24th > December > 2007 Archive
Remember AOL and the "walled garden"? Today, when you meet what used to be the world's number one, and rather standoffish, consumer internet service provider they are talking about working with others and not re-inventing the wheel.
On the face of it, rendering a simple smiley on a screen seems pretty straightforward. So Microsoft's excited revelation that the yet-to-launch Internet Explorer (IE) 8 has passed the Acid2 test might seem like a lot of fuss about nothing.
The Tory party has put forward a rescue plan for the NHS IT system in the wake of the latest government data losses, which were revealed over the weekend. Nine English NHS trusts have owned up to large scale losses of personal data, and although in most cases the nature of this data has yet to be revealed, City & Hackney Primary Care Trust reportedly mislaid the names and addresses of 160,000 children.
In case you thought common-sense outfits like Pantone - the "global authority on colour" - were immune to rebranding madness, symptomised by the overwhelming desire to give forth in Strategy Boutique Newspeak, it's our sad duty to bring to your attention this announcement regarding the company's "colour of the year":
"If someone steals and spoofs your iris image, you can't just get a new eyeball." Paul Saffo, technology industry observer
Review Powerline Ethernet specialist Devolo's latest offering is the logical next step in bridging the worlds of mains power networking and Wi-Fi. You can link a standard access point and a router over a powerline link, allowing to fill your house with wireless goodness despite its radio-unfriendly walls - or you can plug one of these boys in.
Alone, in the middle of the night and nowhere, Khaled El-Masri discovered himself once again to be a free man. He had been left on a hilltop in Albania by his CIA captors, after nearly six months of torture in squalid detention at one of the CIA's black site prisons.
Forward-thinking Dell customers who want to make cash savings on pre-loaded memory cards in the firm's latest range of laptops could be in for a hard time.
She may be an octogenarian but Queen Elizabeth has joined the Web 2.0 jamboree just in time for Christmas.
That's it, we're done. The Register Hardware team will now join our El Reg co-conspirators to analyse Web 2.0 trends... er... decorate the mahogany, before heading home to friends and family. Register Hardware will be posting reviews throughout the Festive Season, but our usual service will be resumed in the New Year.
Quotations It was the Greek dramatist Sophocles who once wrote: "A short saying often contains much wisdom."
Capgemini shares moved up 11 per cent today on reports that Wipro, the Indian IT services giant, wants to buy the company.