12th > November > 2002 Archive
In his twilight years John D Rockefeller liked to play the benevolent, eccentric old geezer, giving shiny new dimes to children whenever he had a chance to be photographed in their presence. Nowadays there aren't enough urchins and ragamuffins in North America for Billg to pull the same act, at least not in neighborhoods where he stands a reasonable chance of walking out alive, so he's gone off to India for a bit of philanthropic pandering to women and children, and selling of MS products to developers. The actual selling will be handled by legions of MS flacks, not Gates, to help establish the illusion that this trip is purely humanitarian in nature.
The professional engineers' association in Canada is dismayed that Microsoft Certified System Engineers (MCSEs) are calling themselves "engineers". Microsoft agreed to discourage the use of the term among MCSEs last year, but changed its mind in the summer.
Apple has added journaling capabilities to its HFS+ Extended file system in a point.point update to the OS X Server software.
In a story created, but rejected by our automatic news generator for being too absurd, Mike 'Don' Capellas is to leave Hewlett Packard and join WorldCom, the Wall Street Journal reports. HP today confirmed the Don's departure, although the President can still be see in a spooky lit-from-below horror snap here.
Nationwide, the UK's largest remaining building society, last week announced plans to roll out biometric signature capture and verification technology to all its branches in the UK. Work will begin on the installation during the first quarter of 2003.
AltaVista Co wants to get back to the good old days when it was the most respected web search engine on the internet, and this week outlined how it hopes to learn from the lessons taught by Google Inc, the usurper that came from nowhere to own the market Kevin Murphy writes.
The FT Conferences Web site was defaced overnight by mischievous crackers promoting a Russian DJ.
The competition watchdog is to examine a complaint made by Freeserve concerning BT's marketing of residential broadband Internet access.
Armed with an impressive pile of research data, Palmsource CEO Dave Nagel mounted something of a troop-rallying exercise in London yesterday, and quite convincing it was too. But then you'd expect no less from a sometime industry demigod. It is not the case that the Palm platform is dead, doomed, about to be eclipsed by Redmond, says Nagel, unleashing another battery of heavy-duty Gartner - au contraire, it's in fine fettle, and Microsoft is maiming itself by trying to apply the wrong industry model to the handheld device business.
Alison Ritchie, the chief exec of BTopenworld, is to become BT's broadband supremo responsible for driving BT Group's whole broadband strategy.
US authorities are seeking the extradition of an unnamed UK cracker who broke into an estimated 100 unclassified US military systems over the past year, according to reports.
The mollycoddling UK Government has warned punters to be on their guard against e-mail, text and fax scams run by unscrupulous operators.
Security researchers are warning of a potentially nasty buffer over-run flaw in Oracle Database 9i databases.
Vodafone interim sales jumped 67 per cent, thanks to a first-time contribution from its now wholly owned Japanese subsidiary. On an operating level, the world's biggest mobile network operator remains very profitable, generating £4.25bn in Earnings Before Bad Stuff, and cranking up free cashflow to £2.9bn in the six months to September 30.
AMD yesterday launched the mobile Athlon XP 2200+, and in a pleasant change from recent 'launches', actually has parts in stock to ship. Fujitsu Siemens, AMD's biggest customer in Europe, is fitting in the 2200+ into the AMILO A-x600 series and it has stock available now. Time Computers, a major UK system builder and probably AMD's second biggest customer in Europe, is prepping a notebook launch featuring the part and in Japan, Epson Direct is expected to launch a notebook too.
Xircom has blinked first in the patent spat with 3Com, agreeing to pay $15m royalties and acknowledge 3com IP in its RealPort and RealPort 2 mobile connectitivity kits. It is also cross-licensing patents with 3Com, which is hailing this outbreak of 'patent peace'.
Toshiba has launched its first handset into Europe, but you have to be Dutch, or at least live in the Netherlands,oh, and be a KPN Mobile subscriber to get your mitts on one. KPN also has subs in Germany and Belgium so we can expect TS21i handsets to tip up in these countries too.
Easyart.com is to face easyGroup in the High Court next year to rebut allegations that it is profiting from the 'easy' name.