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Nekkid Tech: The end of the year show

Hello again from Nekkid Tech, podcast about enterprise tech hosted by Greg Knieriemen. This week's episode finds Greg and crew in reflective mode as they consider some of the big stories of 2011. Joining him on the show are trusty sidekick Ed Saipetch of Joyent (@edsai), Louis Gray, of Google+ at Google (@LouisGray), Brad O' …
Drew Cullen, 29 Dec 2011
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Take this survey: Win an iPad 2

Promotion Neverfail, the business continuity software specialist, is offering Reg readers in the UK the chance to enter a lucky dip which will see the winner take away a shiny new iPad 2. Oh yes. The taking part is easy, but read the large print below. You need to complete a short survey about business continuity, which includes a few …
Drew Cullen, 05 Dec 2011
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Reg reader ratings go worldwide

A short note. In 2008, we introduced reader ratings to some Register stories and then to all stories on the site. For some reason the feature was available to UK readers only - although the ratings bar appears globally on Reg Hardware and Channel Reg. Today, we introduce the ratings sliders to the bottom of all Reg stories …
Drew Cullen, 21 Nov 2011
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Japanese take World Solar Challenge

Tokai University has taken the World Solar Challenge after one of the tightest last days in the history of the race. After 3,000km and five days, just over an hour separated first and second place, with The Netherlands' Nuon team running a close second. Drivers Kenjiro Shinozuka and Kouhei Sagawa celebrate Team Tokai's win In …
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Solar Challenge leaders whizz towards Adelaide

WSC Dutch team Nuon recovered ground lost to Tokai on Day 4 of the World Solar Challenge, ending the day just 20km behind the race leader. The top two are now less than 500km away from the finish line in Adelaide. Tokai and Nuon are equally capable of driving at South Australia's 110km speed limit, but strong sidewinds today seem …
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Team Philippines solar car in self-combustion drama

WSC Day three of World Solar Challenge and the big news point was a solarcar catching fire at Tennant Creek, NT. The Register's eyewitness on the scene, Richard Flint, racing manager and driver of the Durham Uni team, reports: Whilst we were setting up to charge the batteries with the array, we noticed some activity around another …
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Solarcars: meet road trains

WSC After yesterday's excitement over bush fires at the World Solar Challenge, the race kicked off again at 8am, with 24 teams still competing entirely under their own steam. The rest, including plucky UK contender Durham, surely the greenest team in the race, with just seven members, have had to put their cars on trailers at times …
Drew Cullen, 18 Oct 2011
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Bushfire halts solarcar race in its tracks

WSC Great excitement on day 2 of the 2011 World Solar Challenge - a bush fire halted the 3000km race across Australia for several hours. Nuon's Nuna6 drives by a bush fire: Pic: Nuon The leading pack of solarcars, Tokai, Nuon and Michigan, were holed up early afternoon at a roadhouse called Wauchope, about 1100km south of Darwin …
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And they're off! Day one at the solar races

WSC Yesterday, 37 solar cars set off from State Square in Darwin, NT for the start of the 3,000km 2011 World Solar Challenge across the Australian continent. El Reg's Special Projects Bureau was there to wave them off... wsc start montage ...and then join the race down the Stuart Highway. Nuon solarcar on the road The first …
Drew Cullen, 17 Oct 2011
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Solarcars are hot!

WSC On Sunday 16 October, 39 solarcars will set off from Darwin to race the length of the Australia continent. Three thousand kilometres and four or five days later they can relax when they reach the finishing line in Adelaide. The Register’s Special Project Bureau will be there to cover the 2011 World Solar Challenge, for the …
Drew Cullen, 12 Oct 2011
The Nuna6 during a recent test run in Australia. Pic: Nuon Solar Team

El Reg follows World Solar Challenge

WSC At almost 3000km in length, the Stuart Highway is the world's longest road. The highway traverses the middle "strip" of Australia, connecting Darwin in the north with Adelaide in the south, and cuts through hostile terrain, mostly desert and mostly flat. Also it's bloody hot - with day-time temperatures hitting 38C in the …
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2011
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Twitter update: @regsecurity – The Reg bags imposter

After a flurry of activity, we have gained control of @elreg, a Twitter fan feed with about 5,000 followers. Thank you, Adam Wood, for looking after that for us. We have also gained @theregister and @regsecurity after filing trademark abuse reports with Twitter. Thank you, Twitter. @theregister was a moribund RSS-to-Twitter feed …
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2011
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Tooling up for the Microsoft Virtual Academy

Disclosure: you may recall that The Register is a media partner of the Microsoft Virtual Academy – a cloud-centric training website for IT pros. Last time we did some media-ing, several hundred Reg readers signed up to take the free-of-charge, self assessment courses. The curriculum includes sundry "training tracks" on the …
Drew Cullen, 26 Sep 2011
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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

Site news Yesterday, we added three new features for Reg commentards. The most obvious - and many of you spotted this already - is that commenters no longer have to write a title to accompany their post. We like headlines but many of you don't, so this is our gift to you. We have introduced a new sorting option - now can you arrange by …
Drew Cullen, 09 Sep 2011
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The Reg dips toe into social media ocean

Today, The Register's official Twitter account!/regvulture reached 5,000 followers. OK, so no biggie and never let anyone say that we are pioneers in such things. But in mitigation we are quite a big website with thousands of active commentards, albeit mostly of the anti-social media kind. Any ways, in …
Drew Cullen, 08 Sep 2011
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DNS hijack hits The Register: All well

Update On early Sunday evening, UK time, The DNS records of many websites, including those of The Register and The Telegraph, were hijacked and redirected to a third party webpage controlled by Turkish hackers. The Register's website was not breached. And as far as we can tell there was no attempt to penetrate our systems. But we shut …
Drew Cullen, 05 Sep 2011
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Fantasy Premier League falls over

Not the best start to the season for Fantasy Premier League, the hugely popular, free game for grown ups, which crashed today. At time of writing is reachable, but members can't sign in and make any changes to teams - apparently this is important because of the postponement of the Spurs-Everton game on …
Drew Cullen, 13 Aug 2011
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vSphere 5.0 – up close and virtual

Yesterday VMware boss Paul Maritz launched vSphere 5.0 to an expectant world. Paul Martiz Maritz at vSphere 5.0 launch El Reg covered the gig in San Francisco with the following stories: VMware launches vSphere 5 into the clear blue sky VMware: We will virtualize entire world in six years VMware taxes your virtual memory …
Drew Cullen, 13 Jul 2011
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The Infosmack on: Designing for VMware

Podcast This week we have another Infosmack Deep Dive, with hosts Nigel Poulton and Chris Evans. With their guests they debate the merits of building new technology form the ground up specifically for VMware, versus taking existing technology and bending and twisting it to work well with VMware. Listen using the Reg media player below …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jul 2011
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Infosmack goes cloudwalking in China

This marks the beginning of another new Infosmack podcast, the Infosmack Ringside podcast, hosted by Marc Farley. His guest on this show is Roger Strukhoff and they talk about the development of cloud infrastructures in China and the unique political and economic forces that are shaping the future of technology in the region. …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jun 2011
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Infosmack gets down and dirty with blades and racks

This is the first Infosmack Deep Dive podcast, hosted by Nigel Poulton, the infrastructure inquisitor, with co-host Rick Vanover and guests Kevin Houston and Bob Plankers. The idea of the Deep Dive came from Nigel who wanted to hear more in-depth material about specific technologies. We told him, "OK, Go!" and here we are... …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jun 2011
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Infosmack LIVE! with Michael Dell

Dell Storage Forum This is a special episode from the Dell Storage Forum 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Andy es, Michael Dell is on the Infosmack, the world's best podcast about enterprise tech. Let's have some show notes: Phil Soren, President of Dell Compellent, on the progress of Compellent's integration with Dell Brian Bell, Executive Director of …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2011
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Infosmack delivers burgers and bullets

A big hello from the Infosmack, the world's best podcast about enterprise tech. Your hosts for episode 102 are Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley with the Diva of Disruptive Technologies, Christina Weil and special guests this week are W. Curtis Preston ("Mr. Backup") of Backup Central Live and David Chapa of ESG. Let's have some …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jun 2011
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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

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

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