20th > September > 2001 Archive
Analysis There are a number of new tragedies the USA may invite in its response to last week's suicide hijackings in New York and Washington, the most ironic of which would be to give Osama bin Laden exactly what he wants.
Microsoft is planning to go ahead with the launch of Windows XP in New York on October 25th, but will be discussing the matter with the mayor and city officials first, company CEO Steve Ballmer said at a software industry lunch in Chicago yesterday. The company had intended the launch to be the usual raucous, overblown tub-thumping spectacle, but subsequent to last week's events a far more sober event will be appropriate.
The spread of Nimda, the hybrid worm that affects both email users and Web sites, appears to be subsiding. But the effects of the most sophisticated virus yet unleashed are still been felt across the Internet.
A Compaq Proliant server cluster is capable of running up a billion transactions a day - apparently a first in TPC-C (Transaction Processing Council) validated benchmark.
3Com is canning 1,000 more staffers than it thought it would when it launched its restructuring plans last year. So its Q1 losses have quadrupled but the cost cutting is going well.
Updated Intel has pulled the plug on its dual-processor server-oriented 2GHz Xeon chip, after last month delaying its release for what the company described at the time as extra validation work.
Here's an embarrassing one, security firm Alternative Computer Technology appears to have got infected with the Nimda virus which not only infects Windows PCs but also sticks itself on Web servers, so some browsers pick it up automatically when they visit an infected site.
Computer games developer Eidos has announced another set of disappointing quarterly results but reckons that good times are just ahead. Revenues fell 27 per cent year-on-year to £12.2 million but pre-tax losses narrowed from £22.3 million to £15.4million. The company also managed to improve its margins by 12 per cent so losses before interest, tax etc fell from £17.7 million to £10.6 million.
VIA has coughed up more details about the patent infringement action it's taking against Intel in retaliation for the chip giant's own allegations that VIA has violated Intel intellectual property.
Ecommerce activity in the UK continued to grow during August in spite of the continued gloomy economic outlook.
Vodafone has increased its bid for world domination by paying £1.8 billion for a controlling stake in Japan Telecom and its J-Phone mobile subsidiary. The money has got it an extra 21.7 per cent in the company (that's a 29 per cent premium on the shares) - providing the all-important 66.7 per cent stake, which means it can hire and fire directors.
In a bid for a little publicity for the chip, big in China but not too popular throughout the rest of the PC using world, VIA is offering its 800MHz C3 in a "special edition" metal can aimed at individuals building their own PC or upgrading an existing processor.
Dell has begun offering its Precision 530 workstation with Intel's unlaunched 2GHz Xeon processor, as we predicted yesterday. To date Intel has only said that the chip will ship sometime in Q3.
Businesses are being urged to upgrade Microsoft software by 30 September because MS is ditching its most widely used upgrade path on 1 October 2001.
Updated So farewell, then, the 2GHz 0.18 micron Foster Xeon, knocked on the head because a faster, 0.13 micron version with more cache is coming within three months of its once-anticipated launch.
The decline in server sales spread from the US to Western Europe in Q2, with factory revenues down 8 per cent on the same period last year, IDC says. Q2 factory gate revenues were $3.2bn (Q2 2000: $3.7bn),
The IT industry has done a poor job in protecting its Web servers from the effects of the Nimda worm.
More and more US households are ditching their second phone lines and replacing them with broadband services or mobile phones, according to a survey from Gartner.
Horizon, the Anglo-Irish Sun reseller, has reported a pretty good year, with sales for the 12 months to 30 June 2001 up 38 per cent to EUR409.5m and EBITDA up 15 per cent to EUR18.5m.
Although it might seem like everybody you know sends you email everyday, as well as lots and lots of people you don’t know, apparently you ain’t seen nothing yet. IDC is claiming that email volumes are going to soar to staggering levels over the next few years as more and more people move online and businesses increasingly turn to electronic means for their business dealings.
Palm finally unveiled its m125 PDA this morning after a false start earlier this week.
Review Some webcams try to incorporate all the functionality of small digital cameras. They come with batteries and internal memory, so they don't have to be tethered to a PC. These additions push the price up and often result in a product that's a bad digital camera with webcam capabilities rather than a value-for-money webcam. The TerraCam from TerraTec doesn't try to be anything other than a well-made, low-end webcam for desktop and mobile computing. Its price undercuts most of the competition, yet it comes with enough software to maximise its versatility.
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IT security sales will triple in value to $21 billion by the end of 2005, compared with the $6.7bn recorded in 2000.
Apple Expo Paris may have been cancelled, but Mac OS X 10.1 will be launched next week, we understand from sources close to the company.
Is there a co-ordinated attempt taking place to force defacement archives off the Internet?
Just how well is that e-business project going? What exactly is the return on the investment (ROI)? If you are, in common with 80 per cent of so big companies, calculating the ROI in-house, you could be deluding yourself.
Microsoft will bless leading third party skinning software WindowBlinds at a media event in Michigan on Monday.
Yesterday was a bad day for Liverpool supporters for two reasons: one, a lacklustre performance against Borussia Dortmund produced a 0-0 scoreline and made the task of getting through the Champions League first round that much harder. And two, the Liverpool FC Web site's free e-season ticket finished and informed fans they'd have to pay £3.99 a month from now on or a flat fee of £39.99 for the year.
People have long being inspired to song through love, passion or (as the Reg Anthem competition found out) frustration with Microsoft Windows.
Is there no end to Captain Cyborg's talents? Self-publicist supremo, confused lecturer, technology Cassandra and now film critic to boot.
Osama Bin Laden is evading detection by not using modern telecoms equipment, the US intelligence services have told the press. "He switched off a lot of communications technologies," a US intelligence spokesman said. "Now it is other people talking for him. In an innocuous conversation, you can't pick that out."
Three in four Americans favour tough anti-encryption laws, in the wake of last week's terrorist atrocities, a survey finds.