25th > February > 2010 Archive
Adobe Photoshop celebrates big 2-0
Exactly 20 years ago today - Wednesday, February 24 - the first stable version of Adobe Photoshop was released into the wild. At 728 kilobytes, it fit on a single floppy disk.
Google eyes hypegasm fuel cells for 'whole data center'
As Bloom Energy officially unveiled its much-hyped solid oxide fuel cell server - a "parking space"-sized device that converts air and fuel into electricity - Google co-founder Larry Page said the company hopes to eventually run an entire data center using the technology.
Visual Studio 2010 - chunky but has a great personality
ReviewLike Clerks director Kevin Smith, Visual Studio is a lot to get your arms around.
Novell flirts with Citrix
There has been some chatter about Citrix Systems - the corporate entity behind the open source Xen hypervisor and the commercialized XenServer product - hooking up with commercial Linux distributor Novell to work out some sort of deal to collaborate on Xen in a more meaningful way than they currently do. While the two parties are dancing a little bit closer, Novell is not going to adopt XenServer as its main hypervisor, as some have expected and others, like El Reg, have encouraged.
Samsung Galaxy Portal i5700
ReviewSamsung's Galaxy Portal is the Korean firm's latest dip into Android waters and for now it's exclusive to T-Mobile. It's been available in Europe since last year as the Galaxy Spica but, unlike most Samsung smartphones, this is pure Android. There isn’t the slightest hint of Samsung's TouchWiz interface, so it's effectively a clean slate, to do with as you will. In terms of features, it's an avowedly midrange quad band handset, with a LCD touch screen, 3.2Mp camera, Wi-Fi and AGPS.
Capita shares hit despite decent sales
Public sector outsourcer Capita watched its shares fall just over four per cent this morning despite the company reporting a pretty decent set of results.
Microsoft's wiretap guide goes online, security site goes offline
UpdatedLong-established privacy and cryptology website Cryptome.org was pulled offline on Wednesday after Microsoft launched a legal offensive over its publication of Redmond's guide to internet wiretapping.
Hollywood lawyers have another go at Aussie ISP
Hollywood copyright lawyers are having another go at the Aussie ISP iiNet which recently won a case brought by the Australian Federation against Copyright Theft.
'Kevin Rudd sucks' declares hacked Oz road sign
Police intervention was required earlier this week when "political protesters" hacked a Sydney traffic sign and declared "Kevin Rudd sucks" to passing motorists in the city's Rose Bay.
HP slices up services for small biz
HP is bringing new support and datacentre analysis services to small and medium business (SMB) customers, as well as packaging up services in cheaper lumps for the channel to sell to such customers.
Hero corduroy overpowers US school gunman
A hard-as-nails maths teacher in Colorado has received the grateful thanks of his community after barehandedly tackling a gunman who had opened fire at his school.
Virgin to offer 100Mb/s broadband by year's end
Virgin Media is to offer 100Mb/s broadband by the end of 2010.
German jugs pulled from iPhone
The Federation of German Publishers is up in arms about Apple's new kiddie-friendly policy, as companies struggle to understand if their brands are big enough for porn.
Oracle: What now for HPC?
There hasn’t been a lot of talk yet from Oracle about their plans for HPC now that the Sun purchase has been consummated - so what's going on?
Spare Backup needs spare change
CommentCloud backup service provider Spare Backup is looking for $7m by selling a secured revolving credit note. Why does it need the cash?
Woman sues 50 Cent over sex vid leak
A Florida woman yesterday filed suit in Manhattan against rapper 50 Cent, claiming that he "unlawfully distributed" a homemade sex video of her on his website in 2009.
BT could face criminal case over Phorm trials
The Crown Prosecution Service has revealed that it is working with a top barrister on a potential criminal case against BT over its secret trials of Phorm's targeted advertising system.
Large Hadron Collider in multi-magnet quench hiccup
A technical hiccup has delayed the planned restart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the titanic subterranean magno-doughnut particle smasher situated deep beneath the Franco-Swiss border.
15 new suspects named in Hamas Dubai assassination
Dubai police have named 15 more suspects - all reckoned to have entered the UAE using counterfeit Western passports - wanted over the murder of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in the Gulf state last month.
Mozilla ditches Mac OS X 10.4 support in fresh Firefox
Mozilla has officially ditched Firefox support for Apple Mac OS X 10.4 for upcoming versions of its browser, despite gripes from some web surfers.
Spanish priest spunked €17k on chat lines and whores
A Spanish priest who spunked €17k of church funds on sex chat lines, internet porn sites and prostitutes has unsurprisingly been given his marching orders.
Pentax preps 26x superzoom
Pentax has popped out its latest bridge camera: the 12.1Mp X90, complete with 26x optical zoom.
Sellafield gull cull mulled
Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant is considering a cull of gulls which could have come into contact with contaminated waste.
Premium line complaints drop by more than half
UK punters are more than twice as happy with premium-rate services than they were last year, according to the industry regulator PhonepayPlus.
Gmail Labs' experiments: What's in, what's out?
Google has slotted six new features into Gmail after testing the technologies in its Labs playpen, at the same time the company has dumped five other features that never got past the experimental stage.
Nominet to get unelected board members
Nominet members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a raft of measures designed to avoid the government taking control of the .uk registry.
Lenovo intros ThinkPad X201 series
Lenovo has introduced what it claims is not only the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad yet, but also the fastest ultraportable around.
British Library wants taxpayer to gobble the web
British Library wants to archive the UK web, creating an invaluable national treasure trove of porn, celebrity trivia gossip and Daily Mail comments. But it admits it can't put a figure on the project - which looks like becoming a huge, open-ended commitment for the taxpayer.
Vulcan kept airborne by £400k refuel
The Vulcan to the Sky Trust is breathing a massive sigh of relief after an anonymous donor stumped up over £400,000 to keep Vulcan XH558 flying, the BBC reports.
Oz censorship debate censored on Comms minister's website
If you’re planning to censor free speech on the internet, what better approach to take than to, er, censor debate about how you’re planning to censor free speech on the internet? Brilliant.
MS uses court order to take out Waledac botnet
Microsoft has won a court-issued take-down order against scores of domains associated with controlling the spam-spewing Waledac botnet.
Broadband probe aimed at next gen upgrades
The impact of upgraded broadband technology is set to be measured to determine whether customers really see the improvements advertised by BT, Virgin Media and the rest.
Nokia No.2 is so sorry for N97 debacle
CEO confessionals are all the rage now, but Nokia's No.2 executive has apologised for Finland's 2006 winning entry in the Eurovision Song Contest ("Hard Rock Hallelujah" by Lordi), the lack of jokes in Aki Kaurismäki's dramas, and the Nokia N97 phone. Actually, no - we made the first two up.
UK.gov IT minister makes open source gaffe over browsers
The UK government’s current minister in charge of the IT brief has got her knickers in a twist over web browsers by wrongly stating that Opera is based on open source technology.
Scareware scams ride the back of killer whale tragedy
Supposed footage of Wednesday's fatal Sea World killer whale attack in Florida actually points at sites distributing scareware.
CA buys 3Tera to blow up quick clouds
CA is buying 3Tera, which provides application cloud deployment services on Xen, and will extend its software to VMware and Hyper-V environments.
Deutsche Telekom still losing money
T-Mobile's parent Deutsche Telekom lost €3m in the last quarter of 2009, which isn't too bad considering the company lost €730m during the same part of 2008.
Men at Work appeal Down Under plagiarism ruling
EMI Music has lodged an appeal against the ruling that the flute riff in Down Under by Oz band Men at Work was plagiarised from Lucky Country kids' favourite Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.
France Telecom hits targets, admits crisis
France Telecom now has 193m customers and made revenues of €46bn in the year ended 31 December 2009, down 1.9 per cent on last year.
Oz songstress: Record label 2.0 abandoned me
Crowdsourcing DIY music company Sellaband filed for bankruptcy on Monday, and we have some interesting insider perspective.
Cryptome restored after Microsoft change of heart
Microsoft has rescinded the copyright complaint that resulted in the shutdown of the long-standing whistleblower website, Cryptome.org, after it published Redmond's spy guide for law enforcement.
Google's 'post holiday' Caffeine shot still brewing
The web is still waiting for the worldwide roll-out of Google's next-generation search infrastructure, the mysterious indexing system overhaul known as "Caffeine."
Microsoft: Oracle will take us back to 1970s hell
Microsoft's server and tools chief Bob Muglia has chided Oracle for peddling a return to "1960s computing," accusing its rival of going against industry trends and backing a dying and expensive operating-system architecture.