19th > December > 2002 Archive

Easynet to buy Maiaah!

Easynet - the pan-European broadband operation - is to buy French Internet outfit Maiaah! for around €100,000.
Tim Richardson, 19 Dec 2002

AOL obtains IM patent

AOL is keeping mum over news that it has acquired the patent for instant messaging (IM). News of its success broke yesterday even though the patent, number 6,449,344, was granted in September.
Tim Richardson, 19 Dec 2002

Sysadmin accused of Paine Webber computer sabotage

A former sysadmin with UBS PaineWebber was indicted yesterday on federal charges of trying to manipulate the stock price of the brokerage's parent company by crippling its computer network.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2002

Bulldog in consumer ADSL offer

Broadband outfit, Bulldog, is to start offering ADSL to consumers in the UK. The Alltime 500 service costs £26.99 a month and provides speeds of 256kbps upstream and 512kbps downstream.
Tim Richardson, 19 Dec 2002
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IBM 16-way Xeon server hits the shelves

IBM today started volume shipments of the eServer x440, a 16 processor Xeon machine.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2002

Iraqi Oil worm spreads over the Net

A Windows network worm which spreads through shared folders is spreading across Internet this week.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2002

SSH flaws sighted

Secure shell (SSH) protocol implementations from several vendors are subject to a number of potentially serious security flaws, security clearing house CERT warned earlier this week.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2002

Oracle heralds end of IT glut

Oracle Corp played-up license renewals during its second quarter, reported yesterday, which it believes herald an end to the IT glut that has hampered customers' spending.
ComputerWire, 19 Dec 2002

Palm scrambles out of red in Q2

Palm Inc gave itself a corporate pat on the back yesterday as it clawed its way back into profit in its second quarter and turned in sales well ahead of forecasts.
ComputerWire, 19 Dec 2002

VB developers take back seat at BEA

BEA Systems Inc is back-pedaling on efforts to attract Visual Basic developers to its WebLogic Workshop Java programming environment, in what appears a strategic reversal, writes Gavin Clarke.
ComputerWire, 19 Dec 2002
DVD it in many colours

Microsoft pencils ‘early 2003’ for CRM debut

ComputerWire, 19 Dec 2002

US high speed Internet growth slows

High speed internet connections are finding their way into homes and businesses across the US, but the rate of growth has slipped compared to last year, according to the Federal Communications Commission.
ComputerWire, 19 Dec 2002

US military takes pot shot at 802.11a

High-tech executives in the US are battling to prevent the Department of Defense from imposing restrictions on the use of radio spectrum for Wi-Fi products. Defense officials said this month that they are concerned that proposals to open up more radio spectrum to cater for the increasing popularity of wireless LAN applications may end up interfering with military radar.
ElectricNews.net, 19 Dec 2002

Broadband is ‘favourite’ stocking filler

Forget Hornby train sets and Eminem CDs - it seems the favourite item on Christmas wish lists this year is broadband.
Tim Richardson, 19 Dec 2002
DVD it in many colours

Platform Computing branches out

Platform Computing, the distributed resource management and Grid computing software, is reaching out beyond its traditional commercial customer base.
IT-Analysis, 19 Dec 2002

Don't photocopy your bum this Xmas

Office party revellers should not photocopy their buttocks this Christmas - not unless they want some nurse to pick out shards of glass from their backside.
Tim Richardson, 19 Dec 2002

Macromedia Flash Crash

A buffer overrun flaw in Macromedia Flash can be used to inject malicious code into target systems.
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2002

Proposed UK star wars base ‘invents’ BMW death ray

It may not be all that successful at knocking out incoming missiles yet, but the US "son of star wars" missile defence programme has already - albeit accidentally - spawned a death ray that can knock out motor vehicles, reports today's Guardian. The UK government is currently thought poised to green light a US government request to base components of the defence system at RAF Fylingdales, already a noted US spook station on UK soil, so the prudent spooks are upgrading their security systems in preparation for the inevitable onslaught of peace campaigners.
John Lettice, 19 Dec 2002

Campaigners report titsup ADSL exchanges

Broadband campaigners are spitting feathers after reporting that their recently ADSL-upgraded exchanges don't appear to be working.
Tim Richardson, 19 Dec 2002

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