21st > February > 2007 Archive
HP profits propagate
HP reported a 26 per cent hike in quarterly profits on Tuesday, underscoring its advantage over Dell.
CodeGear polishes Delphi jewels
CodeGear, Borland Software's tools subsidiary, has added support for Windows Vista and PHP to Borland's Delphi integrated development environment for Windows.
Dell hits Rollins with $5m slap to the face
Dell's executive compensation committee has proved the cruelest of masters, handing ex-CEO Kevin Rollins a piddling $5m on his way out of Round Rock. The company today revealed the embarrassing payout in a SEC filing, detailing its parting of ways from Rollins.
Vista: Gates backs Ballmer against confused analysts
Bill Gates has defended sales of Windows Vista after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer chided analysts for being "overly aggressive" on the company's effect on the PC market.
Iraqi sniper claims soldiers' lives on Google Video
Warning: Graphic contentIslamic militants may not approve of the West's way of life, but they seem to have no qualms about using the information technology it perfected to spread propaganda.
Blog: Kalido updates MDM tool
Kalido announced the latest release of its master data management solution, MDM 8 Release 3, today. Now, I have real problems with MDM, because in my old-fashioned way, I expect product codes, customer numbers and the like to be subject to data analysis like anything else and stored in databases or data warehouses as appropriate to their business access patterns (see my comment here).
SNIA promises new push for IP SANs
The Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) says it will put more effort into promoting IP-based storage area networks, or SANs. That means iSCSI, although you might not realise it from reading the trade group's statements on the topic.
Microsoft relaxes virtual SQL Server terms
Microsoft has updated the licensing terms and conditions of its popular database for the benefit of virtualized computing environments.
CBS and YouTube decide against marriage
A proposed deal which would have seen clips of CBS shows posted on YouTube has collapsed, Reuters reports.
Email addicts offered 12-step detox
A Pennsylvania "executive coach" is offering hopeless email addicts a 12-step detox programme "designed to tackle their obsession", Reuters reports.
AirMagnet bids to analyse Cisco
WLAN analysis outfit AirMagnet has brought out software designed to work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network. AirMagnet already has a version of the tool, which is called Enterprise Analyzer, for Aruba's Mobile Edge Architecture.
eBay gives Britney's hair the chop
The shaved locks of "troubled" US chanteuse Britney Spears have been removed from eBay, according to the official "Buy Britneys [sic] Hair" website.
Whitehall should share digital dialogues
Government departments need to share their experience of online dialogues with the public, according to a new report.
Hornet death squads menace France
The French honey industry is under threat from hordes of bee-massacring oriental hornets, the Daily Telegraph reports.
EC unveils strategy for spectrum liberalisation
Improved management of Europe's airwaves could boost electronic communications industry revenues by billions of euros per year, according to Brussels.
Mac or PC? You've seen the ads, how do you choose for business?
CommentI was asked if I, as a Mac user, would recommend one to a business user who is buying a personal machine for business use. I am the proud owner of an iconic Mac PowerBook G4, an eye-catching brushed metal effort that I purchased back in 2004. I have never owned a Mac desktop, being strictly Intel/Microsoft, but I travel enough using the Mac as a main machine to attempt some type of comparison.
Ticket-dodging Oz boy racer boasts of exploits online
A 22-year-old Aussie driver who decided to ignore a "major defect notice" on his Nissan 200 SX was busted after rather brilliantly boasting of his escape from cops in an internet chat room.
Lexar launches 45Mbps UDMA cards
Lexar has launched a range of Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) cards that write data at 45MB per second potentially reducing download time for digital photos considerably.
UK wiretap watchdog wants MPs tapped
Official figures have revealed that UK law enforcement agencies and other government agencies made 439,000 requests to tap telephones and email addresses in a 15 month period between 2005 and 2006.
US drones to pack crowd controlling strobe beam
The US military has taken another step forward with its research into "non-lethal crowd control systems" after reaching back into the disco era for inspiration.
Blair spams road protesters
The petition opposing Tony Blair's proposal to introduce road pricing and vehicle tracking closed last night and the 1.8 million signatories all received an email, supposedly from the Prime Minister, explaining why their opposition is misguided.
New Zealanders flock to AdultSheepFinder.com
New Zealanders are flocking to an exciting new online initiative aimed at connecting sheep fanciers with their perfect date - AdultSheepFinder.com (NSFW).
Whopping widescreen Wii
You might have a 38in widescreen HDTV...you might even have a 50-in plasma display...you might even have a projector system set up as your source of home entertainment...but it's extremely unlikely you'll be able to top this...
AMD wants to be seen as green
AMD is to sell low-wattage processors in a bid to join the campaign of many IT companies to be seen to be green.
Committee blasts delays to new UK armoured vehicles
In the latest blow to a beleaguered MoD, the influential Parliamentary Defence Committee has release a stinging review of the ongoing Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) project.
IBM/PSI legal wrangle may give Itanium new life
Leaving aside the arm-wrestling practice IBM's legal department is currently getting with Platform Solutions Inc (PSI) and its ability to run IBM mainframe applications on any reasonably spec'd Itanium-based server, the availability of such software tools marks a development that could interest developers.
MSN punts 'scareware'
UpdatedMicrosoft has admitted its Windows Live Messenger client displayed banner ads for several days punting an application blacklisted as a security risk. Shortly after Microsoft made the admission, other outlets reported that MSN Groups displayed ads for a separate piece of software widely regarded as rogue.
Vivianne Reding named 2006's 'villain of the internet'
European Commissioner Vivianne Reding is the internet's biggest villain of the year, according to UK internet service providers. She was given the title by the ISP Association (ISPA) in protest at the rules for registering a .eu domain name.
Alienware upgrades to warp speed
PC manufacturer Alienware today announced that the Area-51 7500 desktop will now feature the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor.
Viacom boost for Joost
Viacom is playing divide and rule with the internet TV wannabes. After issuing 100,000 take down notices to YouTube contributors, the media giant has signed a deal that allows Joost to distribute its content legitimately.
Dutch demand ban of virtual child porn in Second Life
The Dutch prosecutor's office is considering legal actions to test the law against child porn in the popular virtual game Second Life. With no clear litigation, it is difficult to act against perpetrators.
Microsoft shakes up the UK channel
Microsoft is shaking up its channel strategy to better support existing partners and to add new companies.
ASA slams 'misleading' eBay ad
eBay has been rapped over the knuckles by the UK advertising industry regulator for a misleading web ad.
MoD auction site looks to spice up couples' sex life
A cash-strapped UK Ministry of Defence is resorting to increasingly desperate measures in the struggle to get its finances back on track. The latest of these is the setting up of an eBay-style online auction site to flog the military's surplus gear, already reported in these pages.
iPhone: A walk down Memory Lane
The iPhone has been with us for many years, in a variety of forms, and its slow and painstaking development has taken many twists and turns before reaching its forthcoming destination.
Sticky tape USB stick holder
Reminiscent of something you might find in the workshop of a mad inventor, the latest in the equip-everything-with-USB craze, according to Akihabara News, is the USB hub Sellotape dispenser, made by a Hong Kong-based company called Earth-Trek.
TSA makes a hash of 'no-fly' redress site
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website has not been hacked by identity thieves, despite appearances to the contrary.
Google patches critical desktop flaw
Google has fixed a security flaw in its desktop search software that created a means for hackers to rifle through personal files on users' PCs.
Gutenberg comes to mobile
Wattpad has added a significant chunk of the Gutenberg Project catalogue to its mobile phone application. It is making 17,000 books available for easy download to most mobile phones.
Linux breakthrough for Visual Basic developers
Windows developers can now port Visual Basic applications to Linux without modifying their code, using an open source project backed by Novell.
IBM preps UK job cuts
ExclusiveIBM is expected to announce redundancies in at the UK arm of its service delivery business, Integrated Technology Delivery.
Microsoft's SAM carrot
In an interesting twist in the battle against software piracy, Microsoft UK is promoting the benefits of Software Asset Management (SAM) under a scheme which rewards honesty - richly. It says the voluntary self-start SAM programme it introduced last November can save businesses a significant sum on licensing fees - in addition to giving them peace of mind.
NASA spies on dry, dusty worlds
For the first time, astronomers have measured the composition of a planet outside the solar system, in what NASA says is a key step in its quest for extraterrestrial life.
MS dirty tricks archive trickles back to life
The 3,000 document archive from the Comes antitrust trial, which disappeared from the web abruptly when Microsoft settled the case last week, is beginning to trickle back into view.
Police bust 300-strong 'paedophile ring'
A worldwide undercover police operation infiltrated and shut down an online network of 300 paedophiles, police said on Wednesday.