16th > October > 2001 Archive

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Jakob Nielsen on how Apple blew it, how Linux will blow it, and the Next Big Thing

On life after WAP... Wireless content is still the same kind of gold rush as the web, and people aren't thinking whether it makes sense to sell X [via wireless data] just as it didn't make sense to sell X, such as pet food, on the Web. I still believe in e-commerce, but not for everything.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2001
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AMD nails Hammer specs

MPF As expected Chimpzilla disclosed new information about its first 64bit CPU Hammer today at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2001
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Compaq UK auctions end of line, refurbs

Compaq UK is setting out its stall as the purveyor of secondhand and unwanted new PCs. Its own PCs, mind you - the company is flogging the kit through a new auction site, powered by Fairmarket.
Drew Cullen, 16 Oct 2001
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Channel faces cash crisis

Resellers in Europe and the US are bracing themselves for a very tough Q4, amid signs of a "significant weakening in corporate purchasing plans" on both sides of the Atlantic.
Drew Cullen, 16 Oct 2001
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Concert ends – no applause

BT and AT&T today announced the death of Concert, their heavily loss-making joint venture targeting international business.
Drew Cullen, 16 Oct 2001
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Big Biz loves e-biz

Global ecommerce is alive and kicking, and big businesses around the world are continuing to invest in the technology, according to survey from Accenture, the management consultancy firm with the funny name.
Drew Cullen, 16 Oct 2001
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IBM debuts 1GHz PowerPC G3

IBM launched a 1GHz G3-class PowerPC processor, the 750FX, yesterday - a couple of days ahead of its scheduled introduction, but who's counting?
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2001
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Microsoft apologises to Novell but court case continues

Microsoft has formally apologised to Novell for sending out advertising suggesting the company's operating system NetWare was obsolete and wouldn't be supported in future. It has promised not to repeat the allegations and will send out "corrective" information to the same 3,000 Novell customers it originally targeted.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2001
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Will MS cut a deal with Europe over WinXP?

Is the European Commission investigating Windows XP, or isn't it? Or, is it considering whether to investigate it, or isn't it? Yes and no, according to authoritative EU sources this week.
John Lettice, 16 Oct 2001
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Handspring Treo smartphones give Graffiti the thumbs down

Handspring has taken the wraps off its Treo smartphone - its first product not only to embrace integrated wireless comunications but to turn its back on the Graffiti character-entry system the company's co-founder, Jeff Hawkins, invented.
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2001

Recording industry exploits WTC tragedy to hack you

Capitol Hill lobbyists representing the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) tried to attach a self-serving amendment to recent anti-terror legislation which would have made it legal for copyright owners to hack computer networks in search of copyright-infringing material and destroy them, Wired News reports.
Thomas C Greene, 16 Oct 2001
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The451.com is dead

Paid-for IT news site The451.com is officially dead. Its majority owner Durlacher announced to the stock market this morning that receivers had been appointed yesterday for the site's company 45Onecom Ltd.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2001
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Tiny goes large

Tiny Computers has won a Powerhouse concession contract, which will see it open 140 new stores over the coming 18 months. This will almost double its store count from its existing 143 showroom-style stores and create around 450 jobs.
James Watson, 16 Oct 2001
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MS anthrax letter un-confirmed

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia announced Monday that a letter returned from Malaysia to a Microsoft licensing division office in Reno, Nevada has tested negative for anthrax spores.
Thomas C Greene, 16 Oct 2001
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HPaQ must die – major investor

Hewlett-Packard and Compaq are being urged to scrap their $19.7 billion merger by a US value-investment fund which owns shares in both businesses.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Oct 2001
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Jungle apologises for crap service

Jungle.com has apologised to customers for its particularly poor service of late, which it admits stems from a new computer system it installed on 24 September. Customers are now faced with a 21-day guaranteed delivery time, as opposed to the 3 to 5-day service the site has offered previously.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2001

BT-spin off offers 400% network performance supercharge

A BT-backed firm aims to tackle network performance problems with a different approach to content distribution.
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2001
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Stephen Hawking predicts bio-engineering catastrophe

The synthesized voice of Professor Stephen Hawking has tinnily decreed that the sort of bio-engineering he enthusiastically advocated last month is actually going to doom humanity unless we colonize other worlds, the Telegraph reports.
Thomas C Greene, 16 Oct 2001

IBM kicks EMC where it hurts

Things don't get any easier at EMC. While much of the world's media is speculating, quite stupidly, on its imminent acquisition by IBM, those people that actually use EMC kit are keeping a beady eye on the firm's fortunes.
IT-Analysis, 16 Oct 2001
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Intel announces 1.5, 2GHz Mobile Pentium 4

Intel yesterday confirmed it will release Mobile Pentium 4 processors next year, at speeds in excess of 1.5GHz during the first half of 2002 and at 2GHz in the latter part of the year.
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2001
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Apple ships PPC7440-based 667MHz PowerBook G4

Apple has just introduced upgraded Titanium PowerBook G4s, as we predicted.
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2001
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Apple upgrades iBook to 600MHz

Apple has confirmed last week's reports from resellers than an updated iBook was on the way: it has announced a 600MHz version of the consumer notebook.
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2001
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Dual 800MHz Power Mac G4 Server shows at last

Apple has shipped the long-awaited dual 800MHz Power Mac G4 Server it had been expected to launch at Apple Expo Paris (until that show was cancelled after the 11 September terrorist attacks).
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2001
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Tiny sums don't add up – Time

Tiny has overestimated the market on its Powerhouse announcement earlier today and will "have to work very hard to hit its turnover target of nearly £720,000 per store".
James Watson, 16 Oct 2001
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Bonfield acknowledges his Concert failure

Sir Peter Bonfield has acknowledged his failure as chief exec of BT to bring the money-burning monster that was Concert under control.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2001
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What went wrong with Jungle's new computer system

Jungle.com has got back to us to explain exactly what went wrong with its new management computer system and why customers have faced significant delays in getting their orders in the past few weeks.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2001
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Compaq on speed with 1GHz 64-bit Alpha boxen

Compaq has introduced a server geared to ecommerce, telecoms and supercomputing environments which it reckons is the industry's most powerful mid-range bit of tin.
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2001
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UK govt to turn Hastings into ‘e-city’

The UK government is considering spending £100 million to turn East Sussex coast town Hastings into an "e-city".
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2001
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SirCam blitz is damp squib

SirCam, the bandwidth-munching, privacy-invading, mass-mailing virus, has failed to wipe the hard disks of infected users today, thanks to a bug in the worm's code.
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2001
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Tiny's home entertainment boxes disappoint

Tiny Computers' foray into home entertainment PC centres hasn't been the success the company hoped for. The device was one idea intended to help Tiny stave off the ravages of the skinny-margin retail PC business.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Oct 2001
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Cisco ADSL adapters can melt through plastic

Cisco is voluntarily recalling approximately 95,000 ADSL router power adapters which could pose a fire risk.
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2001
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Sun peppers low-end with McKinley-killer Jalapeno

MPF You wait ages for a new bus, then two come along at once.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2001
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Optical computing ushers in 10GHz chips

MPF Optical computing has been talked about ever since we were knee-high to a PDP-8, but former Intel luminary Bill Pohlmann thinks it's now only just around the corner.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2001
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Gillingham FC fan hires plane to protest Web site ban

A fan of Gillingham Football Club, Alan Liptrott, resorted to hiring a plane with the banner "Lift the Ban on Alan" dragged behind it on Saturday after he was refused entry from the team's ground due to his supporters' Web site.
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2001
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How green is your PC (disposal policy)?

Another day, another survey proving how crap companies are in dealing with disposal of unwanted computer hardware.
James Watson, 16 Oct 2001
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SA's finest chopped up for bush meat

The biggest tech news to come from South Africa (SA) this week was the shock report that Siltek, the holding company for a variety of mostly distribution-focused businesses, has applied for provisional liquidation.
James Watson, 16 Oct 2001
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HP's two-core Mako chip waves hello, goodbye

MPF Not withstanding the outcome of the SirCam merger, HP's own chip designers are pressing on heroically.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2001
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Morse detects no seasonal upturn

Morse, Europe's biggest Sun reseller, had a very tough quarter ended September 31, with sales plummeting to £111m(2000 £151m).
Drew Cullen, 16 Oct 2001