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.
He also made Palm Jackers, or 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.