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Mishaps mar Microsoft Office 2000 meet

A catalogue of mini disasters haunted Microsoft's Office 2000 Deployment conference in Nice this week with missed flights, lost luggage, crashing demos and alcohol bans. UK journalists gathering to fly to Nice on Sunday were sent to the wrong Heathrow terminal eventually causing two journalists to miss the flight. Air France …
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ICL says Fridges are Office 2000 compliant

ICL opened the doors to the world’s first Office 2000 fridge freezer in Nice today although it quickly denied it was moving into the mainstream consumer durables market. The fridge is a dark blue Electrolux model with wooden handles with an ICL PC integrated into the door. The touch-screen PC enables the less than average fridge …
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Microsoft advises mock-police on software theft

Microsoft anti-piracy manager David Gregory has been approached by Pearson Television to be a technical advisor on a future episode of ITV's police drama The Bill. Looking tired after days of crushing counterfeit software and talking and walking around this year's CTS event in Birmingham, Gregory admitted he had been approach to …
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Multi-coloured, multi-currency swap shop, Quarterdeck style

Who needs the Euro? PC utilities firm Quarterdeck has broken down European language and currency barriers by setting-up a European Internet store where Internet users can buy and download products in the language and currency of their choice. The store was developed by Infobank subsidiary TrustMarque, who will continue to …
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A warranty is not just for Christmas – it's for life

The PC Association has developed a scheme that will enable its members to sell-on insured warranties to their customers and take the angst out of the question, "what happens to me when you go bust?". While high street retailers have been slammed for making more money on expensive extended warranties, the PCA is providing its …
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Elcom shaves costs in restructure

US-owned reseller Elcom International will embark on a major restructure in an attempt to exorcise the takeover demons of the past few months and make the company more focused and profitable. Its e-commerce subsidiary Elcom Systems will become an e-commerce systems integration arm of the Elcom Services Group (ESG). This will, …
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Computer Experts wins US mega-millennium deal

UK-based Computer Experts Ltd struck a blow for the British IT industry today when it announced that the US Treasury had submitted an order for a 150,000-seat licence for its Millennium Bug Toolkit. The UK firm which already has an impressive client list that includes Sony, Shell, Coca-Cola, Smith Kline Beecham and Motorola, has …
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Diamond dogged by music law suit

US record companies have re-ignited their attack on Internet music entrepreneurs by planning to file a lawsuit against Diamond Multimedia, maker of the Rio PMP300 portable music player. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has joined forces with the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies to charge Diamond …
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Ideal rises on "strong trading"

Storage specialist distributor Ideal Hardware saw its shares rocket by 25p this morning following the release of annual financial results. Ideal, which issued a profit warning back in April and saw its shares nosedive, has reported a £8.71m profit for the year ending 31 July 1998, compared to £9.71m in 1997. Turnover for the …
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Dell aims for seven hour inventory turnaround

Dell will pile the pressure on its direct and indirect rivals next year when it plans to go to war on PC pricing by making huge savings on managing its inventory. Dell will shake-up its direct sales service, including sales through the Internet, in an attempt to increase order speeds and ultimately reduce its inventory …
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Entegra appoints Hudson to build European USB channel

USB company Entrega Technologies has appointed former US Robotics managing director Clive Hudson as vice president and general manager. The appointment coincides with the company's drive into Europe and the setting-up of a European headquarters in Reading. Hudson joins Entrega after seven years with modem maker USR and will …
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Server sales slow down

PC server sales ran out of steam in the first half of the year, according to research firm IDC. It found that Q2 worldwide shipments were down one per cent from the first quarter, the first time sales have gone backwards. Year on year, growth has levelled out at 17 per cent but IDC has claimed there is no need to panic. Third …
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Viking doubles European DRAM capacity

Memory giant Viking Components is planning to set up an authorised reseller programme across Europe while doubling its manufacturing capacity in Dublin, as a result of sales growth. Viking has confirmed it is talking to its distributors, including CHS, Actebis, Ingram and Northamber about qualifying resellers for an …
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Voice, data and ne'er the twain shall meet

Forget the hype, voice and data convergence is a little more than a pipe dream for most big UK businesses. A GlobalOne survey of the UK's top 200 businesses revealed that 46 per cent had no data and telephony convergence. This figure is expected to drop by 35 per cent in the next two years. Of the 54 per cent who said there was …
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Y2K means NT 5.0 will have to wait its turn

IT managers look set to put Windows NT 5.0 rollouts onto the backburner, while they sort out Y2K problems. Nex- year;s timing of the much delayed launch of NT5 was criticised today by attendees at the TMA conference in Brighton. "We won't be advising our customers to upgrade to NT 5.0 until after the Year 2000 crisis is over," …
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Phone meltdown blights comms conference

The TMA conference had to live without phones this morning as exhibitors complained of a phone system meltdown in Brighton. The breakdown in communications was a result of over demand on both land and mobile networks. "We tried to get a fax through all morning," said Maurice Jones, managing director of C3 Computer Telephony."But …
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Hard disks chief cause of new PC failures

More than one in 10 desktop PCs sold fail to work when they are taken out of the box, according to a survey by Windows Magazine in the US. “Don’t be a cheapskate when it comes to the hard disk, CD-ROM drive, modem, mouse, monitor and motherboard (in that order),” Windows Magazine advises. “These are the parts that fail most …
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Gresham acquires Online Financial Services

Gresham Computing has snapped up Canadian IT banking specialist Online Financial Services for Can$1.5 million boosting its banking and financial customer base, while adding to its growing list of global subsidiaries. The acquisition was greeted favourably by the City where Gresham's share price jumped 4p this morning. The deal …
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Infobank shakeup follows unrealistic forecasts

The Infobank rollercoaster ride has taken yet another twist with a profits warning and management shakeup. New finance director David Pollock slamming earlier revenue forecasts as "unrealistic". Profit margins will see no significant improvement, which means that the software reselling business will be only marginally profitable …
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Viglen profits remain linear at best

Amstrad lovechild Viglen Technology will try and dig its way out of continually flat profits by re-focusing its efforts on networking and value-added software services. The company's aim is to move away from purely direct PC sales which took a massive hit last year as market share fell by 50 per cent. Viglen has just announced …
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Memory Corp turns corner

The Memory Corporation has issued a statement saying that it expects to post an operating profit for the first time in three years. Memory Corp has now risen from the depths of financial red ink to report an expected operating profit in the second half of this year, after reporting gross profits in Q1 and Q2. Last year the …