15th > April > 2004 Archive

Christmas continues for iPod sales

Apple has reported net income of $46m on revenue of $1.9bn for the past quarter. That's slightly down from the traditionally strong Christmas quarter, but 29 per cent up from the corresponding quarter last year, when the professional market was awaiting the launch of the G5 PowerMacs.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2004

Apple closes California plant

235 Apple staff were marched off the premises by security guards, personal belongings in hand yesterday. The Cupertino company has closed its Elk Grove manufacturing plant near Sacramento, California where it also maintains a call center and sales office. Apple wouldn't say exactly how many jobs had been lost, but informed State and county officials of the "separation of 235 Apple employees". A new euphemism to us, but as many readers have pointed out, standard practice for departing or retiring military employees.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2004

X is now free of XFree86

A new version of the X11 windowing system, used by Unix-like operating systems including Linux, will become generally available in ten days time.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2004

ADSL virgin seeks warm, friendly...

ReviewBroadband is the future of home and small business Internet access - the difference between slow dial-up and fast always-on speeds differentiating those that can from those that can't. Better still, stick a wireless ADSL router on the end of your Broadband connection, then not only do you get fixed line access, but also wireless access all behind a firewall. In my case, I've just been implementing the 3COM Office Connect ADSL wireless 11g Firewall Router: so how does it measure up?
Mark Boulding, 15 Apr 2004

Getting connected to online backups

ReviewLet's do a quick straw poll. How many of you back up your work laptop? Some have no choice - the IT department makes sure it happens. But the rest of us?
Jon Collins, 15 Apr 2004

BT faces EC investigation over business rates

BT is under investigation by the European Commission for receiving unfair government assistance.
John Oates, 15 Apr 2004

ATI readies PCI Express Radeon X880 XT

Now that Nvidia has launched the GeForce 6800, codenamed 'NV40', graphics chip biz watchers' attention will turn toward ATI's upcoming R420 launch, expected to take place on 26 April.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2004

DVD Forum punts blue laser HD-DVD

The DVD Forum has begun to promote its second-generation DVD specification to Taiwanese drive manufacturers.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2004

South Korea allows 3G handset subsidies

Mobile Operators in South Korea will be allowed to offer big discounts on handsets for the first time.
John Oates, 15 Apr 2004

Ex-Infinium exec sues company...

A former Infinium Labs executive who this week announced he had instigated legal proceedings against the company and CEO Tim Roberts, alleging fraud and breach of contract, yesterday agreed to dismiss his lawsuit without prejudice.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2004

419ers plug into plasma TV market

If your job has recently been outsourced, offshored or even rightshored or bestshored, then don't despair - a unique employment opportunity is about to hit an inbox near you.
Lester Haines, 15 Apr 2004

Cisco thwarts WLAN dictionary attack

Cisco has responded to the release of a dictionary attack tool by encouraging users to migrate to a new more secure encryption scheme for wireless LANs.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2004

Boingo wins Linksys hotspot kit promo

Wi-Fi hotspots aggregator Boingo has become the latest WLAN player to offer a 'hotspot in a box' package to venue owners keen to hop onto the wireless Internet access bandwagon.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2004

End of the road for EAI?

To suggest that enterprise application integration (EAI) might be nearing the end of the road is both contentious and provocative, writes Bloor analyst Philip Howard. Do we really mean it? Well, yes and no. No, we don't mean that EAI as an approach will disappear or that it does not fulfil a useful function. But yes, we do expect it to be merged into another technology - data federation - and to be subsumed by it.
IT-Analysis, 15 Apr 2004

Working up an appetite for destruction

If you're interested in the sweep of history, as I am, then you really should find the time to read through Jacques Barzun's magisterial From Dawn To Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life: 1500 to the Present. In particular, Barzun delivers a wealth of telling anecdotes that perfectly illustrate a point he's trying to make about human behaviour throughout history. One of my favourites is concerned with trains.
Scott Granneman, 15 Apr 2004

Real Networks 'seeks alliance' with Apple

Real Networks has invited Apple to join forces against a common enemy, Microsoft.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2004

Webtapping battle lines drawn

The public comment period on a Justice Department proposal to make the Internet easier to wiretap ended on Monday with most of the filed comments tracing a clean line between two opposing camps.
Kevin Poulsen, 15 Apr 2004

Godfather of Web awarded €1m

Tim Berners-Lee, the man whose hypertext programme paved the way for the beast they call the Web, has been honoured with an award of €1m.
Lester Haines, 15 Apr 2004

PalmOne preps 28 April PDA updates

UpdatePalmOne will launch a series of new machines on 28 April, The Register has learned, with models already starting to appear on e-tail sites.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2004

Sony pauses PSX production

Sony has suspended production of its PSX games console-cum-personal video recorder in a bid to flush the channel of unsold stock.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2004

Murderer blogs from behind bars

Being in prison apparently doesn't prevent some people from running a nice little earner. The Dutch Justice department is to investigate a blog set up by Martin K., who is unusual among bloggers since he is currently banged up for double murder.
Jan Libbenga, 15 Apr 2004

EMC acquires strong Q1 revenue growth

With three of its newly acquired software companies pulling their weight, EMC charged to one of its strongest quarters in recent memory.
Ashlee Vance, 15 Apr 2004

DHL mulls offshoring remainder of IT staff

Parcel pusher DHL is considering offshoring the last remnants of its IT department. In September 2003 the Deutsche Post subsidiary announced it was moving its data centre to Prague in the Czech Republic, but reassured staff that it would retain an IT presence in Britain and Basel, Switzerland. Both centres are now at risk, with up to 160 jobs at stake.
John Oates, 15 Apr 2004

NetSky-V spreads on auto-pilot

Yet another NetSky virus arrived on the scene today. NetSky-V spreads using a well known Internet Explorer vulnerability, connected with the handling of XML pages. Instead of depending on users double clicking on infectious email attachments, the worm can spread automatically across vulnerable Windows boxes.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2004

Microsoft charity licence gets lukewarm welcome

Microsoft's announcement of changes to the way it charges non-profit and charity groups for its software on second-hand machines has been criticised by refurbishers in the UK.
John Oates, 15 Apr 2004

Windows Update groans under patch load

Windows Update struggled to cope with the load created by the release of four security patches on Tuesday night, prompting Microsoft to deploy extra servers to cope with demand.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2004

Slim Devices slims Squeezbox prices

Review UpdateSince we ran our review, posted yesterday, of the Squeezebox wireless audio player, we've heard from the company behind it, Slim Devices, and Register readers who have their own thoughts on the gadget.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2004

Brits cheat insurance to get gadget upgrades

More than one in 20 Brits has falsely claimed that a personal technology item, such as a mobile phone, camera or walkman, was lost or stolen in order to upgrade it with a newer version.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2004

Egg decorated for site accessibility in DRC study

Egg.com and Oxfam.org.uk were among just five websites praised for their excellent accessibility, following a landmark study by the Disability Rights Commission that is already influencing the Internet's standards-setting body, the W3C.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Apr 2004

Patent Office asked to review Microsoft FAT patent

Microsoft's patent for the FAT file system - the basis for the company's first salvo in its licensing offensive - is to be reviewed by the US Patent Office, at the request of a free software group.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2004

For Sun chip chief, an empty roadmap is a clean roadmap

Sun is putting a brave face on the cancellation of the UltraSPARC V, and Eagle, an entire family of servers designed for the processor. The Millennium chip - so called because it was originally due to be ready in 2000 - had just taped out, but two weeks ago became the latest cancellation from Sun. The multicore UltraSPARC VI Gemini, VI and VII have already fallen off the roadmap, but microprocessor chief David Yen is looking on the bright side.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2004
DVD it in many colours

Sun tops off poor Q3 by axing execs

Sun dished out a bit of the expected and unexpected when announcing third quarter results today, confirming a large loss and revealing that a number of executives have been axed or shifted within the company.
Ashlee Vance, 15 Apr 2004

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