22nd > November > 2000 Archive
The Serial ATA working group, charged with replacing clumsy parallel ribbons as the mass storage interface inside PCs, says it has completed version 1.0 of the specification. Publication had been mooted for 10 October, but the public version now ought to be available for comment by the end of the year.
A grand jury has quizzed eBay to see if it broke the law by flogging guns online, it was revealed today.
They're the Oscars of the industry, CRN's editor Paul Briggs said ever so modestly last night in his introduction to the newspaper's seventh annual Channel Awards.
In what must be one of the most surreal stories we've ever covered, Microsoft has awarded a Linux devotee with one of the company's most coveted patents awards -even though the recipient has never worked for Microsoft.
Updated Apple is hoping to move into a gap vacated by... er... Gap - and it's going to open one of its High Street retail stores there, the first such opening outside California to be revealed.
Buy.com's operation down under shut its doors yesterday although it's understood that the e-tailer's operations in the UK are unaffected. A notice on the Australian web site reads: "Effective 11:00am Tuesday 21 November, 2000, buy.com.au closed its virtual doors and is no longer taking new orders. All existing orders for which payment has been made will be fullfilled (sic) in accordance with existing contracts."
Employees are the biggest threat to network security - and they don't even know it.
Taiwanese computing giant Acer has admitted it will make around $620 million (NT$20 billion) less revenue for the current fiscal year than it originally expected.
A number of news sites who should know better, including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC and ZDNet, have run shock, horror stories claiming that the P4 shipped with the wrong drivers. Breathless parallels were drawn with the PIII 1.13GHz and Caminogate recalls.
In the general rush on Monday, a few P4 reviews which slipped through the net. So for those who haven't seen enough about Intel's latest offering, here's the latest issue of the Pentium 4 Times.
Updated US start-up Worldwide Widget Works wants to turn Palm's PDA into a handheld gaming platform by developing the first game controller for the Palm III and VII series machines.
Herewith our US election coverage flames -- and we do relish them. Check back occasionally; this archive is sure to grow as the Florida madness spreads. [updated 25 November, but with our two favourite oldies still at the top]
Not everyone hates The Register's US election coverage, though we have to confess that only a minority here are bona fide Yanks. Funny that.... [updated 25 Novenber]
Novell's dreadful financial year has come to a close with an equally poor final quarter. The fourth quarter is usually Novell's strongest but this time it saw revenue increase by only $3 million to $273 million from the last quarter and fall $72 million from the same quarter last year (that's 21 per cent). Profit for the quarter was down a sickening 99 per cent.
AOL UK claims its unmetered Net access service could trigger a shopping boom making this Britain's "first true e-Christmas".
Keep checking back: updates are inevitable......
After running SiSoft Sandra tests on our test P4 system earlier in the week, we received an email from Adrian Silasi, the benchmarking suite's developer, kindly offering us a pre-release download of Sandra 2001.
French Web site Kiwee - the "market-leading provider of fun and interactive services for mobile phone users in France" - is launching in the UK.
Tadpole Technology, the Cambridge, UK SPARC notebook maker, is buying Cycle Computer Corporation, a California maker of SPARC rackmounts for £5.6 million in shares.
The Reg has been invited to a press briefing that will tell all about the future of the Internet. Which is nice. IT publisher/cuckoo VNU and 'big five' firm KPMG will thrill and amaze you with details of the "fourth wave of in-depth research into Internet usage across Europe". Crikey.
The Florida Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Tuesday night mandating that the results of manual re-counts in three counties, as requested by the Gore campaign, must be included in the state's final returns.
The Swedish office of e-consultancy Framfab is to sack 340 employees in a bid to cut costs and scale back its Scandinavian operation.
European Micro Holdings, the Nasdaq-listed, American-owned, but Europe-mainly IT distributor, pulled in sales of for the first quarter, ended September 30, of $29.1 million, against $32.8 million for the same period last year.
The British Government is to blow £98 million on e-science over the next three years, it announced today.
The campaign to stop the European Patent Office trying to legalise software patents has scored its first major victory. After some effective lobbying in several countries and despite Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein deciding not to vote, all the other countries voted to keep Article 52C (which bans software patents) in the European Patent Convention. This now clears the way for the consultation called by the European Commission, which has a deadline of 15 December, and the UK Patent Office's own consultation.
Irish telephone directory enquiry service Conduit plc, is to create 1400 jobs in Wales after it announced plans to open a major new call centre in Cardiff.
Disappointing console sales have forced the Nintendo to cut profit forecasts for the full year.
The author of the enormously popular freeware network tool PING, Mike Muuss, died in a Maryland car crash last night.
Palm has got heavy-handed in a domain name spat with one of its users.
It's not a good month for Priceline.com founder Jay Walker. His development outfit Walker Digital has laid off 100 staff after failing to get its next round of funding.