28th > March > 2001 Archive

Highly destructive Linux worm mutating

The recently discovered Lion worm, which attacks Linux BIND (DNS) servers, is turning out to be one nasty little package which leaves infected victims with no choice but to re-format their entire systems and rebuild from scratch.
Thomas C Greene, 28 Mar 2001

UK has most expensive DSL access in the world

The UK is the most expensive place in the world for fast Internet access, according to a comprehensive new report from Point Topic. The company's DSL Worldwide Directory lists and profiles DSL companies throughout the world and compares prices and the number of people on the service.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2001

Handspring toys with Palm alternatives

Handspring has made its strongest declaration of independence yet, vowing to use non-Palm software in future products. Handspring founder Jeff Hawkins, creator of the original Palm, has been asked outright about his OS plans, and although his answers are couched in the language of the diplomacy, it's clear that he's leaving his options open.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Mar 2001

Sage buys ACT!

Sage, the UK accountancy software giant, is to buy Interact Commerce, the owners of SalesLogix, and ACT!,the mass-market contact manager, for $260m in cash. According to Interact, Sage's huge reseller channel, was a major factor in the decision to succumb to Sage's courtship. Sage estimates that less than 10 per cent of its customers use CRM software.
Drew Cullen, 28 Mar 2001

Palm to axe 250 jobs as it dips into the red

Palm posted its latest financials last night, and while its revenues continue to grow - up 73 per cent year on year - they haven't kept its profits up - quite the reverse - or convinced the company that the outlook for the rest of the year is as rosy as it has been.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2001

Net via radio for schools group overstates its case

The consortium that's pitching digital radio to schools as a bypass around the UK's broadband traffic jam may be getting just a little ahead of itself.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Mar 2001

Microsoft's UK e-govt service unveiled

Microsoft's e-government service for the UK was unveiled with great relish last night. For some ungodly reason, the official ceremony took place in Seattle - showing that Microsoft is now more important than the UK government. Civil servant E-bloke Andrew Pinder attended.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2001

Napster blocks 275,000 tracks

Napster has claimed it has prevented 275,000 songs, hidden behind over 1.6 million filenames - ie. nearly six filenames for each song - from being downloaded since it introduced its court-imposed filtering software earlier this month.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2001

Nortel in the poo

The worst fears about the health of the networking market were realised last night when Nortel Networks further downgraded its first quarter sales forecasts and announced the loss of a further 5,000 jobs.
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2001

Risks from hybrid Linux / Windows virus low

Security experts have downplayed the risk of what is reported to be the first virus that can infect both Windows- and Linux-based PCs.
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2001

VIA talks to Intel about P4 licence…

VIA is going to produce a Pentium 4 chipset based on DDR SDRAM, whatever Intel thinks about it, the Taiwanese company admitted at CeBit last week.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2001

1.7GHz P4 coming ‘very shortly’ – Gelsinger

Chipzilla's 1.7GHz Pentium 4 will be released "very shortly", the chip colossus' CTO, Pat 'Harry Potter' Gelsinger, told WinHEC attendees yesterday.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2001

This man must be the biggest luddite in history

Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2001

Webcasting: The Two-Headed Beast

Should webcasting primarily be an extension of a publisher's editorial operations, or an extension of its marketing operations designed to please advertisers with targeted B-to-B messages?
Sam Whitmore, 28 Mar 2001

Australia to make online gambling illegal

Not satisfied with nannying laws over Internet content, the luddites in the Australian federal government have set their sights on online gambling.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2001

Gates plans invisible, automatic updates for WinXP users

Most of the reporting of Bill Gates' WinHEC keynote on Monday has focussed on the Tablet PC announcement, but you'd also do well to take a look at what he had to say about Windows Update. In WinXP it's back, it's bigger than ever, and this time, maybe, resistance is futile.
John Lettice, 28 Mar 2001

ATI sees red, buys FireGL

Graphics chip maker ATI, which last week agreed to buy SonicBlue's last remaining graphics operation, found itself back in the red after only a single profitable quarter since its last loss-making period.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2001

Tiny outsources sales call centre to Glasgow firm

Tiny Computers is outsourcing its direct sales call centre business to Glasgow based Coltas Contact Centres.
Robert Blincoe, 28 Mar 2001

Apple at PowerPC makers' mercy – ex-exec

Apple remains at the mercy of its key component suppliers - in particular its processor providers Motorola and IBM - the former head of the Mac maker's European operation has admitted.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2001

MS nixes MSDN WinXP Beta 2 downloads

Microsoft seems to have made a total pig's ear of WinXP beta access for MSDN subscribers, and has compounded this by inflicting another one of those online foul-ups it's so good at on would-be Preview Program buyers. Due credit to Paul Thurrott of WinInfo for digging this one out - Register Preview Program subscriber William H Spam III has just been sitting there like a dummy waiting for the alert email from MS, so missed all the action.
John Lettice, 28 Mar 2001

Oftel tells BT to stop whingeing

BT may be in serious trouble at the moment but don't think its attitude to controlling UK telecoms has changed. Oftel decided in February that the company was still making an unnecessary profit from household phone lines and so it would extend its price capping system.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2001

Cisco and MS team on wireless security

Cisco has announced what it says is the first implementation of a draft security standard for wireless networking.
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2001

Online auction leaves Lennon's car in the lock-up

Mick Fleetwood's online auction site had a bit of a set-back yesterday at the Hard Rock Café in London when the 1970 Mercedes owned by John Lennon failed to reach the reserve price of £200,000. A John Lennon piano also came up short of the £1 million expected - fetching "just" £750,000.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2001

Fatal Attraction revenge on the Net

What do you do when your ex-love turns into a bunny boiler? How about posting their rantings on the Net?
Linda Harrison, 28 Mar 2001

Police in mobile phone theft SMS blitz

Amsterdam police have launched a scheme to bombard mobile phone thieves with text messages.
Linda Harrison, 28 Mar 2001

Give us all your money – or we shoot 100k DSL customers

Around 100,000 US DSL users face losing their service next week after the collapse of talks between NorthPoint and its former DSL ISPs.
Linda Harrison, 28 Mar 2001

They call me Anti-Spam Bill

A US Congressional Committee unanimously approved a bill today aimed at banning spam.
Linda Harrison, 28 Mar 2001

Zelerate goes titsup.com

San Mateo-based open source pioneer Zelerate - formerly OpenSales - is closing its door today according to a number of reliable but unconfirmed sources. The company shed half of its staff on Friday, leaving a skeleton two dozen or so manning the pumps this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Mar 2001

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