13th > September > 2002 Archive
Top scientist and Itanic critic ‘leaves’ NEC
Who will now dare criticize Intel's Itanium processor? Even some of the most distinguished engineers in the industry might now have second thoughts before speaking freely on the subject.
First ever smiley found, preserved for posterity
The original smiley, or emoticon, invented in 1982 by Scott Fahlman but subsequently lost, has been retrieved through the efforts of Microsoft researcher Mike Jones and facilities staff at Carnegie Mellon University. And isn't it a blessing to find Microsoft Research staff keeping themselves profitably occupied like this, when they could be posing a threat to world freedom instead?
AMD delays Clawhammer, Barton
AMD yesterday published revised its processor roadmaps, showing later than expected launches for 64-bit Clawhammers and 32-bit Bartons.
Porno firm wants Napster
Nasdaq-listed pornography firm Private Media Group has made a bid for Napster, extending the drawn-out demise of the music file-swapping service.
Orange moves out of the red (kinda)
Orange has hit profitability for the first time since its flotation in 1991. Kinda. The headline figure it wants you to remember is the EBS (Earnings Before Bad Stuff). After Bad Stuff, in this case a hefty investment writedown, and the mobile telco is still swimming in the Red Ink Sea.
Ouch! Fujitsu to replace 300,000 faulty HDDs
Fujitsu may have to replace up to 300,000 faulty hard disk drives, made between September 2000 and 2001. They can be found in NEC and IBM PCs, as well as Fujitsu Siemens home-grown PCs, according to Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai, which estimates that replacement programme will cost Fujitsu 10 billion yen (approx $US 83m).
Crash! Dud Fujitsu HDDs all over UK
Our story today on Fujitsu's HDD-recall has prompted an immediate response from punters and system builders. In the UK, the bad Fujis have been spotted in Compaq, RM, Viglen and Hugh Symons PCs. We are publishing some of the letters sent to us within the first hour of publication of the original article. It looks like Fujitsu has a big mess to clear up.
Rambus euro patent ruling is Curate's Egg
Rambus yesterday announced a mixed bag of results from the European Patent Office (EPO), related to Rambus' patent 0 525 068.
Jeeves Systems buys UK IBM Var
Jeeves Systems, a Belgian-owned IBM VAR, has added the UK to its coverage, through the acquisition of Cotec Computing Systems. Terms are undisclosed. Cotec brings £15m worth of annual turnover to the table, taking Jeeves' group sales to £50m. Jeeves operates throughout Benelux and in France. ®
Word 97 feature spawns no-brainer pilfering exploit
Microsoft is investigating a security vulnerability with Word 97 which allows attackers to filch documents from victim's PCs using a craft social engineering attack.
Unusual phone from mysterious Chinese company
Review The Amoisonic A8 is an unusual phone from a mysterious Chinese company. No price has been set for the European launch, but going on far eastern prices (they claim it is the best selling phone in China) around £300 without a contract is a good guess.