ShadowRAM: January 21, 2002

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    Carly Fiorina's troops at Hewlett-Packard apparently voted early and often in a CRN Online quick poll gauging channel support for the proposed merger with Compaq. Of the 1,307 responses to the question, "Do you support the HP-Compaq merger?" 627 "yes" votes and 68 "no" votes came from four HP proxy servers, according to our astute technical staff.

    At last count, 65 percent of the total respondents supported the merger, with 35 percent opposed. But discounting the HP votes, 65 percent of voters opposed the merger and 35 percent supported the deal. How's that for a flip-flop?

    When queried about the inordinate number of HP votes for the deal, an HP spokesperson said, "So? I'm not surprised. A lot of our employees are really fired up for the deal." The latest HP internal poll, by the way, shows that 65 percent of employees support the deal, according to the spokesperson.

    Apparently, Apple and IBM each made Francis Ford Coppola an offer he couldn't refuse. The renowned director of "The Godfather" epic appeared in a video, shown at MacWorld earlier this month, singing the praises of the new iMac. Next month, at IBM's Partnerworld show in San Francisco, Coppola is scheduled to speak about the virtues of IBM technology.

    Microsoft's leaked Linux memo (CRN Online, Jan. 11), which highlights the company's battle plans against the open-source OS in 2002, is just a taste of what's to come next week at LinuxWorld. One source in the know said the propaganda machine in Redmond is gearing up for a major counteroffensive at the show, slated to begin Jan. 29 in New York. "You'll see a lot of anti-Linux activities from Microsoft," the source said.

    Doug Miller, director of competitive strategy at Microsoft, will be on hand, a company spokesman said, declining to comment on the company's reported plans or the memo. "Microsoft considers Linux a valid competitor in the marketplace. [Linux made us sit up and take notice in some areas where we needed to make changes [such as community," the spokesman said. We'll see.

    An ex-Ingram Micro employee has created a Web site to help former associates keep in touch and reminisce about their experiences while working for the distributor. David McGuire, who worked in technical support from 1994 to 1999 in Ingram Micro's Williamsville, N.Y., office and left on his own after surviving a round of layoffs, authored the site, located at It is not an anti-Ingram Micro site, "it's a pro-employees site," he said. The site has attracted about 30 members, he said.

    He hasn't received any communication from Ingram Micro, which last year filed a lawsuit against several Yahoo chat board users over messages posted about the company and employees.

    If AMD is serious about getting the market to adopt its new chip performance measurements,rather than the GHz and MHz measurements we've all grown up on,the processor maker might want to alert its partners, customers, channel and advertisers. Last year, AMD replaced quantifiers such as 1.8GHz with its own performance numbers, such as 1800, which combined clockspeed and throughput. Yet, in the past several weeks, ads have begun flying around Europe touting AMD-based systems with 1.7GHz and 1.8GHz Athlons. What gives? AMD flaks didn't respond to our questions.

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