5th > February > 2001 Archive
Dell squashes cybersquatter
Dell has succeeded in stopping a Korean computer equipment vendor trading from the Web address DELLKOREA.com.
PC OEMs can rejoice at McKinley ‘delay’
McKinley, the second IA-64 processor due next year may have been delayed again, suggests chip analyst Linley Gwenapp. He doesn't offer anything to back up his speculation, but the EE Times reports that Intel has pulled a McKinley technical paper it was scheduled to give to a semiconductor conference that starts in San Francisco today.
Ideal bags Fujitsu Siemens server exclusive
Ideal Hardware has won solus UK franchise rights for Fujitsu Siemens server and storage lines. It won the gig in competitive tender against other unnamed channel disties.
HP scales up Euro Linux support
Hewlett-Packard's announcement of major amounts of Linux support at the New York LinuxWorld Expo was supplemented at the Linux Expo in Paris last week with the announcement of preloaded Linux distributions on some of its server products and the formation of support and training teams throughout EMEA, writes Bruce Tober.
Mandrake takes training, support open source
MandrakeSoft, France's long-time favourite boxed Linux distribution in terms of retail sales is now also number one in the US, according to company officials citing PC Data figures at the Third Annual Linux Expo in Paris last week, writes Bruce Tober.
Dabs makes £1.2m loss
Online IT retailer Dabs.com made a pretax loss of £1.2 million on sales of £86 million for the year ending 31 March 2000.
SIA admits 2001 chip growth forecast won't be met
The Semiconductor Industry Association has cut its annual growth projections, claiming that its original outlook for 2001 - specifically, growth if 22 per cent - almost certainly won't be achieved.
Penny-pinching HP cuts 10% pensioner discount
A retired Hewlett-Packard worker is suing the computer giant, claiming it short changed pensioners on a promise to gift discounts for its goods.
Are you filthy enough to win $10,000?
It's enough to turn even the strongest of stomachs... for US-based Apartments.com is looking for students to compete in its 2001 Messiest College Apartment Contest.
Why Microsoft's MSN PC give away didn't work
MSN claims to have recruited 500,000 new subscribers in Q4 2000, and MSN is pulling the $400 hardware rebate it offers new subscribers in March. What do these two things have in common?
Why you should quit your job and work for Microsoft
No matter what job you currently have, you should quit and sign up with the Beast of Redmond because it's the second-best company to work for in the UK.
Dubya Death Threat: CIA see through fake email ploy
Two bored 15 year-old students faced the full wrath of the CIA after sending phoney death threats via email to President Dubya.
MS confirms Whistler is Windows XP
Microsoft has confirmed the official name of Whistler will be Windows XP, and the next version of Office, code-named Office 10, will be known as Office XP.
Le Freeswerve says sorry…
Britain's biggest French ISP, Freeserve, has brushed off concerns that it is bodging the roll-out of its 24/7 unmetered Net access product.
ATI ships Radeon Mobility
ATI has begun shipping is Radeon Mobility notebook-oriented graphics chip, following the part's launch last November.
Amazon vows to drop dud lines
Amazon.com will trim back its inventory of unprofitable lines in an attempt to turn around its financial fortunes, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Register screensaver challenge
In response to readers' requests for a bigger vulture logo, we've made one available here. That should do ya.
More mobile madness: fines, lashes or jail
There was a time when everyone in the world was telling you to get a mobile phone - and so, being the sheep we all are, everyone did. Inevitably, there was a backlash. But now, it's turned serious.
MS testers shout ‘Linux’ over Whistler copy protection
Microsoft's Product Activation technology has triggered a row in the company's official Whistler beta newsgroups, with testers threatening defection to Linux or piracy over the matter. The irate testers - who, as far as we know, haven't actually been hit by a real live Product Activation Whistler build yet - seem to have been sent further up the wall by the intervention of a Microserf, who referred them to a couple of FAQs on the site.
Why XP is the perfect name for Windows
Whistler and Office 10 will be officially sold as Windows XP and Office XP respectively. XP stands for experience in Microsoft's book, but maybe the US Army Airforce's use of the two letters gives a more appropriate explanation.
Computers are making us stupid
Computers in all their various guises are making us stupid because we're relying on them too much instead of giving our own brain cells a workout. That, at least, is what researchers from a Japanese university are saying.
Kids charity canned by PlusNet
It's emerged that one of the victims of PlusNet's giant cull last week which saw 1,100 users kicked off the service for alleged abuse was a children's charity.
Gameplay denies Wireplay ultimatum
Gameplay has denied that it has given its multi-access games service, Wireplay, just three months to turn a profit or face the axe.
Software company beats M$ to Xbox trademark
Xbox Technologies has pipped Microsoft to register its name as a trademark - a move that could force the software giant to change its console's moniker before its launch later this year.
Canon enjoys 91% net profit boom
Canon went public with its full year results in Japan this morning. The company announced a six per cent growth in sales to 2.7 trillion yen ($24 billion).
Bouncers used at GamePlay
GamePlay hired "club-style bouncers" to help prevent any "bovver" at its offices on Friday, according to insiders at the troubled company. We're not sure if they were dressed in black-tie or whether they blended in with baggy T-shirts and fatigues. Either way, they stood there looking menacing, "glaring" at people - no doubt keen to stop anyone nicking kit in revenge for being booted out. What a way to carry on...®
Congress sets date for ICANN review
The US House Committee On Energy and Commerce has released its schedule of events and its much-heralded review of ICANN's global top level domain selection. It will take place this Thursday in Washington, starting at 10am.
Deutsche Telekom probed over ADSL prices
Fresh from its scrap over flat-rate Net access, Deutsche Telekom is being probed by Germany's telecoms watchdog for allegedly offering high-speed Net access at prices below cost.
Geocaching game makes geeks sane and fit
You have a serious problem. You're overly fascinated by technology -- addicted even. Yet you know in your gut it's cripplingly unhealthy, sitting alone in front of a monitor hour after hour while your muscles atrophy and your social skills deteriorate.
Capellas puts the fun back into Compaq
Compaq CEO Michael Capellas breezed into London last week and made a special effort to speak to... Sunday Business.