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New MS-Word macro warning

While it's true that all recent versions of MS Office supposedly require the user's permission to run a macro, a wee little oversight at Redmond Security Central makes it possible for an RTF (Rich Text Format) document opened by Word to execute a macro automatically if it's embedded in a template.
Thomas C Greene, 22 May 2001
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Jobs and Tevanian vow to fight OS X speed drain

Apple WWDC Apple CEO Steve Jobs and chief software henchman Avie Tevanian went out of their way to acknowledge performance concerns about OS X in a marathon keynote yesterday. A note of 'we feel your pain' seemed to be mixed into the usual evangelical message: Jobs cited that performance was top of the list of features both users and developers wanted to see fixed. (Unsuprisingly, the Dock is No.2)
Andrew Orlowski, 22 May 2001
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Apple's OS bundle keeps OS9 alive

Apple WWDC Apple began bundling Mac OS X with all new Macs today, although the venerable OS 9 will continue to remain the default OS. Although this fulfills an earlier promise to 'pre-load' the new OS by the summer, it falls short of the promise from less than a year ago that OS X would 'ship as standard'.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 May 2001
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The truth about Redmond's WinXP signed driver plans

Has Jim Allchin, Microsoft's Mr XP, finally lost it? Why is he writing letters to ZD denying things Microsoft hasn't been accused of? Doh...
John Lettice, 22 May 2001
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Channel stuffed with accreditations

Imagine a scenario - that you are a telco-focused reseller flogging Linux into the Enterprise space. Yesterday could have been a bloody expensive day for you, with three big-name companies debuting new channel accreditations. More programmes means more training, means more expense - hoops to jump through before clawing back all those promised vendor benefits.
Team Register, 22 May 2001
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What the Tories pledge on IT and the Net

The Conservative Party is blaming the New Labour Government for delays in opening up Britain's telecoms network to competition and has pledged it will conduct an urgent review of the situation if elected.
Tim Richardson, 22 May 2001
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Psion brings Bluetooth to Revo PDA

Psion will be updating its Revo PDA next month to bring it up to date with the latest Bluetooth wireless technology, sources have claimed.
Tony Smith, 22 May 2001
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Motorola unveils low-power PowerPC G4 Plus

Updated Motorola yesterday extended its PowerPC processor line, with a low-power version of its top-end PowerPC 7450, aka the G4 Plus.
Tony Smith, 22 May 2001
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The best election site we've found

There have been a fair few election sites set up for this period of collective madness, but so far the winner's rosette has to go to Spinon.co.uk.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 May 2001
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The ICANN cartoon: Part II

The cult ICANN cartoon that deals with the fantasy world goings-on at the secretive organisation now has a part two.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 May 2001
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InterX turnover halves

InterX today said turnover halved in the third quarter after its decision to stop selling BladeRunner as an eCRM platform.
Linda Harrison, 22 May 2001
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Kingston posts loss

Shares in Kingston Communications were up more than 5 per cent to 122p at noon after it reported a £10.52 million loss compared to a profit of £6.34 million last year.
Tim Richardson, 22 May 2001
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BT has a disaster week

BT is having a complete disaster. Everything it touches turns to poo. Every time a decision or an announcement is made, the company becomes worth less than it did five minutes earlier.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 May 2001
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Opera follows up Linux version with IBM appliance deal

Opera Software has followed up the release of Opera 5.0 for Linux with an IBM coup - the company has announced that IBM will be using Opera 5.0 for QNX for its NetVista Internet appliance.
John Lettice, 22 May 2001
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Dell debuts fresh Latitude

Dell has added a fresh model to its line of Latitude notebooks and extra features to the existing range.
Linda Harrison, 22 May 2001
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AOL hikes unlimited Net price

AOL is jacking up the price of unlimited Net access for users in the US - the new price is $23.90 a month.
Robert Blincoe, 22 May 2001
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Tempo cuts 20% of shops

Electrical retail chain Tempo has decided to shut around ten per cent of its shops in the UK as part of a company overhaul.
Linda Harrison, 22 May 2001
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Microsoft PocketPC racks up 1m sales in first year

One year and a month after its launch and Microsoft's PocketPC platform - aka Windows CE 3.0 - has clocked up sales of over one million units.
Tony Smith, 22 May 2001
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Site blocking furore kicks off

Updated Another battle has kicked off regarding site blocking by ISPs and at the centre of it - again - is the Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS).
Kieren McCarthy, 22 May 2001
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New Labour launches DoS attack on satirical site

The satirical election site that is making the campaign palatable had to be taken down for about half an hour of so this afternoon thanks to a denial of service attack.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 May 2001
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Monster Raving Loony Party unveils manifesto

The Monster Raving Loony Party has unveiled its manifesto and promised to sort out mobile phone irritation and the difficult topic of voting rights for pet animals.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 May 2001
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Alan Stanley kicked out of Dane-Elec?

DRAM distributor Dane-Elec has kicked out its UK general manager and founder Alan Stanley after nine years.
Linda Harrison, 22 May 2001
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Alastair Campbell refuses to spend £112k on domain

A witless Internet consultant who tried to sell the domain generalelection.tv to the Labour Party for more than £100,000 has been duped by his own carelessness.
Tim Richardson, 22 May 2001
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Whitehat ‘Max Vision’ gets 18 months

Computer security researcher and former FBI informant Max Butler aka 'Max Vision' was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for launching an Internet worm that crawled through hundreds of military and defense contractor computers over a few days in 1998. In handing down the sentence, federal judge James Ware rejected …
Kevin Poulsen, 22 May 2001