Virgil Starkwell Meets the Internet

There is a wonderful sequence in the Woodie Allen movie, Take the Money and Run, in which Virgil Starkwell, an incompetent small-time criminal, is sentenced to three days in jail with a life insurance salesman.

The scene ends with Virgil being led into a cell and, as the door is slammed shut, we hear a man in a business suit say, “Let me tell you about term life insurance.”

I saw that movie about forty years ago, and I just realized Virgil has returned, but is now prowling the internet.

Somehow I have been convicted of his crimes, and I have just received the notice of my sentence, courtesy of the folks at, who have just sent me the following email:

Only 3 Weeks to 4 Full Tracks on SOA & Virtualization in San Francisco !

QUESTION: What do the following leading technology executives and experts have in common?
CTO & Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat
Director of Virtualization Strategy for SAP
President of AccessFlow
Co-Founder & Chief Strategist of Appistry
Technology Evangelist at eBay
VP of Engineering at JackBe
Co-Founder & CTO of Layer 7 Technologies
President & CEO of Kidaro
Chief Software Architect at TwoConnect
Vice President & Chief Technologist for SOA at Oracle
Founding Partner of Mindbridge Software
VP of Marketing for Ensim
Co-Founders of Kaazing
Senior Software Engineer with IBM
VP & Deputy CTO at webMethods
Director of SOA Technology for Web Age Solutions
Co-Founder of TIBCO General Interface
CTO & Co-Founder of Endeavors Technologies
PM for SOA Solutions at Parasoft
Virtualization Evangelist for DataSynapse
Senior Software Architect at Virtusa
Lead Architect at SAIC
CTO at Nastel Technologies
Principal Solutions Architect at ClearApp
VP of Engineering at Attune Systems
Enterprise Architect with WS02
Senior Architect in the IP and Standards Group at CA
Executive Consultant with Compass
Co-Founder & VP of Technology for Virtual Iron
Principal Architect in the Office of the CTO at Active Endpoints
SVP of Product Strategy for TIBCO
Co-Founder & CTO of Securent
VP of Product Marketing at ILOG
Corporate Communications Manager for SWsoft
Co-Founder & CTO of rPath
Senior Technical Evangelist / Software Engineer at Sybase
Performance Engineer for Verio
Enterprise Architect with Amerisure Mutual Insurance
Senior Vice President & CTO of Synovus
ANSWER: All will be speaking at either “SOA World Conference & Expo 2007 West” or “Virtualization Conference & Expo 2007 West” next month, November 12-13, at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. Come learn from them over two intense days of technical sessions, keynotes, industry panels, and presentations/demos.

>> Virtualization Conference & Expo 2007 West

*** INCLUDING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “The Future of the Virtual Enterprise”
*** by Brian Stevens, CTO & VP of Engineering, Red Hat

Come attend the technical sessions. Come learn from the keynote address by the CTO of Red Hat. Come mingle on the exhibit floor with others who are orienting themselves about Virtualization – fast becoming a key requirement for every server in the data center, enabling increased workloads in server consolidation projects, efficient software development and testing, resource management for dynamic data centers, application re-hosting and compatibility, and high-availability partitions.
You can still save $200 on the Full (Golden Pass) Conference Registration.
REGISTER to attend this event before October 26 and SAVE $200

>> 12th International SOA World Conference & Expo 2007 West
The IT landscape is changing rapidly in the direction of Service-Oriented Architecture. IDC estimates that spending on SOA services alone will grow from $8.6BN to more than $33BN by 2010. Join your IT peers who like you realize that SOA involves rethinking how the business leverages IT in many various ways, and at the technical sessions and industry-savvy Power Panels find real-world advice and insight about how SOA can transform business including the way IT and business managers think about their businesses, processes, and technology.
You can still save $200 on the Full (Golden Pass) Conference Registration.
REGISTER to attend this event before October 26 and SAVE $200
Best wishes,
SYS-CON Events Team


  1. Posted October 24, 2007 at 13:37 | Permalink | Reply

    Woodie Allen is one of the BEST movie actors that I know. Thank you for the article!

  2. Posted October 28, 2007 at 00:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Woodie Allen is one of the grestest movie actors that I know. Thank you for the article!

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