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The Register: HP Puts Winds in Larry's Sails

Nov 15, 2002, 20:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin Clarke)

"'Where's Larry?' Carly Fiorina asked at the opening of her OracleWorld keynote speech yesterday. Her question was meant in the spirit of metaphor than genuine enquiry, though...

"That's because Redwood Shores, California-based Oracle's chief executive had been--as OracleWorld delegates knew--ensconced aboard his yacht and chasing the Americas Cup around New Zealand, rather than attending his company's annual user conference.

"Fiorina chose to answer her own question, rather than wait for a heckled answer. Larry was indulging his other great love--the Americas Cup, she said. His first love, in case you didn't know it, is Oracle.

"Seconds later the full glory of Fiorina's majestic metaphor came sailing into plain view: 'Why do I ask that question, other than to explain his absence,' she asked with a slight hint of disapproval in her voice. 'It's because HP put the wind in Larry's sails...'"

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