15th February 2000 Archive
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Intel Developer Forum PlayStation II not a threat, Wintel alliance pragmatic
A relaxed Andy Grove, chairman of the Intel Corporation, said today that although competition from AMD and Via was "not always fun", it was, in general, good for the PC industry. Responding to a question from The Register, Grove said that while every business was in business to compete, and therefore that in one sense …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 02:50
We just misunderstood them -- really....
Clearly shaken by recent reports of what some consider a dangerous alliance with catalogue marketer Abacus Direct, Net marketer DoubleClick has taken the initiative in the war of words. "With notice and with choice, the merger of these two databases can be a great thing," DoubleClick President Kevin Ryan burbled during a New …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 09:23
And frankly, looks a little shaky anyway...
A tricky situation has arisen over a Linux patent (US: 5,995,745) obtained by Victor Yodaiken of Real-Time Linux. Although he intends that users of RTLinux, as well as Linux users who label their application as being compatible with RTLinux and who release them under GPL will not have to pay royalties, it is a narrow path that …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 09:46
AMD Developer Forum Frantic antics of Chimpzilla exposed
The little brother of Intel -- AMD -- has booked suites at the Hilton Hotel, two blocks down from Chipzilla's Developer Forum near to the Wyndham Hotel in Palm Springs to queer its pitch, we can reveal. AMD, which does not have the millions it takes to do a developer forum, has instead adopted an old database vendor strategy and …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 10:06
But is Linbox's Linbox Network Architecture quite what the company says it is?
Linux distributors SuSE and MandrakeSoft are to back a little-known French IT operation Linbox's attempt to define the open source OS as a standard for network computing. The two distributors will promote something called the Linbox Network Architecture (LNA), a diskless client/server set-up. Right now, LNA comprises Linbox's …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 12:15
And another crap excuse
A British headmaster was last week found guilty of possession of youth porn and misuse of a school PC. Robert Shepherd, 54, used his own home computer as well as a school PC to download pictures of under-age youths from the Internet. The suspended head of Holy Trinity Church of England primary school in Cuckfield, West Sussex, …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 12:39
Prices for software said to be higher than other European countries
Werner Marti, the Swiss government's Preisüberwacher (price regulator) is taking a close interest in Microsoft's prices in Switzerland, following complaints by Swiss consumers that prices for all Swiss versions of Windows 98 and Office 97 were higher than in other countries. Microsoft immediately reacted with its own survey in …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 12:59
All friendly good-humoured stuff?
Microsoft is bracing itself for protesting hordes of Linux supporters at this week's Windows 2000 launch. The Great Satan of Software yesterday confirmed it was expecting direct action from members of the Linux fraternity on both sides of the Atlantic. The UK launch of the Win2k operating system, taking place at London's well- …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 13:03
Target ATI, 3dfx, S3 et al
Samsung and Hyundai both announced high-speed SDRAM chips aimed at graphics card vendors, yesterday. Hyundai's 2Mb by 32-bit double data rate SRAM cleverly comes in 3dfx-friendly 143MHz, 166MHz and 183MHz clock speeds, neatly matching the clock rates of the card vendor's current Voodoo 3 line-up. The 0.22 micron chips are …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 13:42
We set the record straight
There are doubts today about reports that a US company paid £10 million to buy a student British Web site, The Register can reveal. Last month four former students from Nottingham University received widespread acclaim after it was reported that a US company had ploughed £10 million into the outfit. Student-net.co.uk was …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 16:08
Your cheating heart
A British Website has started offering a fake alibi service for men and women cheating on their partners. For a small fee, Alibi.co.uk will write and send false invitations for business events (£25), or telephone the unfaithful's partner "confirming" that their beloved will be caught up in a meeting (£15). The Lancashire-based …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 16:11
And the deal's rather like one Psion prepared earlier...
IBM and Symbian have signed a joint development agreement to build wireless network applications for Symbian devices. The gist of the deal is that it's intended to allow smartphones and communicators produced by Symbian licensees mobile access to the Web and corporate network data, but there seems to be quite a bit of overlap …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 17:00
Intel Developer Forum Grove outlines Chipzilla's change of emphasis
Andy Grove, president of Intel, emphasised today that the Internet has fundamentally changed the business model and focus of the company. The conference, which is being attended by 3181 delegates, is the seventh since Intel started the bi-annual jamboree over three years ago, and Grove said that the difference between the …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 17:04
If you mention barcodes they won't read the story - Ed.
At first glance Intel's $100 million investment in Symbol Technologies yesterday looks like one of those impenetrably dull moves Intel's networking people make every now and again, and that sane people try not to notice. Symbol's a barcode outfit, right? Well yes, but it's been up to a lot of other stuff recently too, and while …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 17:26
Intel Developer Forum Roadmaps, roadmaps...roadmaps
Senior Intel VP Albert Yu has outlined Intel's roadmap for the rest of the year and promised that by next year, millions of Willamette processors will ship. By the end of the year, 100s of thousands of Willamettes will be available, said Yu. Earlier, during chairman Andy Grove's speech, Yu had demonstrated a system running at 1. …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 17:35
AMD Developer Forum But no show at CeBIT
The Register took time out this morning to wander down to AMD's suite at the Palm Springs Hilton and gaze at the Thunderbird systems on show. But the system AMD was showing only clocked 1.1GHz, although we gained some interesting info about the chip company's strategy for multiprocessing. The Thunderbird has integrated cache, …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 20:17
Intel Developer Forum There'll be some gnashing of teeth at Scott's place
While Intel was polite about Sun's future participation in the Itanium programme this morning, behind the scenes we understand that senior execs at the chip giant are livid at Scott McNealy's firm. Paul Otellini, a senior VP at Intel US, said this morning that his company would continue with its contractual arrangements over …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 20:26
Intel Developer Forum Cos you can't turn the graphics off
When Intel's system-on-a-chip part, Timna, is introduced, it will be incorporated in sub-$600 devices but will include a subset of the 810 graphics capabilities. And there's no way this solution, which hasn't appealed to many people because of its limited functionality, can be tweaked to switch the graphics function off, Intel …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 20:33
Intel Developer Forum And we've no idea why...
Shares in Rambus Ink soared by over $40 on US markets today but no-one can exactly understand why. Intel fired up a 1.5GHz Willamette at its bi-annual jamboree earlier today, confirming details of its throughput revealed here a fortnight ago. But Willamette, despite the synchronisation of its bus speed suiting Rambus memory …
Business 15 Feb 2000, 23:29