Taiwanese make ATI ‘scrapcards’
HWRoundupAnd after a long break, here's a round-up of news from Hardware Land.
UK ISP V21 to give £8,000 to charity
V21 is to donate more than £8,000 to charity, the UK ISP confirmed today.
Freeserve prepares for broadband blast-off
Freeserve is gearing up to start its mass-market push for broadband.
UK plc reamed online
A lack of investment in security systems is allowing British companies to fall victim to increasing severe security breaches.
DVD+RW drive upgrades: Philips says free, HP says $$$
In the great DVD+RW upgrade scandal, Philips may be poised to emerge as the hero and HP the villain. HP has quietly (or at least, as quietly as it can) announced a time-, geography- and product-limited $99 upgrade offer, while over at DVDplusRW.org there's a report (which we're trying to confirm with Philips) that the company will release a free firmware upgrade disc for its DVDR1000 and DVDR1500 this month.
NTL gets new protest site
A new NTL protest site has been set up following the cableco's decision to buy nthellworld.com.
One2One to launch GPRS “within two months”
One2One has finally given some indication when it will launch its long awaited GPRS service.
NTL to file for Chapter 11, split in twain
NTL inc plans to file for Chapter II and split its operations into two, in a deal to rescue the cable company.
BT grabs £170m Redstone gig
BT Wholesale has won its first major deal to run a rival telco network. The deal is to run the voice network of cash-strapped Redstone Telecom, it's worth £ 170m, and it runs over six years. Twenty Redstone staff will transfer to BT under TUPE regulations.
PSINet Europe for sale
PSINet Europe is up for sale after its parent, PSINet Inc, filed a motion with the US Bankruptcy Court to auction its European business.
Gaucho hackers escape legal lasso
A judge has ruled hacking is legal by default in Argentina because of a lack of applicable computer crime laws.
Running MS-Office on Linux
ReviewThere's been a lot of talk in the tech press lately about whether CodeWeavers' Crossover Office for Linux will draw Windows users. The theory here is that a fair number of home users and a vast lot of businesses naturally despise Windows, but can't give it up because they adore MS Office. Home computer users may have learned it in school and be habituated to it, and they may take their work home now and then. If the uni or the office uses MSO, they'll obviously need it on their PCs.
Micron retails PC2700/ DDR333
Micron has released two new PC2700/DDR333modules, in 128MB and 256MB densities. It's flogging these fast memory modules direct through its Crucial retail subsidiary.
The Microsoft Government Portal explained
It's official - Microsoft owns the UK's Government Gateway. This will not come as a surprise to Register readers, who were tipped off last August that the government was poised to license IP relating to the Gateway to Microsoft "for a song," but it did shock people attending a recent govtalk (a Gateway-related discussion group) meeting when a Cabinet Office rep blurted it out.
Jetstream goes down the plug hole
Jetstream Communications, a supplier of kit which sets up extra voice channels over DSL connections, ceased operations last Friday after failing to secure more funding.