15th > January > 2004 Archive

Sun lures faithful with workstation price cuts

Sun Microsystems is trying its best to nudge customers' upgrade plans into action with a new trade-in discount on workstations.
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Dell tops up PC market in 2003

The good news is that the PC market grew in 2003; the bad news, for the vendors, is that it took intense price cuts to push shipments higher.
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Munich Linux setback

Europe in Brief Last year, the city of Munich, Germany opted to go with Linux instead of Microsoft software on more than 14,000 desktop computers. This was seen as a significant setback for Microsoft and a clear sign of Linux' increasing viability. But now the project is in trouble, according to Computerwoche.
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New PSP spec to feature 32Mb of RAM

Rumours circulating in the game development community suggest that Sony is set to upgrade the specification for the PlayStation portable to feature 32Mb of RAM - bringing the system closer in line with the PS2.
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Pru in talks to sell Egg

Prudential yesterday said it was in talks to sell Egg, its Anglo-French online banking subsidiary, following a big jump in its share price. The Financial Services Authority is not saying yet if it will launch an insider trading investigation, according to wire reports.
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Wireless lamp posts take over world!

Computerised lamp posts look like being the basis of the biggest data network ever, as the world's traffic monitors set about controlling cars with wireless. And the result could be an absolute windfall for a startup company which, it seems, owns all the relevant patents.
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ISPs urged not to forget dial-up users

Dial-up punters shouldn't be ignored by ISPs even though many operators are increasingly focusing more and more of their attention and resources on pushing broadband.
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Microsoft loses $521m Eolas patent appeal

Microsoft has failed to overturn a court ruling that it should pay Eolas $521m for infringing a patent in its Internet Explorer browser technology.
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DRM: who needs it? UK label stands up for its customers

Pioneer British electronic label Warp Records has struck a blow for computers users by making its entire back catalog available for download - unencumbered by the toxic DRM restrictions that the pigopolists insist on.
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BT in 1Mb ADSL launch

BT has unveiled a 1Mb broadband product for its BT Yahoo! Broadband service and the frill-less BT Broadband.
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Today is Personal Firewall Day

Today is the first Personal Firewall Day, an event dedicated to educating consumers about protecting themselves from online threats.

The end of the PC desktop is nigh

Within two years the majority of enterprises will have ditched desktop PCs in favour of laptops, tablets or thin clients.
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OFT intros simpler terms for Home Computing Initiative

The Office of Fair Trading has cut at least some of the red tape tangling up employers trying to implement schemes which allow staff to work from home using company PCs.
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Samsung waves goodbye to 425 Teessiders

Samsung is shutting down its computer monitor factory in Teesside with the loss of 425 jobs. The plant also makes microwave ovens. It shuts in April.
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UK e-tailers 'lose £300m' in Xmas sales

Top UK e-tailers are estimated to have lost more than £300 million over the busy Christmas shopping period because of flaky website performance.
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419ers stun with blinding return to form

It appears our report last week on the death of the great 419 email may have been somewhat premature.
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Stob: Something for the ladies

Stob (Previously: Sam ‘The Spam’ Osborne, the notorious spamillionaire, is being surprisingly frank about the goods he pushes.)
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Suing grannies for MP3 swapping – will it start in the UK?

Since the RIAA started suing children and senior citizens, the British music industry has been giving the impression that it was unlikely to do anything quite so reputation-threatening this side of the pond. But on the other hand... British Phonographic Industry (BPI) director general Andrew Yeates has been busy this week, trailing the prospect of a crackdown on file-swappers in the UK, and telling MPs that the US action has been successful in creating awareness about illegal downloading.

Siemens wins £200m Welsh National Assembly gig

Siemens Business Services has won the tender to upgrade the IT at the National Assembly of Wales. The gig will be performed by a consortium including PA Consulting, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Siemens Communications. It runs for 10 years and is worth £200 million.
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Intec bolts on niche printer ops

In Brief Intec, the Fleet, Hampshire reseller, has bought the business of MK Data Systems for an undisclosed sum.
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Captain Cyborg faces Canadian challenge

Our old mate Kevin "Captain Cyborg" Warwick would be well advised to charge his laser pulse rifle, put on his shades and leathers and get aboard his Harley because if he doesn't run for the hills it's a definite date with the molten steel for the cybernetic self-publicist.
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MiMail: yet another one

The saga of Mimail and PayPal continues with a new variant doing the rounds today. This is an email purporting to come from PayPal with the subject header "PAYPAL.COM NEW YEAR OFFER". Attached is a file "paypal.exe".
Mike Kemp, 15 2004
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TechnoDepot unleashes amazing XXXL t-shirt

Cash'n'Carrion You know how it is with buses - you wait ages for one and then sixteen come at once. Well, it works exactly the same with t-shirts. Except, of course, you can't get fifty-three people in a t-shirt. Until now.
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MS aims at Linux, Unix with free SFU download

Microsoft has gone freeware with Windows Services for Unix 3.5, released today as a download in the run-up to next week's LinuxWorld Expo in New York. SFU is a long-standing Microsoft Windows-Unix 'coexistence' product, intended largely to reduce the negatives for Unix shops associated with the introduction of Windows servers, but worries about Linux will have tended to make it more important to the company, and will have prompted the giveaway.

The SCO IP license: now it's Europe's turn

SCO is to extend its controversial IP licences into the UK, France and other European countries from today. SCO plans to make SCO Intellectual Property License available to many more countries and regions by February 1.
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US using EU airline data to ‘test’ CAPPS II snoop system

Airline data on EU citizens is being used by the US Transport Security Administration for "testing" of the controversial CAPPS II (Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening System). This is quite handy for the TSA, given that Congress won't let it use CAPPS II on US citizens yet, but is not quite what we understood from the deal the EU struck with the US last month.
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IBM holds its own in Q4

Like Intel before it, IBM enjoyed a strong fourth quarter across most of its product lines, giving some indication that the big boys are back to a healthy level.

Sun slumps in Q2

Sun Microsystems continued to have a tough time in its second quarter as revenue fell and a small round of layoffs were announced.
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Get your name.name domain

The constraints have been taken off the .name domain and anyone is now able to buy their own joebloggs.name domain.
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Niue is dead! Long live .nu!

The tiny island of Niue was all but wiped off the map at the end of last week when cyclone Heta sent 300kph winds and 20-metre waves smashing into a population of just 1,200 people.
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Adobe anti-counterfeiting code trips up kosher users

Adobe's decision to add special code into its software to prevent currency counterfeiting prevents even authorised users from using the technology, according to Register readers.
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Late-starting US pulls ahead in phone tech?

Strange things are happening in the US, which for some years has been wearily resigned to receiving bleeding edge phone technology many months after the rest of the world, if at all.
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Centrino2 slips again

The successor to Banias, has been delayed again, Intel's Paul Otellini confirmed yesterday. The second-generation Centrino processor will be built on a 90 nm process, allowing it to be faster - thanks to more room for L2 cache - and cooler. Dothan had been slated to ship last Fall, and after a slippage, became a Q1 launch. Now it's Q2, says Intel.