14th > November > 2001 Archive

MS ‘Security Framework’ is another .NET vulnerability

Richard Forno, 14 Nov 2001

Insight shuts German ops

Insight Enterprises is shutting down in Germany. The IT mail order giant is to focus its European operations entirely around the UK, where it recently bought Action Computer Supplies.
Drew Cullen, 14 Nov 2001

Hermit is dead

Hermit, our beloved forum moderator, has died.
Drew Cullen, 14 Nov 2001

EU MS probe: hearings next month, verdict early 2002

European Commission hearings into Microsoft's conduct in Europe are to go ahead in late December, it was confirmed yesterday. Delphic as (almost) always, competition commissioner Mario Monti skated round the little matter of the DoJ's baseball bat turning into a daffodil, and said it was "too early to state to what extent the proposed US settlement satisfied all of the concerns in our statement of objections [i.e., the rap sheet]."
John Lettice, 14 Nov 2001

Mac OS X 10.1 updated

Apple has posted Mac OS X 10.1.1 - the latest update to the Mac maker's Unix-based operating system, and the reason we all had to run the Software Update and Installer upgrade the other week.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2001

Infineon, Toshiba merger on the rocks?

Infineon's interest in Taiwanese memory makers is a sign that its proposed merger with Toshiba's DRAM division may now never take place, a source close to the two companies' talks claims.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2001

Intel launches ‘blade’ Pentium III

Intel unveiled its Ultra-low Voltage Pentium III server processor this week, as anticipated.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2001

Casio cans 17% of workers

Casio will slash 3,000 jobs worldwide, 17 per cent of the workforce, by March, due to slow sales and poor profits.
Robert Blincoe, 14 Nov 2001

WinXP sales press releases fly off shelves

WinXP is flying off the shelves. Again, apparently. The US version of the Microsoft press release saying so went out last Friday, and yesterday the localised UK model turned up in the Reg email. Over here it is indeed flying off the shelves, but flying at the same velocity as it was in the US last Friday, rather than the increased one unveiled by Bill himself on Sunday.
John Lettice, 14 Nov 2001

Excite to exit UK unless buyer found

Excite UK is on the verge of becoming part of dotcom history if a buyer can't be found in the next month.
Tim Richardson, 14 Nov 2001

Future is bright for UK IT staff

Demand for UK IT staff will grow 12 per cent over the next two years, according to a National Computing Centre (NCC) survey. Demand for development and support staff will be even greater - with 15 per cent growth over the same period
Drew Cullen, 14 Nov 2001

EU wages war on cookie monster

The European Parliament has accepted a proposal that would make it unlawful to place cookies on a user's PC without their permission.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2001

How WinXP can make non-MS files invisible

Updated again:Windows XP's search system includes a bizarre feature that appears to exclude files with non-Microsoft file extensions, under some conditions. It is however so odd that it's surely got to be a bug, rather than monkey business. But you could go as far as saying it's one of those MS things that inconvenience other companies if they don't do things the new way we're doing them in Redmond.
John Lettice, 14 Nov 2001

Do-it-yourself Internet anonymity

Along with the recent government hysteria over terrorists, we've seen legislative measures and 'emergency powers' inviting law-enforcement agencies worldwide to conduct Internet surveillance on an unprecedented scale. But because the state-of-the-art of electronic dragnets makes it difficult if not impossible to exclude the comings and goings of innocent citizens, we thought this a good time to run down the basic techniques for ordinary, law-abiding folk to come and go anonymously on the Net, and keep their private business private.
Thomas C Greene, 14 Nov 2001

Quantum wages ad war on Imation

Quantum, rendered impotent by the courts to stop Imation from selling its third party DLTtape media, is now trying advertising to persuade the public to not buy its rival's products.
James Watson, 14 Nov 2001

Wayback Machine restores Ye Olde Web

And a big fat welcome to the Wayback Machine, a collection of ten billion Web pages frozen in time, which opened its doors a couple of weeks ago to the public.
Drew Cullen, 14 Nov 2001

Casio to ship Linux, Transmeta laptop

Casio is to ship its Linux-based, Transmeta-powered Cassiopeia Fiva sub-notebook on 21 November.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2001

Linux fans ‘hack’ Windows XP advert

UpdatedBritish Linux users have begun to tell the wider world what they think about Microsoft's Windows XP. Their weapon: the spray can.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2001

HP kit sales down 31 per cent

Hewlett Packard's Q4 profits have beaten Wall Street expectations but are $481m down from a year earlier.
Robert Blincoe, 14 Nov 2001

VIA cuts 40% off profit prediction

VIA's profit this year will total less than two-thirds of what it had previously forecast, the chipset company admitted today.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2001

Tiscali to break-even in Q4

Italian Internet giant Tiscali is on track to break-even in the next quarter, the company reported today.
Tim Richardson, 14 Nov 2001

Sneak Intel DDR preview

As predicted, Intel's DDR-supporting chipset, 845D, made a sneak preview at Comdex yesterday. Chinese PC maker Legend showed off its QDI P2D-A motherboard based on the chipset.
James Watson, 14 Nov 2001

Imagine a world without Java

Microsoft's attempt to beat Java into extinction could take some time, as this wee anecdote shows.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2001

Sony, Fujitsu bash Transmeta

Sony and Fujitsu have had to reschedule the launch of at least five new notebook computers - and it's all Transmeta's fault, the two companies said today.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2001

Sony frets over PS2 (and XBox)

Eurogamer.net, 14 Nov 2001

C&W in £1.5bn share buy back

Shares in alternative British telecoms carrier Cable & Wireless nudged up following confirmation that it will buy-back up to 15 per cent of its shares and issue a special dividend to investors.
Tim Richardson, 14 Nov 2001

Report to your local army recruitment centre immediately

A spoof army call-up text message has been banned by advertising watchdogs because of the distress it could cause.
Robert Blincoe, 14 Nov 2001

HP puts 3000 MPE warhorse out to grass

HP has announced end of support dates for its range of e3000 servers and their associated upgrade kits, as well as the MPE/iX operating system.
James Watson, 14 Nov 2001

Norton AV update rings false alarm bells

Two security software houses have rounded on Symantec, after their products were wrongly said to be infected with Nimda.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2001

Intel to offer Springdale DDR 2 chipset in 2003

Intel has committed itself to DDR 2 SDRAM technology and will support the specification mid-to-late 2003, according to Japanese site PC Watch.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2001

Xbox lands

Microsoft's advance in the world of gaming consoles begins officially just after midnight when its Xbox product goes on sale in America. New York's Toys "R" Us in Times Square will be the place where eager gamers can converge to start snapping them up.
James Watson, 14 Nov 2001

Compaq cavalry rescues Linux clusters

In May, Compaq said it would GPL its NSC, or Non Stop Clusters code. This is the code that SCO licensed and co-developed as UnixWare Non Stop Clusters. Compaq announced two projects - The CI Project (for the infrastructure) and SSI, and Bruce Walker's seven man team in Los Angeles has been making progress.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2001