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Hexus marks the spot for Overclockers UK

Back in April we said the UK overclocking sector was growing apace and growing up, citing Stoke-based Overclockers UK (OcUK) as an example of this. Looks like we backed a winner - which is nice. OcUK, as well as consolidating its position as top dog in the UK overclocked kit reseller market, has now announced that it has teamed …
Sean Fleming, 19 Sep 2000
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Pirates – make 'em walk the plank

[This article appeared first in Direct Access, a Microsoft UK online channel magazine.] When you were 14 you probably thought nothing of taping the Top 20 off the radio on a Sunday evening; who knows - you may even have progressed to videoing Top of the Pops. But such a laissez-faire approach to copying software applications …
Sean Fleming, 04 Aug 2000
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Oracle embraces old technology

You see the funniest things from the train window. Anyone familiar with the Thames Valley Business Park in Reading will know that Oracle has what can only be described as an impressive presence there. In all there's about six or seven aircraft-hangar sized buildings, confirming its status as one of the world's foremost hi-tech …
Sean Fleming, 04 Aug 2000
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If you don't ASP, you don't get

This article appeared first in Direct Access, a Microsoft UK online channel magazine. There's been a lot said about the application service provider (ASP) market over the last 12 months - how it was going to explode and that anyone who's anyone in the IT industry would become involved in it. But there has, to be fair, been very …
Sean Fleming, 21 Jul 2000
BT Openreach at work

Unmetered access just a few weeks away, says BT

BT has confirmed it will comply with Oftel's directive and offer wholesale unmetered access to the Net "within a few weeks". A spokesman for the telco said: "We have agreed to Oftel's directive and will introduce it (Flat Rate Internet Access Call Origination or FRIACO for short) in due course. The BT spokesman explained a …
Sean Fleming, 07 Jun 2000
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Linux is more popular than sex

Our thanks go out to Register reader Gunnar Isaksson who wrote in to inform us of the "unscientifical investigation" he has carried out into the growing popularity of Linux. The unstoppable OS machine has been gunning for Windows for some time now and despite the small – but perfectly formed – market share Linux lays claim to …
Sean Fleming, 24 May 2000
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Corel, Inprise/Borland call off merger

Corel and Inprise (the artist formerly known as Borland) have called off their merger. An official statement from Corel was issued this afternoon, in which the company said: "Because of significant changes since the merger was agreed to more than three months ago, Corel has concluded that it is in its best interest to terminate …
Sean Fleming, 23 May 2000
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Maxdata recalls faulty monitors

Monitor manufacturer Maxdata has issued a product recall notice on its Belinea 10 70 50 monitor. The model has not been on sale since May 1999, but some 71,000 units were sold across Europe since it was launched in 1997. Of that, 4300 are in the UK. Maxdata product marketing manager, Pete Granby, said the problem with the …
Sean Fleming, 23 May 2000
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Compaq guy crowned Queen of the night

Compaq used to have a reputation for being big, boring and detached. Not any more. On Saturday night Compaq call centre employee Gary Mullen won the final of ITV's Stars In Their Eyes show, appearing as Queen frontman the late Freddie Mercury. Boasting about the high quality of Compaq kit, one of the manufacturer's UK exec's …
Sean Fleming, 22 May 2000
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Compel share price halves

Reseller group Compel saw its share price fall by nearly half yesterday thanks to a profit warning that looks like it will turn an expected 4 million profit into a 4 million loss. According to today's Financial Times (FT), Compel's shares were the worst performing on the London Stock Exchange yesterday, dropping by 183p to 195. …
Sean Fleming, 19 May 2000
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'Hi,thanks for calling NTL – we suck'

Opinion They say that moving house is one of the most stressful events in your life and if - like me - you're in the middle of this ghastly process you'll know just how stressful it can become. But in an attempt to be organised I decided I'd arrange to get hooked up to a cable phone and TV supplier in the area I'm moving to, so that …
Sean Fleming, 17 May 2000
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Man killed as quake hits Taiwan

A minor earthquake hit Taiwan last night, killing one man and rekindling memories of last year's quake which brought the island to its knees and left almost 2500 people dead. Last night's quake struck at 04:25 BST and measured 5.3 on the Richter scale, according to a report from Reuters. The focal point of the quake was around …
Sean Fleming, 17 May 2000

Vodafone makes you an offer you can refuse

One of The Register's hacks came face-to-face last week with an offer from Vodafone that just didn't add up - in any currency*. After falling for the hype about mobile phone radiation giving you flat feet, or whatever, our reporter popped into his local mobile phone outlet – in this case a Vodafone shop – to buy one of those …
Sean Fleming, 15 May 2000

UK telecoms market fair, Oftel claims

Oftel has announced that it now considers the UK telecoms market to be open and competitive, and that the time has come for the watchdog to scale down its work. According to a statement that came out of Reuters today, Oftel wants to shift its focus to championing the needs of the consumer and promoting a spirit of self- …
Sean Fleming, 09 May 2000
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Flame Of The Week CeBIT special

On the back of the brouhaha surrounding CeBIT's decision that online journalists can't be accredited and therefore shouldn't be allowed into the show, we received this email from one of our readers. It was sent to the CeBIT organisers and cc'd to us, Tom's Hardware and ZDNet. I am writing this letter to show my disgust at your …
Sean Fleming, 09 May 2000
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Antfactory fund nets $350m investment

Internet incubator fund antfactory has scored a $350 million deal with three top flight venture capital firms. The three - JH Whitney, CVC Capital Partners and Citicorp Venture Capital - are among the largest private equity companies in the world and JH Whitney was one of the original founders of antfactory in 1999. CVC and …
Sean Fleming, 09 May 2000
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Acer flogs PCs cheap on dealer site

What do you do if you're a big time PC manufacturer who wants to use the Net to flog more kit at discount prices but you don't want to be seen to be screwing over your resellers? Simple, you follow Acer's example and get someone else to do it for you. The Taiwanese PC giant has got together with MPC International – a UK-based …
Sean Fleming, 09 May 2000
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Online ad service courts students

Students – love them or hate them, there has to be a way to make money out of them. Doesn't there? That would seem to be the thinking behind the burgeoning number of sites targeting the student community in the UK. The latest of which is StudentAd - a classified advertising service aimed at universities and further education …
Sean Fleming, 08 May 2000
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No email thanks to the virus? Here's what to do

Necessity is the mother of invention. Who said that? Mmm, dunno, but it's nice to see that the good folk down at PR and marketing agency Rainier have been adhering to it. Yesterday the world and its dog was bitten in the wotsit by the Luurve Bug and today we received a list from Rainier of ten things to do when your email system …
Sean Fleming, 05 May 2000
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Atlantic splashes out £520m on First Telecom

It's been a busy time for Atlantic Telecom. First, the Scots telco launched a £49.99 per month ADSL service and as if that wasn't enough, it is snapping up First Telecom as part of its plans to expand into Europe. The share-swap deal is valued at £520 million. First Telecom was set up in 1995 by Mark Daeche and Mark Citron who …
Sean Fleming, 04 May 2000
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MS gears up for gun-fight at DoJ city

Are you ready for the big fight this weekend? No, not the Lewis vs. Grant boxing match, the DoJ handing presenting its recommendations on what to do with Microsoft to Judge Jackson. We are, and when the bell rings, our Graham's coming out of his corner with his fists of fury ready to fight the good fight. But it looks like we …
Sean Fleming, 04 May 2000
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Tech stocks take toll on tycoon Soros

One of the world's foremost investment gurus, George Soros, has lost billions of dollars investing in tech stocks and is reorganising his business as a result. According to a report in The Guardian newspaper this weekend, the tycoon's Quantum Fund took a severe beating thanks to "misguided investments in technology companies" - …
Sean Fleming, 04 May 2000
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Penthouse busts newsgroup user over copyright theft

A newsgroup user who boasted that he had copied over 20,000 images from Penthouse.com has had his computer equipment seized after the site moved to prosecute him for copyright infringement. The individual known as Muad'Dib was tracked down after a series of postings on the alt.mag.penthouse newsgroup. According to Penthouse, …
Sean Fleming, 04 May 2000
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Jobs blow hits Linuxcare as IPO put on hold

A sudden downturn in fortunes at software and services outfit Linuxcare could mean as many as 25 per cent of its staff are to lose their jobs. The firm announced yesterday that redundancies were planned, but would not reveal the numbers involved and refused to be drawn on speculation that as up to one quarter of its employees …
Sean Fleming, 04 May 2000
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Pets.com starts dog fight

Proof, if it were needed, that the virtual world is going barking mad comes courtesy of the US-based online pet store Pets.com, which is suing a TV show writer for - allegedly - defaming the Pets.com puppet spokesdog. Yes, you read it correctly, and no we're not making this up. The row centres around a rubber dog called Triumph …
Sean Fleming, 27 Apr 2000