16th > July > 2002 Archive

MS to ship Media Center ‘special edition’ of XP in Q4

Ah, the perils of automation. At 0512 GMT this morning a Reuters story headlined "Microsoft to release new multimedia edition Windows XP" winged its way to the company's customers. And then about 30 minutes later a bulletin from Reuters headlined "TECH-MICROSOFT-XP ADVISORY" seems to have headed to the same customers, saying, er, the story "is embargoed for publication until 1100 GMT on Tuesday July 16."
John Lettice, 16 Jul 2002

Gweeds gets killed

LettersMy recent item entitled "Security industry's hacker-pimping slammed" has generated damn few page hits but a vast flood of e-mail. What I reported, essentially, is that my boy Gweeds stood up at H2K2 this past weekend and excoriated the security establishment for selling out 'old-fashioned' (possibly fictional) hacker ethics for a quick buck. But before we get to the dirt, which readers have supplied with glee, I should at least say this much:
Thomas C Greene, 16 Jul 2002

Yahoo! censors portal, kisses Beijing's ass

Yahoo! has caved in to Chinese government intimidation and agreed formally to refrain from "producing, posting or disseminating pernicious information that may jeopardize state security and disrupt social stability" or spreading "superstition and obscenity," such as religious beliefs, say, or fair political analysis.
Thomas C Greene, 16 Jul 2002

Peru mulls Free Software, Gates gives $550k to Peru Prez

The Register's department of strange coincidences can't help noticing that yesterday Bill Gates met Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, and graciously donated around $550,000 worth of money, software, and consulting to be used by Peru for education and e-government.
John Lettice, 16 Jul 2002

TFI wants suspended ISP service ‘to be sorted’

A director of UK ISP thefreeinternet.net (TFI) has told The Register that he is doing everything he can to resume a Net access service for his customers.
Tim Richardson, 16 Jul 2002

O2 security bubble pricked

O2 has plugged a serious security hole which left its customers' account and billing details open to attack.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2002

Fears emerge over Intel job cuts

The weak outlook in the PC market could lead Intel to announce layoffs and cost cutting when its Q2 figures are released on Tuesday.
ElectricNews.net, 16 Jul 2002

IBM sends Shark into feeding frenzy

IBM yesterday unveiled the latest iteration of its Enterprise Storage System, commonly known as Shark. The product has been comprehensively upgraded since the last release from the firm. But this isn't the time to judge technical competence between the vendors, this year it's all about price.
IT-Analysis, 16 Jul 2002

Banks seal Energis takeover

A consortium of banks has bought ailing alternative telco, Energis, it was confirmed today.
Tim Richardson, 16 Jul 2002

Microsoft lifts veil on Corona media platform

ComputerWire, 16 Jul 2002

Liberty Alliance unveils secure sign-on specs

ComputerWire, 16 Jul 2002

Microsoft backs Web services security standard

ComputerWire, 16 Jul 2002

Unisys takes high and middle roads with new ES7000s

ComputerWire, 16 Jul 2002

NAI sweetens McAfee.com bid

ComputerWire, 16 Jul 2002

HP pulls plug on enterprise software lines

ComputerWire, 16 Jul 2002

Nvidia intros nForce 2

Nvidia today unveiled its second-generation AMD-oriented nForce chipset, codenamed Crush 18. The product is aimed specifically at a low- to high-end PCs, but it also gives an interesting picture of the second-generation Xbox's capabilities.
Tony Smith, 16 Jul 2002

US Congress approves life terms for crackers

The US House of Representatives has approved a bill which raises the penalty for computer crime to a maximum of life imprisonment.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2002

MPEG 4 is go (licence fees capped)

A few weeks ago Apple effectively signalled that it had agreed licensing terms over MPEG 4, when it released a 'preview' of Quicktime 6.0 (which incorporates the video standard) in advance of any public accord with the MPEG-LA.
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2002

UK2.net suffers outage

UK2.net - which claims to be the "UK's biggest host" - fell over yesterday afternoon, causing disruption for thousands of its customers.
Tim Richardson, 16 Jul 2002
Cat 5 cable

Soft landing for firms caught in Web host fallout?

A US technology consultancy firm is touting a 'soft landing' for companies whose web hosts have gone tits up or fled the scene.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2002

PC makers to start taking the Tablets

The punters are not buying desktop PCs; they are beginning to lose interest in buying notebooks; corporates are still flocking to Dell but staying away in droves from PC resellers. What is a poor PC maker to do?
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2002

IBM, Intel, telcos mull US-wide WLAN service

IBM and Intel are drawing up plans with telecom companies to set up a network of wireless data hot spots in the US, according to reports.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2002

We don't need no stinking ID cards

On July 3, the Home Office began a six-month consultation (PDF) on whether or not ID cards should return to the UK.
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2002

Sun UK resellers under email siege

Sun Microsystems' hard-pressed UK reseller channel suffered another indignity today, when the company messed up its email group pricertool_external_emea@sun.com, apparently by making it an outside-world addressable alias.
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2002

Frethem worm poses as Password file

If you get an unsolicited email today regarding 'Your Password' resist any temptation to click on the attachment. It's more than likely to contain a variation of the latest email-aware worm, Frethem.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2002

Govt unveils plans for eDemocracy

The Government is looking at ways it can use technology to reform the way people influence the running of the country.
Tim Richardson, 16 Jul 2002

Snouts in the honeypot

[SCENE: A small but elegant office. Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" plays softly in the background. A man in a red power tie sits behind a solid oak desk, gently rubbing the top of a Montblanc pen across his upper lip while peering intently at his computer. The early afternoon peace is broken by heavy footsteps. A highly agitated man wearing a t-shirt reading "Windows Blows" barges into the office.]
Jay Heiser, 16 Jul 2002

HP suspends 100+ UK staff in email porn probe

ExclusiveHP has suspended more than 100 employees on full pay in the UK and Ireland pending an investigation into the misuse of its corporate email system to circulate pornographic material.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2002

Ballmer 'fesses up to Linux/Windows cost FUD

Windows is a lot more expensive to run than Linux, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has finally confessed. Despite Redmond's heroic efforts to defeat common knowledge with elaborately-rigged total cost of ownership 'studies', innuendo, FUD and outright distortions, the rhetorical power of common experience has become too powerful, even for a marketing behemoth like MS.
Thomas C Greene, 16 Jul 2002

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