Of colour schemes and cognitive dissonance
CommentMy mother trained as a shorthand-typist back in the early 1940s. As a lad, I was always impressed by her typing. With one of those old fashioned Imperial typewriters, she could bash out around 60 or 70 words a minute, which wasn't bad considering the mechanical inertia built into something that weighed as much as a Chieftain tank.
Public-private shoe-in wins Birmingham contract
Birmingham Council has handed the second raft of its 10 year transformation programme over to a public-private vehicle that is majority owned by Capita.
Parliament IT dept is rubbish
Members of Parliament and their staff have expressed massive dissatisfaction with their IT support.
Siemens names new CEO
Engineering giant Siemens has appointed Peter Loescher as its new chief executive in an attempt to kick start efforts to restore the German firm's image.
Virgin Media still claiming no usage limits
UpdatedVirgin Media's website still says the firm has "no plans to introduce any usage limits", despite the nationwide rollout of bandwidth throttling at the beginning of May.
Apple to revamp iMac line next month?
Apple will update its iMac desktop family late next month, it has been claimed - and that the move that will see the 17in model dropped from the line up.
RM Group spends £4m to get into Europe
Educational technology specialist RM Group has acquired DACTA, and with it a mainland European presence, for just shy of £4m.
IBM goes big green with Big Green
CommentIBM has announced it is redirecting $1bn per year across its businesses to increase the energy efficiency of IT operations.
Casio 12Mp compact cam comes to UK
Casio will bring the first 12-megapixel compact digital camera to the UK later this month, the company best known for its calculators and digital watches said today.
Viagra reduces jet lag in hamsters
Argentinian reseachers have rather unaccountably discovered that Viagra helps ameliorate the effects of "jet lag" in hamsters, and might do the same for humans.
Microsoft launches no-code mashup tool
Popfly, Microsoft's first Silverlight application, is a visual development tool for creating mashups without writing any code.
University moves to hush Facebook criticism
Keele University has ordered its students to watch their mouths on Facebook, and asked them not to express dissatisfaction with the institution on social networking sites.
Salesforce.com gets that old SOA religion
The elephant in the room was one of the presenters at Salesforce.com's one day developer conference in Silicon Valley yesterday.
Alcatel debuts fashion mag friendly ladyphone
Alactel Mobile Phones' latest - the 1970s-sounding GlamPhone - is sponsored by womens' fashion mag Elle, so guess what, Reg Hardware told yours truly to go and watch this "glamorous icon of the season" strut its stuff.
Mars: more evidence of a watery past
Over-achieving Mars rover Spirit has literally uncovered new evidence that Mars used to have a much wetter climate, thanks to a dodgy wheel.
Greek cops to paintball rioting fans
Greek cops have come up with a colourful way to deal with rampaging ne'er-do-wells at tomorrow's Champions League final in Athens - paintball the blighters into submission.
How the mobile phone biz lost the plot
OpinionNokia's recent announcement heralding the arrival of "widgets" is further proof that the entire mobile industry is a rudderless ship furiously innovating in circles.
EnterpriseDB ramps up focus on Europe
An open source services firm is looking for European partners to sell a version of the Postgres database it has souped-up for enterprise customers.
EU poised on roaming agreement (again)
The EU's much debated roaming agreement is set to take a step forward if a modified proposal is accepted by the majority in a vote tomorrow.
Scotty: ashes located and heading home
The missing seven grams of "Scotty" actor James Doohan have been found safe and, er, well, in the New Mexico mountains where his near-space capsule crash landed three weeks ago.
Amnesty Int to hold web censorship conference
Amnesty International and the Observer newspaper have called a conference against internet censorship and repression.
Panama spits out 'poison' Chinese toothpaste
Two brands of Chinese-made toothpastes were last week pulled from shelves in Panama after authorities discovered they contained potentially-fatal diethylene glycol, AP reports.
Malware targets OpenOffice users
Malware miscreants have crafted a cross-platform worm targeted at OpenOffice users that's capable of infecting Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.
Home Office wants officials to watch more TV
Oh for the life of a sub editor. It must be the most thankless task: people only notice you when you don't do your job perfectly. And when it comes to spelling and grammar, someone can always be relied upon to notice.
Gozi hybrid Trojan menaces the net
VXers have developed a strain of malware capable of logging keystrokes as well as snooping on encrypted SSL streams originating from compromised PCs.
New York set for terror-proof 'leccy
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to fund a new, high-tech power grid for New York's financial centres which will use advanced superconductor technology.
VIA samples first Pico-ITX mobo
VIA has begun allowing system builders the chance to get their hands on its ridiculously small Pico ITX motherboard, the EPIA PX, ahead of the product's wider availability later this month.
Just one VoIP service to SIP from?
Serial entrepreneur Michael Robertson has learned a thing or two from competing with Microsoft. Life is much easier if you can get the dominant hardware vendors to bundle your software.
Gambling and prediction markets gamble on growth
House of CardsEver since the DARPA "Terror Casino" went down in flames a couple of years ago in the face of Congressional scorn, the idea that prediction markets can evaluate risk better than pundits or policymakers has been pushed nearly out of the public imagination.
Logicalis eyes UK acquisitions
Bosses at reselling monster Logicalis may be on the look out for a UK managed services acquisition, after revenues crept towards $1bn for the last year.
Magical elf jailed for lifting women's knickers
A 45-year-old man who "blurred the line between reality and make believe" and adopted the character of magical elf Buho from Shadowrun to rob a Belfast lingerie store at knifepoint, has been brought down to Earth with a two-year jail sentence, The Times reports.
Sony speeds up Vaio BX laptop line
Sony has unwrapped its latest business-centric Centrino, the Vaio BX40 series. The entire line-up's based on Intel's recently released 'Santa Rosa' platform.
Europe gets a space policy
The European Union has officially got a space policy, an essential item for any aspiring superpower.
Telegraph floored by DDoS attack
The website of UK broadsheet the Daily Telegraph is returning to normal after a sustained denial of service attack left the site intermittently unavailable over the last two days.
Crypto boffin: writing is on the wall for 1024-bit RSA
Crypto-busting boffins have broken a new record in their quest to find the prime factors in large numbers, and may soon threaten part of the encryption system used to secure retail websites.
Google pulls essay adverts
From next month, ads selling essay writing services will join those punting prostitution or tobacco on Google's list of proscribed activities across its global network, the BBC reports.
Intel frees Flash biz
Intel has followed AMD's lead by creating a separate flash memory business with a partner.
Cisco borgs BroadWare Technologies
The seventh company to be assimilated into the Cisco collective this year is IP-based video surveillance company, BroadWare Technologies.
Battle for EMI hots up
EMI's board has been trying to sell the music group almost from the day it was liberated from Thorn EMI a decade ago - and it's let it be known privately for some months that it favours a private equity buy-out. This weekend a concrete offer landed in their laps.
Red Hat chief tells start ups to grow, not cash out
OSBCRed Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik today told startups to forget the "romance" of open source and build businesses that compete with proprietary vendors on services and value.
Sun finds Hitachi's fresh, fat storage box
Sun Microsystems will vend Hitachi's latest high-end "virtual" storage system as the Sun StorageTek 9990V.
Sun to do Xeon and Niagara blade thing next month
Sun Microsystems looks set to dish out its new UltraSPARC T1- and Xeon-based blades on June 6 at an event in Washington D.C.
Cringely catches IBM trying to hire 15,000
CommentThose of you afraid of Robert Cringely's claim that IBM will layoff 150,000 workers might want to read his latest column. The PBS scribe has blown it again.
IBM pAVEs the way for x86 Linux apps
CommentIBM has introduced an open beta version of the IBM System p Application Virtual Environment (System p AVE), a virtual Linux environment that enables x86-based Linux applications to run without modification on POWER processor-based IBM servers. This announcement follows the company's recent launch of three System p Web-tier servers that target the consolidation of x86 Linux workloads.
Pay-as-you-drive roads coming to the UK
Controversial plans by the UK government to introduce road pricing are to go ahead, despite fierce opposition
Microsoft releases security tool for Office 2003
Microsoft has released a tool designed to protect Office 2003 users from malicious payloads surreptitiously dropped into innocent-looking office files - an attack tactic that has grown in popularity over the past year.