17th > December > 2002 Archive
Wednesday's the deadline for you to make a small difference to the draconian DMCA, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
The collapse of the dotcom bubble has been described, quite accurately, as the greatest loss of wealth in human history. But take heart, a few survivors have prospered. Give or take the minor judicial roadbump.
BT Wholesale has refined its much-criticised ADSL pre-registration system making it quicker and easier for areas to upgrade to broadband.
eEye security researcher Derek Soeder was moved to verse after analysing a complicated - and not particularly devastating - heap corruption vulnerability involving the way Windows handles PNG image format files.
AOL has won $7m in damages after it claimed its punters had been bombarded with porn spam.
Nineteen out of 20 surfers use IE as a browser, with Netscape a very distant second, and alternative browsers restricted to use among a small tech savvy niche, according to Web analytics outfit OneStat.com.
Kingston Technology has selected Infineon to be its prime supplier of memory components. The two firms estimate the deal is worth $2.5bn over five years. At the same time, Kingston, probably the world's biggest memory module brand name, will provide contract manufacturing services to Infineon.
MicronPC, the direct selling US PC builder, is changing its name to MPC sometime in 2003. It is also changing its main domain name from micronpc.com to buympc.com. The company retains redirect rights for three years, suggesting that micronpc.com will at some point revert to Micron Technology, its former parent.
3G is coming, ready or not, says the wireless research team at Instat/MDR.
Hats off to PC Magazine's John C Dvorak for noting that last Tuesday IBM finally pulled the plugs on OS/2. With a long and characteristically detailed death notice, years after the shooting died down (this is also characteristic), IBM has finally brought the Great Rebellion to a close.
Interoperability is the greatest challenge in building a storage area network, according to a roundtable of US IT executives. It's hard to get Unix, mainframe and Windows NT apps working together on the same SAN, and any vendor which can do this easily, could find the world beating a path to its door (or a takeover offer from EMC).
Security researchers urge admins to update MySQL database servers, following the discovery of a set of potentially troublesome security flaws.
Rich Clark, an American spam hater, claims he was involved in a car chase and received threatening phone calls after taking photos of the house belonging to mega-wealthy bulk-emailer, Alan Ralsky.
Site NewsEarly next year The Register is to launch a small business channel. That's right a channel for small businesses. We will concentrate on providing tech-related news, cause that what we do best. We are also looking at information suppliers to link up with, and maybe even doing some reviews.
Intel has altered plans to introduce a dual-mode 802.11a/b WiFi chip alongside Banias, its next generation notebook processor, in Q3 2003.
We all know what's wrong with personal computers, and we must all at some time despair at the lack of imagination of modern UI designers, who offer us ever more creative ways of futzing.
The Russian software company which has found itself on trial in an American court was acquitted on all counts of circumventing the DMCA today.