25th > October > 2002 Archive

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.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2002
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Quest Buys Sitraka for Java Skills

ComputerWire, 25 Oct 2002

3m want broadband

Three million punters - a third of UK Net users - want broadband, according to research from Oftel.
Tim Richardson, 25 Oct 2002

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.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2002

Mixed VeriSign results, closes unit

ComputerWire, 25 Oct 2002

E-card slimeware delivers pr0n

Kevin Poulsen, 25 Oct 2002
DVD it in many colours

EMC steps up CIM support, but lauds WideSky

ComputerWire, 25 Oct 2002

Sun poised to gain WS-I board seat

ComputerWire, 25 Oct 2002

Certifiably certified

Mark Rasch, 25 Oct 2002

Closing spyware loopholes

Mark Rasch, 25 Oct 2002

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.)
Thomas C Greene, 25 Oct 2002

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.
Tim Richardson, 25 Oct 2002

Punters prefer cable says blueyonder

Eight out of ten people prefer cable broadband compared to ADSL.
Tim Richardson, 25 Oct 2002

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."
John Lettice, 25 Oct 2002

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.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2002

Amazon sales up a third

Web bookseller, Amazon, claims its decision to lower prices is beginning to pay dividends.
Tim Richardson, 25 Oct 2002

MS defiles NYC with with killer-bee adverts

UpdatedNew Yorkers are complaining about a flood of butterfly advertising decals being pasted to every available surface in town to promote MSN-8, the New York Times reports.
Thomas C Greene, 25 Oct 2002