Word of Dvorak's column sped through cyberspace and it wasn't long before he was taken to task by Salon's Janelle Brown who took the curmudgeonly columnist to task for an article she slammed as "chock-full of sexist stereotypes." She was especially critical of the "girly name calling," even as female execs like HP's Carleton Fiorina and eBay's Meg Whitman increasingly populate senior positions at computer and software companies.
Dvorak: "The only thing missing from the Apple iBook is the Barbie logo. The system, which looks like a makeup case, promises to be a disaster once people come to their senses."
See Dvorak's column: The iBook disaster.
Brown: "Women use computers, women run computer companies; equating them with busty plastic dolls shows that no matter whether we've come a long way, baby, not everyone has kept up."
See Brown's column: The Barbie fixation