23rd > November > 2001 Archive
First Direct online banking locks out WinXP with Sun Java
Microsoft's efforts to "kill cross-platform Java" by growing "the polluted Java market" seem to be bearing fruit in at least one place. The Internet banking arm of UK bank First Direct supports the Microsoft Virtual Machine (nee JVM) on Windows XP machines, but not Sun's Java plug-in for XP, which is of course 'proper' Java, as opposed to the one we polluted earlier. This has the bizarre effect of locking out Microsoft browsers, but strange things can happen in standards wars.
OS X set for Mac default in March
Phil Schiller, Apple's VP of worldwide marketing, has gone on the record to suggest March as the date when new Macs ship with OS X as default.
Amdahl migrates to the Sun
Amdahl IT Services has launched Destination Solaris, a service for customers wishing to migrate from mainframes (of the IBM zSeries or System 390 compatible machines) to Sun Starcat Solaris machines.
Teenage dotcom millionaire to star on Weakest Link special
Teenage "dotcom millionaire" Ben Cohen is to star in a special episode of gameshow The Weakest Link, likely to be aired on 17 December.
Peter Gabriel powers Tiscali music downloads
Tiscali has joined up with artist and producer Peter Gabriel to flog music online.
Mobile operators slam Oftel's price cut plans
Vodafone, One2One and Orange have slammed new mobile call price controls proposed by Oftel.
Get your Register stocking fillers here
There's an air of pre-Xmas excitement today at Cash'n'Carrion.
Lastminute: two quarters to break even
Lastminute.com says its operations in the UK and France will break even in approximately two quarters.
Eminister to plug safe eshopping
The UK Government is to launch a campaign in time for Christmas advising people how to shop safely on the Internet
WinXP Diaries – the final conflict?
As formerly regular readers may have noted, the WinXP Diaries series just kind of stopped several months ago. "Attention span of a goldfish," you no doubt thought. "He lost interest and wandered off. He ran out of things to say, he left the product activation too late, or maybe Microsoft just blew his computer up."