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One ZDNET journalist, without benefit of Weissebier, arrived at the Ratskeller on the Thursday night and thought the top Fujitsu-Siemens guy worked in the beer hall. So when the Fujiemens guy stretched out his hand to greet him, instead the ZD guy handed him his jacket... We had vast trouble connecting to the Internet from our Hilton hotel room on Thursday afternoon, whether we used our Pipex or our Psinet connection. After an hour and a half of this, we felt like we needed a beer from the minibar. Could we find a bottle opener? No. So we switched on the telly only to discover that it had a NatSemi Web Pad connected to it, and we could have just logged into the Reg site from there, for free. And type in our copy. The crunch time came the next morning at check out, when the staff told us we were being charged for a mineral water. Unlikely? You bet. We'd moved the mineral waters out of the way in our unsuccessful attempt to find a bottle opener for the beer and remote sensors interpreted our movements incorrectly... ®

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