14th > September > 2000 Archive
Superdome service is mandatory, admits HP
Superdome, Hewlett-Packard's new top-of-the-range 9000 series servers, will come with a mandatory service contract, as we reported on Tuesday.
Notebooks to take quarter of PC market in 2000
Notebook PCs are becoming increasingly popular, there's no doubt, and will account for almost 25 per cent of all PCs shipped this year, according to a report from LCD-market watcher DisplaySearch.
Napster brief slams RIAA tactics
Napster legal chief David 'Microsoft anti-trust trial' Boies yesterday accused the music industry of "serious errors" in its court filings and that the MP3 sharing software company is protected by the US Home Recordings Act (HRA).
MS .NET chief jumps ship – execs-odus resumes?
After a short hiatus Microsoft's exec-related butterfingers syndrome has re-emerged. Paul Maritz, VP of platform strategy and the developer group, has decided to leave the company in order to spend more time with his farm. The news is particularly bizarre, because although in July of last year it did seem like people were plotting against Paul at MS and he was on his way out, in March of this year Maritz took charge of the merged platform and developer operations, making him lead member for .NET and a notch above platforms man Jim Allchin.
He's back! Dr Meatloaf on those H-1B Visa quotas
The British government may be having problems explaining the distinction between 'legitimate' economic migrants (they want them to stay) and 'illegal' immigrants (they want to lock them up, then send them back). But that's nothing compared to the sinew-splitting ideological contortions taking place in Silicon Valley right now.
UK telcos in game of chance
The future of competitive telecom services in Britain could be reduced to little more than a crap shoot according to official documents from the Electoral Reform Services (ERS).
Unfaithful Argentineans get online help
An Argentinean Web designer is cashing in on perfidious surfers with a site that will provide convincing cover stories for any romantic double-dealings.
E-bookshop in Fatbrain deal…
Barnes and Noble.com has acquired technical bookseller Fatbrain.com in exchange for $4.25 per share for all outstanding shares in Fatbrain.com. The deal comprises 75 per cent Barnes and Noble stock and 25 per cent cash, the companies said.
SCI warning rocks PC sector
The big PC manufacturers had their share price rocked yesterday after a profit warning from electronics assembler SCI Systems.
Civil liberties group cancels Amazon partnership
Chip and Chimp Zilla's analyst ratings downgraded
There's good news for Chipzilla - archrival AMD has been downgraded by Wall Street analysts and had five per cent knocked off its share value yesterday, closing at $29.
Sony ups anti-SGI box to 64 PlayStation 2 chips
Sony's assault on SGI's grip on the Hollywood special effects market intensified yesterday when the Japanese giant said it plans to release its high-end PlayStation 2-based graphics workstation sooner than planned.
Virgin offers download beating music-to-your-door service
Never let it be said the music biz doesn't come up with some smart solutions to the hated world of digital distribution via the Net. Why take time to download a single track when Virgin Megastores can whizz you round a copy of the album in under 30 minutes?
Beta testers urged to rig ZD poll, as WinME retail push kicks off
As The Big Day dawned, evidence that Microsoft is making a serious attempt to make a massive commercial success of Windows ME is mounting. The software's official rollout is today, the public prints (in the UK, at least), bulge with special WinME deals bearing the thumbprint of MS co-op marketing money and - oh yes - we apparently have a blatant attempt to fix a ZDNet WinME poll.
S3, Psion to partner on mobile Net products
Former 3D graphics company and now information appliance specialist S3 has signed a co-marketing, co-development and technology sharing deal with Britain's PDA pioneer, Psion.
Online fraudsters fleece UK etailers
Online crime pays, according to a report published today by Experian.
More domain name craziness – .hm this time
Following on from Tuvalu, which has the top-level domain name ".tv", a reader has drawn our attention to the Heard and McDonald Islands - situated about 1,500 km north of Antarctica, 4,100 km south-west of Australia, and about 4,700 km south-east of Africa. These two islands have the TLD ".hm" - not quite as sexy as "tv" admittedly, but then it is being sold as a shorthand for "home". We reckon that the royal family should snap up some of the domain names quick smart.
Inktomi buys into live broadcasting
US Internet giant Inktomi Corp has agreed to buy online broadcast software developer FastForward Networks for $1.29 billion.
MS Windows licences shrink to barcodes – unique IDs here we come?
Updated, seriouslyWhat's rumour in one part of the world or the channel sometimes turns out to be done and dusted elsewhere, and so it is with the Microsoft 'barcode the Windows licence onto the PC" plan we reported on earlier today. Quantities of readers from numerous parts of the world report that it's been going on for varying amounts of time, and it's a dead cert that whatever companies are left not doing it will have to start from their next OEM licence review.
C&W calls time on CallNet
Cable & Wireless has pulled the plug on troubled ISP, World CallNet, the telco confirmed today.
Super-duper conductivity is coming
Research published in this week's Nature suggests that affordable superconducting wires are closer to reality than ever.
Become an online Del Boy in minutes
Eighty Japanese answering machines that don't work, blow-up dolls that contain lethal gas etc etc - these were the tools that Derek Trotter used to carve himself out a millionaire lifestyle in Only Fools and Horses. But that dream could also be yours.
AOL to open up instant messaging to secure Time Warner deal?
Well, we've been pondering what the FCC would do with the AOL/Time Warner deal and it looks as though it's come down hard. Of course the big stumbling block has been AOL's instant messaging technology which has a virtual stranglehold on the market. According to whispers and nudge-nudge-wink-winks, the Federal Communications Commission has demanded the opening up of IM as a prerequisite to letting the merger go ahead.
Mushkin memory mardi gras
HWRoundupGlide Underground delves into the world of RAM, as Chris Kim reviews PC133 memory from Mushkin. Four out of a possible five stars can't be a bad thing, and while the real whizz bangers out there might not be utterly amazed, this gets big points for reliability.
Intel signs death warrant for support forums
Intel is casting its users into the outer darkness by finally closing its processor and motherboard support forums. The news comes as some surprise given that the original closure notice on 18 July was withdrawn nine days later following a torrent of complaints from regular forum users.
Fantastic see-through PC plastic
NEC and Sumitomo Dow are to put a new transparent PC casing plastic on the market.
Golfers play to get kids into chips
IT execs in Oregon have resorted to a charity golf match to persuade kids to take jobs in the chip industry.
Rambus piles pressure on Infineon
Intellectual property firm Rambus continues to pile the pressure on errant Dramurai who refuse to play its patent game.
Mediation encouraged in anti-abortion Web site trial
A bitter court appeal over an anti-abortion Website is this week once more set to test freedom of speech in cyberspace.
Samuel 2 first silicon ships
German news site tecchannel is reporting that Via managed to ship first samples of Samuel 2, using 64K of level two cache in early September.