UK Govt backs talking fridges
The UK Government is pledging £20 million to help develop intelligent fridges and conscientious boilers.
US courts claim jurisdiction over Sklyarov
A Federal judge has turned down a motion to dismiss the prosecution of ElcomSoft in the first case brought under America's controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Michael Dell does not wear cowboy boots
Michael Dell does not wear cowboy boots, he drinks water from a bottle, but not in front of a camera, and his flunkeys scatter notebooks whenever he descends upon his factory in Limerick, so he can check email wherever he stops.
Gateway waves goodbye to tech support firm
Gateway has given notice to quit its tech outsourcing contract with Sykes Enterprises, after failing to agree better terms. The contract ends in June.
MS contract saves world from Compaq Harry Potter PC
Microsoft's OEM agreements have a positive side after all, apparently. In antitrust trial testimony AOL VP John Borthwick reveals that they saved us from several varieties of computers from hell, including a nightmarish-sounding "Harry Potter PC."
DDR333 modules get OK for VIA chipsets
VIA is stepping up the PR pace for its DDR333-supporting chipsets.
Lego pays homage to Lord of the Rings
What is this obsession with Lego? First we had Lego porn! Hot and plasticky.
BTo broadband gets the brush-off
BTopenworld - which is chucking £10 million at marketing its broadband service - has been spotted holding a photo shoot at Stansted airport.
Flash glitch throttles bandwidth
A problem in Flash Player 6 means users are unable to stop the download of large files once they have been started, resulting in a bandwidth drain to surfers.
Swiss Energis heads for the hills
Energis' Swiss business is expected to begin insolvency proceedings after its troubled UK parent confirmed today that it would no longer continue funding the operation.
Nuking MS Messenger
We've been blessed with scores of memos from readers offering numerous tips for nuking Microsoft Messenger, since we reported that an update which MS is touting as 'critical' sneakily re-installs it.
LINX lights up 10Gbps Ethernet network
Updated againLINX, the UK's main peering centre for ISPs, has become the first European organisation to implement 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
Dell pushes up Q1 estimates
Dell has revised its sales guidance upwards, or rather less downwards, for Q1. The PC giant now expects revenues to come in at $7.9bn, 2 per cent less than the previous quarter. On February 16, the company forecast lower sales of 3 to 5 per cent.
MS secures contract for NHS health portal spec
The UK's National Health Service Information Authority has awarded a single tender for the specification of national electronic health record system to Microsoft, which does seem to suggest that a certain company will do well out of the ensuing project. The decision was taken at the NHSIA management board meeting on 7 February, and will initially be worth £250,000.
AltaVista in “Bible club” web search porn outrage
Let's face it, it's difficult enough to protect web-surfing kids from a barrage of filth and pornography without apparently innocent search engine queries pointing your impressionable offspring to the hardest XXXX sites on the web.
Telewest mocks BT for ‘unlimited’ slap
Telewest was in impish mood today when they pitched up outside BT's HQ in London to poke fun at the monster telco's latest brush with the adverting watchdog.
Think before you use your mobile overseas – Oftel
Oftel has published some research in a bid to raise awareness about using mobile phones abroad.
Weak crypto casts shadow over ecommerce
US export restrictions and local legislation on cryptography still casts a shadow over the security of ecommerce site even years after regulations to permit the use of strong encryption.
Anti-Unix site returns – on MySQL?
The Microsoft/Unisys promotional site wehavethewayout.com, which has added so much gaiety to our lives in recent days, has returned.
TiVo recorders ‘unusable’ with Philips TVs
UpdatedUsers of TiVo's digital video recorder are reporting a number of bizarre glitches in how the device interacts with recent models of Philips TVs.
Apple buys FireWire biz
Apple has bought Zayante, a designer of chips and software for FireWire, the high speed connectivity standard of choice for the iMac.