1st > November > 2000 Archive
Gateway today agreed to stump up $9 million to settle an overcharging spat with the US government.
Bertelsmann today beckoned others to follow its lead after ditching its part of a piracy lawsuit against Napster.
A wheel has finally fallen off the Transmeta bandwagon, quite possibly taking some millions of dollars of next week's IPO price with it. IBM has spiked its plans to produce a Crusoe-based ThinkPad 240 this quarter, pleading mysteriously that the beast doesn't fit into its marketing plans.
The finance director of Lynx Group's IT distribution business has resigned after £5 million-worth of accounting errors - something to do with accruals - were discovered.
Dell has spruced up its Optiplex PC line with a midnight-grey option for big-company fashion victims.
Beta 1 of Whistler has finally been released. As the intended date has slipped back several weeks, presumably the day was largely accidental, but Halloween does have a certain resonance in the Microsoft canon. The beta, going out to partners, customers and over 200,000 developers via the Microsoft Developer Network, is available in both 32- and 64-bit versions, and there are a couple of interesting bits of additional news Microsoft slipped into the announcement.
Hewlett-Packard will walk away from the planned takeover of Price-Waterhouse-Cooper's consultancy business, unless the price is reduced, CEO Carly Fiorina said yesterday.
BTOpenwoe has been hit by more technical difficulties after the company issued punters with the wrong software drivers with for its single-user ADSL products.
A Scottish man was convicted yesterday of sending obscene text messages on his mobile phone. The court heard how Callum Boyce, a farm worker, sent four foul messages inside half an hour to Peter Buller, a man he accuses of wrecking his marriage.
A third of businesses believe they are not getting the best deals from telcos and many are confused about the different packages and technologies on offer.
S3 has shed its last connection with its past by renaming itself SonicBlue.
Cocaine abuse in Germany is soaring, and it's all because of the dotcom revolution, or so The Times claims.
Seagate has launched a new drive for entry-level server and high-end desktops, the Barracuda 36ES.
Updated Gigabyte has confirmed there are problems with AMD's new 760 DDR chipset, launched just two days ago and has delayed shipping its new GA-7DX mobo as a result.
British in-car MP3 system builder Empeg has been bought by S3... sorry... SonicBlue for an undisclosed sum.
Freeserve is considering re-jigging its share options package for employees following an eight-month slump in the company's share price. Freeserve is reported to be considering this option in a bid to hang on to its key staff. A number of US companies have already reset options, including Amazon and Microsoft.
BT reduced a woman to tears after what she thought was present from her husband turned out to be 467-page phone bill.
US mobile phone operation Sprint PCS will announce a trial music-by-cellphone service today.
The head of games company Eidos Charles Cornwall has resigned, with immediate effect. He's to be replaced by current COO Michael McGarvey.
Samsung, the world's second biggest DRAM producer, has acknowledged Rambus patents for SDRAM & DDR SDRAM memory and controllers which interface with this type of memory. And it is to stump up royalty payments to Rambus when using these technologies.
Microsoft's network security problems consist largely of two things - people, and the fact that there's demand for its software. Free, preferably. Practically all companies have the first problem, but Microsoft's problems with warez sites and piracy loom rather larger than, say, Sun's, IBM's or Oracle's.
The US Federal Trade Commission has launched a crackdown on Internet con merchants. This means it has posted a list of the top ten online rip-off tricks and suggestions on how to avoid being taken in.
BTOpenwoe has revised downwards the number of people it claims received the wrong software drivers for their Alcatel ADSL USB modems.
Red-faced film director Ken Russell has placed an online ad looking for a lady in his life.
Updated Microsoft has set the law on the coppers of Hampshire after it discovered the force was using counterfeit copies of Microsoft Office Pro 97.
Patricia Hewitt has re-appointed David Edmonds as Director General of Oftel.
European PC shipments grew 9.9 per cent for the third quarter - hampered by the weak Euro and Windows 2000.
Napster - like home taping in the 80s - is killing music. At least that's what the music industry is going to start hollering once it gets hold of market researcher PC Data's latest numbers.
A Japanese man and woman have killed themselves after meeting in the chat room of a suicide website.
The paranoid might well be wondering weather (sic) the biblically-proportioned storms that swept across Europe yesterday had anything to do with AMD's mega press bash to announce its plans for DDR memory.
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Compaq and Microsoft are to flog "free" Internet appliances.
Lycos Europe has coughed up E222 million (£129 million) for French portal Multimania, making the combined entity the second largest Web site in France - according to Lycos.
Sega has confirmed hints that the company intends to recast itself as a software and services business and move away from its traditional game console focus.
We recently reported that motherandbaby.co.uk were offering an SMS messaging service for would-be parents. Around the time of ovulation, men are advised "Tonight's the night", while ladies are directed : "It's time to get into bed."
Cyber Rights.net has "formed an alliance" with Hush Communications to beat new RIP powers by offering super-encrypted email off its site.
If you have had enough of cynical journalists and reviewers being nasty about everything they come across, then you may need a breath of fresh air. An enthusiastic review (to say the least) of a 24 inch widescreen monitor from Game PC should go some way to redress the balance.
Intel has beefed up its server offerings with new 2, 4 and 8 way server mobos for Pentium III and Xeon processors, along with (almost) ready to run system units.
IBM has launched a skinnier and cheaper desktop PC. In black.
The controversial site vote-auction.com is still buying and selling votes for the US presidential election despite a backlog of lawsuits against it.
IBM and two of the US' biggest banks have formed a company to create a digital archive of cheque images.
IBM's decision to dump its planned Crusoe-based ThinkPad 240 had nothing to do with benchmarks, and everything to do with Intel, according to sources close to Transmeta. Quanta, which was to build the machines, was surprised when the project was abruptly cancelled; one Transmeta partner who declined to be named told The Register: "It was on schedule, fully functional, and IBM were very happy with it."
A US professional football player is in custody over allegedly making sexual advances to a teen he met over the Net.
Episode 37 BOFH 2000: Episode 37