007 Sean Connery in spam a friend for Scotland blooper
Revered Scottish icon Sir Sean Connery* has been fingered by PA for engaging in 'spam a friend' tactics. And we've absolutely no idea why we found this one in Australia, but there you go.
MS UK offers free Windows .NET Server beta eval CDs
Microsoft UK is offering free evaluation CDs of Windows .NET Server beta 3, in Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter flavours. The offer doesn't appear to be valid elsewhere in the world, but according to a discussion thread at Neowin (thanks to Neowin for the tip) the system is at least taking orders from hopeful punters elsewhere in the world.
Red Hat: one of our Operating Systems is missing
Red Hat has axed its "other" operating system eCos, which formerly belonged to Cygnus, and there's an analysis of why at Rick Lehrbaum's LinuxDevices site.
MS DRM OS, retagged ‘secure OS’ to ship with Longhorn?
The Microsoft Secure PC project is rolling out, and could be with us as early as the next major version of Windows, Longhorn. The whole idea of a computer that just plain won't let you steal other people's stuff is of course a tricky one (why would you buy it?), as we've previously indicated here, and here, so the ever-resourceful Beast is proposing to spin it as the ultimate tool for protecting your stuff.
BT slips out BTOpenzone hotspots
BT has unveiled the first wireless "hotspots" ahead of the commercial launch of its Public Access Wireless LAN network later in the summer.
One.Tel goes mobile
One.Tel - the fixed line discount telco - has teamed up with Vodafone to enter the mobile phone market.
Intel launches 2GHz P4-M
Intel today launched a 2GHz version of the Pentium 4-M, its fastest mobile CPU to date. But it ain't cheap, priced at $637 for 1,000 units. The new 1.9GHz P4-M is a bit pricey too, tipping up at $401 in OEM quantities.
Mysteries of the CDRW back ups revealed
There's a war going on between digital rights owners and software 'pirates', and the biggest flashpoint is the humble CDRW drive. There are perfectly innocent uses for copying software - and that's for back-up. Unfortunately, plug and go it ain't.
Thus close to broadband legal action
Thus has declined to comment on reports that it is on the verge of launching legal action in a bid to see tighter regulation of BT.
Armed robbers hijack Evesham lorry
Armed robbers hijacked an Amtrak lorry containing approx. 300 Evesham PCs, late Friday afternoon.
Orange sees red over price regulation
Orange is threatening to claw back investment in 3G technology if regulatory proposals to cut the cost of making calls to other mobile networks go ahead.
NEC crowned supercomputer king (again)
NEC is top of the supercomputer tree, with its Earth Simulator offically overtaking IBM's ASCI White nuclear bomb simulator in the TOP500.
Lotus Domino goes spam busting
The latest IBM Lotus Domino 6 software is to include anti-spam features in a bid to give administrators more control in weeding out junk email.
Power 4 the People
Server briefingIBM's attempt to re-capture the Unix server market continues apace. Having fallen well behind Sun and HP during the late 1990s, largely thanks to a complicated customer-confusing product line, parts of the business competing with other parts of the business and Sun's aggressive pursuit of the Internet server market, Big Blue modified its approach in October 2000. It rebranded, consolidated and streamlined its product line, and more closely allied itself to the Linux movement.
Cisco to switch prices on July 1
Cisco customers should act now to renegotiate maintenance contracts before the network giant changes its prices on July 1.
HP trots to 802.11 hot spots
HP today announced a worldwide initiative to supply all the kit for public Wireless LAN hot spots in airports, hotels, restaurants and the like.
Microsoft's decency Police make random arrests
LettersAfter we published this story - My name's too rude for MS Passport - you've given us a fascinating insight into the role of the service as an arbiter of public decency. Specifically, into the criteria Hotmail admins employ for accepting user names.