Digits -- WSJ Interactive Edition (http://www.wsj.com/edition/cur

Robert S. Thau (rst@ai.mit.edu)
Thu, 19 Mar 1998 15:22:23 -0500 (EST)

Dan Kohn writes:

> But some major competitors were portrayed more vividly. "One company was
> described as a handsome, slick, GQ kind of guy who lives in a penthouse
> and cheats on his wife," says an H-P spokeswoman. "A third company was
> described as an older guy who had a heart attack. He's eating better
> now, exercising, taking long walks, working hard to recover." H-P
> declined to reveal those companies.
> [* Does anyone seriously believe that these are two companies are not
> Apple and IBM? - dan *]

It depends on who was in their focus groups. Oracle, for instance, is
very definitely a handsome, slick, GQ kind of guy who would cheat on
his wife if he had ever managed to convince anyone to marry him in the
first place.

Actually, that's Larry. But is there really a difference?