Out and about on the conference beat last week GBU heard an amusing quote describing Australia's national science body: "The CSIRO is a kindergarten for the intellectually gifted." Te he he.

A local IT manager sent in this little ditty last week: "We rolled out new PCs to our accounts department," she said. "On the keyboards is a sticker over the flap that covers the multi-media buttons 'Remove before use'." A Query comes from accounts clerk. "Is it OK for me to remove this sticker so I can use the computer yet?"

This company's new integrated messaging system lets users click on in-box items to listen to phone messages through the speakers on their PCs. "This worked great for people who had their PC speakers on top of their desks," says IT. "But most people don't. On Day 1, more than one person was seen bending over and straining to hear his voice messages coming from under his desk."


One of the first ever computer viruses to infect mobile phones was discovered last week but thankfully it isn't harmful. Kaspersky Labs said that that virus -- called Cabir -- appears to have been developed by an international group specialising in creating viruses which try to show "that no technology is reliable and safe from their attacks". Cabir infects the Symbian operating system that is used in several makes of mobiles, notably the Nokia brand, and propagates through the new Bluetooth wireless technology that is in several new phone models. It leaves the inscription Caribe on the phone's screen.


Storage software maker Veritas Software has filed a report restating three years of financial results, removing $US29 million in revenue after an internal investigation revealed accounting improprieties. In an amended annual report detailing the revisions, Veritas cited a number of practices violating accounting rules, including incorrect deferral of professional services revenue, the unsubstantiated accrual of certain expenses, and the overstatement of accounts receivable and deferred revenue. The company's CEO Gary Bloom said its financial reporting has been substantially improved. Chief financial officer Ed Gillis was hired in November 2002 after the resignation of the company's former CFO Kenneth Lonchar who admitted to lying on his resume about receiving an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) from Stanford University.

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