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P4 system specs
Intel says P4 systems will be 'widely available' in Q4 and lists the following vendors as having systems:
P4: How fast is it?
How long is a piece of string? What everyone wants to know is what kind of speed benefit can be expected from Intel's new flagchip.
Pentium 4 ships today
We've been banging on about Willamette/P4 for longer than I care to remember. Now at last it's arrived and we can concentrate our speculative powers on Itanic, Tualatin, Foster and co.
Pentium 4: Overclocking
Intel frowns on overclocking, but has always released engineering sample (ES) chips which are free from muliplier locking, allowing the brave to experiment with trying them at higher than rated speeds.
P4: How's it different?
Please don't try fitting a P4 to your existing mobo. You'll need an entirely new one and for the time being you'll have to make it an Intel Garibaldi D850GB, 'cos it's the only one there is.
Your Cow Is In The Ditch: Reg readers explain
LettersWhen we spoke to the world's most celebrated Finn, Linus Torvalds last week we were curious about the Finnish expression "Your cow is in the ditch", and appealed for help.
Vint Cerf takes ICANN hot seat
Genial Internet veteran Vint Cerf will take over from Esther Dyson as ICANN chair at the end of the month for a one year, unpaid stint in the hot seat.
Apple retail chain to open doors in April
Apple's much-rumoured High Street retail operation is inching towards a launch, with three stores set to open their doors in California next April.
We are Borg, er, Rambus
How to win friends and influence people is patently (sic) a book one is unlikely to find on the shelves of Rambus Inc.
Record labels plan to sue MP3.com – again
Are the world's leading recording companies a bunch of spoiled, ungrateful, money-grabbing so-and-sos or what?
P4: the verdicts
In that peculiar variant of masochism, known only to CPU manufacturers, Intel has submitted its P4 chip for review to a motley collection of hardware headcases.
Compaq sued for $60m over video patent
Compaq has been slapped with a patent infringement lawsuit demanding at least $60 million in damages.
How to be a whistleblower and keep your job
Ever wonder why The Reg continually comes up with scoops and insider information when our rivals seem content with rewriting press releases? Quite simple really. Trusted sources and, more and more frequently, from readers.
Net ‘drug smugglers’ face death penalty
Five Brits have been arrested in the United Arab Emirates under suspicion of involvement in an Internet drug smuggling ring.
M$ pays Madonna £0m for online gig
Microsoft is to pay pop star Madonna the grand sum of nothing to broadcast her upcoming UK gig over the Internet. You may have heard figures of £30 million, but as an M$ spokeswoman kindly pointed out, this figure is "equivalent media value". Which means that Microsoft will spend about £28 million advertising the gig and the rest making sure that it has the servers to cope.
Pentium 4 launch special
It's been a long time coming, but today's the day. Intel's Pentium 4, aka Willamette, is here. We take a look at various aspects of the new flagchip.
Gordon Brown raises VAT on ADSL by 3.71%
Hot on the heels of tax-based political arguments, we thought that Chancellor Gordon Brown had blown it for a minute when we saw IG Click's ADSL prices. For the monthly rental on a 512Kbps line, IG Click was charging £99 excluding VAT but £120 including VAT. Which meant either it had cocked up its pricing or our Gordon has raised VAT to 21.21 per cent.
xDSL sales to increase
Shipments of customer-located xDSL equipment is set to rocket by more than 1100 percent over the next four years, from one million in 2000 to 12.4 million in 2004, according to the latest research from IDC.
Toshiba fingers biometric laptop
Toshiba is to give customers the option to replace the traditional name-and-password style logon with an optical fingerprint reader. The company is working on a line of notebooks which will ship with a biometric PC card and BioLogon software supplied by Identix, a biometric authentication specialist.
EMI picks partners for Euro digital music trial
British 'big five' music company EMI is to bring its digital music distribution trial to Europe, signing two further partners to offer its content.
SouthAfrica.com sues South Africa the country
An American company is suing the nation of South Africa in a bid to hang onto its prized domain name southafrica.com.
Micron samples 256MB DDR modules
Micron is touting 256MB DDR SDRAM modules, but in industry samples only. Not that the timing has anything to do with what has been, with today's Intel Pentium 4 launch, a damn fine day for Rambus Ink.
How healthy is your Hard Drive?
A new diagnostic tool for ATA hard drives hits the market this week Made by Quantum, this handheld device checks the health of all your systems.
ICANN rulings lands Big Biz with $75k yearly fees
ICANN's decision to add more TLDs means at least one group of dotcoms will be able to put bread on the table this holiday season - domain name registrars.
Echelon discoverer gives masterclass in paranoia
At a recent conference for UK journalists explaining the full ins and outs of the RIP Act and what that means for our profession, leading investigative journalist Duncan Campbell gave a talk about the nastier side of governments.
MS responds to Europe's move to open up Windows
Microsoft filed its response to the European Commission's "statement of objections" on Friday, but both sides are keeping quiet about the case, and it could be months before the next move is made. The Commission can move fast if it wants to, and Microsoft can request an aural hearing to support its defence, although it has yet to do so. But if neither of these things happen within the next couple of weeks, the European antitrust action will stay in the shadows into next year.