20th > November > 2001 Archive
HP looks beyond Superdome ‘sabotage’
In January, HP launched Superdome, the newest fastest member of the high-end 9000 Unix server family. Unfortunately it ran like a dog (think dachshund)in TPC-C benchmarks, the industry standard measurement of server performance.
UK PLC: the Net saints and sinners
Updated againInternet laggards and dropouts have been named and shamed with a league table based on the Web site of firms making up the FTSE Top 100.
SafeWeb goes down for the count
Following the regrettable loss of ZKS (ZeroKnowledge Systems) Freedom network, popular Web proxy SafeWeb has now discontinued its free, anonymous surf portal.
IBM and Linux: the dinosaurs and the penguin
Not long ago, commentators were referring to mainframes as dinosaurs, heading for extinction. IBM's mainframe revenues were clearly in decline and high-end Unix servers, including even IBM's own variety, were threatening its existence.
MS makes its pitch on security, cyber terror to House
One of the industry security chiefs strutting their stuff in front of a US congressional subcommittee has been Microsoft Chief Security Officer Howard Schmidt, shameless plugging the "good works" his company's execs do in the name of security while determinedly lobbying in favour of its security policies. The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee (hereafter "the committee") does not have a great deal of track record in security, but in a post September 11 world it's been taking testimony on the subject, and Schmidt's is particularly instructive.
Nokia 7650: smart phone, shame about the price
It's a phone and it's a camera, all in one. It'll cost you €550 (£340)* and you can get one in six months time.
MS blames messenger for IE security hole
A month ago there was a little exploit, discovered by Online Solutions, which could allow an attacker to obtain or alter IE 5.5 and 6.0 cookie data with a malicious URL. It didn't seem a terribly big deal at the time.
VIA launches latest Pentium 4 chipset
VIA has shipped its P4X266A chipset, a minor upgrade to its controversial P4X266 part for the Pentium 4. And we're sure Intel will be no more happy with this one than the other.
Palm, Handspring stock surges on merger rumour
Speculation that Handspring chief and Palm co-founder Jeff Hawkins might be about to do a Steve Jobs and sieze Palm's helm following the departure of Carl Jankowski has rekindled investor interest in the two companies.
Boots boots Boots off boots.com
The Boots Company - parent of high street retailer Boots The Chemist - is in the middle of a messy custody battle over who owns the domain Boots.com.
Cisco hails DSL ‘killer app’
DSL could soon become a challenger to cable and satellite in the delivery of residential TV services with advances in networking technology now falling into place.
UK hit by major ADSL outage
Britain's broadband ADSL service was plunged into darkness this morning following a catastrophic failure of BT's network.
Broadcom sues Intel – again
Broadcom and Intel are at each other's throats again, this time with the former claiming that Intel's processors and other chips use Broadcom intellectual property without permission.
DDR demand to drive RAM recovery – Nanya
World+dog clearly can't get enough DDR SDRAM, if the example set by Taiwanese memory maker Nanya is anything to go by. The company reckons that its DDR sales next month will have rocketed 220 per cent over October's figure.
Teacher training boosts RM profits
Education specialist RM has boosted full year profits by 42 per cent on the back of selling software to train teachers in IT.
Duron 1.2GHz packs Lennox Lewis right hook
HWRoundup3D Graphic accelerator cards steal the headlines this week, with both Tom's Hardware Guide and Cryoeniac running lengthy reports covering a wide range of cards.
Severn Trent Water subsidises staff PCs
Severn Trent Water has joined the band of businesses subsidising PCs for their staff.
Motorola to bring MPEG 4 to ARM CPU
MPEG 4 video playback will be built right into the heart of next-generation Palm PDAs - if the company (or any of its licensees) choose Motorola's upcoming ARM-based DragonBall MX1 processor.
Time beefs up warranty to snag repeat business
Time is adding a trade-in scheme for its CoverGold warranty option to encourage repeat business from its customers. After three years of ownership, customers are eligible for a discount on their next Time PC purchase and CoverGold package.
KPNQwest to shed up to 440 staff
KPNQwest is to axe up to 440 staff across Europe as part of costs cutting measures, the company said today.
A fright at the Opera
AOL UK abandons Mac OS X
AOL UK has pulled the plug on Mac OS X support, effectively freezing the development of the Classic version of its online access software - all to focus its efforts on Windows software development.
ADSL restored to UK
A major network incident that wiped out much of the UK's ADSL and unmetered dial-up Internet services earlier today has been fixed.