In "HP's choice: Whitman to lead the witless," I subject the former gubernatorial candidate to a bit of a roasting and end by asking for other CEO candidates at the troubled hardware giant. Regular correspondent R. M. generously nominates himself:
I'm 62, still considered good looking and pretty smart. I've already done 5 years in prison, so I have that out of my system. Plus, I'll work relatively cheap. I can live nicely on 100k a year, as long as that includes a company car (nice 4 door sedan) and expenses. If I did nothing but play Warzone2100 on a Linux desktop, I couldn't do worse than some of the preceding CEOs.
An excellent idea -- first the big house, then the big chair. More chief executives should adopt that philosophy.
Finally, in "Apple's Siri is AI with an attitude," I talked about the iPhone 4S's most notable feature, its voice-powered assistant, and asked readers what they would ask Siri, if you could.
Reader B. H. suggests Siri owes a debt of paternity to Twiki, the "ambuquad" robot featured in the short-lived TV show, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century." He then asks and answers his own question:
Siri, what is sarcasm?
What do I look like, the ****** dictionary?
He wasn't the only Cringester who wanted Siri's attention. Here are some other questions readers posed, which I've answered on Siri's behalf.
C. A. asks, "How does one attain spiritual enlightenment?"
By reading InfoWorld, of course. Duh.
M. S. asks, "What is the meaning of 42?"
It means you've been reading too much Douglas Adams and now your brain is turning into a sentient puddle.
W. D. asks the obvious: "How long before Siri actually does replace Cringely?"
If I keep writing blog posts like this one, sooner rather than later.
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This article, "Steve Jobs is the modern Gutenberg," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.