Feeds

Intel site seems to sell PCs direct

PC COM does not appear to be leased, lapsed or loaned

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Updated Much less mystery now surrounds a Web site which Intel appears to still own and which is selling PC kit over the Internet. The pistol now appears to be billowing forth streams of smoke. The site, called PC Com, appears to belong to a Singapore company, but information at WHOIS shows that it is an Intel-owned domain name. The domain name was first registered by Intel in 1996. Further evidence that this is, indeed an Intel site, can be obtained by clicking on the FTP root at PC COM, which goes straight to the FTP Intel site and which includes a read me file containing this information (and more): "Welcome to ftp.intel.com! For Intel product questions/comments/requests, please send mail to support@intel.com For issues or problems with this FTP Server, please send mail to ftp-admin@intel.com" &c. (The Web moves oh so fast. Although this was the case all day Friday and Saturday, we have just noticed that clicking on this FTP link above from our machine brings up a little box asking for password and user name. 21.07 UK time, Sunday. Our readers in the US report they are still able to access it... ) And if you click on this Intel page, go down to the "Buying PCs in Asia Pacific" section, then go to Click Here, it appears to take you straight to...yes, you guessed it...PC COM. Several readers have pointed out that the 'database last updated' date refers to the time that the Whois database at whois.networksolutions.com was last updated with changes to any domain. As this is regularly updated, it therefore has no significance whatever. But further investigation, also supplied by a helpful Internet-savvy reader, shows that the mail for sales@pc.com seems to be redirected to sales@intel.com. The PC Com site acts as a merchant site for a number of third party companies, and sells PCs, some Intel networking equipment and notebooks. The only microprocessors the site sells with the PCs are Intel CPUs, but none above 600MHz. The WHOIS reference shows the following: "Record last updated on 02-Dec-1996. Record created on 02-Dec-1996. Database last updated on 6-Jan-2000 13:12:51 EST. Domain servers in listed order: MINOS.INTEL.COM 134.134.214.6 AURORA.INTEL.COM 143.183.152.2". The PC Com domain is registered to Intel's HQ in Santa Clara. Intel tell us it is investigating whether the domain name still belongs to the corporation, whether it has leased the site to some other firm, or perhaps whether there is some other reason. The company has still failed to respond to questions about the nature of this site at the time of this, the second update on the original story. As PC COM now does appear to be an Intel site, many of Chipzilla's customers -- that is to say PC companies, distributors and resellers -- will be very interested to know why they are now having to compete with their supplier. An answer to the mystery, please, someone at Santa Clara... ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.