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Inside-IT Hogs limelight with auction launch

Funny thing deja vu - as we shall see. Making Markets, the channel sales initiative run by one time Datrontech sales supremo George Evans, has set up a trade-only auction Web site for the UK channel through its Inside-IT.com portal. The idea is a simple one - as are most of the best business ideas. Working on the principle that …
Sean Fleming, 15 Mar 2000
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Aladdin buffs up Nvidia's low-end lamp

Graphics giant Nvidia has officially launched its latest chip and chipset, the Vanta LT3D and Aladdin TNT2, respectively. Nvidia has described them as being aimed at OEMs in the value end of the PC market, which translates as sub-$1,000 boxes. Eurotrade quoted Nvidia senior VP for marketing, Dan Vivoli, saying: "The sub-$1000 PC …
Sean Fleming, 14 Mar 2000
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LCDs hit by component shortage

The LCD screen market has been hit by a component shortage that is drying up TFT production. The problem concerns LCD driver ICs, according to a report on the EETimes Web site (www.eetimes.com). One of the leading manufacturers of the driver chips is NEC - the company has put all customers on allocation and there are three month …
Sean Fleming, 14 Mar 2000
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Dell hits No 1 in global PC market

The Dell juggernaut keeps on rolling, with the latest market share figures from IDC putting the demon of the direct sales model at the top of the worldwide PC hit parade. Both the desktop and portable markets are now Dell's, IDC reckons, with the fourth quarter of 1999 seeing particularly rapid growth in sales. In the portable …
Sean Fleming, 09 Mar 2000
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Tom's Hardware looks for Coppermine shine

Our good friends over at Tom's Hardware have published the second part of an in-depth piece looking at the best platform for Intel's Coppermine chip. Written by Tom Pabst, part one looked at Intel's 820 chipset and VIA's Apollo Pro 133A. Chipzilla took it on the chin and VIA came out on top. Now in part two of the piece, Doctor …
Sean Fleming, 08 Mar 2000
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London Police in URL ownership row

The Metropolitan Police Service -- London's police force -- is said to be taking action against a cybersquatter. Around 20 different names based around Metropolitan Police have been registered by Redwood Wilson, IT manager with an accountancy firm. The Met is concerned that Redwood's sites are attracting communication from …
Sean Fleming, 06 Mar 2000
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Dell in ding dong over cybersquatting

PC giant Dell is suing 23 people for alleged cybersquatting after a series of domains using the word Dell were registered. The action has been taken against 17 companies and six individuals, according to a report in the Austin Business Journal, who have registered names such as Dellbackup.com, Dellsolutions.com and Dellparts.com …
Sean Fleming, 06 Mar 2000
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Yahoo! and News Corp to merge?

Could Yahoo! be about to hop into bed with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire? The New York Times (NYT) thinks there could be mileage in the story. The paper is a little light on details, but quotes what it describes as "News Corporation executives close to the talks" giving credence to the rumours. Those rumours seem to have …
Sean Fleming, 28 Feb 2000
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StorageTek unveils fibre channel products

StorageTek has launched two products that push it into the fibre channel tape storage market. The first is the 9840FC tape drive, the fibre channel version of the 9840 drive. StorageTek says the 9840FC "can move data at up to 20 megabytes per second with 2:1 compression, and can approach 40 megabytes per second at 4:1 …
Sean Fleming, 28 Feb 2000
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Berkeley scientists develop bionic chip

Scientists at the world renowned University of California at Berkeley are heralding the invention of the first ever bionic chip. The chip is said to be "part living tissue, part machine" and will be used to open the membrane of a cell via electrical impulses to enable the introduction of new material, or the extraction of cell …
Sean Fleming, 28 Feb 2000
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Net is bad news, says Archbishop

The head of the Anglican Church, has hit out at the dangers of the Internet. Speaking at a gathering in Liverpool earlier this week, the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, said the Internet could leave people feeling isolated. And he warned that while the Net meant people now had access to a vast array of information, it …
Sean Fleming, 25 Feb 2000
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Teachers get Tiny PC deal

As the drive to drag the UK's teaching community into the technological age continues apace, PC vendor Tiny is heralding the Government's Computers for Teachers scheme as a success. In the first four weeks of the scheme, Tiny has sold more than 2,000 discounted PCs to teachers. It works by offering teachers a subsidy of as much …
Sean Fleming, 25 Feb 2000
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Viglen dips toe into net investments

Viglen is still looking for a disgruntled e-ntrepreneur to head up its VigEcom, its new Net investment subsidiary. The search has not stopped VigEcom from making its first punt -- a 26 per cent shareholding in Intelligent Network Technology for £2.5 million. The news accompanies the publication of Viglen's results for the six …
Sean Fleming, 24 Feb 2000
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Compaq sued over insider trading allegations

Two weeks after it was named in a patent infringement lawsuit, Compaq is staring at the business end of another writ. This time one of its own shareholders has filed suit seeking to gain access to Compaq's accounts in order to check up on alleged insider dealing by Big Q big cheeses. The shareholder is the Public Employees' …
Sean Fleming, 24 Feb 2000
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Alcatel/Newbridge merger confirmed

Less than a year since the first rumblings that Newbridge Networks was a prime take-over target, the Canadian networking giant is to become part of French mobile phones to metallurgy company Alcatel. Talk of the merger started to break over the weekend and now the boards of both companies have agreed the deal should go ahead. …
Sean Fleming, 23 Feb 2000
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SuSE deal puts SCO in driving seat

SCO is ready to burst out of its chrysalis as a fully formed Linux company, thanks to a deal with SuSE to help with installation projects. The deal means SCO consultants will now push SuSE Linux services and offer planning advice to corporate users looking at possible Linux roll outs. There's nothing quite like hoping on a …
Sean Fleming, 23 Feb 2000
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HP shows off chubby looking thin client

Hewlett Packard (HP) has launched the trimmed-down e-PC it started talking about last November, although it doesn't start to ship in Europe until mid-April. Rolled into the Vectra range, the snappily named e-Vectra is designed to perform in much the same way as the ill-fated NetPC thin client platform of the 90s -- easier to …
Sean Fleming, 22 Feb 2000
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UK gov't reveals Big Brother bill

Yesterday the UK Government published details of its plans to allow law enforcement agencies to access email correspondence. Now, for the first time, UK police will be able to lawfully read your emails and listen in on your mobile phone conversations. The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill is being positioned by Government …
Sean Fleming, 11 Feb 2000
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European PC market driven by Net

The rush to get online is fuelling PC demand in Europe, with 1999 seeing an 18 per cent increase in sales over 1998. Figures from research analysts Dataquest, show 29.9 million PCs were sold in Europe last year, with the home PC market growing by 32 per cent year-on-year. In the Western European home PC market, 8.5 million units …
Sean Fleming, 11 Feb 2000
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Registration Wizard casts spell on Office 2000

Microsoft has stepped up the war against software piracy by incorporating compulsory registration technology into the retail version of Office 2000 (O2k) and boosting the number of holographic identifiers Windows 2000 (W2k) will carry. The entire surface of W2k CD-ROMs will be one big hologram. Right from the centre of the disc …
Sean Fleming, 10 Feb 2000
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Integrator Forum gears up for 2000

System builders attending this year's Integrator Forum will get more of a chance to air their views than at the previous two events, according to the show's MD, Dimitri Granovsky. Speaking to The Register, Granovsky said he had made a point of listening to what delegates had to say after last year's show and making adjustments …
Sean Fleming, 10 Feb 2000
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Amstrad doubles profit

UK home electronics and computing stalwart Amstrad has doubled its pre-tax profit during the six months ended 31 December. Sales for the period were up from the previous year's £45.5 million to stand at £60.8 million. The manufacturer recorded a pre-tax profit of £8.2 million -- up from £4.1 million for the last six months of …
Sean Fleming, 10 Feb 2000
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Taiwanese TFT makers form industry body

Taiwan's TFT-LCD makers are coming together in a spirit of cooperation with the formation of the TFT-LCD Association (TTLA). Due to be launched on 18 February, the TTLA says it hopes to boost members' chances of moving quickly to exploit new market opportunities. The TFT-LCD sector is seen by some as the Holy Grail of the post- …
Sean Fleming, 10 Feb 2000
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Cromwell falls under InterX spell

InterX, the parent company of UK distributor Ideal Hardware and hardware info site the IT Network, is to merge Cromwell Media into its operations. The deal sees InterX hand over 11.94 million shares to Cromwell, priced at £11.80 each at the close of play yesterday, in return for the remaining 63 per cent of the company – it …
Sean Fleming, 09 Feb 2000
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Northamber profit squishes Y2K bug

UK broadline distributor Northamber very nearly bucked the trend of the rest of the IT industry by riding the wave of Y2K sluggishness and turning in some healthy figures for the last six months of 1999. For the six months ending 31 December pre-tax profit was £3.4 million, for the same period in the previous year that figure …
Sean Fleming, 09 Feb 2000
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Net Q&A for UK home secretary

UK home secretary, Jack Straw, is to face the online electorate tomorrow in an Internet Q&A session courtesy of The Guardian’s news site, newsunlimited.co.uk. The site – there’s a link at the foot of this story – is inviting the UK public to email questions for the country’s second most powerful politician to answer tomorrow at …
Sean Fleming, 08 Feb 2000
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Gateway 600MHz Athlon box spotted

They said it could never happen, but it did. And now European sceptics can get to see it with their own eyes -- an Athlon-powered Gateway PC is on sale across the manufacturer's Europe, Middle East and Africa territory. The Gateway Select 600 is based on the (you guessed it) 600MHz AMD Athlon and is available now, so Gateway …
Sean Fleming, 08 Feb 2000
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Acer finds Ideal channel partner

Ideal Hardware has become a distributor of Acer notebook PCs, adding the Taiwanese manufacturing giant to its portfolio of systems. Although the agreement will cover the full range of Acer PC-based products, the initial emphasis will be on mobile computing, according to a statement issued by Ideal. The Chessington-based storage- …
Sean Fleming, 08 Feb 2000
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Arrow targets French distie

Chips 'n' bits distributor Arrow has moved in to buy French distributor Tekelec. Based near Paris, Tekelec had revenues in the region of $325 million last year, and sells across most of Europe. Tekelec sells AMD, Intel, Siemens/Infineon, STMicro and Linear Technology among others. Arrow is one of the world's largest distribution …
Sean Fleming, 07 Feb 2000
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Online ads in the palm of your hand

Just as advertising on Web sites is starting to establish itself, online advertisers are being swept away on the new wave of handheld devices. With the prices of WAP phones falling and more and more content providers queuing up to service the new market's needs, WAP is thought likely to become the standard mobile phone platform …
Sean Fleming, 07 Feb 2000
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Welcome to the post-PC era

Sales of PCs will soon be outstripped by Net devices, if research giant IDC is to be believed, ushering in the dawn of the post-PC era. In the US last year, sales of Net devices stood at 11 million units, with a value of $2.4 billion. But by 2004, that figure is expected to rocket to 89 million units, with a value of $17.8 …
Sean Fleming, 07 Feb 2000
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DoubleClick hit by email privacy war

The Internet's largest advertising company, DoubleClick, is under fire from a leading consumer rights group as the row over the way it collects and uses Net users' personal data escalates. The group - the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) - is calling upon Net users to bombard DoubleClick with emails urging the ads giant …
Sean Fleming, 03 Feb 2000
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Intel execs to sell $80m shares

The champagne corks will be popping even more ferociously than normal in Satan Clara, after three top Intel geezers prepare to cash in shares worth a combined $80 million. Chipzilla's been having a rough time of it lately and - as any fule kno' - the best way to cure a dose of the blues is with a little retail therapy. So maybe …
Sean Fleming, 02 Feb 2000
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Doubleclick sued over alleged cookie abuse

The largest advertising company on the Internet, Doubleclick, is being sued by a Californian woman over its use of cookies. The suit alleges that the Doubleclick cookies -- programs that store information about visitors to Web sites -- have been culling personal information from PC users without their prior knowledge or consent …
Sean Fleming, 28 Jan 2000
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Mitsubishi settles with Elonex over power patents

Elonex has scored another victory in its battle to stop monitor manufacturers infringing on one of its power management technologies, following an out of court settlement with Mitsubishi. The terms of the agreement with Mitsubishi are being kept under wraps, but it now owns a licence from Elonex and legal action in this matter …
Sean Fleming, 27 Jan 2000
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£2m Bill Gates domain sale is off

It looks like one man's dream to make millions out of Bill Gates has come to nothing. Back in December we reported that the domain billgates.co.uk had been registered for Teddington-based businessman, Peter Bohn. Bohn was, apparently, planning to sell the domain for a stonking £2 million. According to The Times, the domain had …
Sean Fleming, 26 Jan 2000
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Qualcomm sees Q1 profit soar

Wireless technology developer – and one-time handset maker – Qualcomm, has posted Q1 results that pipped analysts' expectations at the post. Turnover for the three months ended 26 December 1999 was up 19 per cent to £1.1 billion, from $941 million in the same period last year. Profit stood at $192 million, which equates to 25 …
Sean Fleming, 26 Jan 2000
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Coup de grace for lawnmower Web site

Cutting edge technology of a different kind has taken to the Internet in the guise of the Lawnmower Museum's Web site. With a collection of around 200 lawnmowers – one of which was donated by Prince Charles – the museum site has the tag-line "The British Lawnmower Museum – it's all you need to mow." And you thought The Register …
Sean Fleming, 17 Jan 2000
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Oracle chief sues city of San Jose

If you thought the silly season ended once Christmas was out of the way, think again. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is suing the city of San Jose. Not one of the run-of-the-mill technology patent bust-ups this one, oh no. Ellison's beef is to do with his $38 million private jet and San Jose airport's takeoff curfew. According to the …
Sean Fleming, 06 Jan 2000
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Register LEGO compo results

Last week Santa Vulture invited UK Register readers to enter a competition to win a bundle of top LEGO games and software. The winner of the competition is Larry Gardiner, who works in the Compaq Enterprise Solutions and Services Group. More of Larry and his prize-winning entry later. We had lots of entries -- including a few …
Sean Fleming, 23 Dec 1999
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AllAdvantage coughs-up Register bribe

In November we challenged AllAdvantage to make a donation to charity, in exchange for a story appearing on The Register. In the true spirit of Christmas, AllAdvantage sent us a cheque made payable to Children In Need. Now we keep our half of the bargain. More than 70,000 UK Net users have signed up with AllAdvantage and are …
Sean Fleming, 17 Dec 1999
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Home worker sues IT companies

Two IT companies in the US are being sued by a home worker alleging he had been subjected to unfair and illegal treatment. The man, Kamsan Mao – a Cambodian immigrant – is claiming that he built PC power supply units for San Jose-based Top Line Electronics, and earned as little as $5 in a three hour period. That's around £1 per …
Sean Fleming, 14 Dec 1999
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08004u –- down but not out

Struggling ISP 08004u is claiming to have pulled off a last-minute victory in its battle to stay in business and get its service off the ground at last. According to a statement on its site, 08004u has "finally been able to secure the future of our product". It continues: "By Wednesday evening we will have our first test runs …
Sean Fleming, 14 Dec 1999
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Quantum Fireball claims get flamed

Last week's announcement from Quantum that it had developed the world's quietest hard drive has had cold water poured on it by a number of industry watchers. The Fireball lct was heralded as a breakthrough by Quantum, with a resting noise level of 27.8 decibels reaching just 32.5 decibels in read/write mode. Quantum is hoping …
Sean Fleming, 14 Dec 1999
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Telewest to offer unlimited Net access

The UK's number two cable operator, Telewest, has announced it will offer unlimited Net access from just £10 per month. Only existing Telewest phone customers will be able to take advantage of the offer, the company said today. The new offering is scheduled to kick off on 14 February and will be called SurfUnlimited. Newswire …
Sean Fleming, 13 Dec 1999
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Crunch time for 08004u

Troubled ISP 08004u is facing an eleventh hour struggle to avoid closing down for good. Last week, The Register reported that 08004u was to make a Phoenix-like recovery on Friday, but the ISP instead appears to have come to the end of the line following months of turmoil which have seen the promise of unmetered Net access come …
Sean Fleming, 13 Dec 1999
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Toshiba gets China syndrome

Taking advantage of significantly lower capital and labour costs, Toshiba has announced it will open a factory in China. China has been identified by the colossus of the notebook world as a potential goldmine, and is moving its manufacturing facilities close to the market. The new plant will be sited near Shanghai and although …
Sean Fleming, 03 Dec 1999
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Gateway signs deal with UK's largest reseller

Computacenter is to distribute Gateway PCs in the UK, following the signing of a two-year deal to target corporate and government business. Called Service Direct, the agreement covers the whole of Europe but kicks off in the UK. Computacenter will add Gateway to its existing major-account sales portfolio and Gateway will target …
Sean Fleming, 16 Nov 1999
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Rambus systems roll from Dell

Dell has announced that it is shipping its first Rambus-ready workstations. The Dell Precision 420 runs on either a single or dual 733MHz or 600Mhz PIII chip and uses the i840 chipset with 133MHz FSB. Claimed by the demon of the direct sales model as its fastest workstation yet, the Precision 420 has dual channel Rambus memory, …
Sean Fleming, 16 Nov 1999
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Latent Linux demand not as big as at first thought

Last week we reported on the massive pent-up demand for Linux that has been identified in the UK reseller channel. The survey which threw up the remarkable figures was conducted on behalf of distribution giant C2000. Perhaps the most astounding statistic in the survey was that 71 per cent of resellers said their customers were …
Sean Fleming, 08 Nov 1999