merely to the code name for Suns newly released J2SE (Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition) 5.0. A Sun engineer had the nerve to don a tiger suit during a demo. All was forgiven, though, when the emcee announced that next up would be a thrilling Siegfried & Roy, Las Vegas-like experienceonly to reveal a cuddly 8-week-old tiger cub named Java. The Godfather of Java, James Gosling, and Sun President and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Schwartz played with the cub onstage. Later, Gosling told the Kitty that cavorting with the cub had been the "coolest thing" of the show for him. Certainly, a better use of animals than in days of old when Scott McNealy hung his dog, Network, over a hydrant labeled Microsoft, laughed the Lynx.
McNealy did provide hijinks. Calling on IBM to create its own intellectual property instead of demanding that Sun open-source Java, he showed a picture of Sam Palmisano, IBMs CEO, chipping away at the Berlin Wall. It was odd imagery to show Suns determination to keep IBM from getting its mitts on Java. After all, the wall did come down, mused the Mouser.