16th > August > 2001 Archive

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New and used computers wanted for Africa

A charity which moves drugs and medical aid around Africa has launched an appeal for computers.
Linda Harrison, 16 Aug 2001
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Intel readying Xeons with on-die L3

Intel's demonstration of a 2GHz Xeon processor at SIGGRAPH this week seems to have surprised a number of observers.
Tony Smith, 16 Aug 2001
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Lastminute.com crawls towards profit

Lastminute.com is convinced it has enough spare cash to see its business report a profit without having to go cap-in-hand to its investors.
Tim Richardson, 16 Aug 2001
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WinXP WPA switch signals RTM is imminent

One of the surest signs that Windows XP is close to RTM (Release to Manufacture) is that Microsoft has rejigged the Windows Product Activation (WPA) in the most recent beta build, 2542. The company is widely expected to sign off the final code within the next week, and in the run-up to this it makes sense (at least from Microsoft's point of view) to switch over from the more relaxed regime the beta testers have had to the real thing.
John Lettice, 16 Aug 2001
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Taiwanese firms' output value fell 13% during 1H

Taiwanese manufacturers, source of many of the world's CD and DVD drives, CRT and LCD monitors, mobos, digital cameras, scanners, notebook PCs and the like, saw the sale value of their products fall 13 per cent year-on-year during the first six months of 2001, the island's Market Information Centre, part of the Institute for Information Industry, has reported.
Tony Smith, 16 Aug 2001
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Samsung bags exclusive Nokia DRAM deal

Samsung has scored an exclusive DRAM supply deal with Nokia which should help it out during the tough times in the computer memory market.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Aug 2001
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IIS über-patch claims to wipe out all old Web server flaws

Microsoft has released an über-patch that aims to address all the previously announced vulnerabilities in its IIS Web server software, and a few more besides.
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2001
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Marconi boardroom genocide on cards

A boardroom purge is coming to Marconi as institutional investors make their anger known, claims The Guardian.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Aug 2001
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Intel's Mobile Roadmap

Updated Intel's attention may be focused on the 26 August launch of the desktop 2GHz Pentium 4 - along with a 1.9GHz part and price cuts across the rest of the family - but it hasn't taken its eye off the mobile sector.
Tony Smith, 16 Aug 2001
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Forget the rumours – Wireplay still up for sale

Wireplay is still up for sale despite speculation that it has been bought by two former directors of Gameplay Plc.
Tim Richardson, 16 Aug 2001
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Dell skimps on spec to hit PC price points

Dell is being a little skimpy with its PC specs in order to hit certain price points.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Aug 2001
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Telewest spanner causes small fire

A tiny blaze engulfed a small room at Telewest's offices in Edinburgh cutting off 70,000 phone customers.
Tim Richardson, 16 Aug 2001
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Canon Digital Ixus V

Review Canon continues to build on the success of its ultra-compact Digital Ixus camera with the introduction of the Ixus V. This version sports a lower price tag, but its key selling points remain the same: its tiny size (at 190g it is easily the most portable camera we've seen) and gorgeous styling. It retains the brushed metal bodywork synonymous with the Ixus range, and this gives it a sturdy feel despite its proportions.
PC Advisor, 16 Aug 2001
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IBM aims for Summit with dual 32-bit, 64-bit chipset

Intel has selected chipset technology from IBM to test upcoming multi-processor versions of its Xeon server chip and the next-generation Itanium processor, McKinley.
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2001
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AOL invites Lotus into the IM fold

AOL has invited Lotus into its instant messaging Bedouin tent with the announcement of an "interoperability trial".
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Aug 2001
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Sierra On-Line sacks 148 more staff

A week after Vivendi Universal closed down its Dynamix games development studio it has emerged that the damage was far more severe than previously suspected.
Eurogamer.net, 16 Aug 2001
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Titus Interactive to take over Interplay

France continued its dastardly plot to dominate the global computer games industry today, as Titus Interactive announced that it had taken control of troubled American publisher Interplay.
Eurogamer.net, 16 Aug 2001
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Welsh dad kills 12-year-old daughter after email hoax

Three members of staff at a Welsh computer company have been charged with forgery after allegedly sending hoax emails to an exec at a rival company who later killed his 12-year-old daughter.
Linda Harrison, 16 Aug 2001
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Intel admits 2GHz Pentium 4 will launch on 27 August

Intel has confirmed it will indeed announce the 2GHz Pentium 4 in just under two weeks' time - just ahead of massive price cuts throughout the rest of the desktop P4 line.
Tony Smith, 16 Aug 2001
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EMH – ‘ability to continue is materially impaired’

European Micro Holdings, the broker of top brand computer hardware, has announced it is unlikely to be able to continue trading as a going concern.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Aug 2001
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UK kids suffer because of slow DSL roll-out

Britain's kids could become the thickies of the world unless the UK gets wired up for broadband.
Tim Richardson, 16 Aug 2001
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Jungle.com founder sings like a canary

Serial e-entrepreneur Steve Bennett has launched his latest project - a karaoke Web site.
Linda Harrison, 16 Aug 2001
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Beenz is dead: official

Beenz, the company attempting to build a purely online currency, has finally announced its own impending death. On 26 August it will be no more. Consumers will stop earning beenz and traders will stop redeeming them. It has passed on, it is no more, it has ceased to be, it's expired and gone to meet it's maker. This is an ex-beenz.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Aug 2001
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Lotus and IBM pull products together

IBM is planning to integrate a number of the Lotus products with its core software offerings. This could be further evidence that Lotus’ life as a standalone company is drawing to a close. It couldn’t come at a better time.
Drew Cullen, 16 Aug 2001
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Barry Fox promotes virus abuse on radio

Barry Fox, veteran electronics journalist and media pundit, lost his marbles live on London radio last night when he advocated sending viruses to people who annoy you.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Aug 2001
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Fry's eats scrambled Egghead

Californian e-tailer Egghead.com is to sell up after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Linda Harrison, 16 Aug 2001
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Freeserve shamed by peeping Toms

Bosses at Le Freeserve are no doubt fuming today after a newspaper gossip column revealed that some of their staff are peeping Toms and squinting Sarahs.
Tim Richardson, 16 Aug 2001
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Palm buys Be

Updated Be has been sold - as we predicted a week or so back (see Be takeover imminent) - to Palm.
Tony Smith, 16 Aug 2001
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Lotus and IBM pull products together

IBM is planning to integrate a number of the Lotus products with its core software offerings. This could be further evidence that Lotus’ life as a standalone company is drawing to a close. It couldn’t come at a better time.
IT-Analysis, 16 Aug 2001

World's fastest supercomputer goes down a bomb

The US government has activated ASCI White, the world's fastest supercomputer.
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2001

BOFH: Cardiac Arrest or Cancer?

Episode 22 Episode 22 "The Boss is looking a bit pale," The PFY comments as The Boss rolls into work at a very sedate pace. "Yep," I respond, knowing the full details. "Funeral yesterday. Another one of his PDP-11 mates has gone to the great archive in the sky." "Heart Attack?" The PFY asks, naming the number one killer of IT managers …
Simon Travaglia, 16 Aug 2001
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Old PCs cause birth defects

Research due to be released tomorrow suggests that babies born near landfill sites are more likely to suffer birth defects.
Linda Harrison, 16 Aug 2001
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Euro con-artists named and shamed on Net

German shops and business that use the introduction of the euro as an excuse to raise prices are to be named and shamed on the Internet.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Aug 2001
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Intel backed video encryption standard is ‘fatally flawed’

A well-respected cryptographer claims he has discovered a way to break an Intel-backed format for encoding video transmissions - but is prevented by US law on speaking on the issue.
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2001
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Felten spills the SDMI beans

USENIX 10 It came off without a hitch. Princeton University Professor Edward Felten, who led the team of researchers which successfully cracked the SDMI challenge, delivered his group's findings at the tenth annual USENIX conference in Washington Wednesday, and was not arrested.
Thomas C Greene, 16 Aug 2001