14th > December > 2005 Archive
AMD may have pulled the ultimate coup by hiring Santa Claus as a salesman. Or so it seems by looking at HP's desktop PC online store where AMD-based products have sold out. High demand has cleared HP of 2.2GHz Athlon64-based systems and kit running on the 1.8GHz Semprons. Intel-based gear remains up for grabs across the board.
I learned about these updates to Compuware's enterprise quality management products last week, but Compuware didn't want me to talk about them until the officiallaunch date on the 13th (I hate embargoes - you often end up so confused about what you may, or may not write about that you often write nothing; and, of course, if the news is really world-shattering, you'll probably break the embargo anyway <grin>).
Poor communication is costing British online retailers up to £1bn in Christmas sales this year.
Book review On the whole we're wary of books that promise instant wisdom. Generally those books that promise to make you a guru in 30 seconds fail to deliver.
HP's new strategy includes a lot of its old strategy, as the company plans to barrel ahead with its PC, printing and enterprise businesses intact. And with all systems firing, HP expects modest revenue growth in the coming years.
Wanadoo UK has been awarded a "Golden Bull" gong for writing absolute gibberish about its broadband service.
Nvidia is to buy Taiwanese chipset company ULi in a stock purchase that values the acquisition at $52m.
IBM has announced application development tools along with runtime product support for the emerging Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) specification.
Intel's next-generation Centrino platform, codenamed 'Napa', not only consumes rather less power than its predecessor does, but is faster and has garnered a greater degree of industry support, the chip giant claimed this week.
New Labour's web site, labour.org.uk, has been downed by Sunday's explosion at the Buncefield oil depot in Hemel Hempstead. Like audio discount store Richer Sounds, the site was hosted by Northgate Information Solutions' data centre next to the explosion site; unlike Richer Sounds, which has now pretty much returned, at time of writing labour.org.uk was still operating a sad little temporary page.
The controversial Dutch site Releases4U - which offered links to PCs hosted by users of the popular P2P service eDonkey - has gone live again a year after it was closed by Dutch tax and economic crime authorities. The people behind the site, which now uses the URL Releases4u.net, say that linking to pirated files isn't illegal as long they don't host them.
The powers that be in Kazakhstan have pulled the plug on Sacha Baron Cohen's www.borat.kz - home of the Brit comedian's alter ego Borat - so "he can't badmouth Kazakhstan under the .kz domain name", as a Kazakh IT industry spokesman delicately put it to Reuters.
GUS plc - the UK-based retail and business services group that owns Argos and Experian - is forking out $485m for shopping comparison site PriceGrabber.com.
Microsoft released a pair of patches on Tuesday - including a cumulative security fix for IE deemed "critical" - as part of its regular monthly patching schedule. The IE update (MS05-054) deals with four security vulnerabilities including two flaws which create a means for ne'er do wells to run hostile code on vulnerable systems, including one that has become the subject of a hacker-friendly exploit. All Windows users with all supported flavours of IE are urged to apply the update.
Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that’s cool in British telly and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
French designer Phillipe Starck has drawn up plans for the world's first spaceport - the $225m Virgin Galactic facility coming soon to a patch of New Mexico wasteland.
BT is investigating allegations that one of its workers is at the centre of a betting scam that made thousands of pounds from TV shows such as the X Factor.
NSFW The Swedes have once again pushed back the envelope of sexual self-expression with what we believe is the world's first site for the burgeoning network equipment fetish demographic - www.hwpr0n.se.
The European Commission has closed an antitrust investigation into the rules used by the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI), after the standard-setting body changed its rules to remove the risk of “patent ambushes”.
'Tis the Christmas season and while consumers are surfing the net looking for the perfect gift, fraudsters are lying in wait to trip them up. This year's holiday season is widely expected to generate more online sales than ever before, with consumers flocking to the internet looking for that elusive gift. Although using the internet can take the headache out of Christmas shopping, security firm CyberGuard warns that cyber criminals are using phishing and pharming to steal consumers' identities and cash.
UK retailers are beating the problem of online fraud, according to a new survey. Two in three (65 per cent) of 160 retailers surveyed by electronic payment and risk management firm CyberSource said they had seen losses from fraud either stall or fall in the last 12 months. Only 16 per cent reckon that fraud has risen as a proportion of revenues.
The Indian IT hub of Bangalore is about to be rebranded as Bengaluru in recognition of the original name of Benda Kaal Ooru - that's "boiled beans town" in the local Kannada lingo.
Japan's Hayabusa probe will have to spend the next three years in space while scientists attempt to revive the ailing asteroid-sampler, Reuters reports. Only in 2010 will it be in the correct position to adopt an orbit for a return to its home planet - assuming the Japanese space agency JAXA can indeed revive Hayabusa.
Comment This is the fourth and final set of my observations based on IBM's recent analyst conference from its Software Group. As I have discussed in my previous articles, SOA (service-oriented architecture) now pervades all of IBM's software offerings. Is this a good thing? Yes. Are there unanswered problems? Yes. I have discussed the former in my previous articles; I will now highlight the latter.
A Bristol unfair dismissal tribunal has heard how the MD of a Wiltshire IT firm allegedly subjected a female telesales worker to "daily sexual torment", UK tabloid the Mirror reports.
Review Nvidia's GeForce 6800 GS chip is a respin of the 6800 GT. It's built on a 110nm process enabling it to offer higher clock speeds and, as such it has taken a lead over the cards based on ATI's X800 GTO. However, Sapphire is exclusively offering a part called the X800GTO². The 'squared' refers to the fact that this card's GPU has one 'quad' of pipelines that has been disabled, but that with a bit of jiggery-pockery from a BIOS flash and an overclocking tool, it can be turned from a 12-pipeline 400MHz card into a 540MHz 16-pipeline graphics card.
The government could save up to £40bn over the next decade by sharing services across public sector human resources and finance functions, researchers claims.
Ofcom has launched a far-reaching consultation into the regulatory work it plans to carry out next year. The draft annual plan covers a wide range of areas including broadcasting, telecoms, consumer protection and the availability of digital services.
The European Parliament has approved proposals on data retention that would compel telecom firms to keep customer email logs, details of internet usage and phone call records for between six months to two years.
MusicGremlin's upcoming digital music player will support direct-to-device song downloads, the company said today as it begins to pitch technology licences to device manufacturers.
Cypriot police are probing the case of a female Limassol schoolteacher who rather inadvisedly left her mobile phone - complete with snap of her in a "state of undress" - unattended by her desk.
Google plans to create more than 600 jobs in Dublin over the next two or three years as it expands its European HQ in Ireland.
A Chinese stalker-turned-burglar fixed his neighbour's computer during one unsanctioned visit into her home, a Chinese court heard. A court in Harbin, in north-eastern China, dismissed harassment charges against Jin Bo after hearing how his unrequited love drove him into breaking into the unnamed woman's home five times between October and November this year, Chinese news agency Xinhua reports.
Comment It may seem something of a contradiction in terms, but for any business to be agile and effective these days, it also has to have a high degree of control in place. It is vital for the IT function to know exactly what it happening in the hardware and software infrastructure, down to the smallest detail, if it is to be able to change the operations and processes of that infrastructure as quickly as any agile business will require.