Funny things happened on the way to the forum
You've gotta laff, init?
IDF Bootnotes There's a big exhibition area over at the convention centre and Hyundai America has a jolly big stand near the front. On one side of the bothy there's them thar RIMMs and on the other side there's them thar DIMMs. So we asked some chap whether he thought Hyundai would sell more DIMMs than RIMMs this year. He looked thoughtfully at our badge for a few seconds and replied: "I'm sorry, I don't know anything about that, it's not my area." He cheerfully handed us a magic ball that lights up when it's bounced, and we glanced at his badge before we left. Hmm….director of strategy at Hyundai… And on the corner of the alley there were a couple of prototype Itanium systems, with a small clutch of people looking at its innards. Chap before us asked, "what memory is used in this machine". Answer, synchronous memory. Just readying our camera to snap the four way system when we noticed tall chap looks thoughtfully at our badge, then leans over to colleague near four way system. Fortunately our hearing is excellent and we're sure we heard him say: "Don't say anything while this guy is around". We smiled wryly and wandered off somewhere else. Dancing Dan Francisco, the pleasant Intel PR chappie with the amazing name, is not at the Forum this year. Hi, Dan, anyway. After he did his journalist major, he wrote about sport for a local newspaper, then left to be replaced by another guy called Sam Antonio (honestly), we learn. Editor of said journal got an irate letter from reader demanding that people not use pen names when they were writing…. That reminded us of our own experience on a PC weekly, when we talked in rapid order to a guy from Adobe called Ravi Holi, and then to one Norman Ireland. This topped, however, by a nice lass called Alison who got married to a Dutch chap called Van der Lande. Alison Vanderlande. Would you Adam and Eve it? ® Intel Developer Forum: Spring 2000 Full coverage