18th > July > 2000 Archive

InterX sells Ideal Hardware for £18m

Timing is everything, as today's disposal of Ideal Hardware, a leading UK IT distie shows.
Drew Cullen, 18 Jul 2000

Be appliances go wireless walkabout

Be has put some flesh on its intention to turn its BeIA platform into a credible mobile appliance OS.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jul 2000

ARM profits are Absolutely Fabless

ARM Holdings, the absolutely fab fabless chip company, has pulled some soaring growth and profit figures yet again out of the bag.
Drew Cullen, 18 Jul 2000

Rot your teeth with cashless auctions

It's a problem that has exercised many - how to prize pocket money from non-credit card-owning teenagers.
Drew Cullen, 18 Jul 2000

MSN Empire hits 201m users

Microsoft says that the "MSN network of Internet services" has become the "No 1 worldwide Internet destination for consumers", with 201 million unique users visiting during June. This data quite probably comes from Media Metrix, since in the same paragraph Microsoft goes on to say that in the (11-month) period from July 1999 to May 2000, Media Metrix data showed that MSN grew 19 per cent, Yahoo increased 7 per cent, and AOL declined 6 per cent.
Graham Lea, 18 Jul 2000

Intel slams door on mobo support

Chip giant Intel appears to have now solved every problem with all of its motherboards for Pentium III and Pentium II processors.
Mike Magee, 18 Jul 2000

AMD's Corvette a funky little goer

Roadmaps from AMD that The Register saw last week, and which indicate that the firm will hit 1GHz on the mobile front early next year with its Corvette chips, also show the firm is working on PowerNow II. [Surely that should be PowerThen I? - Ed.]
Mike Magee, 18 Jul 2000

Microsoft nearly more famous than Coca-Cola

A long time ago Apple's two Steves, Jobs and Wozniak, asked John Sculley if he wanted to sell fizzy flavoured water for the rest of his life (or words to that effect). Sculley reflected on this, and jumped ship from Pepsi to Apple. His subsequent career may have been chequered, but the latest Interbrand data suggests it was the right move, albeit a little premature - Microsoft is nearly as famous as Coca Cola.
John Lettice, 18 Jul 2000

Windows Media Player 7 goes gold, browser wars II to follow

The battle for supremacy in the media player field has taken a familiar turn with the release of the production version of Microsoft's Windows Media Player 7. It's slick, it's sexy and it's a part of "an open, easy-to-use and extensible platform ready for the broadband Internet," Windows Media Technologies 7. Effectively, Microsoft is reprising its successful browser war strategy against Netscape, with the target this time being RealNetworks.
John Lettice, 18 Jul 2000

Gateway fixes one gig AMD probbo

The glitch that prevented PC manufacturer Gateway from shipping 1GHz Thunderbird Athlon chips has now been fixed, according to US reports.
Mike Magee, 18 Jul 2000

Intel CuMine drought nearly over

Sources not a light year away from Tech Data, a large US component distributor, tell The Reg that Intel's long-standing problem with supplying Coppermine Pentium IIIs for the desktop appears to be nearly over.
Mike Magee, 18 Jul 2000

Phone frenzy is jacking up CD-RW prices

The half of the population who own mobile phones may have inadvertently pushed up the price of CD-RW drives.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jul 2000

Virgin delays unmetered Net access promise

Virgin Net has delayed the full rollout of its flat-fee unmetered Net access service until September at the earliest because it doesn't want to make the same embarrassing U-turn as LineOne.
Tim Richardson, 18 Jul 2000

ATI's Radeon makes the GeForce 2GTS look limp

Dr Tom has reviewed the Radeon graphics card from ATI. This review is so glowing that friends of The Reg are considering forking out for one. The card apparently comes with a list of features that make the Nvidia GeForce 2 GTS look poorly endowed. Impressed? Tom is. For the record, Anand didn't think it was too bad either. Read his thoughts (all 36 pages of them) here.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jul 2000

Intel files suit against Intelnet

The Intel Corporation has filed a trademark legal suit against Intelnet, Inc., a firm which specialises in er... intelligent networks and fingerprint verification.
Mike Magee, 18 Jul 2000

Netscape complainant speaks to The Reg

Following our initial coverage of the Netscape SmartDownload court case, we received a peeved email from the complainant Christopher Specht taking exception to our approach. Christopher is an "evidential photographer", which means he takes photographs of contentious scenes which are then produced in court as evidence.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2000

Freeserve shares yo-yo

Freeserve has led the way in a revival of technology shares. Of course its all down to the takeover deal by Deutsche Telekom's T-Online being back on the cards. The ISP's share price climbed 49p to 381p, putting it at the top of the FTSE 100 Indexperformance chart. Dixons also fared well, as the market saw the majority holder in Freeserve rise 22.5p to 296p.
Team Register, 18 Jul 2000

How to be stupid by mutual agreement

A reader was somewhat surprised by his ISP's apparent disregard for security when he received an email requesting his username and password.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2000

Lab rats do it for cash

A lesbian ex-nun has become the hot favourite to win £70,000 in the latest fly-on-the-wall social experiment to hit the Net.
Tim Richardson, 18 Jul 2000

Cracker education site folds on DMCA threat

The threat of legal action can be an effective, preemptive weapon in the ever-shifting front lines of copyright law, as the well-known (and now former) cracker-education Web site Icefortress.com has recently learned. The ICE crew have decided to pack up their operation rather than defend a lengthy court battle threatened by on-line porno billing outfit IBILL, a frequent, and fairly challenging, target for password crackers.
Thomas C Greene, 18 Jul 2000

NASA hacker ‘rolex’ nabbed

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), long the trifling sport of painfully unskilled hackers, has now got a feather almost in its cap. Suburban New-Yorker Raymond Torricelli was arrested Wednesday on charges that he broke into two computer systems owned by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Thomas C Greene, 18 Jul 2000

Missing White House emails in recovery

Technicians have begun retrieving the first of thousands of 'lost' email messages considered the Holy Grail in a civil lawsuit brought against the Clinton Administration by conservative witch-hunt outfit Judicial Watch.
Thomas C Greene, 18 Jul 2000

Police agency calls for Web café ID checks

NCIS, the National Criminal Intelligence Service, is calling for Internet cafés to check and record the ID of all customers.
Robert Blincoe, 18 Jul 2000

US Navy carrier to adopt Win2k infrastructure

We could have put it better, ourselves. Microsoft's Federal Systems unit has apparently "joined" Lockheed Martin's Integrated Warfare Systems Team. So far the alliance hasn't said anything about its plans for landscaping Washington DC, but there is an aircraft carrier involved.
John Lettice, 18 Jul 2000

Hackers: The millennial scapegoats?

The leak of a confidential memo outlining PM Tony Blair's concerns that New Labour is out of touch with the electorate appears to have been pinned on hackers.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2000

Excite tunes in to chello

Excite@Home and chello have confirmed that the two companies are to create a new business in a bid to grab a large chunk of the emerging broadband market outside the US.
Tim Richardson, 18 Jul 2000

Mad Maxtor makes 80GB hard drive

Maxtor has stacked four 20GB platters in one drive to produce what it claims is an industry first - an 80GB hard drive for the desktop.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jul 2000

Who wants to be an E-millionaire?

The E-Millionaire show. We have to confess we lost our momentum on the coverage of this one. However, we can bring you confirmation of the winners. Both were very worthy sites - whether they were worthy winners or not, only time will tell.
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jul 2000

Brits get e-hallmark

A government-backed scheme designed to protect online shoppers was launched today amid protests from etailers that it will do little to protect consumers.
Linda Harrison, 18 Jul 2000

US eases crypto exports to EU

The US has eased its rules on exporting encryption products to the EU and other selected countries.
Robert Blincoe, 18 Jul 2000

3G gets even more expensive

It's an expensive business at the best of times but the most recent IT trends have faced a double-edged sword - the government wants a slice of the money (upfront, of course) and consumers don't want to pay any money for it. Market share is everything these days and investment recouping periods are getting longer and longer.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2000

STMicro sees profits soar on mobile phone frenzy

Chipmaker STMicroelectronics saw net income more than double for the second quarter thanks to demand for mobile phones.
Linda Harrison, 18 Jul 2000

Rambus is wonderful, says VIA

San JoseEric Chang, VIA's director of product marketing, raised a few eyebrows when he described Rambus as a "wonderful technology", before hurriedly going on to qualify his remark by pointing out that it was so damn difficult to actually make it work that most manufacturers had simply given up the struggle and gone down the DDR route.
Andrew Thomas, 18 Jul 2000

VIA ‘to be number one chipset vendor by year end’

San JoseIn the first half of next year, VIA will have an IA-32 chipset capable of supporting both Pentium 4 (Willamette) and Foster, Eric Chang, director of product marketing, claimed today.
Andrew Thomas, 18 Jul 2000

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