Alternative browser villains named and shamed
UpdatedOur stories on how online banks, retailers and utilities make life difficult for Linux users, or just people who prefer alternative browsers (such as Opera) has touched a nerve among many of our readers.
3m want broadband
Three million punters - a third of UK Net users - want broadband, according to research from Oftel.
IBM builds world's smallest circuit
Boffins at IBM have prototyped what is believed to be the world's smallest working computer circuits, using an innovative approach in which individual molecules move across an atomic surface like toppling dominoes.
Fabulous fonts in Linux
HowtoOne of the more common disappointments reported about the Linux GUI is clunky fonts under X. While it's true that they can look pretty rough out of the box, it's also true that sharpening them up is easy and well worth the effort, thanks to MS TrueType fonts and the open-source FreeType project which makes them useable on Linux. What follows is an explanation of how to tweak them, assuming KDE is your desktop manager. (I imagine this may work on other desktops, but KDE is the only one I'm well acquainted with.)
Lack of content holding back broadband in US
Price and the lack of compelling content is hampering the take-up of broadband in the US, according to the latest research from In-Stat/MDR.
Punters prefer cable says blueyonder
Eight out of ten people prefer cable broadband compared to ADSL.
Chopped cable knocks dabs.com off the web
"Could you please tell everybody my web site is down?" This is not ordinarily the kind of request you get from the boss of a giant online reselling outfit, but it is precisely what dabs.com CEO Dave Atherton just asked us, and we are happy to oblige. He has, after all the HP Halloween Ball to attend tonight (another one of those events where our invite seems mysteriously to have gone astray), and he's not looking forward to: "Have you gone bust? I tried to get onto your web site just now, and couldn't."
Guerilla marketing tactics spawn viral fears
Users could be induced into spamming all their contacts after a greeting card site decided to apply highly questionable social engineering tricks to its latest marketing campaign.
Amazon sales up a third
Web bookseller, Amazon, claims its decision to lower prices is beginning to pay dividends.