2nd > February > 2001 Archive
Tiny outgrows PC rivals
Tiny Computers said yesterday that unit sales increased 15 per cent in 2000, compared with overall UK market growth of 7.9 per cent.
Buy.com to sell UK ops
Buy.com recorded bigger than expected losses for the fourth quarter, and said it is to sell its UK operations.
Dell pumps up the price pressure
Dell Computer has left no one in doubt that there's a price war going on - and that it means business. On Wednesday, the company took an axe to list prices for desktop PCs, storage boxes and server.
Transmeta chief talks Crusoe megaservers with The Reg
Transmeta founder Dave Ditzel says we can expect servers with hundreds of Crusoe CPUs later this year.
Electrical shops con us over faulty goods
Which? has carried out an undercover investigation on high street electrical shops and found they are conning us by illegally refusing to take responsibility for faulty goods.
Woundup Win95 dying, Gates is Napoleon?
As you heard in the Woundup first - ZDNet reports Dell has ceased support for Windows 95, due to the expiration of the OEM licence that covered 95. Microsoft's new-look licence for the PC companies doesn't cover 95, so as the various outfits' deals get renegotiated, 95 will go into near total eclipse.
Infineon settles with Rambus, Hyundai
Infineon has been making up and being friendly with Rambus and Hyundai, settling patent infringement legal action with both semiconductor companies.
Gameplay to make more job cuts?
Gameplay is expected to announce more job cuts at the multi-platform games outfit, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Gameplay axes 275 jobs
Gameplay is to axe 275 jobs as part of a major shake-up it that will save the multiplatform games outfit £12.5 million a year.
TV Boy retro Atari game pad gets revamp
Feeling retro? Then you might like a new gizmo called Super TV Boy III. Its got 127 old school games squished onto a console style game pad that plugs into the TV.
Codemasters cans 25% of workforce
Codemasters, the privately held British games developer, is dishing out the P45s (UK version of pink slips) to 90 people - a quarter of its workforce.
Xbox to be Dreamcast compatible?
Xbox will play Dreamcast games, "credible" sources have claimed, according to videogame Web site Gamers.com.
UK set-top box builder licenses Dreamcast
UK set-top box maker Pace today said it will integrate Sega's Dreamcast console into its latest products, as we predicted it would last week (see Sega set to license Dreamcast to set-top box builder).
Sega eyes Palm as games platform
Sega's decision to drop Dreamcast and focus on software sales will see the company expand beyond its games machine roots to alternative platforms - including, the company said today, Palm PDAs.
RIP Dreamcast: March 2001
Reports that Sega was going to kill off the Dreamcast games console at the end of March have been confirmed by the company. It was costing Sega a small fortune and never really took off to the extent it wanted.
Sega Europe job losses
Following Sega's decision to stop making the Dreamcast console at the end of March, Sega Europe has made an unknown number of people redundant this morning.
Apple rattles lawyers at DesktopX over Aqua
Apple's notorious legal eagles have moved on skinning outfit Stardock, whose DesktopX is deemed to be a little too close to MacOS X's Aqua. According to a Stardock newsgroup announcement made by company president Brad Wardell yesterday, Apple has asked for the removal of "anything that even remotely looks like Aqua.
NGUK says it's first gISP
What's being described as the UK's first Gaming Internet Service Provider (that can't be right, can it?) goes live today.
MS claws back Web server share from Apache
Internet-oriented researcher Netcraft has released its latest survey of the world's Web servers and the software they use, writes Mike Prettejohn.
European PC market hit by soft Euro
The much-discussed fourth quarter slowdown has made its mark in the European PC market according to analysts at Dataquest. The market only grew six per cent last year, with total shipments reaching 35.3 million units.
The Register guide to acronyms
We have been asked by many readers to provide a guide to the thicket of acronyms that obscure the PC industry. So here it is.
The quick guide to The Register jargon
The Register has gained so many readers this year that we've prepared a rough guide to the jargon we use, after receiving a couple of emails asking us what words like Chipzilla and The Big Q mean.
Links for PC gamers
Blues News Hardcore site for teched-up gamers Voodoo Extreme A world where games and hardware collides >a href= "http://www.AGNhardware.com" target="_blank">AGN Hardware It's a hardware/gamer thing Snipers Alley One-stop UK gaming shop
NatSemi warns of profit, sales dip
National Semiconductor yesterday admitted it will report significantly reduced sales and earnings for its current, third fiscal quarter, which ends later this month.
Sony cuts PS2 sales forecast by 10%
Sony has chopped 10 per cent off its PlayStation 2 worldwide sales forecast for 2001.
Empty PlayStation box sold for $425
PlayStation freakiness just got freakier after an empty console box brought more than $400 on eBay.
FA still stamping on football fan sites
The Football Association is continuing to target small fan Web sites, this time insisting that they remove any images of football club badges, which it claims infringe copyright.
Intel: we have server leaks too
Intel Roadmap UpdateHere's more from Intel's latest roadmap revision. At the very high end, Q4 2001 will see McKinley replace Itanium, and Foster replace the PIII Xeon as the chips of choice in four-way and eight-way systems.
Tourette's – we're sorry
Regarding our ill-judged screensaver competition, we received this letter from Malcolm Worth:
Flame of the Week Quit writing the word ‘cock’
I invite you all to share this class piece of incoherence from 'hot male'. We were trying to work out what story it's in reference to, but then we lost interest. Enjoy.
Reg Tariff – The Uranium Service
Regarding our all-singing, all-dancing Tariff 2001, David Wei reckons we've missed a few options:
Downing Street hammered for ‘failing’ eGovt strategy
Downing Street has savaged a report from Forrester Research which claims that the UK's e-government strategy simply isn't up to scratch.
TiVo not flopped – people ‘intend’ to buy
NTL and TiVo - of "pause live TV" fame - are said to be in talks after TiVo's product failed to set the world alight in the present buying frenzy before Christmas.
eBay to thwart spammers
It took ages and hundreds of thousands of complaints, but auction site eBay has finally lifted a finger towards discouraging the low-life spammers who trawl their site sucking up e-mail addys to add to their victim lists.
Dreamcast: Bad for the Imagination
Chip design firm Imagination had the wind taken out of its sails by Sega's decision to stop making Dreamcast consoles. The company followed yesterday's announcement with an immediate profit warning.
Microsoft epiphany in antitrust case
Oral arguments in the Microsoft antitrust appeal, scheduled for 26 and 27 February, will differ radically from the briefs which the company has already filed with the court. MS intends to shift its appeal from the current strategy of whingeing mournfully and publicly about Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's lack of admiration for Gates and Co. to the actual the facts of the case, the company claims.
Student selling everything he owns in world on eBay
A photography student has hit upon the idea of selling everything in the world that he owns. And to help him with the task, he has set up Web site www.allmylifeforsale.com.
Corel sees bigger than expected Q4 losses
Corel today reported bigger than expected losses for the fourth quarter, but said it still expected to get back into the black by October.
Official: Spam costs E10 billion
Spam costs Net users a whopping E10 billion ($9.33 billion) a year, according to the European Commission.
AMD bods get grilled
HWRoundupKyle at [H]ardOCP has posted this link to Lost Circuits, who have taken an in depth look at AMD's 760 DDR chipset. If Kyle rates them as reviewers, they must be doing something right, so check it out.
Novell, Nortel and Accenture start content networking company
Novell, Nortel and Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) has pumped a load of money into a new company, Volera, "a new operating company targeting the emerging content networking market".
Microsoft mail servers stuffed for 4 days
It's amazing how many product failures Microsoft has not actually had lately. First we recall last week's name-server stuff-up, which the company insists had nothing whatever to do with their DNS software.
Verizon moves to appease Silicon Alley Net anger
Verizon Communications is to start an office to deal with the many complaints about its high-speed Net service in New York.
ALi approves Micron DDR
Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi) has validated two Micron DDR SDRAM DIMM modules to work with its DDR chipsets.
MS uses Office registrations to enforce licences, steal customers
Microsoft's war on piracy never was a clear-cut struggle between good and evil (considering the dramatis personae, feel free to be unsurprised about this), but now it appears the company is using anti-piracy pitches to steal customers from its own resellers. Inadvertently? Perhaps, but the concentration of business in the hands of a few key resellers and of Microsoft itself is a natural consequence of the company's current activities.