Somewhere, the team of guards that has been keeping Scott McNealy gagged and under lock and key in recent years has been doubled and they’ve taken to sedating him to ensure he doesn’t pop off about the prospect of IBM buying Sun and perhaps prevent Sun from being put out of their (and our) misery through acquisition.
The ever pointed McNealy had some subtle insights on mergers and acquisitions. Two that pop to mind:
- On the merger between HP and Compaq: “Two garbage trucks backing into each other in slow motion.”
- On Unisys, a merger of mainframe also-rans Sperry and Burroughs, whose slogan was The Power of Two: “That’s about their stock price!”
I’m sure he has had some fine IBM barbs as well over the years but I can’t recall any (probably because we were to busy ducking his incoming fire at Microsoft to appreciate well-aimed shots at others). Anyone remember any choice Scott lines about IBM? An IBM takeover of Sun would undoubtedly be a long and protracted process so we need some choice color quotes to be repeated in every story for the months it would take to close.