19th > December > 2000 Archive
RoadmapLike 'em or loathe 'em, you got to admire the way Intel manages not only to cheese off PC manufacturers but its distributors and dealers too, and all at the same time.
White smoke from the most cherished of all Linux distros Debian today. Project maintainer Anthony Towns has posted a progress update with a roadmap into next year.
The Alliance & Leicester has become the latest casualty of the dotcom banking craze. Having spent £15 million on an online financial service for the "mass affluent", it's decided to ditch the scheme. The FT quotes A&L group MD, Peter McNamara, as saying that "we've learnt the lessons of others". Bloody expensive lesson, no?
Confusion about regulations in the online world is holding e-commerce back, according to a report from the government's "Better Regulation" taskforce.
Vizzavi has botched its attempt to upgrade its platform leaving thousands of users without access to their email.
There are serious doubts today about 24/7 Freecall's ability to settle refund disputes via email.
Another heart-warming story from The Register Christmas Cracker files.
Unmetered ISP 24-7 SpinolaVista has thrown off all its remaining users, claiming they had been abusing the service's terms and conditions.
Both le Freeserve and Wanadoo suffered at the stock exchange (London and Paris, respectively) yesterday. Freeswerve put a brave face on its results - highlighting that operating loss was lower than last quarter but glossing over the fact that pre-tax losses had rocketed - but shares still fell 3.6 per cent.
Nvidia yesterday said it wants to give a hundred of 3dfx's top engineers jobs - part of the company's programme to pick the flesh from the technological bones of the moribund graphics chip maker.
An anti-censorship group Peacefire has released a program which disables porn-filtering programs.
Chipzilla is putting its Wireless LAN technology to the test, to find out if it really does bring the "productivity gains" it has been trumpeting.
NEC senior VP Kazuhiko Kobayashi didn't win himself any friends in the open source community when he recently claimed that, to all intents and purposes, Linux hasn't a hope of catching up with Windows in key corporate-oriented applications.
MP3.com has received yet another lawsuit - this time it's the turn of EMusic, which has decided to sue the online music service over copyright infringement.
Forget Jim Carrey - Saddam Hussein is the real Grinch who stole Christmas - at least according to one Web site. It claims the Iraqi dictator is buying up the world's supply - such as it is - of PlayStation 2 consoles to build military supercomputers.
Crackers are using viruses to get their malicious code into corporate Intranets, according to Marc Blanchard, technical director at Trend Micro. This means antivirus companies will have to start working on ways to combat this code, as well as the viruses they are used to tackling.
While computer makers fight to flog their stock this Christmas, Dell has been hit with shipment delays.
British grocer Tesco claimed today it has 2500 PlayStation 2s in store and ready to sell tomorrow - unlike almost every other retailer.
OC Workbench has shivered its way through a review of two copper coolers from Attech - the CM21 and the CM25. The CM25 gets the nod for being a decent piece of kit for not very much money.
Warner Brothers' intimidation of the owners of Harry Potter-named Web sites continues. Not only is the harrypotterguide.co.uk situation still going on but several other owners have been in touch to relay their anger over how they've been treated.
We've covered Claire Field's legal troubles with the domain www.harrypotterguide.co.uk but were equally appalled by the self-same situation involving a ten-year-old girl.
The FBI's notorious Internet traffic sniffer Carnivore includes a handy, idiot-proof GUI interface enabling nosey Feds to capture and examine a broad range of what passes through, from headers alone to full-bore content retrieval, which is pictured in the Justice Department's final assessment from the IIT Research Institute and the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law (IITRI).
Half of American teenagers and young adults will own a mobile phone by 2004.