30th > November > 2005 Archive
Microsoft proud to hand over Vista 'features' early
Microsoft will include most of the "final" features in pre-release editions of its next Windows client for early evaluation to help produce a more stable product.
New Orleans gets free Wi-Fi
New Orleans remains under a state of emergency, but the intrepid blogger can now enter the city to suck up an RSS feed, ping a trackback, or fiddle with a Wiki. That's thanks to a new, municipal Wi-Fi network which launched to the public today.
Former exec and start-ups criticize 'Byzantine' Microsoft
An ex-Microsoft executive turned venture capitalist has joined start-ups in warning about the Byzantine nature of doing business with the Microsoft empire.
Sage ups profits and revenues
Accountancy software specialist Sage increased turnover by 14 per cent and profits by 13 per cent for the financial year ended 30 September 2005.
Citrix moving up in the world
Citrix is one of those vendors that has been an integral part of the IT industry for as long as many people can remember. It is a company with a solid reputation for delivering an effective solution to the problem of runaway PC costs. Through its original Metaframe product line, now known as Presentation Server, it has achieved complete dominance in the area of deploying Windows client/server applications on servers rather than desktops, then allowing thin client access from a range of devices.
Intel ponders Oregon fab upgrade
Intel may upgrade its Hillsboro, Oregon 200mm-wafer fab, dubbed Fab 20, to a 300mm-wafer plant, local press reports claim.
Mio GPS smart phone to ship mid-December
Mio has formally unveiled its Windows Mobile 5.0-based smart phone with integrated GPS, the A701.
Sony's DRM woes worsen
Sony BMG has done a marvellous job of dealing with fallout from secretly installing spyware on consumers' machines - but now unfortunately it has attracted the attention of New York's Attorney General Eliot (the Blitzer) Spitzer.
Mozilla Firefox 1.5 has landed
The much-anticipated final release of Firefox 1.5 was released on Tuesday. Linux, Mac and Windows users of the popular open source browser can download it via the Mozilla website.
TDC gives the nod to $12bn take-over
Execs at TDC have agreed to flog the Danish telco to a group of investment companies ending weeks of speculation about the future of business.
Taiwan's Blu-ray, HD DVD rival goes mass-market
Taiwan's home-grown answer to next-generation optical disc formats like HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc has gone into mass production.
Intel to 'drop Pentium name' with Merom, Conroe debut
When Intel debuts its 'Intel Core' brand-name in July 2006, it will mark the end of the familiar Pentium name. Out too goes any distinction between mobile and desktop versions.
El Salvador cops cuff naked tunnelling blaggers
Two naked would-be blaggers have had their collars felt (in a manner of speaking) in El Salavdor after the tunnel they were digging towards a bank collapsed, provoking an emergency evacuation by the naked ne'er-do-wells.
Intel's 'Yonah' benchmarked
Intel's upcoming 'Yonah' 65nm dual-core Pentium M processor looks set to provide a significant boost to notebook performance, if the first independent evaluation of the new CPU is anything to go by.
Griffin offers to end tangled earphone misery
Accessory specialist Griffin Technology has begun shipping sets of anti-tangle earphones for iPod Shuffle users. TuneBuds combines a lanyard and earphones, threading the phones' wires through the woven neck-loop. The upshot, says Griffin, is freedom from "excess cords and tangled lines".
Ofcom rules on broadband charges
Critics of Ofcom should hang their heads in shame after the regulator managed to enforce tough price restrictions on the UK's dominant fixed line telco.
Gillingham FC auctioned on eBay
Disheartened Gillingham fans have set up an auction for the team on eBay following the latest in a string of disappointing results by the English League One outfit this season. Die-hard supporters had enough following the team's dismal 5-0 drubbing away at Colchester last Saturday prompting the frivolous sale that kill-joy eBay bosses will doubtless pull shortly after this story is published.
Blu-ray set for Spring 06 debut
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will formally roll-out its next-generation optical disc format in Spring 2006, the organisation confirmed yesterday.
Royal Society president warns on fundaMentalists
It was 345 years ago that Christopher Wren and eleven mates met in London to set up a "College for the promoting of Physic-Mathematical Experimental Learning" - which later became the Royal Society.
UK hit by BT broadband network snafu
Hundreds of thousands of UK broadband users are thought to have struggled to access the net last night following a major glitch on BT's network.
Book reviewBruce Tate is not a happy Java bunny, and hasn’t been for some time. In a previous book, ‘Better, Faster, Lighter Java’ (O’Reilly, 2004), he advocated the use of a number of popular open-source frameworks as alternatives to the perceived heavyweight bloat of J2EE using EJBs. Rather than be bogged down in layers of code and XML configuration for EJBs, he argued convincingly that frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate meant programmers could concentrate on ‘plain old Java objects’ (POJOs) and achieve results that were fully functional, easy to deploy and easier to code.
Sober storms November virus chart
A new variant of the prolific Sober worm has come from nowhere to dominate November malware charts. Despite being detected very late in the month, the Sober-Z worm has stormed to the top of the latest monthly chart compiled by anti-virus firm Sophos.
It's official: Diebold election bugware can't be trusted
Diebold would rather lose all of its voting machine business in North Carolina than open its source code to state election officials as required by law, the Associated Press reports.
Plymouth to Dakar rally: On your marks...
The fourth Plymouth-Dakar rally is ready for take off - the first contestants leave Blighty in early December for the six thousand kilometre journey to west Africa.
Card makers punt Nvidia 6600 DDR 2 boards
Albatron has announced a pair of 512MB Nvidia GeForce 6600-series graphics cards, the 6600 512 and the 6600LE 512, both fitted with dual-channel DDR 2 SDRAM.
Phishing email poses as IRS tax refund
Email fraudsters are taking advantage of lax government security around a US government website to run a scam designed to trick US taxpayers into handing over sensitive personal information.
C2000 finds sales head
BrieflyComputer 2000, the UK arm of Tech Data, has made John Doughty its sales director.
Asus revs 'fastest R520' graphics card
Asus has become the latest graphics card company to announce a board based on a high-speed version of ATI's Radeon X1800 XT chip. It claims the product is the fastest R520-based board yet.
Amazon.co.uk restricts orders for Xbox 360
Amazon.co.uk is restricting the number of Xbox 360 Consoles its punters can have to ensure that as many people can get hold of one in time for Christmas.
ICANN faces monopoly action
The World Association of Domain Name Developers (WADND) is taking legal action against Verisign and ICANN.
French carry out first face transplant
French surgeons have carried out the first face transplant using material from a brain-dead donor to rebuild the face of an anonymous 38-year-old woman who lost her nose, lips and chin during a dog attack.
Intel recruits TiVo to Viiv cause
Intel has persuaded TiVo to support its Viiv media centre PC platform. According to reports, the PVR pioneer will ensure programmes recorded on its set-top boxes will play on Viiv-based machines.
HP carves up Itanium boxes for the holidays
Without much fanfare, HP last month released a top-notch tool for slicing and dicing its HP-UX servers into different partitions.
UK wows world with computerised butter dish
There is some truly exceptional news today for those readers who have ever tried to replicate the infamous scene from Last Tango in Paris only to whip the butter out of the fridge and find it is rock-hard and completely unspreadable on even the hottest surface - the computerised ButterWizard.
NASDAQ reprieve for Mercury
Mercury Interactive has been given a temporary reprieve from NASDAQ de-listing, and has until January to file its second- and third-quarter results.
Sun continues great software giveway
Sun Microsystems is giving away more software in another stab at building a "volume" business based on commanding market share among developers.