5th > December > 2000 Archive
Tiny Computers, the PC system builder/retailer, is being lined up as an acquisition target for Dixons, the UK's biggest electricals retailer, according to MicroScope, which cites 'industry rumours'. Tiny's UK sales manager, Steve Precious, left the company last week, as part of what the newspaper describes as 'a high-level shake-up'.
An article in local New York rag The Wall Street Journal said yesterday that Compaq's CEO, Mike Capellas, is giving thanks that US consumers don't think its PCs are turkeys.
Two Taiwanese chip makers are squaring up for a fight over intellectual property rights.
The farce that is the US election has benefited at least one group. Traffic to the web site of the church of St Chad's in Lichfield has rocketed from four to over 300 hits a day since the start of the recount.
The great and the good when it comes to privacy invasion were honoured last night at the London School of Economics in the third annual Big Brother Awards.
Germany's third largest computer manufacturer, Maxdata, is to use both AMD Athlon and Duron processors in systems aimed at enterprise and small business users in Germany. A number of other European manufacturers including Vobis and Tiny have also recently moved away from an Intel-only product line.
Cisco chief executive John Chambers has told financial analysts it the networking behemoth is on track to match its aggressive growth targets for next year in sharp contrast to the grim outlook forecast by other networking firms.
Excite@Home has canned its plans to merge its international operations with Chello.
Compaq wants to buy back $1 billion worth of shares, taking advantage of the dip in tech stocks and bolstering the company against expectations of poor PC sales during the current financial quarter.
US Dramurai Micron has been contracted by Microsoft to supply DDR SDRAM for the upcoming Xbox console.
A US start-up has developed a digital disc five times thinner than a standard CD and flexible enough to wrap around a beer can or slot into a magazine without breaking.
Oftel has intervened between BT and two rival telcos in a bid to break the deadlock concerning ongoing negotiations regarding the provision of broadband services.
Ordinary football fans who run Web sites dedicated to supporting their clubs are facing legal action from the game's governing body in England.
UpdateLara Croft's breasts are to get a boost for the new version of Tomb Raider. According to the game's designers, her 38D assets [see Technical Briefing below] will be given "more definition". They won't necessarily be bigger but will have added detail - so, presumably they will look bigger. We're also waiting on an answer as to whether this extra "detail" will include nipples.
A group of 45 IT companies and enterprises has formed a group that aims to create a standard way to secure internet-based transactions that use XML (eXtensible Markup Language).
More gloom and doom for US tech stocks came today in the shape of a profit warning from chip maker LSI Logic.
Apple may be about to revive the slimline PowerBook Duo - in the form of a light yet powerful executive-oriented notebook equivalent of the Power Mac Cube.
Probably the biggest story of the week was the release of Office 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2). Unlike Office 2000 Service Release 1a (SR1a), SP2 is 'patch only' - Microsoft will not reissue the full product with these fixes preinstalled, as it did with SR1a.
The day when the quantum computer finally appears is edging closer.
Xtrem has provisionally set January 2001 as the ship date for its much-anticipated - and scepticism-inducing - 1.2GHz Macintosh, XtremMac
Government ministers are distancing themselves from the Draconian surveillance measures proposed by NCIS deputy Roger Gaspar in a report to the Home Office.
Anand gets his teeth into Nvidia's GeForce2 Pro. Faster than a GTS and cheaper than an Ultra, but is it any good? Well, the conclusion isn't snappy, but can best be summed up in the sentence: yes, but we probably won't buy it. Go here for the rest.
Cisco has advised users to update the software used in its 600 family of routers following the identification of what it admits are multiple security vulnerabilities.
Sports fans will have to wait at least ten years to view the Olympics on the Net, thanks to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Last week, The Reg reported that, for over 12 months, AMD had been producing test chips using a new, pure version of silicon with greatly enhanced thermal properties, making a 1.7GHz Palomino a more practical proposition.
MP3.com relaunched its virtual CD collection, My.MP3.com, today after an seven-month hiatus.
Intel is cutting prices on Pentium 4 as well as selected Pentium III and Celeron parts next Sunday (December 10).
Sun seems to have been overcome with selective amnesia at the launch of its Sun Cluster 3.0 and Sun Management Center [sic] 3.0 today.