MS using the old Blue Screen to sell Win2k
A two-page Microsoft ad in the 6 February issue of PC Magazine proudly features the classic Win9x & NT blue screen of death bordered by a dotted line and scissors icon, next to a boxed suggestion that one should cut the familiar screen out and save it for old times' sake after upgrading to Win2k Pro.
Martha ‘Most Overrated Businessperson’ in UK
Martha Lane Fox is Britain's "Most Overrated Businessperson", according to a nation-wide survey of 1000 office workers by Web site business365.
RedHotAnt refuses to talk to Trading Standards
Directors at RedHotAnt refused to open the door to Trading Standards officials yesterday after the inspectors visited the company in response to complaints about the failed ISP.
Next-gen iMacs to hit 700MHz
Mac Rumour RoundupNo sooner did news of Apple's declaration that the current iMac line has reached the end of its sales life than hints of what the next machines will contain.
MS and Amazon advertise on Islamic Resistance site
Microsoft and Amazon have been caught advertising on a Hizbollah-backed Web Lebanese Web site. Both companies protest that, er, they didn't know, and have had the advertising pulled.
Porn probe at Ford plant
Three workers have been suspended at Ford's largest UK factory on suspicion of downloading porn from the Internet.
First Tuesday going for a song
First Tuesday, the networking organisation which gets dotcoms together with VC cash, is up for sale and could be got for a knock down bargain price of £2 million. It was bought for around $50 million (£36 million) six months ago.
Handspring sales up 630 per cent
PDA maker Handspring vaulted over Wall Street expectations when it posted its latest quarterly fiscals last night.
StepStone sets precedent with hyperlink ban
Online job site StepStone has obtained an injunction against German rival OFiR which prevents it from linking to StepStone pages. The injunction was granted thanks to new European database laws that essentially assume data to be copyrightable.
Infidels deface Iranian presidential site
A team of script kiddies have invited a possible fatwah by defacing the Web site of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
RIP not a problem thanks to police stupidity
Well, the RIP Act may be Draconian but we shouldn't worry at the moment because the police haven't got a clue what they're doing. That at least is what representatives of the ISP Association said at a forum in the House of Lords yesterday.
Ginger in action!
We've been sent an undercover movie of Ginger in action by Reg reader Dermot O'Connor. Labelled TOP SECRET, Dermot has uncovered the truth behind the standable carpet sweeper. Click on "I want to believe!" and you too can see the incredible technological revolution, patented by Dean Kamen and blinkedly hyped by the press.
PC industry needs to ‘consolidate or die’
The PC industry will remain an unattractive investment segment, unless there's some serious consolidation, according to Bear Stearns analyst Andrew Neff.
Police to investigate RedHotAnt?
Trading Standards officials at Kent County Council are due to meet with police later today to discuss whether to take any action against RedHotAnt.
Users weep at RedHotAnt's demise
RedHotAnt has got it customers to write the ISP's obituary, according to farewell messages published on its Web site.
Police swoop on more Net child pornographers
Police have arrested 13 people in relation to child porn and seized 27 computers in the largest raid seen so far in the UK. The suspected paedophiles were nabbed by the Met following a huge operation involving 13 forces.
MS Whistler copy protection climb down begins – in Germany?
With Whistler Microsoft plans to introduce a new form of copy protection involving compulsory registration and resulting in 'single use' software. But there are signs of revolt among the troops - at least in Microsoft Germany.
Mobile phone suspected in plane crash inquiry
Investigators are exploring the possibility that mobile phone use may have been behind the crash of a light airplane, which killed ten people.
Mesh hit by dim computer thieves
Computer thieves hit Mesh Computers last night and swiped its office admin PCs.
Epox mobo rox
HWRoundupEPoX, clearly dejected after recent reviews from HardOCP, put together a board even Kyle could love. Quoth Mr. Bennett: "EPoX has done a bang-up job on the 8KTA3. This is the third KT133A board we have had the pleasure of testing, and I have to say it is certainly a board you will want to look at when and if you go to buy yourself an upgrade any time soon." So, have a look at the rest of the review to find out what EPoX pulled out of the hat to win such high praise.
More corporate domain name bullying
The clean sweep of fat, rich companies in domain name ownership (thanks mostly to WIPO) has given them unjustifiable confidence in their own omnipotence. How else could you explain the fact that American cable company QVC believes it has the right to the URL www.n7qvc.com.
France to tax recordable media
The French government is to slap a levy on recordable digital media to help compensate artists for the potential use of tapes, CD-Rs, Flash cards, recordable DVDs and the like to duplicate their works without permission.
Maggs departure revives Palm-Symbian prospects
Could the Palm/Symbian dream ticket be on? Giga analyst and VP Rob Enderle stoked rumours today that Palm is again shopping for a new operating system, the very day after the company announced that its CTO Bill Maggs was leaving the company. Maggs had emerged as Palm's most prominent opponent of a technology alliance with Symbian.
Oftel calls summit to discuss LLU apathy
The winged watchdog has called an emergency meeting for tomorrow to discuss ongoing problems with the roll-out of local loop unbundling (llu) in Britain.
Internet baby-buy saga goes on
The incredible story of the twin baby girls advertised over the Internet, nabbed and driven across America and then finally brought to the UK (with their third set of parents) is still going on.
Warning issued over Windows Media Player 7 bug
Veteran bug hunter Georgi Guninski has identified a potentially serious security vulnerability affecting Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 "skins", which control the look and feel of the application.
How the hell does the Govt meet all its cybertargets?
The Cabinet Office has been heartily slapping itself on the back for not only meeting targets for e-government but surpassing them. Now, 40 per cent of all government services are online - set to rise to 75 per cent by next year. And the Office for National Statistics says that one in five adults with Internet access use it to get access to government services and information.
P4 volumes to ramp up Q3 2001 – Intel
Intel doesn't expect Pentium 4 take off until the second half of the year, the company said yesterday.
What Whistler looks like
A reader directed us to a large gallery of Whistler (Beta 2?) build 2410 screen shots at the Savage News Web site.
‘Mad’ Maggs to quit Palm
The ever-entertaining Bill Maggs is to quit Palm Computing, leaving the company in search of a new Chief Technology Officer. Maggs had spent less than a year in the hot seat.
Mobile phones: now it's eye cancer
Prolonged mobile phone use can make you go blind, a German report claims.