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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
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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'

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
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Is this CD the kidnappers' friend?

The man behind a CD-ROM containing the names, addresses and financial details of all UK company directors has been accused of putting people's lives at risk. All of the information contained on the UK-Info Power CD is already in the public domain, but the inclusion of a route-finder on the disk has prompted allegations of …
Sean Fleming, 26 Apr 2000
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Banking giants spend $1bn on UK Net venture

Two of the biggest name's in the global financial sector, Merrill Lynch and HSBC, are to spend $1 billion (that's more than £600 million) on an online banking division. The new venture, as yet unnamed, will be aimed at providing a range of banking and investment services to anyone with a spare $100,000 to invest – described by …
Sean Fleming, 19 Apr 2000
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InterQuad gets Nokia WAP exclusive

InterQuad has been signed up to distribute Nokia's WAP server solutions products. The move is a first for Nokia in the UK. Part of InterQuad's remit will be to boost the demand for WAP products through the reseller channel. InterQuad's general manager of distribution, Sean Fane, said: "WAP provides an open technology platform …
Sean Fleming, 17 Apr 2000
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SMEs to get the Net knowledge

BDO Stoy Hayward is running a series of roadshows aimed at boosting the use of the Internet among the UK's small/medium sized businesses. The events will take place across the country, including Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, Belfast, Sheffield and London. According to BDO's National eBusiness Manager, Jonathon Corkey, this is …
Sean Fleming, 17 Apr 2000
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UK overclockers turn up the heat

Overclocking – that strange hobby of (mostly) US-based geeks and propeller-heads. The preserve of people who can't resist fiddling with stuff but who aren't really to be taken seriously. Maybe once, but that's all changing. If you want proof that the overclocking sector in the UK is coming of age, look no further than Stoke- …
Sean Fleming, 14 Apr 2000
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Fishy pirate gets snared in Net

It's a tale of fish and piracy on the high seas, me hearties, the likes of which have never been heard before in these parts. The chief fishery officer for the Sussex Sea Fisheries District Committee, Stephen Holman, has coughed up to leading a secret life and trading illegally in thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit …
Sean Fleming, 11 Apr 2000
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Compaq makes small but important mistake

The clock is ticking – on 22 April phone numbers in many parts of the UK will change. Among those affected will be businesses in the Greater London area. One of those is Compaq UK. We got a press release from Compaq this morning and noticed it had changed its letterheads to accommodate the new phone number – 0181 is gone and in …
Sean Fleming, 07 Apr 2000
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CCM hives off distribution in MBO

An MBO and a name change will see CCM Distribution re-invent itself as a hi-tech investment house called Fundamental e-Investments and divest itself of its current core business. CCM managing director Brent Cutler will lead the MBO of the computer components distribution arm, which will continue to operate as normal, according …
Sean Fleming, 31 Mar 2000
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Ticketmaster calls for ban on linking rejected

Ticketmaster has had its call for hyperlinking to be banned by law rejected by a US federal judge. The ruling follows a row between rival ticket sites Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch and Tickets.com over the practice of deep linking to parts of competitors' Web sites. Ticketmaster had complained that Tickets.com was sending …
Sean Fleming, 30 Mar 2000
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Seagate MBOs HDD business at rock-bottom price

Seagate is to bow out as a corporate entity by divesting itself of all non-operating businesses and offloading its disk drive division in a deal valued at $20.4 billion. The HDD business is going in an MBO for a paltry $1.2 billion, even though it's valued at more than twice that amount. The Seagate HDD business will now, as the …
Sean Fleming, 30 Mar 2000
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Long fraud scam hits eBay

It's one of the oldest tricks in the fraudsters' book and it's got the LAPD sniffing around eBay. According to CNET, police in Los Angeles are investigating claims that dozens of people handed over money for computer equipment advertised on eBay but have never received the goods. The seller in question is understood to have sold …
Sean Fleming, 30 Mar 2000
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Net access for all – engineering firm

Engineering group ABB is opening cybercafés in its offices and factories. This will, the company said, give all 8000 of its UK workers access to the Internet. The first cybercafé has been opened in the company's power transmission plant in Stone, Staffordshire. ABB UK chief executive Eric Drewery said: "Prime Minister Tony Blair …
Sean Fleming, 29 Mar 2000
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Spam war victory for BiblioTech

Spambusting London-based Internet outfit BiblioTech has chalked up a major victory in the war against junk email. It has taken on and beaten US spam supremo Sam Khuri – the man behind bulk spamming company Benchmark Print Supply – in the US. Khuri has to pay BiblioTech an undisclosed sum in damages and will have to pay $1000 to …
Sean Fleming, 29 Mar 2000
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Universities hit by Net costs

Cash-strapped UK universities are being drained of money by careless Internet surfers. The total bill for unwarranted Net surfing in UK higher seats of learning could add up to a loss of around £450,000, according to The Independent, and is on its way to hitting the £600,000 mark next year. The UK newspaper says the figures are …
Sean Fleming, 27 Mar 2000
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Buy a Belgian a beer

Ever felt like going to the pub but can't be arsed to drag yourself off the couch and into the local? No problemo - the wonders of the Internet are here to help, courtesy of beer.com and its StellaCam. Belgian beer monster Stella Artois has set up a network of Web cams (there's only three) in bars across the world (North America …
Sean Fleming, 23 Mar 2000
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Marks out of ten for the Chancellor

Earlier this week The Register published PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Ten Top Tips for the Chancellor ahead of yesterday's Budget. There was lots of talk in the wake of Gordon Brown's speech of the boost to the UK e-conomy, but just how did it stand up against PwC's list of recommendations? Ian McDade, tax partner at the PwC …
Sean Fleming, 22 Mar 2000
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UK Budget gives IT shot in arm

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, has moved to boost the growth of hi-tech start-ups in the UK. Here, in brief, is a run down of some of the Chancellor's announcements to boost the UK online economy. Singling out IT and the Internet as critical areas for the UK, the Chancellor said: "We must master technological …
Sean Fleming, 21 Mar 2000
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Gateway research reveals truth about UK techno dummies

Too poor and too stupid to own a PC? Well, not any more. Gateway - the world's favourite bovinesque PC maker - has launched a range of PCs with you hard-up techno-dummies in mind. The Astro will take the fear out of owning a PC, Gateway says. What's more, it will take the fear out of handing over the dosh for said piece of kit. …
Sean Fleming, 21 Mar 2000
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MPs get 1000 anti-RIP faxes

Anti-RIP campaign group Stand is claiming a small but significant victory in its fight to block UK Government's attempts to put its so-called Big Brother legislation on the Stature book. The organisation's Web site runs a 'fax your MP' service which has sent more than 1000 faxes to MPs within just one week of launch. According …
Sean Fleming, 21 Mar 2000
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Ten things we'd like to see in the Budget – PwC

Ahead of tomorrow's Budget, PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) technology division has published a list of ten things it would like to see included in the Chancellor's speech. The ten points are, PwC says, ways in which Budget 2000 can give the UK IT industry a boost. Here, reproduced in full, is the PwC top 10 things the hi-tech …
Sean Fleming, 20 Mar 2000
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Lastminute shares rally at err… last minute

It looked at one point today as though the unthinkable could be about to happen - and it still might. Despite rallying to close at 391p investors in lastminute.com are facing up to the reality that share prices - even in dotcoms - can go down as well as up. The over-hyped and over-subscribed float of Lastminute on Tuesday saw …
Sean Fleming, 17 Mar 2000
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Angry employee busted after hack attack

A financial clearing facility in New York was subjected to a three-day cyber onslaught by a disgruntled employee who had demanded better pay and conditions for carrying out training duties. The man, a 31 year old database engineer called Abdelkader Smires, was arrested on Tuesday after he had disabled computers at Internet …
Sean Fleming, 16 Mar 2000
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Home Office RIPs into its Big Brother critics

Home Office minister Charles Clarke has hit out at critics of the UK Government's RIP Bill by posting an open letter on the Home Office Web site. In his letter, the Minister refutes all allegations that the Bill is "an Orwellian nightmare of unfettered mass surveillance" and says the Government has struck the right balance …
Sean Fleming, 16 Mar 2000
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Nvidia gets $200m X-Box injection

Graphics chip giant, Nvidia, is to receive a $200 million payment from Microsoft next month as an advance on multimedia development work for the X-Box. The X-Box has become one of the industry's most talked about yet-to-ship products and has seen a rows break out over who would win the supply deals for a variety of components. …
Sean Fleming, 16 Mar 2000
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Raise your glasses to Compaq on St Patrick's Day

With St Patrick's Day coming up at the end of the week, Guinness drinkers the world over will be able to breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing that Compaq has been charged with the job of keeping the black stuff flowing. The Big Q's customer services division has won a £1.6 million contract to take over the running of …
Sean Fleming, 15 Mar 2000