25th > September > 2002 Archive
Telewest, NTL and BTOpenworld are to provide the broadband connections in the UK for Xbox Live - the online gaming service from Microsoft.
A Canadian battery manufacturer reckons it can produce an XP Tablet PC with up to 16 hours' untethered life.
Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute has taken out a license for ARM Holdings Plc's ARM922T core. The institute said it would use the core in a number of mobile device projects. The institute already has a license for the ARM7TDMI core, and expects to have prototype information appliances based on that chip …
Orange SA is struggling to meet its target of 15% of revenue growth this year and has blamed the low level of new customer growth in maturing markets and handset sales. The mobile arm of France Telecom SA said that while revenue from its network is on target, handset sales are below expectations. Though handsets with color …
With the announcement yesterday of its "Xcalibur" BladeCenter blade servers, IBM Corp has introduced what could evolve into a new family of products under its eServer umbrella, writes Timothy Prickett-Morgan. The eServer line includes xSeries Intel-based servers, its pSeries Unix and iSeries OS/400 RISC-based servers, and …
A casual observer at Intel's Developer Forum earlier this month might have thought the company that grew fat on the back of ever faster desktop PC chips was now more focused on mobile and server chips, writes Joe Fay. In the company's client day presentation at the conference, discussion of desktops was largely restricted …
Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer has said that the company has no plans to ramp up its IT services business. The company is the largest IT company not to have supplemented its products business with a high-margin, reliable stream of revenue from a systems integration and consulting arm, and has been tipped as a …
A satirical Web site that attempted to parody concerns over child safety has been shut down following the intervention of police.
A couple of weeks back, while getting all excited about the Psion netBook finally getting Ethernet, I intimated that I might well buckle and spring for a Nokia 7650, thus adding the joys of GPRS connectivity and massively enhancing my new untethered lifestyle. I resisted the temptation for a whole two days, then reported to the Vodafone store.
Heavily criticised Oftel boss David Edmonds has secured a place on the board of the new Office of Communications (Ofcom).
Analysis A story that old DEC hands like to tell is about the time Digital was designing the MicroVAX. Ken Olsen went to the board and told them they could expect the share price to stagnate for a couple of years. Digital Equipment Corporation, Olsen said, would focus all its efforts on putting the VAX onto a chip (from a board) and things in the meantime would be grim. The MicroVAX turned out to be a roaring success, DEC's share price subsequently tripled, and Olsen was vindicated.
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Now that GNU/Linux is becoming a household commodity, the Free Software Foundation is facing changes in its priorities. Used to be that rounding up Free Software developers to complete a non-proprietary operating system was job one. Now other things are more urgent, like fighting digital rights management (or digital "restrictions" management, as Richard M. Stallman puts it), and enforcing the GPL. So when it comes to the public face of the FSF, it means you may be seeing less of RMS and more of other people.
EasyInternetCafe - the high street Internet café chain - is to protest outside the High Court in London tomorrow against the threat of a gagging order from the music industry.
Earlier this week The Register had an interesting talk over lunch with Red Hat VP marketing Mark de Visser, covering a fair range of topics, including how Redmond finally gets it, what takes its place (no, not Red Hat, we agreed on that) and the two Next Big Things for Red Hat - the Red Hat Desktop, and the Advanced Server deal with IBM. There's a certain amount of controversy associated with both of these, but as (with the aid of the Red Hat 8 CD he pressed into our hands) we'll do a user's eye view of the desktop later, we'll concentrate on the Advanced Server strategy here.
Greece's ban on playing computer games appears to have been lifted.