20th > September > 2002 Archive

Sun makes Sun Fire servers more like mainframes

Sun Microsystems Inc this week debuted improvements for its dynamic reconfiguration software for its midrange and enterprise server lines at the SunNetwork 2002 event, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. The new tools amount to a policy-based workload manager that expands on the workload management tools available in Solaris …

On IBM's iSeries and OS/400 roadmaps

OS/400 V5R2 has been available for a few weeks now, and the talk in the midrange has now predictably turned to what IBM will do next, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. While the hardware and software engineers continue to plug away on the future Armada Power5 servers and their Power6 kickers, due over the next few years in …
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US .gov info restricted over attacker fears

VeriSign Inc has stopped providing access to information about the .gov internet domain, which is restricted to US government bodies, over concerns the data could be used in planning internet attacks, ComputerWire has learned. On September 16, the company posted a notice on its web site saying that from September 13 (three …
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President's Cyber Man seeks Framework support

The US president's internet security advisor hit the streets yesterday seeking industry input into a proposed cyber security framework. Richard Clarke's first stop was Sun Microsystems Inc's Networks conference in San Francisco, California, where he appealed to delegates for feedback on the document. The government has …
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Experts say White House protocol upgrade advice is serious

Internet infrastructure experts yesterday lent their support to White House adviser Richard Clarke's recommendations that companies should make securing ubiquitous internet protocols a priority, but said cost and red tape is slowing down deployment, writes Kevin Murphy. According to these experts, vulnerabilities in these …
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UK firm creates GPS tracker for kids

Parents in the UK will soon be able to track the whereabouts of their children using a GPS device that can be partly disguised as a badge.
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Dropping Dell: now it's 3Com's turn

Dell is getting the networking vendors seriously rattled. This week it's 3Com's turn to announce that it is to drop Dell as a reseller, effective immediately, following the PC vendor's decision to sell its own switches.
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Asynchronous processing, multiple cores in SPARC future

After revealing on Wednesday that work on UltraSPARC VI(6) and VII(7) was underway, David Yen, the guy in charge of the microprocessor (and networking and security) work at Sun Microsystems and his team couldn't shut up about their plans yesterday.
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Alcatel to shed 23,000 jobs

Alcatel is staring down both barrels today as it announced that a further 23,000 people would lose their jobs by the end of next year.
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ADSL for £12.99 – How do they do that?

What a curious week it's been for broadband. Last week BT boss Ben Verwaayen told journalists that it was highly unlikely that the monster telco would be cutting the wholesale cost of broadband in the near future.
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5-4-3-2-1. Way to Go, Infineon!

Infineon, the European semiconductor giant, today issued a new statement of strategic goals, under the banner Agenda 5-to-1. The marketing bunnies have been working overtime, as the opening paragraph demonstrates (the bolded words are Infineon's own).

Less, and more, than meets eye to MS Wi-Fi push

Microsoft's wireless networking products, announced earlier this week, are apparently truly wonderful, but on (slightly) closer investigation their wondrous nature remains somewhat opaque. They are, it appears, badged Linksys products, and the US prices quoted in the announcement seem in line with what's being charged for those very same Linksys products at, say, Best Buy.
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Broadband over power lines idea alive and well

Remember the idea of using power cables as a medium to transmit high-speed Internet traffic?
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Consumer groups state DRM case

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration established a "dialog" with consumer groups worried about the impact of proposed digital rights management schemes during a sit-down Tuesday, but don't expect big changes in the agency's position on the need for DRM.
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NTL gatecrashes BT's broadband bash

NTL Broadband is now "richer, faster and better value than BT" - according to those impartial peeps at NTL.
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Intel's future is 3D

Higher processor performance, with greater power efficiency, is promised by Intel's research in transistor design, writes Alun Williams.
PC Pro, 20 2002
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Recycling is so PC

A new company, Key Computers, is to offer cheap computers, notebooks and peripherals and tackle the growing mountain of waste computer products in the UK, Matt Whipp writes.
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Case survives AOL TW ‘rebellion’

The much-hyped rebellion to oust the chairman of AOL TW appears to have fizzled out. For the time being at least. Speculation that Case could be unseated from his chair came to head earlier this week as the board of the media and Internet giant prepared to meet.
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Child email tracking – Does it work?

Wouldn't it be good if parents could track who their children are emailing.