12th > February > 2001 Archive
Compaq stagnates in Q1
Compaq CEO Michael Capellas forecasts zero growth for the company in Q1, and overall growth for the first half of 2001 of 5 per cent - half of the 10 per cent achieved in the same period last year.
Brits offer to cure Californian energy crisis
The British company International Power has "offered" to solve California's energy crisis, by seeking to bid for new plants in the power-stricken hi-tech state, The Observer reports.
TurboLinux, LinuxCare in pre-op surgery
TurboLinux and LinuxCare both made staff cuts on Friday, prior to their merger. Newsforge cited anonymous sources as saying that TurboLinux had laid off a third of its staff - 40 out of 120 employees. LinuxCare told CNET that 10 per cent of its staff were being made redundant.
Whatever happened to the Everquest auction suit?
The class action law suit against Sony, Verant and eBay has been put on hold, according to the mysterious Web site set up last month to announce the legal move.
Woundup Zapping the ads in MS Messenger
Chris Pirillo of Lockergnome sent this in: "The MSN Instant Messenger, while functional, is far from full-featured. The banners are... wait a second. Hey, if you move this IM past the bottom border of your screen, you can make the advertisements completely disappear! Don't want it talking to the ad server if it doesn't have to? Well, first find its default folder (search for Messenger). Open LINKS.TXT and clear its contents. When finished, save the file and pull up its properties from the Windows Explorer. Place a checkmark in the 'Read-only' field (Lockergnomie Chris Johnson told me about this tweak). Get the picture? Not anymore.
Intel, Gateway team on 41.3GHz PIII box
Chipzilla's Irish fabs certainly know how to punch out groundbreaking technology. At least, if Gateway Ireland's Web site is anything to go by, they do.
Lastminute's losses grow
Lastminute.com's first quarter losses have grown to £15.4 million, up from a mere £6 million for the same period a year earlier.
Screensaver Challenge – Freeware for flash gits
We've just been (successfully, apparently) blagged by a company which reckons that their freeware will allow 'a much broader range of people (designers and flash developers) to enter your compo.'
Fans, industry await today's Napster appeal ruling
Napster and its opponents in the music industry are awaiting with bated breath the pronouncement of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, will state later today whether the MP3 sharing software company will face trial for alleged contributory copyright infringement.
Forbes.com: immediacy, depth, interactivity
Newly arrived from the Financial Times, Paul Maidment has started his new jobs at Forbes: editor-in-chief of Forbes.com and executive editor of Forbes magazine.
New Labour's Internet election pledge canned
The grand vision of Broadband Britain™ was to be a main election issue for New Labour, we have been reliably informed, but may have to be canned thanks to the current controversy surrounding BT's ADSL roll-out.
Unholy row as Baan shareholders sue firm
A group of devout Dutch protestants is suing enterprise resource planning firm Baan, claiming their religious beliefs were preyed upon to coax them into buying shares in the struggling software firm.
Palm courts Taiwan mobile makers to boost production
Palm is seeking to expand production of its PDAs through a series of deals with Taiwanese manufacturers, the company's head of North Asian operations admitted last week.
Intel moots sooner-than-later DDR support
Intel is pulling forward the launch of its DDR-supporting Brookdale Pentium 4 chipset from Q1 2002 to Q4 2001, perhaps as soon as next October, according to "sources with knowledge of the company's plans", cited by EBN.
NASA to webcast Eros landing
A NASA space probe will land on the asteroid Eros later today. NASA says that it will provide a video stream of events at mission control over the web as well as via satellite.
Oftel's timing as poor as ever
Winged watchdog Oftel has unwisely chosen today to release a new report into how huge consumer demand is for telecoms services.
SCH pulls plug on TW2.com
The TV cameras were out in force in Birmingham city centre on Friday evening to record the first high-profile new media collapse in the West Midlands.
3D Realms fences in Foxing fans
Game developer 3D Realms last week shut down an unauthorised update of their 1996 hit title Duke Nukem 3D.
Compaq AlphaServers to hit 833MHz, 1GHz
Compaq's Alpha EV68 running at 833MHz will be used to upgrade The Big Q's AlphaServer ES40 in the very near future, according to old Reg chum Terry Shannon over at Shannon Knows Compaq.
Paedophile says why he loves the Net
The BBC has broadcast chilling footage of an Internet paedophile discussing his activities, two days before he is due to be sentenced for his crimes.
Infineon unveils PDA SDRAM
Infineon has launched a mobile-oriented SDRAM technology designed to provide "very low power consumption, small form factor and low cost per bit" to suppliers of palmtops and cellphones.
PlusNet blames BT for poor Net service
An intriguing letter by the managing director of ISP PlusNet puts the blame for its poor Internet service squarely at BT's feet.
Vodafone seeks Sony help with mobile gaming
Vodafone and Sony today unveiled a plan to work together to bring PlayStation games to mobile phones.
Google saves Deja.com Usenet service
Google, the iconic search engine company, is branching out into discussion boards, with the acquisition of Deja.com's moribund discussion service for an undisclosed sum.
Nvidia GeForce 2 Go to ship in a notebook at last
Toshiba has finally begun shipping a notebook containing Nvidia's GeForce 2 Go mobile 3D graphics chip.
Nvidia in Sharky infested water
HWRoundupSharkyExtreme plays host to an interview with Nvidia today. You lot asked the questions, they post the answers. Find out what the game card merchants make of life, the universe and everything here.
Buy a piece of history: the Dome destroyed
It's our generation's complete, abject failure. You'll be telling your grandchildren about it. "Yes, so they spent over a billion pounds (which was a lot of money in those days) on this big dish thing and the most exciting bit about it was when armed robbers tried to steal a diamond there - which was actually made of glass."
Micron launches low-power SDRAM
Micron has announced a version of SDRAM technology aimed at mobile applications - even as fellow chip maker Infineon was doing exactly the same thing (see Infineon unveils PDA SDRAM).
200 billion SMS messages expected this year
GSM mobile phone users will send more than 200 billion text messages in 2001, double the amount sent last year, according to the GSM Association.
Apple to focus on pro users during 2001
AnalysisConsumer Mac owners won't be offered Apple's SuperDrive CD/DVD writer - and, by extension, its consumer-oriented iDVD software - until next year, CEO Steve Jobs admitted yesterday at a meeting with financial analysts.
MacOS X beta users get $30 off full version
Apple has knocked $30 off the price of MacOS X for users who've already bought the next-generation operating system's Public Beta release.
Lax security costs business 6% of revenues?
An economist has completed a study which suggests that computer crackers cost businesses nearly six per cent of revenues.
RealBasic brings quick app-making to MacOS X
Real Software has begun shipping the latest, MacOS X-supporting version of its rather fine Mac rapid application development tool, RealBasic.
Anti-Dubya protest organised via Net
Americans are using the Net to organise a series of protest rallies against the election of George Dubya.
Amazon sells software downloads in bid for profit
Amazon.com is continuing in its bid to make a profit but this time it's being constructive. That's right, rather than fire staff or get rid of entire lines of goods, it has decided to expand its offerings to include a software download service.
Anna Kournikova virus spreading like wildfire
An Internet-based email worm that masquerades as a picture of tennis star Anna Kournikova is spreading fast, so posing a severe threat to the world's email servers.
MS court gig to go out live on the Web
Microsoft's appeal will go out live over the Internet for two days at the end of this month, and the lucky winners of the audio stream are ABC News and C-Span. The two organisations will carry the show live on their Web sites, and it will also be available on archive, and for radio broadcast.
Napster ruling merely delays injunction
The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals has rendered a mixed decision on a lower court's injunction against Napster, which has been stayed pending appeal.
McDonald's hit by spitting email hoax
McDonald's has fallen foul of an email claiming its staff were filmed spitting on customers' food.