3rd > February > 2006 Archive
VMware moves to free with Server product
As anticipated, VMware has created a free version of its server partitioning software in the hopes of drawing new customers to its technology. In addition, the move counters open source rival XenSource, which gives away core server virtualization technology known as a hypervisor.
Rackable investors go gaga over stunning Q4
Shares of Rackable Systems soared an astonishing 20 per cent in after-hours trading on word of the server maker's strong fourth quarter results.
Amazon blames grinch that stole Christmas
Amazon.com became the fourth of the internet giants to report lower than expected profits this week. Despite gaining revenue over the previous Christmas, Q4 profits were down, and the company predicted lower profits still for the current quarter.
Redbus and Demon founder denied RIPA appeal
Internet pioneer Cliff Stanford has been denied the right to appeal against his conviction for unlawfully intercepting emails at his former company, Redbus Interhouse. Last year Stanford pleaded guilty, but argued that the trial judge had misunderstood the law.
Handheld device shipments tumble in 2005
The market for handhelds reached 2.2m units during the fourth quarter, up 37.6 per cent compared to the preceding quarter, according to IDC's Worldwide Handheld Qview.
Sun races new Opteron and SPARC workstations
Sun Microsystems has jazzed up its workstation line with a pair of new systems - one for the Opteron set and another for the UltraSPARC hangers-on.
SAP goes hostal with CRM
After taunting customers for months, SAP has finally dished out its take on CRM as an online, hosted service.
Internet kills Smash Hits
Poptastic teen music mag Smash Hits will publish its last edition on February 13 - killed by a mass reader-migration to the internet which has caused sales to slump from a 500k high to 120,000.
Sony's ambitious HD PC
It is a real sign of the times that you get a press release about a new PC and its first sentence bangs on about HD. But then again, this is Sony, a company that is staking an awful lot on HD, so perhaps it shouldn't be too surprising. The PC in question is the latest in its series of high-end desktops, the £1300 VGC-R202. Sony is grooming it to be a HD-compatible video server and HD-friendly video editing suite. Ambitious stuff.
Apple sued over overly loud iPod
A Louisiana man is suing Apple claiming that the iPod is "inherently defective" because it can pump up the volume to ear-damaging levels and that Apple hasn't done enough to warn him of the risks.
Of software bugs and learning curves
ColumnA bug is no more and no less than a software defect. However, the less harsh and less direct name "bug" masks the nature of the beast and helps to ease the conscience of programmers and the organisations around them. The term also helps play down the frustrations of software users, to the point that defects have become accepted as a normal and reasonable state of affairs. The word has left its jargon origins and joined mainstream English.
Primarolo 'misled' MPs on e-portal fraud
The Liberal Democrats have claimed the paymaster general knew about fraud on the tax credits system earlier than she acknowledged.
Aramiska crash 'completely unexpected'
Staff at stricken satellite broadband outfit Aramiska knew nothing of the firm's shock decision to pull the plug on its service last Friday.
Drug dealer reports dope theft to cops
An 18-year-old drug dealing master criminal is languishing in Utah County Jail after reporting the theft of his stash to police, the Deseret Morning News reports.
Global chip sales set record in 2005
World+dog bought $227.5bn worth of chips in 2005, up 6.8 per cent on 2004's total of $213bn, the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced yesterday after posting December 2005 sales figures.
Humanity survives Kama Sutra apocalypse
Security watchers say the Kama Sutra worm, which is programmed to overwrite files on infected Windows PCs today, will have a damaging but not catastrophic effect.
Intel's loss was VIA's gain in 2005 desktop graphics biz
Intel may have shipped more desktop graphics chips than any other player in the market, but it also managed to lose market share to almost all its rivals, the latest figures from Jon Peddie Research reveal. VIA took the most market share from the chip giant.
DATAllegro - is it all hype?
CommentTowards the end of last year I wrote an article about the future of data warehouse appliances, asking whether it was a boom or bust. Since then, a number of the vendors mentioned in that article have been in touch with me, plus one other company that I am not at liberty to name. Interestingly, I have spent an extended time with DATAllegro, looking into the product’s architecture and examining how (and if) it can do what it claims it can do.
Discrete mobile GPU decline continues in Q4
Notebooks using integrated graphics chips outsold those kitted out with discrete GPUs by almost three to one last quarter, data from market watcher Jon Peddie Research (JPR) suggests. Put it this way: in the mobile graphics chip market during Q4 2005, integrated graphics engines accounted for 74 per cent of sales, while discrete graphics chips took around 26 per cent.
Episode 5I'm sitting in Mission Control listening to the PFY recount the amusing anecdotes from his night on the overproofed Rum when the phone rings. Not unusual in itself, but it's an outside line so I answer it.
Nvidia tweaks nForce 4 SLI x16 drivers
Nvidia has updated its nForce 4 SLI x16 chipset drivers for Windows XP and 2000 in both 32-bit and 64-bit incarnations of the operating systems, taking them to versions 6.85 and 6.83, respectively. The update includes what Nvidia calls "compatibility fixes", and it's tweaked a variety of driver components, including audio, Ethernet, Serial ATA, IDA and RAID. You can download the drivers here. ®
AMD Socket M2 spotted on Nvidia-based MSI mobo
AMD's upcoming Socket M2 desktop CPU interconnect has surfaced on the internet, revealed in all its 940-pin glory on MSI's K9N Platinum motherboard. You can view the snaps here.
Motorola Q to miss Q1 ship deadline?
Motorola's slimline smart phone, the Q, may not appear until early April, having missed the December launch window hinted at by company CEO Ed Zander in September 2005. When Motorola announced the Q in July 2005, it said the machine would ship in Q1 2006.
EDS keeps bulk of GM outsourcing deal
General Motors (GM) has awarded the lion's share of a multibillion-dollar systems integration services contract to EDS. EDS used to be GM subsidiary, which ran almost all of GM's outsourcing business even after it split off from GM in 1996.
LLU set to rocket in '06
As many as three million phone lines could be unbundled in the UK during 2006, the Office of the Telecommunications Adjudicator (OTA) announced today - tripling its forecast for the year.
Patent oracle speaks
The UK Patent Office has given its first verdicts on the fast track opinion service it launched last year to save modest patent holders being bullied by more powerful corporate inventors in disputes.
Dell websites drop LCD TV line-up
ExclusiveDell insisted today its LCD TV line-up will return after the company was forced to pull the products from its EMEA websites late last month. Describing the company as a "victim of its own success", a Dell spokeswoman today admitted the company could not meet current demand for its 32in and 37in tellies.
UK.gov inflates ID theft risk
The UK government has come out with yet another questionable study to support its obsessive bent to impose ID cards on the British public. Once again, ID fraud figures as the reason why Brits need expensive biometric proofs of identity.
Google Linux? Wtf?
LettersTo kick off this week's trawl through the Vulture Central mailbag, we have this little bit of sabre-rattling from a member of Her Majesty's House of Commons. Read first, then we'll explain:
HP confirms iPaq hw6910 - again
HP has updated its website to include a further reference to the upcoming iPaq hw6910 smart phone, along with a pointer to another as-yet-unannounced machine, the rw6828. Searching for both products yields HP Business Support Center pages for each machine. Alas, there's no documentation on them but a generic iPaq-oriented Bluetooth white paper, but there is a tiny piccy of the hw6910 which reveals... it looks almost exactly like the current hw6500 series.
Cruise and Holmes dominate Razzies
Bad sequels and remakes top the list of films going for the Golden Raspberry Awards (or Razzies) this year. Son of the Mask racked up an impressive eight nominations in Hollywood's annual celebration of the worst in movie making. Other worst film contenders include Rob Schneider sequel Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, horror remake House of Wax and the big screen version of The Dukes of Hazzard.
Equip moved to pastures new
A little bit of housekeeping in the UK IT channel has seen Horizon Technology Group complete its acquisition of networking distributor Equip Technology for £10.6m.
UK broadband vets see DSL connections cut
Some of the UK's longest-serving ADSL customers have lost their broadband connections because of work being carried out by BT.
iMac G5 17in R.I.P.
Apple has killed off the 17in iMac G5 - at least, the machine is no longer available from either the UK or the US online AppleStores, or stores throughout Europe and Asia-Pacific, though it remains listed on the main Apple website. The move comes just days after Apple cut the price of the 20in iMac G5 by $200 in the States and £150 in Britain.
Virus floors Russian stock exchange
A computer virus succeeded in bringing down the main Russian stock exchange on Thursday. The Russian Trading System (RTS) was forced to suspend operations in its three markets between 1315 and 1420 GMT after unnamed malware infected systems. Viral infection resulted in a huge upsurge of outgoing traffic, interrupting normal network operations.
Wanadoo 8 Meg ad slap expected
Wanadoo UK is to be slapped for plugging its 8Mb service broadband on TV - even though the ads were checked beforehand by advertising experts.
MFI stumbles over SAP writ
MFI Furniture Group has until Tuesday to serve a writ for compensation against IBM before its claim expires.
You can't be an Alpha male in a Beta culture
And ninthlyThrough the aesthetic modulation of the psyche, then, the autonomy of reason is already opened up within the domain of sense itself, the dominion of sensation already broken within its own frontiers, and the physical man refined to the point where spiritual man only needs to start developing out of the physical according to the law of freedom - Friedrich Schiller