[LINK] eisa-OzEmail deal approved
Thu, 24 Feb 2000 12:34:21 +1100
Bernard quotes the SMH:
> As well, the company's founder and deputy chairman, Mr Johnson Wang -
> who has been described as Australia's Bill Gates - has had one of his
> companies fined for selling fake computer chips, has been the victim of
> a $2.5 million robbery, is being sued by Microsoft for alleged unpaid
> bills, and has had his house burned down by an arsonist.
The robbery was a classic. A truck (including its driver) containing
10,000 Pentium processors was hijacked on its way from the airport to
Edge's factory. If I remember correctly, the chips were IBM-branded
P166s. Nobody at the time was still making 166mhz computers, let
alone 10,000 of them. Evidence of the actual existence of the chips
consisted of an invoice and some customs documentation. Also, while
theft is sometimes taken seriously by the courts, kidnapping is always
taken seriously. This means that anyone wanting to steal 10,000
obsolete computer chips would probably not take the driver as well.
Then there's the matter of knowing which truck to hijack. I am reminded
of another theft from a computer assembler in Sydney where the thieves
broke into the warehouse to steal some disk drives. The lucky thieves
just happened to cut a hole exactly next to a pile of palletted drives and
were able to drive the forklift right up to them.
I was working for a computer wholesaler at the times of both robberies,
and the attitude there could best be described as "amused scepticism".
None of the above should be construed as a suggestion that Edge, KTX,
Mr Wang or any person, corporation or entity associated with any or all
of them committed any fraudulent, dishonest or criminal act. Bad luck
can happen to anyone.
Peter Bowditch email@example.com
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