Apple apes rumour sites with 50lb monster Mac
AnalysisApple paid the Mac rumor sites a backhanded compliment today with the launch of its new eMac. The new machine closely resembles some of the mock-ups of 17inch CRTs created by Mac fans throughout 1999 and 2000, when it was one of the most requested new products. The eMac is the classic iMac shape form factor, with added pituitary gland trouble, and weighs in at 50lb, although the short-neck CRT used by Apple makes for a shorter product, by a fraction. The demand for overweight iMacs fell away a little when it became clear how fast LCD prices were falling, making a flat panel iMac economically feasible.
Netscape blows off new vuln warning
A recent advisory from GreyMagic Software demonstrates a minor file access vulnerability in Netscape and Mozilla for Windows, very much like the recent one affecting MS Internet Exploder.
FT.com starts charging
FT.com is to start charging for content from next month. The pink paper's Web site explained that the latest news plus some comment and analysis will still be free.
Hynix board snubs Micron bid
Micron's proposed takeover of struggling rival Hynix has collapsed, following the rejection of the equity-funded bid by the Korean chipmaker's board.
Multiple Solaris vulns reported
We've got denials of service, buffer overflows and root compromises, and we're frankly shocked, shocked, to report it. According to eSecurityOnline, your Solaris system is screwed six ways to Sunday, though we'll note that the majority of stuff-ups they cite are not remotely exploitable. Which is something.
Telewest in cable broadband promo
Telewest is flogging its cable broadband service for less than the price of unmetered dial-up access in a bid to attract new punters.
Preinstalled Windows: AARGH! I can't get it off!
If a PC shipped with Windows preinstalled, can you remove the OS and install Linux instead? Well, no, according to Microsoft. A somewhat obscure Microsoft site aimed at helping schools deal with donated computers flatly states: "It is a legal requirement that pre-installed operating systems remain with a machine for the life of the machine."
Doubts raised over Vizzavi's future
Vizzavi claims it is "business as usual" despite waking up to press reports which suggest that funding for the Internet operation could be pulled.
Sage adds up threat from Redmond
Sage, best known as a supplier of accountancy software, has met analyst expectations in posting six month profits up 10 per cent from £40.8 million to £44.9 million.
Alan Cox attacks the European DMCA
Alan Cox has issued a wake up call to the Linux community amid concerns that the pending European Union Copyright Directive (EUCD) could stymie open source development.
Nominet challenged on personal data changes
Opponents to Nominet UK's decision to publish contact details of people who own .uk domain names have set up a Web site to voice their protest.
HP hit by class action over DVD+RW claims
HP has been hit by a class action, claiming it misrepresented the capabilities of its DVD100i drive. The complaint, filed in Clark County Nevada, says that HP "manufactured, marketed and/or sold these drives with the representation that they would be able to write the less expensive DVD+R discs," but that such representations were subsequently 'disappeared', and that purchasers of the first generation of drives must now buy a $99 upgrade in order to obtain the features originally promised.
World Cup clips to appear on the Net
Football fans will be able to see highlights of all the games from the forthcoming World Cup over the Internet for the first time in the tournament's history.