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Infosmack 101 - Smack down

And on Infosmack this week is an enterprise tech quiz show we call "Smack Down". Special guests this week are Nigel Poulton (our quiz master), Chris M. Evans, Devang Panchigar and Chris Harney. As usual Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley with the Diva of Disruptive Technologies, Christina Weil, are hosting the show. You can listen …
Drew Cullen, 31 May 2011
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Infosmack is 100!

OMG it's Epic! Yes, Infosmack, our favourite enterprise tech podcast, is 100 episodes old today. And hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley, with the Diva of Disruptive Technologies, Christina Weil have pulled out all the stops for a Really Epic show, with special emphasis on Cisco. Special guests this week are Robin Harris of …
Drew Cullen, 24 May 2011
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Death of laptop reports greatly exaggerated

Research Our thanks as always to Reg readers, some 644 IT pros, who took time out to complete our recent survey into mobile computing in business. Our research partner Freeform Dynamics, has parlayed the data into a lovely whitepaper called Mobile Computing Checkpoint: The present and future of flexible working, published for your …
Drew Cullen, 17 May 2011
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Infosmack has VDI cake and eats it

And hello to you from Infosmack, here with a brimful of VDI. As per, hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley with the Diva of Disruptive Technologies, Christina Weil, get to do the talking, with special guest Don Bulens, former CEO of Equallogic and current CEO of Unidesk. Episode 98 show notes Don and Marc have a flashback Don …
Drew Cullen, 10 May 2011
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The Great Amazon Crash of 2011

Podcast And welcome to Infosmack 97, a lovely podcast show in which hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley with the Diva of Disruptive Technologies Christina Weil discuss that Amazon Outage, the first really big Cloud crash since ever. Special guests this week are Jason Hoffman, Founder and Chief Scientist of Joyent and Chris M. Evans, …
Drew Cullen, 03 May 2011
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Infosmack tackles VMware's Cloud Foundry

Episode 95 Without further ado, it's time for another Infosmack, the world's best podcast about enterprise tech. Special guest this week is Christian Reilly, principal technology architect at a large multinational and "ex-president of the public cloud", but more recently the self anointed "president of the platform cloud", as well as a …
Drew Cullen, 20 Apr 2011

HDS boss submits to Infosmack grilling

Episode 94 Each year in April, the storage industry swarms to an American watering hole, some say to breed. Other say they are hanging at Storage Networking World. Who knows what's right? We asked Infosmack hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley and their trusty friend Diva of Disruptive Technologies Christina Weil to investigate. Their …
Drew Cullen, 12 Apr 2011
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Yes, there is life after storage virtualisation

Podcast Did we tell you that Infosmack is the world's best podcast about enterprise technology? And did we tell you that we are syndicating episodes for our beloved readers? No? Then check this out, Episode 92, with Greg Knieriemen on solo hosting duties. This week's show is recorded on location at HDS's European headquarters in Sefton …
Drew Cullen, 29 Mar 2011
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Pat Gelsinger gets the Infosmack treatment

Let's talk a little about this week's Infosmack, the world's best podcast about enterprise technology. Episode 91's big guest is Pat Gelsinger, EMC's second-in-command, and former Intel bigwig. He talks about the transformation of EMC from just another high-end storage company to becoming a player in the Cloud. Pat is talking …
Drew Cullen, 22 Mar 2011
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Ten scatological jokes about storage

And so today we kick off with Infosmack Episode 90, the world's best podcast about enterprise tech bar none. In this week's broadcast - Infosmack's second outing on The Reg we learn that co-hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley have potty mouths. Who knew that big storage offered so many opportunities for scatological tomfoolery …
Drew Cullen, 15 Mar 2011
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Here's the crack about Infosmack

Today we start broadcasting Infosmack, easily the best podcast on enterprise tech. The show is produced and presented by Marc Farley and Greg Knieriemen, who are moonlighting from their day jobs at HP, where Marc is a storage God, and Chi Corporation, a big US integrator, where Greg veeps. They are joined on the show by …
Drew Cullen, 08 Mar 2011
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LG presses for PS3 US sales embargo

LG has set the legal attack dogs on Sony, over Blu-ray playback tech used in the PS3, Bravia TVs and some Sony VAIO laptops and some cameras and camcorders. Where better to do this than the US, where Korean vendor is seeking to stop sales of Sony products that allegedly infringe four LG patents. LG filed the complaint with the …
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2011
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Video games go off quicker than tomatoes

We are grateful to Which? for working out that video games lose value faster than cars. The organisation bought a copy of COD: Black Ops from a retail outlet for £44.99 - and then tried to sell it three days after its release to seven high street retailers. The buyback offers ranged from £16.70 to £33, with the worst …
Drew Cullen, 05 Jan 2011
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The Reg launches enterprise storage newsletter

This week, The Register launches "Blocks and Files" (sign-up), a weekly enterprise storage newsletter. Blocks and Files contains the headlines and links of all our storage articles - typically 20 a week or more. it goes out as a text-only email on Wednesdays. For people who like their narrowcasting in other formats, you can …
Drew Cullen, 24 Nov 2010
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Na'vi on your sat-navatar

Na'vi – the constructed language, or conlang, of those big blue dudes with the tails in Avatar – has tipped up on Garmin satnavs, or sat-Na'vis, as we must now call them. Amazingly, Garmin is citing public demand for this feature, which incorporates turn-by-turn instructions in a conlang that maybe 10 or 20 people in the world …
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2010
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British children gorge on Net diet

British children are spending too much time online and admit it - to researchers, if not to their parents. One in five confess to staying up too late, and missing dinners to hang out on the net. And more than half say they spend less time on family, friends or school work because of the internet. These are some of the finding …
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2010
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NY youth makes $130k selling real(-ish) white iPhone 4s

Who says the press is useless? Not Fei Lam, a New York teenager who sells conversion kits that transform iPhone 4s from black to white. They are said to be original OEM parts and are not cheap: a full conversion kit costs $279. But as Lam points out on his website Whiteiphone4now: White iPhone 4 Owners: 500 Black iPhone 4 …
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2010
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'Superb' Apple 1 on the block for £100k-£150K

Forgotten Tech An original Apple 1 made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in Jobs parent's garage goes on the auction block in London this month. The Apple 1 was designed by Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976. Just 200 were made, according to the website Old Computers, and up to 50 are thought to survive. At the time they cost $666.66, but Lot 65 …
Drew Cullen, 12 Nov 2010
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Great and Good honour the designer of world's first laptop

Forgotten Tech The British designer of the world's first laptop has pipped Vivienne Westwood to win the 2010 Prince Philip Designer prize. Bill Moggridge was commissioned by John Ellenby, the founder of a Silicon Valley start-up called GRiD, to design a powerful computer with an electronic display. Moggridge came up with a physical prototype …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2010
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Laptops heat up your balls

Men who put laptops on top of their laps heat up their testicles - even when wearing clothes. This is bad for sperm quality, which in turn could affect fertility. These are the findings of a State University of New York study of 29 men who agreed to have the temperature of their scrotum measured while using a laptop on their …
Drew Cullen, 08 Nov 2010
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HTC forgets Norwegian alphabet

The letter Ø is missing in HTC Desire HD touchscreen keyboards intended for the Norwegian market. Ø dear. This language faux pas* was uncovered today by Eurodroid, whose Norwegian correspondent Jostein tells the site: I recently purchased the HTC Desire HD and quickly discovered that the Norwegian letter “Ø” is non-existent …
Drew Cullen, 04 Nov 2010
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All hail Barbie Stalker Girl!

I am the father of four daughters, aged 23-10, and have learnt a thing or two over the years about Barbie dolls. The most salient thing is the "generational split" within my family - the two older girls owned Barbies and played with Barbies - the two younger junked the hand-me downs and never played with dolls. Of any kind. Ever …
Drew Cullen, 02 Nov 2010
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Amiga on the block (again)

Commodore, the American personal computer company felled by mismanagement many moons ago, lives on, here and there, through trademarks and brands long since parcelled up and sold to other companies. Amiga, the name for its expensive multimedia workstation, is owned by a US start-up called Amiga Inc - tagline: "Amiga provides the …
Drew Cullen, 01 Nov 2010
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iPhone alarm bug: now it's the UK's turn

Reports from UK readers have been flooding in - OK trickling in - that their iPhone alarms woke them up an hour late today. In other words their phones ignored the switchover to GMT on the early hours of Sunday morning. Oh well - that's another hour to shake off the Halloween booze. This alarm quirk lies in the iPhone calendar …
Drew Cullen, 01 Nov 2010
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Front End / Client Side Web Developer

The position has now been filled and applications are now closed. Situation Publishing, owner of The Register and Reg Hardware, is looking for a full time developer to primarily work on HTML(5), CSS, JavaScript/jQuery and template engines such as XSLT and Perl’s Template Toolkit. You’ll work in our Edinburgh office and will be …
Drew Cullen, 29 Oct 2010
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eBay opens Instant Sale for lazy gadget sellers

eBay is rolling out a secondhand buying service called Instant Sale for people who can't be bothered to list their unwanted gadgets for auction or through the classifieds. The online tat bazaar has teamed up with some unnamed dealers in the US for the service and is accepting laptops, phones, tablets, PDAs, digital cameras, MP3 …
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2010
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Comments added to Reg Mobile sites

Unlike some websites - we do not force people using mobile browsers to read our mobile version. But we think it's a better read on most phones. And it just got better. Late last week we added Comments - the reading and writing of - to mobile versions of The Register, Reg Hardware and Channel Register. We have also tweaked …
Drew Cullen, 25 Oct 2010
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Net TV to consign Net Neutrality debate to dustbin of history. Why?

Who pays for all that Internet video winging our way? Answer: we all will, through higher broadband charges, according to the BBC's Mark Thompson. Speaking at the Royal Television Society's International conference today, the BBC Director General acknowledged that working out who pays for this "revolution" is problematic. You …
Drew Cullen, 29 Sep 2010
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iPhone mules are taking our handsets, damnit!

Thirty years ago, I met a Frenchman who lived in Kent and was on the dole. He had to sign on every two weeks. He was also registered as unemployed in France, where he signed on once a month. So each month he would cross the ferry in his van, laden with... upright pianos. As you already know, pianos were much popular in …
Drew Cullen, 21 Sep 2010
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Microsoft waves Zune Pass at UK

Yet another internet music subscription and sales service has tipped up in the UK, this time from Microsoft. It's called Zune - and on offer is a Spotify-like MP3 and music video download service called Zune Marketplace and a subscription service for £8.99 delivering "unlimited downloads" and streaming access to a big music …
Drew Cullen, 21 Sep 2010
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Amazon loves LoveFilm (true)

Amazon is mulling a £200 million bid for Lovefilm, the UK's answer to Netflix, the Sunday Times reports. Techcrunch UK's Mike Butcher is sceptical - he reckons The Sunday Times is often used as a stalking horse to help investors achieve a "liquidity event" - i.e. cash in some or all of their shares. Unlike Mike we cannot claim …
Drew Cullen, 20 Sep 2010
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Lily Allen sues Apple over hacked Macbook

Lily Allen, the British pop star, has issued a writ against Apple, in an attempt to find out who hacked into her Macbook. So says the Sun, which reports the pregnant songstress (25) is taking action after Apple told her it would co-operate only if ordered to by a court. We doubt that she will get anywhere, but you never know - …
Drew Cullen, 20 Sep 2010
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APB: All Points Bulletin goes titsup

APB: All Points Bulletin, the new massively multiplayer game, is shutting down and is holding a Wake. In a statement on the site today, the company said: "The servers are still up, so join the party and say goodbye! APB's demise is not a surprise: its developer Dundee-based Real Time Worlds went bust last month and 250 jobs …
Drew Cullen, 17 Sep 2010
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Warner Bros flogs Nikita on iTunes

Warner Brothers is making three TV shows available in the UK, putting them up on iTunes one day after each show airs in the USS. Nikita, The Vampire Diaries: Season Two hits iTunes UK every Friday and Gossip Girl: Season 4 lands on Tuesdays. The shows cost £2.49 a pop and you can buy season passes for Vampire and Gossip for £34. …
Drew Cullen, 17 Sep 2010
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Parents back legal ban of violent vidgames sales to kids

The war between the video games industry and critics who think that playing violent games are harmful to children moves to the US Supreme Court in November. The games industry may well be in a minority, if a recent survey conducted for a pressure group called Common Sense Media is representative of the public at large. …
Drew Cullen, 15 Sep 2010
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An HTC named Desire. OK, two HTCs...

The Android phones are tumbling out thick and fast from HTC. The Taiwanese handset powerhouse is launching two phones today, the multimedia-tastic HTC Desire HD and a phone for Suits, the HTC Desire Z. Also it is touting software enhancements, branded under HTC Sense, which will help people monkey around with the pics and vids …
Drew Cullen, 15 Sep 2010
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Blizzard issues fatwa against Starcraft II cheaters

Blizzard is threatening to permanently ban Starcraft II players, found to "be cheating or using hacks or modifications in any form. "This means that the player will be permanently unable to log in to Battle.net to play StarCraft II with his or her account,” Blizzard said yesterday. This is hardly new news as Blizzard already …
Drew Cullen, 15 Sep 2010
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Girl, 3, buys iPad apps, using mum's credit card

A Sydney toddler bought AU$50 worth of apps using the family iPad, while her parents' backs were turned. Sienna Leigh, 3, was able to buy some games from the Apple Apps Store, because, her mother, Lisa, 29 says: "It turns out that after you buy one app, which I had bought for her, it doesn't ask for the password straight away, …
Drew Cullen, 15 Sep 2010
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OFT waves through Sky's Virgin TV slurp

BSkyB has received final clearance from the OFT for the acquisition of Living TV Group, which once upon a time was called Virgin Media Television. Sky now owns LIVING, LIVINGit, Challenge, Challenge Jackpot, Bravo, Bravo 2 and Virgin1, which will be renamed in due course. Sky is to stump up £55 million to Virgin Media to …
Drew Cullen, 14 Sep 2010
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Shoot-em-ups make you think faster

Playing video games trains people to make faster decisions and gives them a heightened sense of their surroundings - just like vampires. But not any old computer games - no, you need games like Call of Duty 2 and the Unreal Tournament to augment your ears and eyes. These are some of the findings of three American cognitive …
Drew Cullen, 14 Sep 2010
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2 CPUS 1 CUPP

A Norwegian hardware developer is using YouTube to showcase a dual-mode laptop that combines an Intel processor and an ARM processor to lower power consumption and increase battery life. You can run the PC in two modes, opting for ARM and Ubuntu for low power and long battery life, and Intel /Windows 7 mode for high performance …
Drew Cullen, 13 Sep 2010
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Amazon sells board games by inch and ounce

It hadn't occurred to us that you could pay for board games by weight, or by length . But we are less sophisticated than Amazon, which is quoting prices for many games in cost per ounce or inch. Amazon screen grab - text quoting Agricola cost per ounce As you can see, the post-Plague farming game Agricola costs 62p per ounce …
Drew Cullen, 13 Sep 2010
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Grand Theft Auto to launch on the Mac

Rockstar Games is to release the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy on the Mac "most likely later this year", the publisher said in a Q&A posted on its website. The three games are Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Rockstar is promising much "more info and a proper announcement soon …
Drew Cullen, 10 Sep 2010
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Pamela Anderson gets her kit off for Nokia

What a brilliant idea for a competition! Nokia has hired Pamela Anderson and Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick to appear in The Commuter a short film short shot entirely on the not-quite-launched Nokia N8 - and you can appear in it too. Two roles are up for grabs - one, we guess a guy, who shares bedroom with Pamela and the other, …
Drew Cullen, 06 Sep 2010
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Death by iPod: beware the zombie trance

A 46 year-old woman wearing headphones was run over and killed by an ambulance in Sydney, Australia at the weekend. Police think she may not have heard the sirens. If so, the victim is a case of Death by iPod - a bugbear of NSW Police who blame careless music playing, headphone wearing walkers for a 25 per cent rise in …
Drew Cullen, 06 Sep 2010
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It's alive! Duke Nukem Forever breaks out of vapour trail

Duke Nukem Forever is the video games world's equivalent of the flying car: mothballed in the garage. Twelve years in the making, this infamous slice of vapourware is set to for release in 2011. Really. Take-Two Interactive, the publisher, even issued a press release today announcing its impending release so it must be true. …
Drew Cullen, 03 Sep 2010
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Doctor Who goes to the Proms

Love Doctor Who, love the theme music - this is hardwired into the DNA of most Brits. So clever old BBC leaned on this genetic flaw in July to work up a bit of a musical education for the masses with the Doctor Who Proms. On Monday, 6 September at 8.30pm the concert is broadcast on BBC 3 and on iPlayer soon afterwards, we guess …
Drew Cullen, 03 Sep 2010
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TomTom drums up upgrade for iPhone app

An update for the TomTom app on the iPhone is "coming soon". That's what TomTom is saying today at the IFA consumer tech show in Berlin. Version 1.5 is optimised for iOS 4 and contains one very show-offy feature - Navigate-to-photo. Users can "easily navigate to a location by selecting a photo stored in the iPhone gallery. …
Drew Cullen, 03 Sep 2010
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Aussie parties trade blows over fast broadband

Australia's outgoing Labor government has a Very Big Idea: to get ultra-fast broadband (up to 100MBps), mostly delivered by fibre, into nearly every home. They think the National Broadband Network (NBN) will cost $43bn, about $5bn a year over eight years. Australia's conservative Federal Opposition, the Coalition, say this is …
Drew Cullen, 10 Aug 2010

Shipping container fuels Australia's bid to be supercomputing power

Sun, we think in 2006, kicked off the notion of putting pre-configured data centres in 20-foot long shipping containers. We used to call them White Trash containers, although none of us can remember why. HP is now applying the same idea to supercomputers and has already bagged some high profile customers for its POD, a plug-and- …
Drew Cullen, 09 Aug 2010