The Palm (Dr. Able Palm) is a malign artificial intelligence that's loose on the net. He was originally a mad scientist who used magic to computerize his mind (and maybe soul). He was supposedly eliminated by a team that included Amelia Hartford, but as of September 2006, he, or maybe they, still exist on the net.
It has come to light that the Palm is experimenting with implanting circuitry into human bodies. The result is called a Human-AI-Transport, or HAIT. so he can pass himself as human. On April 1, 2007, one of these human AIs was captured.
He also made Palm Jackers, a.k.a Palmjackers, the ultimate hardware hacking tool.
The Palms might have been written with the aid of magic rites.
While the first reference to Dr. Palm gives his first name as Abel, the vast majority of references have it as Able.