20th > May > 2003 Archive

Sun makes good with Intel kit

Scott McNealy pulled out the shovel on Monday and filled three gaping holes in Sun Microsystems' product line.

HP-UX upgraded for Itanium 2

Hewlett-Packard has prepped a new version of its HP-UX operating system for the Itanium 2 chip, and lo and behold there's even software to run on it.
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Fizzer worm more interesting than harmful

Looking at the fizzer worm, one has some difficulty defining it clearly. It uses various means of propagation such as e-mail and P2P shares and attempts several destructive activities, but it doesn't get all of its core business quite right.
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Smart credit card scheme kicks off in the UK

UK banks, building societies and retailers began the introduction of a more secure method of authorising credit card payments in Northampton today.
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Welsh dotcoms set free from incubation

Recently, The Reg referred to Cardiff-based Acequote.com as the only Welsh dotcom we had heard of. (And where did that web site go - it has not been accessible in recent days).
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'NEVER, EVER buy ANYTHING from Curry's or Dixons'

A disgruntled Dixons punter has gone to extraordinary lengths to try and get the giant electrical retailer to return her busted TV.
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Chip market to grow 8.3% in 2003 – Gartner

The worldwide semiconductor market is grow 8 per cent growth this year, according to Gartner
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PS2 price cut to €199 in Europe

Sony is expected to cut the price of the PlayStation 2 in Europe at last. The console will drop from €249 to €199 in a move which brings the hardware price in line with the Xbox and GameCube.
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The Bastard goes 24/7

Episode 8 Episode 8 BOFH 2003: Episode 8 Sigh. I don't know what it is about 24x7 Operations, but the thought of it seems to make most IT Managers weak at the knees - and The Boss is no exception. I'm sure in his mind he sees a clean, shiny computer room with suited professionals striding purposefully betwixt machines, engrossed in …
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BOFH and the Interruptible Power System

Episode 9 Episode 9 BOFH 2003: Episode 9 "This is eerie," The PFY whispers, as we gaze around the darkened and newly silent computer room with a flashlight. "Isn't there emergency lighting?" "Apparently not," I respond. "Which is an excellent design feature for a room with no windows in the centre of a building." "So where's the UPS …
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Novell settles 1998 software theft suit

Novell has finally settled a lawsuit that began when hundreds of CDs were stolen from a contractor in Ireland in 1998.
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Electrical retailers in ‘complex monopoly’ over warranties

The Competition Commission (CC) has published proposals that could lead to an overhaul in the way extended warranties (EW) are sold.
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Comcast ponders WiFi extras

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Netilla preps v4 security appliance

Netilla Networks yesterday announced enhancements to its SSL VPN appliances, to make them more flexible and versatile.
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£35,186 not spent at DSG – so far

Marie Griffiths' tale of despair - 'NEVER, EVER buy ANYTHING from Curry's or Dixons' - has certainly generated heaps of interest from readers.

Microsoft + AMD: the 64-bit question

Microsoft's launch of Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2000 for Itanium, and AMD's launch of its 64-bit Opteron processor, should encourage the uptake of 64-bit computing. Software development and support will be crucial in taking 64-bit hardware from its educational and scientific environments through to general purpose corporate computing.
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HP topples IBM for benchmark lead

My, oh my, HP and IBM are feisty of late.