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Sun calms investors with early Q4 dish

Sun Microsystems has issued an early take on its fourth quarter financial results, showing sales figures that have declined from the same period last year. The company, which is due to report finalized Q4 figures on Aug. 1, expects revenue to come in between $3.73bn and $3.8bn. During last year's fourth quarter, Sun pulled in $3 …
Ashlee Vance, 15 Jul 2008
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And so we begin the tech sector's journey into the Heart of Darkness

Comment Does anyone else remember when technology companies were propping up this economy? Yeah, that's right. Oil prices were surging. Housing prices were plummeting. But there was the resilient technology sector, making us think things might be okay. No companies missing earnings. No layoffs. Hope at the end of the fab. Um, well, I …
Ashlee Vance, 15 Jul 2008
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Ubuntu trumpets aromatic pistou of borage

You thought Ubuntu Linux was bad enough, right? What with the freedom-loving Mark Shuttleworth behind it and all the peacenik developers. Baked Beaver and Stoned Salamander could only be a couple of releases away. Near Silicon Valley, however, there lurks a darker, more sinister Ubuntu - one dripping with so much hippie …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Jul 2008
Sun

Sun and Fujitsu ride Unix boxes to four-core country

Now is about the time Sun Microsystems was meant to start telling the world of the wonders inherent in the Rock processor. No such luck. Instead, Sun and Fujitsu are celebrating the arrival of Version VII of the SPARC64 processor. The four-core SPARC64 chip will ship inside Sun and Fujitsu's midrange and high-end Unix servers, …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Jul 2008
IBM

IBM's eight-core Power7 chip to clock in at 4.0GHz

Exclusive IBM looks set to join the seriously multi-core set with the Power7 chip. Internal documents seen by The Register show Power7 with eight cores per processor and also some very, very large IBM boxes based on the chip. The IBM documents have the eight-core Power7 being arranged in dual-chip modules. So, that's 16-cores per module. …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jul 2008
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Intel stinks

Who let the ass out? That's the question numerous residents in Chandler, Arizona are asking ever since a rotten egg type odor started haunting their homes. As it turns out, the stench comes from organic material collected in city-owned and, yes, Intel-built evaporation ponds. That's a big thanks then to Chipzilla for giving back …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jul 2008
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HP's big splash on EDS all about shrinkage

Comment I love this Mark Hurd guy. He's turning cost-cutting into an art form. When HP and Compaq were joined in matrimony at the gates of Hell, Carly Fiorina celebrated all of the forthcoming "synergies." She promised that the combined companies would teach Spending a lesson it would never forget. But such pledges failed to generate …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jul 2008
Sun

Shrinking Sun under the gun

Comment Here, with the stock market melting, we find Sun Microsystems in most uncomfortable territory. It's got a stock market value of $7.7bn, which means that the one-time lord of the servers is a mid-cap company. Our friends on Wall Street warn that Sun needs to maintain at least a $10bn market capitalization to stay in the large cap …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Jul 2008
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Monitor your data center with a coffee mug-sized server

Plat'Home is a curious Japanese company that seems intent on cracking the US market with its weird brand of tiny Linux servers. This week, it has offered the land of the free and the home of the brave the KANSHI Blocks Pro 6.0.1 device, which is a coffee mug-sized monitoring server. Shot of the Plat'Home device Coffee Mug …
Ashlee Vance, 09 Jul 2008
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Hawkeye technology turns tennis into a cartoon

In those archaic days before tennis adopted the Hawkeye ball tracking system, the TV audience could have some fun with close line calls. Following a controversial shot, we'd receive a number of slow-motion replays from various angles and get to make up our own minds as to whether or not the lines person was a dolt. But, in the …
Ashlee Vance, 08 Jul 2008

EMC CEO's ego has cost investors billions

Comment By firing VMware chief Diane Greene, EMC's top dog Joe Tucci has sent a message to investors that his personal likes and dislikes come before their broader interests. That's not exactly what you want to see from an executive who has already done so very little for investors over the past five years. We've written more than any …
Ashlee Vance, 08 Jul 2008
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File system killer leads police to wife's bones

Convicted murderer and, er, file system whiz Hans Reiser today led police to the buried body of his wife Nina Reiser. In an apparent bid to reduce his sentence, Reiser agreed to drag police into Redwood Regional Park and disclose the location of his wife's remains. Police found a grave four feet by four feet by four feet filled …
Ashlee Vance, 08 Jul 2008
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Fiorina threatens to get in McCain's antique cabinet

Having turned HP into a model of consistency . . . Having morphed HP into a no-nonsense juggernaut . . . Having guided HP through the smoothest mega-merger in history . . . Er, okay. How about - Having rubbed out the Hewlett-Packard brand, the HP Way and HP's competitive position against IBM and Dell, Carly Fiorina would now …
Ashlee Vance, 08 Jul 2008
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Dell buys into Dell for $100m

Dell's rebirth as a technology juggernaut is well underway. Just ask Michael Dell. The company founder and CEO has purchased $100m worth of Dell stock. He acquired the shares via three transactions, buying a total of 4.5m fresh shares. The mainstream press informs us that this indicates bullish optimism about Dell on Dell's …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Jul 2008
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Bill Gates battles Kermit the Frog in the name of open source

Radio Reg Every time Mark Shuttleworth farts an angel gets its wings. Or at least that's what his girlfriend told me. If only Bill Gates enjoyed the same enthusiasm for his bowel actions. Instead, Microsoft's Chairman is just pounded with ridicule and hatred by dolts who fail to understand his greater contribution to the human race. We …
Ashlee Vance, 02 Jul 2008
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The9 exposed as China's supercomputing powerhouse

Exclusive For more than six months, a list ranking the top supercomputers in China has been floating around, but no one has managed to solve its riddle. The list begins much like any other supercomputer ranking. IBM built the top system, which is a cluster of servers running on Xeon chips from Intel. An oil company - China Petroleum and …
Ashlee Vance, 02 Jul 2008
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KVM backer takes virtual desktops on the road

Qumranet, the well-moneyed entity behind KVM, is asking folks to help it test out some new desktop virtualization code that sends applications out from headquarters to remote offices. Back in April, Qumranet birthed SolidICE, which is the the company's take on desktop virtualization. Like rival software, SolidICE ships desktop …
Ashlee Vance, 01 Jul 2008

Dell conjures magic SD card for virtualizing blade server I/O

HP and IBM have some super fancy technology for virtualizing the I/O of their blade systems, and they sell it for thousands of dollars. Dell now has something similar - an SD card that it sells for $499 a pop. Texas-blessed Dell last week started shipping FlexAddress, which is "enabled by a special SD card." By "enabled" and " …
Ashlee Vance, 01 Jul 2008
IBM

IBM woos Microsoft with iDataPlex oddity

Never one to miss out on a marketing opportunity, IBM has already started tweaking the new iDataPlex system to reach more customers before the box has even started shipping. IBM "launched" iDataPlex in April, ushering in a server designed just for large service providers and high performance computing customers pressed for space …
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jun 2008
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Yahoo! deckchair! shuffle! filled! with! insight! and! clouds!

Trying to become less of an organizational disaster, Yahoo! has shuffled around some executives and even formed a cloud computing division. "Take that, activist shareholders, we've got everything under control." The people who brought you the botched Microsoft acquisition bid remain in charge. So, that's chief Yahoo! Jerry Yang …
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jun 2008
Dell

Dell ready to judge and repair your storage shop

You may not be a Fortune 100 company, but you deserve tiered storage too, right? Right?!?! Dell certainly thinks so. The Texas-based hardware house this week rolled out a new fleet of storage services that focus on the needs of mid-sized companies. The fresh services arrive alongside Dell's larger services pitch, which is that …
Ashlee Vance, 26 Jun 2008
IBM

North Carolina will pay IBM $750,000 for 10 jobs

North Carolina will do just about anything to keep technology companies happy, including offering IBM up to $750,000 to bring just 10 jobs to the state. IBM has revealed plans to construct a $362m so-called "leadership data center" in either North Carolina, New York or Colorado. Hoping to secure this center, Durham County …
Ashlee Vance, 25 Jun 2008
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Rackable's super efficient gear fills the cloud

In a weird sort of way, you can think of this as Rackable Systems 2.0. Rackable this week ushered in a set of new servers, including one system that fits into the IceCube data center in container. The boxes reflect Rackable's ever-present focus on delivering as much horsepower as possible while consuming the least amount of …
Ashlee Vance, 24 Jun 2008
Sun

Sun's Niagara 3 will have 16-cores and 16 threads per core

Exclusive Sun Microsystems looks poised to lead the "mainstream" multi-core race for at least a couple more years. By late 2009, the server maker should deliver a third major revision of its Niagara processor which will have 16 cores and an astonishing 16 threads per core, The Register has learned. Today, Sun sells an eight-core "Niagara …
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jun 2008
Microsoft

Microsoft should buy Rackable instead of building custom computers

Comment We're in the midst of some very strange times. An online book seller owns the leading utility computing service. An advertising company manufactures its own servers and switches. And spots in rural America best known for being, well, rural are turning into technology heavyweights because they have access to cheap power and …
Ashlee Vance, 20 Jun 2008