8th > December > 2000 Archive
Intel today warned sales in the fourth quarter would be lower than expected.
Another day, another survey - this time it's the turn of SMS, with research claiming that a quarter of European mobile phone users have indulged in "text sex".
Microsoft intends to attempt to persuade Palm developers over to PocketPC next week with the promise of free food and booze.
An embarrassed Steve Jobs confessed the company had cocked-up its efforts to sell to education when he addressed an insiders-only staff meeting this week.
Returns of perfectly healthy hard drives have fallen by 85 per cent among those using Seagate's diagnostic software, SeaTools.
The tech sector took another battering in the world's stock exchanges yesterday, sparking off a mild panic in markets, banks and overpaid analysts. It doesn't look good, demand for both chips and PCs are both said to be down, profit-warnings have become de rigeur and Rick Sherlund - Goldman Sachs' man - has lowered his estimates of Microsoft's earnings.
Soon-to-be French-owned Freeserve has given assurances that it has no plans to ditch its Unlimited Freeserve Time product - even though it's being run at a loss.
A group linked to the Real IRA, the organisation responsible for the Omagh bombing which killed 29 people in 1998, has been using Internet booksellers Amazon.com in a fundraising scam.
Intel's IPD Web site, the prime source of information for small system-builders, now lists a 1.3GHz Pentium 4 alongside the 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz parts launched last month.
Security is the big question, and the answer is... er, privacy policies and smart cards. These, at least, were the only obvious concrete suggestions Bill Gates had to put forward when he opened Microsoft's prestige Safenet 2000 conference in Redmond yesterday. And as he doesn't seem to have mentioned the cookie defender patch for IE 5.5 Microsoft hurriedly invented earlier this year, it's not entirely clear whether we're going forward or backwards on the privacy front.
Ask Jeeves, the Q&A-style Net search engine, is warning that its Q4 losses will be greater than expected.
The Bluetooth developers forum in San Jose has shown itself to be a breeding ground of ideas for things to do with the technology.
Oh, dear. The profit warnings from component makers are tumbling out thick and fast, with Quantum Corporation's HDD unit the latest despatch from the battlefield.
Warner Brothers has threatened a 15-year-old fan of Harry Potter with legal action over her Web site. Claire Field is understandably upset at the bullying tactics and not much impressed by the conglomerate's offer of £9.99 in compensation for handing over the domain www.harrypotterguide.co.uk.
Chipmakers are readying their tuxedos for January's big event - the announcement of the winners of Microprocessor Report's Analyst's Choice Awards.
Cable & Wireless INS, one of Britain's largest ISPs, is struggling to fix a major failure of its core network that has left most of its customers without service.
Litigious recording company Universal is itself being sued - for posting songs on the Internet, allegedly without the permission of the song writers and their publishers.
Microsoft is making substantial progress in the field of security, Giga Information Group reports, and has achieved a 30 per cent improvement in productivity in the last 12 months. That's production of security patches, unfortunately.
Consumers are so desperate to own a PlayStation 2, they're risking log-jamming the Net and - worse - becoming victims of any of a multitude of online scams.
BT is directing ADSL service enquiries to the North Lincolnshire Social and Housing Services' complaints department.
Microsoft Japan has developed software that allows your phone/CE combo to receive email even when it's switched off. But diligent research by The Register reveals that this isn't quite as pointless an exercise as might initially seem to be the case.
A Belgian court today told Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products NV it cannot have bankruptcy protection.
Microsoft is claiming copyright over its security notices and insisting that mailing lists can no longer publish the Beast of Redmond's dire security warnings.
Time Group is going to cut jobs at Time Computers but take on more staff at its other businesses to help it ride out the slowdown in the PC market.
Gateway has untethered a Pentium 4 desktop in the UK.
Bigger tits for Lara Croft
Be careful, be very careful who you buy Internet access from. Especially if you live in Australia.
Mini hardware happenings over at Tech-Report. If you have a PDA and the Graffiti input gets on your nerves, you need a visor and a fold out keyboard. So what if it fills your bag with loads of clutter? Its all good fun. Go here to get the lowdown on the kit that will make you feel like an extra from The Matrix.
Intel is prepping a new toy for music gadget freaks at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Educated Roman Catholics embarrassed by the Church's trivial modern liturgy will be grateful to download a video clip of an entire Mass in Latin according to the Tridentine rite from the Catholic Traditionalist Movement (CTM) Web site.
Warner Brothers bullies girl over Harry Potter site
The FTSE web site at FT-SE.co.uk has been hacked by a group calling themselves "kat krew."
Guns disguised as mobile phones
[Well, it's been a funny old week. Seeing as it's Christmas corporate piss-up season, we've breathed a collective sigh of relief (and drunk a fair few beers) as the PR bunnies spend more time polishing their nails and buffing their hair rather than writing rubbish press releases about useless products. Tis the season to be jolly]
Technical staff are working longer hours but are becoming less productive.
UpdatedThe security specialist who named and shamed the titans of hardware manufacturing by posting easy default logins for networked devices on the nerdnet Web site had his work defaced this weekend by a detractor who either works for one of the companies mentioned or simply thinks the Webmaster is a lamer and wanted to prove it.