17th > September > 2002 Archive
Red Hat nullifies KDE, Gnome
Red Hat's Owen Taylor has been explaining why the distro has decided to erase the differences between the look and feel of its desktop offerings from KDE and Gnome.
EarthLink buffers WorldCom exposure with StarNet deal
EarthLink Inc is increasing the number of companies supplying it with dialup connectivity, possibly as a contingency against financially troubled networks going dark. Palatine, Illinois-based StarNet Inc yesterday announced it is to provide wholesale dialup to EarthLink Inc from over 100 locations in the US and Canada.
Originator of Excel, Word leaves MS for startup
Charles Simonyi, the man who laid the cornerstones of Microsoft's applications software empire, is leaving the company to do his own thing, a software startup. Simonyi was one of Microsoft's longest-serving employees, joining in 1981 from Xerox PARC, and has in his list of credits Multiplan, Word and Excel.
Intel directs channel funds to small biz market
Intel today opened out its channel organisation to small computer dealers. Called the Intel Reseller Programme, this new entry-level accreditation even has some co-op marketing funds at its disposal, we think -the company's alloted press spokesperson is not speaking to the press today.
No CE netBook, says Psion, but there is a netPad
The Register's scepticism about the CE netBook has been amply justified; it does not exist, it might at some point exist, but it certainly does not exist, either now or this year. What does exist is an implementation of CE running on its sister machine, the netPad - but for various reasons this doesn't automatically mean a netBook version.
Sun chip chief: real men can't afford fabs
Sun has responded to increasingly impressive Itanium benchmarks by conceding that the leviathan chip might have a niche. But its microprocessor CTO offered the counter argument that manufacturing economics will favor smaller fabless chip developers, such as, er ... Sun. This is interesting, as it's an attempt to derail the volume economics logic - more is cheaper - that has sustained Itanium through its darkest hours.
Fed cybersecurity initiative boosts TCPA
On Wednesday a group of federal bureaucrats, business representatives and industry lobbyists will be rolling out a draft of the White House's new initiative to enlist the computing public in the task of defending cyberspace. Originally, the Feds had planned to roll out a final draft, but this has been delayed due to unresolved conflicts among the technology companies the scheme will be affecting.
Motorola plugs mother of all roadmap leaks
Ashen-faced Motorola supremos have confirmed that the phone giant is acting to plug one of the most spectacular leaks of product information in recent times, after the publication of a long-range handset roadmap spilled most of next year's phones onto the web.
IBM and Intel forge blade server pact
IBM and Intel today announced plans to jointly develop blade servers, promising reduced-cost systems without sacrificing system performance.
Oracle on Linux edges SQL Server in benchmark
Oracle has posted a benchmarking result which showed its database software on a Linux platform outperformed Microsoft SQL Server by 14 per cent.
EU data protection chiefs oppose data retention moves
Europe's Data Protection Commissioners have voiced concern about EU proposals to mandate phone companies and ISPs to retain customer data, questioning the "legitimacy" and cost of the proposals.
Big Macs, Pentiums invade Sims
Electronic Arts has struck product placement deals with McDonalds and Intel for its Sims Online game. Chipzilla and Burgerzilla will feature prominently in the game, reports MSNBC.
Pioneer DVD-R/RW drives tend to burn
An overheating problem among drives used with new high-speed discs can destroy both the unit and the medium, manufacturer Pioneer is trying hard to avoid saying. Using soon to be available 4X discs for DVD-R and 2X discs for DVD-RW with the following drives is thought to be risky: DVR-7000 DVD recorder; PRV-9000 Professional DVD recorder; DVR-A03 computer drive; DVR-103 computer drive; DVR-A04 computer drive; DVR-104 computer drive.