UK Govt's stand on spam provokes angry backlash
The British Government's decision to defend spam has caused outrage among El Reg readers.
MS and DoJ: hap-hap-happy as pigs in filth
If you tend to believe what you hear at press conferences, then you'll have a particularly tough time reconciling the US Department of Justice's satisfaction in the appeals court antitrust ruling alongside Microsoft's equal satisfaction in the same document. Such was the challenge for reporters Thursday: to hear the two contestants tell it, they'd both won (as the NBC Nightly News attributed to Microsoft alone) a "stunning victory".
VIA sees C3 emerge as server chip
Like Transmeta and Intel before it, VIA is getting its chips installed into energy-efficient servers. The company yesterday said that US-based server maker Rauch Medien will use its C3 x86-compatible processor for a new family of low-power rack machines.
3G phones to become ultimate crime-busting tool
The next generation of mobile phones may prove to be the ultimate eye-witness thanks to modern technology and the RIP Act.
Gameplay non-exec directors ‘resign’
The non-executive directors of Gameplay have resigned. Why on earth would they want to do that? Well, they made their decision "following the substantial reduction in the activities of the business" - which is a great way of saying that they've got bugger all to do.
Why are we all still using 1984 technology?
Today's computer file system is outdated and dead, and will be replaced by a set-up allowing users to access their data from any Net-connected device.
AMD to ship 1.4GHz Athlon MP by August
AMD is preparing to take its Athlon MP server line to 1.4GHz real soon now.
Bailiffs on the way to Time Computers' shops
UpdatedA property company has decided to send the bailiffs round to two of Time Computers' shops because the rent has not been paid.
MySimon email flame gets too hot to handle
It's amazing how things can get out of hand on the Net. Take Frank DiMauro of Chapel Hill, NC, in the US.
Usenet creator dead
One of the two men behind Usenet, Jim Ellis, has died aged 45. He died at his home in Pennsylvania yesterday morning after losing his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
How MS is winning the court war by losing all the battles
Yesterday's appeals court ruling on the antitrust case was a pretty substantial victory for Microsoft, but oddly enough it consists mainly of a big stack of defeats for the company. The appeals court has agreed with the majority of the content of the district court's findings of fact and conclusions of law, yet has nevertheless thrown Redmond a couple of large lifebelts.
Britney gets hacked!
BritneySpears.com has been hacked and displays nothing but the message: "britney got hacked http://www.digit-labs.org/britney.htm gtx wouter".
Orphans of Compaq's Alphacide bolt for the exit
Sales reps from Sun Microsystems and IBM can start counting their bonuses already, if detailed accounts of Compaq's customer reassurance blitz received by The Register are accurate.
Sysadmins waste 75 days a year on site visits
IT support staff waste up to 75 days a year on travelling to off-site locations to physically fix PCs.
Stratus applies fault tolerant tech to Wintel boxes
High-end server manufacturer Stratus is shipping its first server based on Intel chips and Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system.
How to trace stolen notebooks over the Net
Software which pinpoints the exact location of laptop thieves via the Net is due to land in Europe by the end of this year.
ReviewApple's iBook has undergone a significant redesign of late and the result is a laptop that's sure to appeal to a wide range of users. Gone are the bright colours of previous models. In their place is a lighter, smaller machine that won't embarrass you when you're seen with it in public.
NEC Powermate i-Select XL3 A1300
ReviewNot to be outdone by other 1.3GHz Athlons, NEC's Powermate i-Select XL3 A1300 has a couple of extra tricks up its sleeve. Built around a 1.3GHz processor and 256MB of DDR (double data rate) RAM, its WorldBench 2000 score of 182 is more than respectable.
Palm to give $2.3m of unsold PDAs to education
The great Palm inventory clearance continues, this time with a donation of $2.3 million worth of PDAs to US schools, colleges and universities.
Phoenix BIOS mobos phoning home?
Last Tuesday we were following with great interest a thread at DSLReports expressing concern about the PhoenixNet-enabled BIOS, which automatically connects users to Phoenix servers to enable downloads of (presumably updated) files.
Palm knuckles up to Gartner, sucks up to Big Biz
Palm CEO Carl Yankowski today tried to reassure investors that Palm is not losing its grip on the handheld market.
ReviewSony has always had a knack when it comes to consumer devices, and the DSC-P1 is no exception. Small, capable and easy to use, it stands out as more than just a PC peripheral.
Maxtor plans 137GB+ hard drives
Maxtor today set out its stall in the heavy duty hard drive market, saying it planned to surpass the 137GB interface for ATA drives by the end of the year.
Bluetooth fillip for Palm
Ahh… the sounds of summer in England. The thwack of leather on willow, the chirping of grasshoppers in a green meadow, and the gentle snoring of odd-job man Lester behind boxes of unsold Register merchandise.
Fancy a 1GB flash disk the size/weight of a plastic lighter?
Fancy a 1GB flash memory disk that plugs straight into your USB port and is the size and weight of a plastic lighter?
Compaq displays upcoming Evo notebook
Compaq today displayed its upcoming Evo notebook, weighing around 3lbs and offering up to eight hours of battery life.
Fujitsu-Siemens B Series Bluetooth
PreviewFujitsu-Siemens will soon be updating its B Series range of laptops to incorporate Bluetooth functionality, available either as an option via USB or built-in. We looked at some early prototypes of the latter to see how they performed.
Compaq launches smart card keyboard
Compaq has launched a "smart card" keyboard for its Presario desktop PC range.
I use a Bluetooth headset and I'm no Nathan Barley, claims reader
A reader strongly disputes our claim that wearing a wireless Bluetooth headset makes you look like a chump.
ReviewCompromises are never easy to accept, and while Nvidia's GeForce 3 technology is expensive, the sub-£100 alternatives of ATI's Radeon VE and the GeForce 2 MX cards aren't more tempting. Be thankful, then, for Videologic's VividXS, a 32MB card that offers near-GeForce 2 GTS performance at almost half the price.
Don Capellas justifies Compaq Alphacide
Compaq boss Mike Capellas has issued a long justification for murdering the Alpha chip, in a memo obtained by occult semiconductor site Thee Enquirer.
VA Linux quits hardware ahead of PC bloodbath
When we heard rumours late last week that VA Linux would be pulling back from the hardware business, we scoffed. Instead we mused what kind of new and freaky hardware VA would move into next, and who would take the expensive and peripheral OSDN websites off its hands, and for how much? But with a PC price war looming, the boys that billed themselves as the premier Linux PC hardware company read the runes, took a long lunch and bolted.
BT to offer free voicemail from Monday
BT is to offer free voicemail services for its retail customers from Monday as part of its bid to "add value" to its fixed line service.
High street TFT displays hit £299
The UK's biggest computer retail chain, PC World, is starting to punt out 14.1-inch no-name TFT monitors for £299.
Online brigands take to billing fraud and identity theft
Billing fraud and theft of people's online identities can be expected to proliferate as carriers make heavier use of the Internet instead of conventional circuit switched networks.
The Easy way to donate money to charity
This week, we've been covering the Easy Group's attempts to take over domain names beginning with "easy" because it feels they are all businesses piggy-backing on its success.