26th > March > 2003 Archive

Tanglewood: the next Itanium revealed

ExclusiveIntel appears to be moving in the direction of rivals Sun and IBM with a future version of the Itanium processor code-named Tanglewood, according to documents seen by The Register.
Ashlee Vance, 26 Mar 2003

Sun's Enchilada, Chalupa ready to serve

Sun finally appears ready to start shipping Jalapeno-based low-end systems, along with faster versions of its four and eight processor machines.
Ashlee Vance, 26 Mar 2003

Nvidia books IBM fab for GeForce FX

Nvidia has signed a three-year chip-making agreement with IBM. The deal means that TSMC is no longer the graphics company's only foundry partner.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2003

Conspiracy theories abound in security mailing list launch

Danish security service outfit Secunia this week launched an independent mailing list for security vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2003

I shot the Woolly Mammoth

ExclusiveMicrosoft South Africa last week pulled an ad, following a ruling that its claims could not be substantiated by the Advertising Standards Authority. Here Richard Clarke, a South African freelance journalist, explains why he made the complaint which set the ASA ball rolling.
Richard Clarke, 26 Mar 2003

EU bigwig bangs on about eGovt

A top EU commissioner has been banging on about the importance of eGovernment.
Tim Richardson, 26 Mar 2003

Intel granted overclocking blocking patent

Intel has been granted a patent outlining a technology designed to block attempts to over-clock its processors.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2003

BT Tower preserved for the nation

BT Tower in central London - recently bathed in green light to launch a rival directory enquiries service - has been listed by the Government.
Tim Richardson, 26 Mar 2003

O2 slashes number of free Web-based texts

O2 is to slash the number of free texts people can send from its Web site from 100 a month to just ten.
Tim Richardson, 26 Mar 2003

UK business confidence in open source grows – survey

A report on business attitudes to open source software published this week indicates steady progress in the UK, with a growing number of CIOs seeing OSS as a means to tackle Total Cost of Ownership, and indications that it is being used in more sophisticated roles. The study, conducted by Trend Consulting on behalf of OpenForum Europe and published this week in the IoD's Director magazine, reveals growing confidence in open source, and notes that avoidance of lock-in is as much a driver as TCO.
John Lettice, 26 Mar 2003

Data propels mobile telco growth

Mobile operators are finally halting their long-term decline in average revenue per user, thanks mainly to non-voice services, a new report claims.
ElectricNews.net, 26 Mar 2003

Gamecube tops UK console charts. For one week only?

The GameCube was the UK's biggest selling console last week, beating back both Xbox and PS2 with sales of 14,000 units, with Nintendo now hoping that its GBA SP rebate deal will keep sales high.
gamesindustry.biz, 26 Mar 2003

NAI re-cooks the books

Network Associates (NAI) is to postpone filing results for this year and will restate figures for three previous years as a result of government enquiries into its finances.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2003

A brief note on Sun's Project Orion

Project Orion, which Sun has implemented to unify its product release cycles, has been designed partly to appeal to independent software vendors. Sun wants to ensure that many companies are working with the Sun ONE applications and web services stack, offering specialist services that Sun cannot cover.
Datamonitor, 26 Mar 2003
DVD it in many colours

Windows Server 2003's bits are modular, not MIA

Microsoft has come up with an innovative explanation for the number of pieces that are going to have to be retro-fitted to Windows Server 2003, after it launches with them missing next month. This is apparently a modular approach to software development which will equip the company better to respond to the speed of update delivery that characterises open source.
John Lettice, 26 Mar 2003

Treasury shuts software tax avoidance schemes

The Treasury is to introduce legislation "as soon as possible" to kill tax avoidance schemes developed in response to the government's 100 per cent first year tax allowance. This is designed for small businesses buying IT "for bona fide use for their businesses". But the provision of plant and software for leasing is specifically excluded under the scheme.
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2003

House builders claim broadband a ‘selling point’

House builders in the US are increasingly including broadband connections and IT-related wiring when building new homes.
Tim Richardson, 26 Mar 2003

Nominet holds off on domain reservation plans

UK register Nominet is to hold off implementing a wait listing service - a system that would allow people to reserve domains put back up for sale - for six months.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Mar 2003

Too cool for secure code

OpinionUntil Unix and Linux programmers get over their macho love for low-level programming languages, the security holes will continue to flow freely, argues SecurityFocus columnist Jon Lasser.
Jon Lasser, 26 Mar 2003

Notebook sales on the rise

Never let it be said that notebooks aren't popular: some 30.5 million were sold last year, accounting for 23.5 per cent of all PCs sold, according to the latest IDC count. Gartner puts the figure at 21.8 per cent.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2003

Opera breaks Register shock

When Opera unveiled its special Swedish Chef Edition, an unfortunate (for the press) side-effect was forcibly brought home to The Register. You see, just around that time we were running an ad that seemed to stop Opera displaying properly. And it was, oh dear, a Microsoft ad.
John Lettice, 26 Mar 2003

Critical Win2K flaw yields multiple attack vectors

Last week's very serious Windows 2000 vulnerability is far from limited to exploitation through IIS alone.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2003

Dogblogs promise canine liberation

Dogs, too, can be liberated by weblogs.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Mar 2003

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