22nd > November > 2000 Archive
Linux in, Redmond out of Serial ATA party
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.
Eagle-eyed hack uncovers eBay gun sales probe
A grand jury has quizzed eBay to see if it broke the law by flogging guns online, it was revealed today.
C2000 scoops Channel Awards
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.
Microsoft honours Linux programmer with patent gong
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.
Chicago to host fourth Apple retail outlet
UpdatedApple 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 flees Australia
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."
Workers open back doors for hackers
Employees are the biggest threat to network security - and they don't even know it.
Acer cuts annual sales estimate by $620m
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.
News sites panic over P4 glitch
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.
HWRoundup The P4 stragglers
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.
Turn your Palm into a GameBoy
UpdatedUS 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.
Tom Greene is Satan
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]
Tom Greene is a god
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 still a sick puppy
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 predicts bumper e-Xmas
AOL UK claims its unmetered Net access service could trigger a shopping boom making this Britain's "first true e-Christmas".
P4: first Sandra 2001 benchmarks
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.
Mobile portal forces us to have fun
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 cycles into SPARC rackmounts
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.
VNU goes to scatological lengths for Net research
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.
Republican coup d'etat looms as Fla. Supremes affirm Gore
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.
Framfab sheds 340 jobs
The Swedish office of e-consultancy Framfab is to sack 340 employees in a bid to cut costs and scale back its Scandinavian operation.
Distie blames Y2K for selling too much
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.
E-bunsen burners for e-boffins
The British Government is to blow £98 million on e-science over the next three years, it announced today.
Software patents stay banned in Europe – for now
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 directory service takes on BT
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.
Nintendo64 sales sag
Disappointing console sales have forced the Nintendo to cut profit forecasts for the full year.
RIP Mike Muuss, PING author
The author of the enormously popular freeware network tool PING, Mike Muuss, died in a Maryland car crash last night.
Palm leans on ‘cybersquatter’ who predicts future
Palm has got heavy-handed in a domain name spat with one of its users.