How Oracle screwed California
Californian taxpayers paid millions of dollars too much for Oracle database software and support, thanks to a former Oracle employee, and his assistant, who now works for Oracle's law company. Normal competitive tendering rules were not followed, and the pair were pressured by staff from Governor Gray Davis office to sign an Enterprise Licensing Agreement covering far more users than the state actually employees in a deal worth $93 million.
Half of UK homes has Net access
The shape of the Internet landscape in the UK has changed little in recent months, according to the latest research from Oftel.
Intel cuts Mobile Celeron prices
Intel today published new prices for Mobile Celerons, with big cuts for the top three clock speeds.
AOL TW to spin off cable op?
AOL Time Warner is mulling over plans to flog part of its cable business in a move which could help resolve a dispute with cable venture partner AT&T.
Dell shop cans beer based marketing bid?
It must be a tedious and thirsty business in the Dell Shop blurb-writing department. Faced with the task of coming up with an attractive description of yet another laptop bag, somebody in there appears to have snapped recently. Even though the Belkin Bridge Street Case looks pretty attractive by the standards of such things (try writing blurbs for patch cables, kid).
Microsoft interested in ITV Digital?
Microsoft has refused to comment on weekend reports that it is interested in buying failed digital TV broadcaster ITV Digital.
Microsoft Excels @ insecurity
Microsoft has only partly fixed a flaw involving malicious script execution involving Office, according to veteran bug hunter Georgi Guninski.
Apple refreshes TiBook with faster G4
Apple has been a busy spelling bee today, creating the eMac, an iMac, only with an 'e', not an 'i', for the impoverished schools sector, and refreshing its Titanium Powerbook range with a faster G4 processor.
Fayrewood misses targets
Fayrewood, the European networking distie, has missed its second half targets.
US server sales show green shoots of recovery
The server market remained flat during the first quarter this year, as the slowdown in IT spending continued to bite.
BT faces ‘civil war’ over broadband
BT has played down weekend press reports that its decision to offer "no frills" broadband access could lead to the "prospect of civil war" within the company.
UK leads e-Money revolution
It is not everyday that the United Kingdom is seen to be leading the European Union (EU), never mind the rest of the world, but on Saturday April 27 2002-E Day--Britain became the first member state to implement the EU directive covering the issuing of electronic money. The British, of course, responded to this momentous event with traditional disinterest.
MS shared source licence strangely GPL-like
In his keynote to the recent Government Leaders Conference Bill Gates warned developing countries against using dreaded GPL software in their governments and universities. If they did so, he said, they would be unable to commercialise the resulting programs, and they would never be able to develop an IT industry.
UK lags in next-gen broadband buildout
Britain is already behind its European neighbours in positioning itself for next generation broadband access, through high-speed Ethernet connections, even though the technology is still in it's infancy.
WinAmp's ‘malicious MP3’ vuln
Users of NullSoft's popular WinAmp player should upgrade to version 2.80 (available here) to avoid a vulnerability reported on the BugTraq mailing list by Swedish security researcher Andreas Sandblad and confirmed by the company.
Gigabyte GA-81RXP revisited
Last week we published a letter from Gigabyte announcing Bios 7a, a revision intended to resolve a persistent boot problem experienced when manually changing the vcore for the GA-81RXP motherboard. This bug rendered the board pretty much useless for overclocking, a key target market.
Microsoft, Nvidia at war over Xbox
Partners Microsoft and Nvidia are at war over the troubled Xbox, for which the latter supplies graphics chipsets.