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Sun Microsystems Inc is moving towards unified release cycles and simplified pricing for software components of its desktop and server stack, to build market share and undercut Microsoft Corp's rival products, writes Gavin Clarke. Santa Clara, California-based Sun said Friday its goal is to unify release cycles of its ONE …
IBM Corp is pulling out the stops in the eight-way Unix and Linux server space this week as it rolls out its pSeries 650 "Regatta-Mi," an eight-way server that uses its new 1.2GHz and 1.45GHz Power4+ processors and aims to take the wind out of Sun's sails (and sales) for its Sun Fire V880 and Sun Fire 3800, writes Timothy …
You might have thought it would never happen, but here it is, the first official count of the number of Internet pages served on mobile phones and wireless devices. The data has been gathered and analysed by the Mobile Data Association, on behalf of O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone. It makes for disappointing reading.
On-line ad company Gator has bitten back against recent lawsuits by launching its own case against a business that has complained about its pop-up ads.
Sam Palmisano is feeling more comfortable in Gerstner's shoes nowadays. From his appointment as CEO of IBM in March of this year, last week he was confirmed as the firm's new chairman too. It's been a heady and expected rise. First on his 'to do' list was to outline the company's future plans.
Letter I'm STeve Andre', the owner of the poor little ThinkPad whose image was besmirched by the accusation that it carried some horrid compound in it. I am happy to report that IBM will make well of this situation and I will be up and running properly next week.
Kicking off a visit to India today Bill Gates may have expected (in the words of the New York Times "a fawning group of state chief ministers and federal political leaders lining up outside his hotel suites, waiting for a chance to meet with the world's richest man." Instead, he may have flown into a storm over AIDS scaremongering.
The Grand Old Duke of York is clearly in charge of Microsoft's operating systems roadmaps for, having marched Longhorn up to the top of a distant (2005, said his Billness) hill earlier this year, he has now marched it straight back down again. Longhorn, the next version of Windows XP, will not after all be a 2005 product, but will quite possibly be a next year product after all.
The Council of Europe has amended its cybercrime treaty to devise criminal penalties for those who dare to express unpopular ideas for public consumption with any manner of computer equipment. The measure specifically targets so-called 'racist and xenophobic material', and would apply to any controversial Web-site, or even a mean-spirited posting to a BBS or an e-mail newsletter.
Developing nations have pushed through programmes to curtail Internet telephony, in moves designed to protect the revenues of incumbent telecoms operators.
Updated Sun is aiming to persuade schools to ditch Microsoft Office in favour of its StarOffice productivity suite, with a marketing campaign launched today.
Silicon Graphics will debut a 128-node, single system image NUMA system at the Supercomputing 2002 show next week, cranking up the density of the Origin series.