Puffajackets get reprieve as Psion Dacom wins big deal
Curl gone but IBM deal on cards
A year ago From The Register No. 73, April 1998 Psion plc subsidiary Psion Dacom is set to strike a massive deal with a major OEM which will mean further re-organisation at the company. Last year, it struck a deal with Dell, exclusively reported here in The Register. The fresh deal freshly follows the rapid departure of David Curl, marketing manager at Dacom, although he is understood by everyone to have left on the best possible of terms. That was reported here two weeks ago. A mole at Psion told The Register last week that a similar deal was on the cards. He said that the Dell deal had changed the way the plc did business and that the board of directors had decided that Psion Dacom was far more important than it had previously thought. No-one from Psion plc was available to comment on speculation that either Compaq or IBM was about to boost its subsidary’s earnings even more. But the mole at Psion told us that the prospect of Psion Dacom being bought was just pure speculation, and that we were drawing too many conjectures and conclusions from Curl’s departure. The mole, by the way, was neither Curl, nor Dacom's PR company, but a senior source still remaining at the plc. * Register PuffaPuffaJacket Fact 1. The lads pictured above were Royal Marines, fitted out with Psion Dacom puffajackets for a trip to the Arctic. However, something went terribly wrong with the trip and they're all back in town. We were unable to find out what went wrong. Were they divebombed by Great Auks? The notebook in the picture is a Toshiba, and not a Dell, a Compaq Amanda, or an IBM ThinkPad. * Register PuffaPuffaJacket Fact 2. One journalist (at least) of our acquaintance has been seen propping up bars wearing a Psion Dacom PuffaPuffaJacket.