Microsoft issues bounty for OS-less PC buyers
Microsoft may not have succeeded in persuading OEMs and system builders to "decline politely" all perverse requests for PCs lacking a pre-installed (preferably Microsoft) OS, but it's shifted to a new approach. It's now bribing system builders to turn in anyone who bids on naked boxes, ostensibly so it can harass these poor, twisted madmen directly from Beast Central.
DVD descrambler suit going to appeal
The Second Circuit US Court of Appeals in Manhattan will hear arguments for and against publishing and linking to a utility called DeCSS which defeats the CSS (Content Scrambling System) of DVDs on Tuesday, 1 May.
Trident spears VIA on trade secret lawsuit
Trident, the US graphics technology designer, accuses VIA and VIA subsidiary S3 Graphics, and some former employees of conspiring to "misappropriate Trident's trade secrets".
Intel 0.13 micron chips delayed?
Intel may have to put back its plans to ship 0.13 micron chips thanks because a key part of the equipment needed to make them has been delayed by its manufacturer.
New BT boss nervous about job
BT's new chairman has admitted that he will be suffering first day nerves when he starts work at the monster telco tomorrow.
WinXP delayed? How it could slip beyond October
Windows XP may or may not have been delayed until October; it depends how you look at it. According to an internal schedule obtained by Robert Stein of Activewin, XP is currently intended to be in the shops in October. Apparently pouncing on the same schedule, Rob Enderle of Giga Information Group interpreted this as two months slippage from the August date he'd earlier been given to understand.
AMD Palomino to debut in notebooks
AMD is still on to ship its 1GHz-plus Mobile Athlon based on the Palomino core this quarter.
eLiza asks: what makes you say you want a self-healing server?
IBM says it will devote a quarter of its server budget to Project eLiza: making its Unix, NT and Linux servers 'self-healing'. It claims five of its R&D centres will be working on eLiza technology, although figures were scarce in the first, reverential reports in the US trade inkies.
1.4GHz AMD Athlon debuts on Web
AMD's 1.4GHz Athlon has started appearing in chip suppliers' price lists, suggesting the part's launch can't be that far off and may even turn up next month.
Cadac buys its way into top Autodesk slot
Cadac has bought rival Autodesk dealer EDC Photonic, consolidating its position as the UK's biggest reseller - for the CAD design software company.
Computerland UK issues profits warning
Computerland UK, the Nottingham-based corporate reseller, has issued a profit warning - the company says it will make £300k PBT for its full financial year.
AMD cuts desktop CPU prices by up to 47.7%
AMD has cut its desktop CPU prices following Intel's second round of Pentium 4 price reductions yesterday.
CA accused of misstating sales
Computer Associates (CA) has been accused of misstating its sales results over many years in order to boost its financial results and market position.
Govt's ‘fault’ for broadband tardiness
British businesses - or 100 or so, at any rate - blame the government for "failing to deliver broadband to the nation".
Sony, Microsoft developing GameBoy-style handhelds
Sony and Microsoft are both working on competing handheld gaming machines, each designed to complement their respective consoles, PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Boffins create thought-controlled computer
Boffins at the EC's Joint Research Centre have created a computer that can "read" peoples' minds and enable disabled people to write message using nothing but thoughts.
ntl and AOL hold hands
ntl has confirmed it is in talks with AOL Time Warner concerning "potential joint activity" but claims negotiations are at an early stage.
MBO for Dan network business
PC assembler Dan Technology has sold its networking installation arm to managers
PCA hackles rise over Euler Trade Indemnity
The PC Association, the UK lobby group for systems builders, is planning to debate the existence of Euler Trade Indemnity, the dominant supplier of credit insurance to the UK channel, with over 60 per cent of the market.
First MSN Messenger virus
The first known virus that spreads by MSN's Messenger Service application has been discovered.
‘Intel Inside’ campaign celebrates 10th anniversary
Intel's 'Intel Inside' marketing campaign is ten years old, the company wrote to inform us today.
Hacktivists take over BBC Web site
A BBC Web site has been taken off line after it was defaced by a group of political hacktivists yesterday.
Dealer credit squeeze – why it's happening and what's to be done
The average IT distributor selling product at a consistent 5% margin require additional sales of £1,000,000 to break-even for every bad debt of £50,000. This is why credit insurance is so prevalent within distribution.
Rambus cornered by Judge, Infineon
Rambus vs InfineonRambus may call it quits this after it emerged that its legal action against Infineon appears to have been limited to such a degree that the memory developer effectively has no room to manoeuvre.
WinXP activation bug zeros testers' trial period
Some traffic from the Microsoft WinXP beta news groups forwarded to The Register indicates that the company may be in deep doo-doo as regards the operation of Product Activation. It's fragile, it's triggering the termination of testers' eval periods, and Microsoft doesn't know why.
Buyers sniffing round Gameplay
Gameplay reckons it's got a buyer for its business, the multi-platform games outfit said today.
7m extra surfers log onto World Wide Web in March
Cyberspace added another seven million home surfers to its ranks in March.
MS insists upon passwords of 18,000+ characters
Incredibly as it may sound, Microsoft appears to be insisting that people have hundreds of thousands of five-digit passwords if they are to access its sites.
Hijacked domain returned to rightful owner
The case of the dropped domain and the PR company that we covered last week has been sorted out - with it returning to the original owners.
US China cyberwar is a self-fulfilling prophecy
The Web site of the White House Historical Association has been plastered with Chinese flags by an anonymous hacker during a pair of apparently political motivated attacks of prestige US Web sites.
Firedup.com snuffed out
FiredUp.com - the entertainment auction site from Rupert Murdoch's News International - has shut down.
Kevin Warwick wanders into Reg territory
Captain Cyborg aka Kevin Warwick, the media-hungry professor of cybernetics at Reading University, is to pay The Reg a visit. Not that he knows it yet.
AMD 64-bit Hammer delayed
AMD has confirmed the Hammer family of 64-bit CPUs have been knocked back six months to Q3 2002.
ProComp fires duds in MS Media Player broadside
The latest broadside from ProComp, or the Project to Promote Competition and Innovation in the Digital Age - the lobby group backed by Microsoft competitors - will make depressing reading for its sponsors. ProComp has contrived to sail through a closely packed convoy, all guns firing, without hitting anything.
Compaq accused of bullying customers over warranties
No sooner has it got rid of one class-action lawsuit than Compaq gets hit with another two. This time they involve allegations of warranty bullying tactics.