Ransom Love out as Caldera CEO
The new Caldera CEO is Darl McBride, who was a Novell exec from 1988 to 1996 and has run a succession of smaller companies since then. From the information in this press release it looks like one of McBride's primary skills is getting hold of investment capital, and Caldera can certainly use some of that. During a conference call interview, Love and McBride, along with Caldera CFO Robert Bench, spoke of how all this is going to affect Caldera, UnitedLinux, and Linux in general.
‘You have no idea the evil we do’ – MCI insiders break their silence
A couple of years ago we were caught up in a MCI Group experience familiar to many American consumers, a practice telcos employ here called "random billing". We worked it into our vocabulary.
Ballmer to China: 'Steal all the software you want, so long as it's ours'
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signed a memorandum of understanding with China's State Development Planning Commission (SDPC) worth $750 million over three years, involving both software and services, Reuters reports.
In May, iMac sales go away
Alarm bells are beginning to ring over Apple's recent sales performance. The first four months of the year saw enormous demand for Apple kit. But not now: this week ZDNET reported that Ingram Micro is sitting on 15 weeks worth of inventory in the US. And today we have an article piling up the gloom from Digitimes, the Taiwanese electronics news service.
BT buys Scoot
BT is to acquire the assets of business finder directory service - Scoot.com - for £8 million.
MS Passport to escape European investigation?
Microsoft's Passport may escape with a caution from the European Union, as opposed to a full-blown privacy investigation, next week. According to a Bloomberg report this morning, Iain Bourne, strategic policy manager for the UK's Office of the Information Commissioner, feels Passport is "essentially fair," but that Microsoft "could be clearer with individuals about its Passport policy."
Magnetic wood – the new mobile phone squelcher
There's a huge market in Asia for mobile phone squelchers - in Hong Kong for example, people don't think twice about making and receiving calls in the cinema and theatre.
Worldcom to shed 450 jobs in Europe and Asia
Some 450 jobs are to be axed in Europe and Asia following revelations that Worldcom was cooking the books to the tune of $3.8bn.
Soon al-Qaeda will kill you on the Internet
The Business Software Alliance (BSA), known for kicking doors with dogs and brownshirts to sniff out expired licenses and for extorting vast sums of cash from non-compliant victims even more frightened of a visit from that federal Copyright-911 force also known as the FBI, has taken it upon itself to cobble up a survey which, in the addled minds of the mainstream press, indicates that al-Qaeda has obtained the weapons of mass, digital destruction, and is poised to use them. Western Europe and North America will be razed by a holy onslaught of SYN floods and VB worms and buffer overflows. All Christendom will be laid waste.
Server memory – of course it's expensive
Late last year, when SDRAM prices reached the end of a downward price spiral, you could easily pick up 1GB of PC memory for under £100. DRAM prices have since risen a little, but it remains inexpensive to upgrade a PC with a full complement of memory.
MS Palladium protects IT vendors, not you – paper
Ross Anderson of Cambridge University has published a lengthy and informative paper/FAQ on Palladium, the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA), their relationship and their implications. His take is that Microsoft's Palladium, soft-announced by the company earlier this week, will be built on TCPA hardware, adding some extra features as it goes along. Some of these features, he notes, will the there in order to make the package look more attractive, while some of the components of Palladium are already shipping in Xbox and WinXP.
MS Media Player gives up your box
If there's one thing that occasionally tempts me to miss Windows, it's the mediocre multimedia support in Linux. But then again, my media player doesn't allow remote attackers to own my box. It's a trade-off, I'll allow.
Should bosses read our email? EU asks citizens
'What's he on about?' we wondered when EDS Chief Security and Privacy exec Paul Clark lashed out over European privacy legislation in a release on Wednesday. "EDS welcomes the recognition that privacy is a business as well as a legislative issue," he'd apparently told a meeting of privacy officers in Stuttgart last week: "However, political bodies should not use the business community as its 'foot soldiers' to impose their views on privacy standards on the rest of the world. Any involvement in commercial contracts potentially could increase the bureaucracy and complexity of compliance."
AT&T ‘pulls plans’ to buy KPNQwest
AT&T has ditched plans to buy KPNQwest leaving those running the collapsed company little option but to break-up the pan-European telecom network, according to the FT.
Acequote trio form Boffin breakaway
A trio of execs from Acequote, the B2B marketplace, has broken away to form a rival company.
‘Nokia’ loses nokia.me.uk cybersquatting case
Phone company Nokia has won the first case against a cybersquatter regarding .me.uk domains.
Nvidia trio form Code Mafia breakaway
Richard Huddy, Nvidia's European Developer group lead, has jumped ship to form his own company. Called The Code Mafia, two Nvidia colleagues are also joining him, leaving only one member of the European Developer team. A bit of a hole to fill, then. But the team isleaving with Nvidia's blessing.
NTL's Knapp keeps his job
Barclay Knapp has pulled off a shock surprise and retained his place at the head of UK cableco NTL.
My dad's server's bigger than yours
Earlier this week IBM released benchmarks, which it claimed, showed how its Intel servers outperformed Dell servers, now Hewlett-Packard is quoting rival benchmarks which show how its kit surpasses IBM's.
Fortress IT: foreign contractors swamp UK fears
The government is planning to relax work permit restrictions, allowing agencies to apply for fast track visas for skilled workers from overseas. Currently, only employers can ask for permits for staff, which is a little anomalous in the day of short-term, temporary IT projects.