Feeds

Linux conquered, Tuttle man takes on London

Tuttlebutt continues

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The much-admired Tuttle, Oklahoma can-do spirit has survived this week's thrashing at the hands of Linux fanboys everywhere. In a gesture proving Tuttle's resiliency, city namesake and US ambassador to the UK Robert Tuttle has struck out against London's "congestion charge" and earned himself the designation of "chiseling little crook."

The twists and turns of this story aren't for the faint of heart.

For the last few days, The Register has documented the the travails of Tuttle city manager Jerry Taylor. This chap found himself in a web server war of grand proportions and threatened to call the FBI if Linux maker CentOS did not help him configure one of the city's web servers. The alarming, fierce tone of Taylor's support requests turned him into a symbol of users gone wrong in the Linux community. In fact, the Linux zealots have now proposed that an unreasonable support request be called a "Tuttle."

Across the pond, another Tuttleite - Ambassador Tuttle - has captured the scorn of London mayor Ken Livingstone.

Ambassador Tuttle has been fighting with London officials for months over the city's congestion charge. London currently taxes cars that enter the city center in a bid to reduce traffic or at least make a profit from it. Tuttle believes that diplomats should be exempt from this charge, placing the US embassy at odds with city rules.

"It would actually be quite nice if the American ambassador in Britain could pay the charge like everybody else and not skive out of it like some chiseling little crook," said mayor Livingstone, according to media reports.

An embassy spokesman has denied that Tuttle had anything to do with the decision, saying it was made well before the ambassador took office last July.

Fighting a traffic tax, however, wouldn't be out of order for Ambassador Tuttle.

The California native is a wealthy car dealer and close friend of power-hungry US President George W. Bush.

Coming full circle, Tuttle is the grandson of James Harley Tuttle - the namesake of Tuttle, Oklahoma.

Ambassador Tuttle's father Holmes Tuttle moved from Tuttle to California where he set up a Ford dealership and befriended former president Ronald Reagan. Holmes Tuttle, in fact, is credited with convincing Reagan to run for the California governor post.

Ambassador Tuttle then went to work for Reagan, achieving the post of chief of personnel.

You can see a picture of W. holding a Tuttle boy here and photos of the Ambassador's grand coronation here. And for some great Jerry Taylor art head to Fark country.

As they say, you can take the man out of Tuttle, but you can't take the Tuttle out of the man, especially if he's named Tuttle. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups
Mankind shuffles into the future, five fingers at a time
Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched
'I literally think about him every day' says biz baron's old friend
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen
Angry Microsoftie hauls auctioneers to court over stalled Pzkw. IV 'deal'
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport
'Canine training exercise' SNAFU sees woman take home booming baggage
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.