14th June 2002 Archive

IBM readies entry and workgroup Power4 Servers

The word on the street is that Big Blue is getting ready to take its Power4 RISC processors to small machines, and that it may do so sooner rather than later, Timothy Prickett Morgan writes. While the details are sketchy, IBM is said to be preparing to brief its sales team and pSeries resellers on the new entry and …
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Peregrine gets $50m loan, sells e-commerce ops

Peregrine Systems Inc's new CEO Gary Greenfield has moved swiftly to try to stabilize the company by negotiating a $50m loan and agreeing to sell off its e-commerce operations. Ableco Finance LLC will provide finance for the scandal-engulfed company with a secured loan that has to be paid off next year. At the same time, …
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Entercept hardens anti-hacker blockades

Server and operating system security house Entercept Security Technologies has bolstered its intrusion-prevention software to provide protection against the latest hacking techniques, putting a stop to the Return into Libc buffer overflow exploit that hackers use to gain root access to machines. The software works by …
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Fibre Channel grows in storage slump

The market for external RAID storage shrank heavily last year, but that didn't stop spending on SAN network components from growing by a healthy margin. According to Gartner Dataquest, spending on Fibre Channel SAN networking equipment grew by 13% last year. The researcher has yet to issue detailed figures, but said this …
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First JPEG virus not a threat

Anti-virus firms have discovered a Windows virus that infects JPEG image files, though the chances of it causing a major security risk any time soon are close to zero. W32/Perrun, as Networks Associates Inc named the virus, was assessed as low risk, and has not been found in the wild. "It is believed to be the first of its …
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Who is on EMC's shopping list?

The stock markets of the world are still suffering as the majority of technology related share prices continue to trade at extremely low values. However, there are still organisations around who have cash sitting in the bank, and with interest rates for savings at near record lows, speculation is rife that this summer will witness a rash of takeovers, buyouts and mergers. Last week, storage heavyweight EMC became the latest company to openly discuss acquiring companies in order to drive up its margins.
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Time guns for business market

Time Group has hired RM sales director Geoff Smith to run the system builder's non-consumer businesss.
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Site throws light on teen text argot

It's long been accepted at Vulture Central that the English language is going to the dogs. Indeed, many Reg hacks have made significant contribution to this process of decay with their "fluid" spelling and grammatical skills.
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Cisco qualifications ain't what they used to be

On June 5, Cisco changed the format for its certification exams. The company made an announcement (PDF) - "effective immediately" - on its web site
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KPNQwest's Ebone to shut at 4.45pm today

Volunteers who've been manning KPNQwest's pan-European Ebone broadband network for the last eight days say they will shut it down today if no buyer is found.

Battle of the Buses? Not really

Server Briefing The bottom line: today's servers need more system bandwidth - a lot more bandwidth. Faster processors need to be pumped with instructions and data if they're to process information efficiently. Increasingly, that information comes from multiple sources within the box and outside of it. And the processed data has to be passed on to ever more users through permanent 24x7 connections.
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Govt freezes e-tax filing

Oh dear. The Inland Revenue suspended its online tax-self assessment service yesterday after users complained that they could see the tax returns of other people when they logged on to the site.
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ISPs mull BT broadband court battle

Some of the UK's leading Internet operators are considering seeking a judicial review to examine what they describe as BT's alleged abuse of its dominant market position for broadband.
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Time closes in on French market

Time Group today confirmed that it was in talks to buy Consolidated Edison, a big French PC maker, to the extent of entering due diligence.
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BBC faces Net techie walkout

Dear oh dear oh dear - what is going on at BBC?
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Why Nvidia's Cg won't work

Opinion Andrew Richards, founder of Codeplay, the London based designer cutting-edge computer and console games development tools responds to yesterday's Nvidia Cg - 'C for graphics' - launch.
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Wal-Mart shipping PCs with Lindows preinstalled

In a move that appears to be a coup for Michael Robertson et al, Wal-Mart's online store is offering eight different Microtel PCs with LindowsOS included. The computers sell for USD$299 to $599 and ship in one to seven days.
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Mobilix whups Astérix

According to what we can decipher from Babelfish, which is notorious for butchering German, we're fairly confident that German mobile Unix developer Mobilix has beaten "Astérix et Obélix" publisher Editions Albert René in a trademark suit.
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Lights still on at KPNQwest

The liquidators of bust KPNQwest are to keep the service running until the end of June, after striking a deal with unpaid, 'exhausted' volunteers manning the Brussels network centre Ebone, its European internet backbone operation.
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MS distributes Nimda to Korean .NET developers

Somehow or other the Nimda worm has found its way into a file which Microsoft is distributing to developers in Korea.