22nd > August > 2002 Archive

Transmeta WinCEs

Transmeta has announced that it's entering the Windows CE business. Just as everyone else is leaving, you might jest.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2002

VIA, TSMC united in 10-strong WCDMA alliance

ComputerWire, 22 Aug 2002

Eclipse project gains netCOBOL for Linux

ComputerWire, 22 Aug 2002
DVD it in many colours

T-Mobile to go global with WLAN hotspots

ComputerWire, 22 Aug 2002

TurboLinux distro business sold, PowerCockpit retained

ComputerWire, 22 Aug 2002

RIAA suspends DMCA lawsuit as listen4ever ducks

ComputerWire, 22 Aug 2002

Opera poised for beta of version 7 heavy duty rewrite

'Other' browser developer Opera Software intends to go to first beta of its new version, Opera 7, soon, with soon probably meaning weeks rather than days or months. Bugs permitting, naturally. The new browser, which represents an extensive rewrite, will be out first on the Windows platform, but according to a spokesman this has at least as much to do with Opera's Linux developers being on overload as with any kind of favouritism.
John Lettice, 22 Aug 2002

Linux, StarOffice in frame for 45k Oz desktop deal?

Australian telco Telstra is looking at Linux as a possible new standard platform for its 45,000 desktops, according to a report by ITnews Australia. Telstra at the moment is just considering Linux and Sun StarOffice as possible candidates for its corporate standard, but a deal of this size would be a major boost for open source on the desktop, particularly as, ITnews reports, Telstra is Microsoft's biggest Australian customer.
John Lettice, 22 Aug 2002

Bark twice for bear – hunting dogs get mobile phones

Some while back, when the times were still good, Nokia was happily predicting that the reason mobile phone sales would continue to grow was because people would have several apiece. You know, the cool one for clubbing, the chunkier one for email, the waterproof one for scuba-diving... Well that all turns out to be far too unimaginative - why the blazes stop at people?
John Lettice, 22 Aug 2002

BT sets more broadband trigger levels

BT Wholesale announced the broadband registration trigger levels for a further 169 exchanges yesterday, giving hope to yet more people that one day, maybe, just maybe, they too could get affordable broadband in their area.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2002

Big-media Axis of Evil on the march

The Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) may have temporarily abandoned plans to censor Web sites available to American surfers, but they've still got their shock troops on heightened alert. Recently they've attempted to force Verizon.net to identify a customer they claim is making music files available for download. Verizon has refused, out of concern that it might expose itself to liability on privacy grounds. The RIAA has filed a second demand with the courts in Washington, DC, claiming that the customer's privacy rights are nullified by its superior copyright concerns. Apparently the presumption of innocence will be another casualty of that glorious crusade.
Thomas C Greene, 22 Aug 2002

BT coughs to AOL broadband slowdown

Last week AOL UK got a right old lashing following customer complaints about its broadband service.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2002

Punters unaware of ISDN-to-ADSL conversion

Sheffield-based ISP PlusNet claims ISDN users are still under the impression that they have to pay through the nose to upgrade to broadband.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2002

Small and rack servers shine through market gloom

Server shipments in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) continued to decline in the last three months, with sales down by four per cent in Q2 2002.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2002

BT Broadband in summer promo

BT Broadband - the stripped down, frill-less (or is that "thrill-less") high-speed Net access service from BT Retail - is now a smidge cheaper.
Tim Richardson, 22 Aug 2002

CacheFlow dons Blue Coat moniker

CacheFlow, which made its name supplying hardware based caching devices to telcos, yesterday announced a change of name and a change of emphasis to security supplier.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2002

MSN cuddles up to OS X

Microsoft will produce a version of its MSN browser client for Mac OS X next year, the company said yesterday. The client is bundled with the MSN ISP, or available by subscription.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2002

UK's DMCA: there ain't no sanity clause

The UK's take on the "European DMCA" - the European Copyright Directive - will make criminals out of ordinary computer users, according to a new critique by the UK Campaign for Digital Rights. And it will also fail to protect researchers, says Julian Midgley who penned the report.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2002

Swedish government mulls Linux

Despite signing a recent deal with Microsoft, Sweden has become the latest country to investigate the benefits of free software.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2002

BBC to host Bill Thompson vs John Perry Barlow

Bill Thompson, whose Damn The Constitution polemic we published here , will take to the air on BBC's flagship Newsnight current affairs slot tonight. (10:30PM BST, 2:30PM Pacific Time)
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2002

Admins slow to tackle SSL security risks

Web admins are faster at fixing flaws to conventional Web servers than SSL servers, figures from Netcraft latest Web site survey suggest.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2002

Worm spreads through KaZaA network, again

Virus watchers have discovered the latest in a line of viruses targeted at file sharing networks.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2002

Chip sector releases mixed figures

The semiconductor sector received mixed news on Wednesday. Sales of equipment used to make chips were down again, but orders were up.
ElectricNews.net, 22 Aug 2002

A Stuckist Net – you want in

LettersRegister readers are dreamers - but not schemers.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2002