14th > September > 2009 Archive
What your database needs is a good thermometer
In the very early days of databases, when they contained relatively small quantities of information, the distinction between frequencies of access was pretty immaterial.
No, VMware doesn't own server virtualization
With the VMware-sponsored VMworld extravaganza in the rear view mirror, it's a good time to take stock of the server virtualization that companies around the world are deploying - to remind everyone that there are lot of different ways to skin the server virtualization cat and that plenty of alternative skinning is going on out there in the real world.
Microsoft Office for the iPhone (without the Microsoft)
ReviewNo, you can't run Microsoft Office on your Apple iPhone or iPod touch. But you can edit Word and Excel files, including docs and sheets saved in Redmond's current .docx and .xlsx standards.
Bechtolsheim: The server is not the network
HPC on Wall StreetAndy Bechtolsheim knows a thing or two about servers, storage, and networking. He co-founded workstation and server maker Sun Microsystems as well as two networking companies: one that he sold to Cisco and became the basis of its Gigabit Ethernet biz, and another that he recently started and runs while working one day a week at Sun.
Mono swings .NET development into iPhone
Mono developers have shrunk their open-source implementation of the .NET runtime down to iPhone size. Novell on Monday unfurled MonoTouch, a commercial toolkit that allows developers to use Microsoft's development framework to build apps for Apple's ubiquitous mobile.
No more premium rate numbers for docs
The Department of Health has bowed to public pressure and will push for a ban on charging excessive rates for phone calls to GP's surgeries or local hospitals.
Armless getaway driver leads police a merry dance
An semi-armless teenager who acted as getaway driver on a jewellery heist, driving at 100mph during a police pursuit "despite needing somebody to change the gears for him", has escaped jail, the Telegraph reports.
EMC picks up Intel top gun
EMC is recruiting Pat Gelsinger, Intel's top chip man, to head its storage product operations.
Pliant pops out SASsy SSD
Startup Pliant is launching its Lightning solid state drive (SSD) today, with SAS interfaces only and STEC-beating performance claims.
Alabama judges take hard line on dildos
An Alabama "adult themed chain store" has lost an appeal in which it sought to challenge the state's anti-obscenity law - prohibiting the sale of sex toys - as "unconstitutional" and "unconstitutionally vague".
New York Times pwned to serve scareware pop-ups
The New York Times was co-opted into pushing fake anti-virus malvertisements after hackers broke into its banner ad feed over the weekend.
Sony preparing 250GB PS3 Slim PlayTV Blu-ray bundle?
Sony will bundle the anticipated 250GB slim PlayStation 3 with its PlayTV DVR add-on, it has been claimed.
LG unveils first Android handset
Mobile phone firms won’t be taken seriously these days if they don’t have an Android offering - or at least that’s the way it feels. Last week, Motorola launched one. Today, it's LG's turn.
Abigail's Windows 7 Party
StobWhat are you doing on Oct 22? Microsoft is putting a Tupperware-style twist on the upcoming Windows 7 rollout, launching a new initiative to encourage thousands of employees, partners and technology enthusiasts to throw parties in their homes and communities to demonstrate and help spread the word about its new OS - Slashdot
Has IBM grown a new Lotus?
CommentIf you were in the market for collaboration software, what would your reaction be if a major software publisher offered you an all-singing all-dancing suite of battle-hardened collaboration tools?
Joost jettisons chairman
Joost, the struggling web telly firm started by the men behind Skype, has sacked its chairman, Mike Volpi, who was bumped from his position as chief executive at the end of June.
Rise in Northern Ireland violence highlights data failing
Police remain unable to access records on some of Northern Ireland's most notorious terrorist killers who now live on or travel to the British mainland, months after a deadline to link computer systems passed.
NZ scientists identify giant, man-eating eagle
Scientists appear to have confimed that a legendary man-eating flying beast which terrorised New Zealand's Maori actually existed, the Independent reports.
Mozilla Labs bootstraps on another Jetpack
Mozilla Labs has launched a new version of its Firefox web extensions package just a few days after Google opened up support for extensions in its Chrome browser.
Tomorrow's World comes back to the future
For 38 years, TV show Tomorrow’s World wowed audiences with its coverage of futuristic developments from the world of science and technology. It was axed in 2003, but now the BBC has brought the show back from the dead, sort of.
B&W launches Zeppelin Mini
Some two years after audio firm Bowers & Wilkins launched its iconic Zeppelin iPod speaker system, the company has launched a smaller version – the Zeppelin Mini.
Acer Aspire 5935 15.6in Blu-ray notebook
ReviewThe Acer Aspire 5935 is aimed at those folk who don't just want a laptop that's all work and no play. In addition to packing enough grunt to chew through productivity applications, it's also equipped to keep you happily entertained when you've finished working for the day.
Japan gets to grips with train-grope websites
Japanese police are planning to "put pressure" on websites which offer pervs top tips on how to grope women on trains without getting cuffed, and the best packed commuter lines on which to fondle victims.
Trojan taps Google Groups as command network
Hackers have programmed a Trojan that uses Google Groups newsgroups to distribute commands.
Wick Hill hoovers up rival's Kaspersky biz
Wick Hill has taken over rival distie C-Media Interactive's Kaspersky Lab business with the blessing of the Russian-based security software firm.
Mozilla prepares for SeaMonkey 2.0 release
Mozilla has released a second beta of its internet app suite SeaMonkey 2.0.
Most expensive RAF aircraft ever takes to the skies
AnalysisThe most expensive aircraft ever built for the British armed forces, a painstakingly-restored De Havilland Comet airliner outfitted as an anti-submarine patrol plane, has made its first flight.
IOD: Slash UK.gov IT, save public cash
A report by the Institute of Directors and the TaxPayers' Alliance says that cutting government IT projects could slash millions from public spending.
Thus disconnects VoIP service
Thus will shut down its Pipecall VoIP product at the end of this month, and has told customers they'll have to do the legwork if they want to keep their numbers.
Nokia's 'Silver Bullet' phone leaked online
Nokia may have designed a futuristic handset on a par with Motorola’s wacky Aura or any number of Vertu’s pricy phones, according to what's claimed to be a leaked internal video.
Media 're-open' North Eastern Passage
One of Russia's commercial maritime trade routes for the past 70 years has been "re-opened" by a press hungry for dramatic Global Warming scare stories - but who failed to check the most basic facts.
MS insists bodged fix didn't spawn Windows crash risk
Microsoft has denied claims that an unpatched flaw in a file and printer sharing feature was inadvertently introduced when it fixed an earlier, less severe problem in the software back in December 2007.
Asus' Eee keyboard out next month - official
Asus’ Eee keyboard will finally go on sale in Europe and North America next month, the company has confirmed.
Carphone Warehouse calls on Spare Backup
As we thought, Carphone Warehouse has gone ahead and plumped for Spare Backup's cloud storage service.
T-Systems scoops up SAP European hosting biz
T-Systems announced today that it plans to buy SAP AG’s external hosting business for an undisclosed sum.
Home Office appoints ID czar
The Home Office has appointed an ID Commissioner to oversee and monitor the roll-out of national ID cards.
IEEE finally approves 802.11n
The latest version of Wi-Fi, 802.11n, received formal certification on Friday, despite the fact that more than 700 products have already been certified as compatible by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Microsoft accelerates desktop virtualization plans
Microsoft has massively accelerated delivery of the next version of its desktop enterprise virtualization software, while unveiling the next release of its Application Virtualization, aka App-V.
Microsoft purges AutoRun from older Windows
Microsoft has finally removed a function from earlier versions of its Windows operating system that has been widely abused by miscreants to surreptitiously install malware on users' computers.
This is the El Reg Agile Data Center Summit
With less than a day to go, we are counting down the hours to our Agile Data Center Summit, tomorrow 12.30pm EST, 5.30pm BST. It’s live, fully interactive and broadcasting straight to your browser. Take a minute to reserve your spot .
CA absorbs NetQoS for $200m cash
Enterprise software omnicorp CA (formerly Computer Associates) has reached a $200m cash deal to buy NetQoS, a maker of network and application performance tracking software. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year.
Google File System II stalked by open-source elephant
As Google rolls out GFS2 - a major update to the custom-built file system underpinning its online infrastructure - the company's former infrastructure don sees no reason why the open source world can't follow suit.
Dell heavy hitter hooks up with Overland
Struggling Overland Storage has appointed Chris Gopal, Dell's ex-VP for worldwide operations as its own VP for worldwide operations.
Intel execs shift seats as Gelsinger departs
One day after Intel's Pat Gelsinger jumped to EMC, Chipzilla announced a sweeping reorg of its business groups.
VCs pump $7.5m into Bluetooth killer (wannabe)
Ozmo Devices, the low-power Wi-Fi specialist, thinks wireless Ethernet is the perfect way to run a mouse, and has drummed up $7.5m in Series C funding to make this happen.
Spinnaker vets win funds for Avere start-up
Avere, a new storage venture formed by Ron Bianchini and other Spinnaker veterans from NetApp, has gained $15m in Series A funding.
Bing shines Silverlight on visual search
Microsoft's Bing search engine will use the company's Silverlight browser-based media player to change the way it presents images of results.
FreeBSD bug grants local root access
A security researcher has uncovered a security bug in the FreeBSD operating system that allows users with limited privileges to take full control of underlying systems.
T-Mobile daddy mulls US merger
Deutsche Telekom - owner of international wireless carrier T-Mobile - is mulling a multi-billion-dollar bid for Sprint Nextel, the third largest carrier in the US.
IBM conjures Cognos for mid-sized types
IBM is debuting a svelte version of its Cognos business intelligence software tailored with mid-sized businesses in mind. The New Cognos Express lineup is intended to be a lower-cost BI toolkit that's simpler to use than the enterprise-level product, with a more modular approach to including new features.