26th > November > 2004 Archive
AMD roadmap drops Athlon XP
AMD has updated its public roadmap. The biggest change: the death of its Athlon XP brand.
DWP kills 60k+ PCs in Windows XP upgrade lash-up
UpdatedMost of the desktop computers in the UK's Department for Work and Pensions were paralysed for four days on Monday, when a failed upgrade took them offline. The outage, covering 75-80 per cent of the DWP's 80,000 PCs, is one of the largest in the UK Government's not entirely impressive IT history.
Final bids in for MoD's £4bn IT project
Today, two groups will submit final bids for the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII), a £4bn Ministry of Defence (MoD) IT programme. Atlas, a consortium headed by EDS and Fujitsu, will go head to head with Radii, made up of BT, CSC and Thales.
IT boss barred from directorship for eight years
The director of three London IT service firms which collapsed owing £2m, has been barred from holding directorships in any company for eight years.
BT flogs Eutelsat stake for £363m
BT is to flog its minority stake in satellite operator Eutelsat for £363m in cash.
India pioneers the webcast cremation
An Indian crematorium is planning to give grieving but time-strapped relatives the chance to send their dear departed into the next world via live webcast.
Magirus reports strong trading
Magirus, the European mid-range systems distie, yesterday issued upbeat trading figures for the half year to September end. The mid-range systems distie said sales were up 16.6 per cent to €256m on last year, producing an operating profit up 30.1 per cent to &euro.
Families fight over PCs shock
Computers have become such an integral part of family life that they are causing rows over who gets to use them.
Bat bite 'miracle' girl survives rabies
A US teenage girl has survivied full-blown rabies she contracted from a bat - the first human ever to do so without vaccination, TechNewsWorld reports.
Customs and tax merger to cost £75m
Merging Customs and Excise with the Inland Revenue will cost at least £75m, Her Majesty's Treasury announced yesterday. Most of the cost will be due to integrating the two department's IT systems.
NSW police email child abuse pics to school heads
New South Wales police have apologised after accidentally sending images of child abuse to school heads in the Australian state. Pictures of three girls believed to be at risk were emailed to 1,800 state schools but "software used to crop images left the full pictures embedded in the file", AP reports.
Woman blows $950k on Amex card
A New York woman who ran up debts of $951,000 on her Amex account is sueing the company for $2m for allowing her to hammer the plastic, Newsday reports.
Baltimore cleans house, plans de-listing
Baltimore Technologies has embarked on a series of housekeeping exercises, but the former security firm has given no indication of its plans for the future.
Microsoft excluded from DoCoMo's ecosystem
Perhaps the greatest disadvantage that Microsoft has in trying to become a major force in the mobile world is that one of the key concepts of that market, the 'ecosystem', is alien to it. Windows thrives on being a dictatorship, while the dominant mobile players sit at the center of huge webs of mutually dependent partnerships, all contributing to the products and the chain of business. This was made very clear this week when NTT DoCoMo, the most experienced company of all in building ecosystems, laid out new plans for its next generation handset architecture - plans that embrace Linux and Symbian, and specifically exclude Microsoft.
NPfIT must win medical hearts and minds
The Health minister John Hutton, has appointed the head of a health authority to oversee the service implementation of the NHS's National Programme for IT.
Social engineering - where the user is the weakest link
Anyone who has been hit by a computer virus will be doubly wary of unexpected emails in the future that may contain viruses. So why do people still keep clicking on attachments? However much security technology a company deploys, human nature will always be the weakest link in the chain.
IBM, Moore's Law and the POWER 5 chip
IBM's recent pSeries benchmark ought to raise a good number of eyebrows. Unix server benchmarks had previously been a game of leapfrog between IBM and HP, with IBM looking increasingly strong in the last round (in 2003) when its p690 server with 32 processors demonstrated a slightly higher transaction rate than HP's 64 processor Itanium 2 server. The latest benchmark from IBM leaves both previous benchmarks in dust. In the TPC-C benchmark, IBM demonstrated over 3m transactions per minute (tpmC) almost three times more than the previous highest result of 1.2tpmC, posting a 37 per cent price performance advantage in the process.
BT broadens £1-a-month Wi-Fi trial
BT has added BT Mobile business subscribers to the list of customers to whom it is offering Wi-Fi access for a pound a month.
Phishers tapping botnets to automate attacks
Computer criminals are making phishing more potent by automating attacks. Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) analysts reckon fraudsters are using automated tools and botnets to ramp up attacks. It estimates attacks grew by an average of 36 per cent a month between July and October.
Digital music a long way from displacing CDs
It's going to be a long time before digital music downloads challenge CD sales, even in the online world. That's the conclusion of a report by market watcher Informa Media Group (IMG), published this week.
WLAN switch makers fight for survival
The past two years have seen a host of start-ups taking the gamble that Wi-Fi switches would become a major enterprise networking technology. Now that shipments in something approaching volume are materialising, it's time to separate the winners from the losers.
Napster UK song sheet passes 1m mark
Napster today claimed its UK digital music store offers over 1m tracks - the first time a company has said it has reached that milestone in this country.
UK CD album shipments break Q3 record
Some 1.75m songs were downloaded from the UK's legal online music services during Q3, enough to turn the singles market from a 12 per cent decline year on year to a nine per cent increase over the same periods, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) trade body said today.
Sapphire Hybrid X700 Pro graphics card
ReviewThe Sapphire Hybrid X700 Pro has a certain elegance, sporting a small blue heatsink on the ATI Radeon X700 Pro GPU and a total of eight heatsinks on the GDDR 3 memory chips. It's a mid-sized card with no need for an extra power connector and the PCI Express x16 connector is still novel enough to excite a certain amount of interest. No doubt we will look back on that comment in six months' time with some embarrassment, but for now it's true enough, writes Leo Waldock.
Hydrogen Solar nabs $400k R&D grant
A UK research company that uses solar power to generate hydrogen has won a $400,000 US Department of Energy award to test its technology in Las Vegas. The grant has been issued via The University of Nevada's Las Vegas Research Foundation.
Gimme clean bandwidth
The rise in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks is creating a market for ISPs that offer that offer a 'clean feed' to clients. Hosting companies and ISPs might be able to charge a premium of between 20 and 50 per cent for bandwidth filtered to remove hostile traffic, according to security appliance firm Top Layer.
Lycos screensaver to blitz spam servers
Lycos Europe has started to distribute a special screensaver in a controversial bid to battle spam. The program - titled Make Love Not Spam, and available for Windows and the Mac OS - sends a request to view a spam source site. When a large number of screensavers send their requests at the same time the spam web page becomes overloaded and slow.
Oracle plots PeopleSoft board takeover
Oracle has put forth a list of four directors it will try and have nominated to PeopleSoft's board, as part of its ongoing bid to acquire the software maker.