26th > February > 2007 Archive
Oracle puts low-price on information
Oracle today makes its Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) Assistant available for free download.
Rosetta warms up for comet with Martian flyby
Comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta has sent back pictures of its closest approach to Mars after it completed its flyby of the planet this weekend. The stunning pictures are the first taken by the Philae lander's instruments operating independently of the main craft.
DfES to run first procurement review
The Department for Education and Skills is to run a pilot for the new Whitehall Procurement Capability Reviews.
James Cameron finds grave of Jesus & Son
Hollywood giant James Cameron has set himself his biggest challenge yet – rewriting the bible after discovering that Jesus sired a son before being buried outside Jerusalem.
WD ups My Book network drive capacity to 1TB
Western Digital has bumped its My Book World Edition remote-access ready network-connected external hard drive to 1TB, adding the extra storage capacity with a second disk inside the casing. So not only is there more room for information, the unit's RAID-able for better data security.
Industrial security - it's not the same as IT security
In the past, equipment control for manufacturing processes on the shop floor tended to be carried out by discrete systems running arcane real time operating systems controlled by proprietary management systems that had no connection through to other systems.
Sharon Stone schlock-fest scoops four Razzies
Sharon Stone's who-dunnit Basic Instinct 2 won the worst picture gong at this year's Golden Raspberry ceremony, Hollywood's annual celebration of what's worst in film.
iPhone ad appears at Academy Awards
A video showing the first ever TV advert for the Apple's iPhone has popped up on YouTube. Simple, but quite stylish, the advert shows a number of actors – 28 in total, old and recent – from a multitude of different films just saying... "hello". It finishes with an image of the handset and the text "Coming in June".
UK Open Source think tank opens doors
The UK now has its own national think tank for open source and open standard policy.
Windows for Warships nears frontline service
AnalysisEveryone knows the differences between Windows and other operating systems. Steve Jobs has recently spent colossal sums telling us that most malware is written for Windows; also that using Windows is no fun and, even worse, seems to involve wearing a tie.
Swansea councillors don't like outsourced IT
Councillors in Swansea are reportedly ruing the day their cabinet voted to outsource their IT supply and support. Local paper The Evening Post reports that councillors are now complaining that the system costs more and does less since being outsourced to Capgemini.
Iran launches space rocket
Iran distracted attention from its nuclear programme this weekend, by announcing it had shot off a rocket into space. Or, according to who you believe, it had tested a dirty great missile.
Firefox fix lances memory corruption bug
Firefox users need to update their browser software following the discovery of multiple vulnerabilities.
Denon offers DVD-to-HD upscaling player
Denon's pitching its DVD-2930 HD-capable DVD player as an "affordable" upscaling machine. You might think that's a cheeky word to use in association with a player that costs £650, but Denon said its machine provides pro-grade video processing for which it usually charges £2,700.
Eircom to invest €60m upgrading network
Eircom has confirmed it is to invest €60m over the next three years on upgrading its central telecommunications network.
VIA launches digital media chipset
VIA has launched its latest integrated desktop chipset, touting the part's Windows Vista friendliness and support for the chip maker's own power-efficient x86 processors. Well, it works with the various Basic versions of Vista, at least.
EMI: DRM stays
EMI has broken off talks with digital music download services about providing a DRM-free repertoire.
Reg Hardware Samsung HD TV winner 'well chuffed' with prize
Register Hardware reader Dave Page dropped us an email this week to show us just how good his brand new Samsung PS50Q7 50in plasma HD TV looks in his living room. Dave was the winner of last month's Register Hardware Samsung HDTV Competition, and we're pleased to report he's as pleased as punch with his plasma beast.
Biscit barrels out of ISPA
Troubled internet service provider Biscit has left ISPA - the industry association which among other things provides membership of dispute resolution service CICAS.
BitTorrent Inc offers legal downloads
BitTorrent Inc, the firm that maintains development of the popular file sharing protocol historically associated with illegal movie downloads, has launched a website designed to sell licensed downloads of films and television shows.
Microsoft's 'dirty tricks' archive turns into hot Torrent
Microsoft lawyers who believed they'd buried the most embarrassing collection of documents about the company's murky past for good, without any one noticing, were in for a surprise this weekend. The archive has become a mainstay of the Bittorrent P2P file sharing networks.
Vague and ambiguous use cases
ColumnProgrammers are often frustrated when well-meaning managers or architects attempt to introduce some OOAD [note that the process in my link isn't necessarily the same as the Iconix process Matt alludes to - Ed] into their projects.
Delphi - or not Delphi
Borland’s wholly-owned spinoff CodeGear is releasing Delphi for PHP, claimed to be the first RAD visual PHP development environment. PHP 5.0 is required. The product is jointly developed by CodeGear and qadram software and is essentially the first production version of qadram’s qstudio, which never made it past pre-beta.
Indies at war over music mega merger
Independent labels are in a public row over whether to back Warner Music's bid for ailing British major EMI. The merger would see the 'Big Four' consolidate into a Big Three.
BenQ Mobile dismembered
German administrators have given up in their efforts to find a buyer for the cellphone maker BenQ Mobile, which went bankrupt at the tail end of last year. Almost all jobs will go at the former Siemens outfit, which Taiwanese electronics group BenQ picked up in 2005.
VMware wallops Microsoft with white paper
With an IPO and a major server virtualization battle looming, VMware has turned aggressive in its fight with Microsoft.