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H-1B Visa flames of the week

Sweat shop conditions Dear Ms. Annie Kermath Your story "Silicon Valley techs play the race card" is good as far as it goes, but misses the crucial point, that H1 visas exploit the immigrants as well as other workers, and risk great long-term harm to this country in order to support the narrow short-term goals of employers. …
Annie Kermath, 30 Jun 2000
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Gritted teeth welcome for new Java licensing

JavaOne At JavaOne today, representatives from HP, IBM and Compaq denied they'd ever even heard of openserver.org, the self-styled "standards body" they created six weeks ago to wrest control of Java from Sun. But partisans remain in both companies. IBM said it wouldn't be basing its San Francisco frameworks on Enterprise Java Beans …
Annie Kermath, 07 Jun 2000
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IBM preps Transmeta notebook

IBM says it will show off a ThinkPad using Transmeta's Crusoe low-power chip at PC Expo this month, but has stopped short of committing to use the processor in its flagship notebook line. Nevertheless, it's the closest Transmeta has got to announcing an OEM manufacturer of the "all-day-on Windows notebooks", for which the …
Annie Kermath, 06 Jun 2000
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Linux beats Microsoft to support superfast disks

Linux support is now available for the Ultra ATA/100 bus specification, Quantum announced today. Linux is the only OS so far to support the new spec, and three of the five current controller 1chipsets - Intel, CMD and Promise - with AMD and HighPoint in the wings. As it did with ATA/33 and ATA/66, Intel withheld announcing the …
Annie Kermath, 06 Jun 2000
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SAMBA team plots ‘killer appliance’

The SAMBA team is working on code that will lead to "killer appliances" according to author Jeremy Allison. At the very least, it could offer an opportunity to reduce the need for many of the NT servers that are deployed today. Winbind hooks into the authentication mechanism used by Linux and most commercial Unixes, and …
Annie Kermath, 05 Jun 2000
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Dilbert creator chooses most-creative expense claim

Dilbert creator Scott Adams has chosen a winner in a competition to find the most creative expense claim. The award goes to an employee of a Bay Area software house who claimed the cost of two Voodoo Dolls to be used against an industry analyst who he says was antagonistic to the company. Dan Wolff claimed for two voodoo dolls …
Annie Kermath, 05 Jun 2000
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TurboLinux announces lay-offs and refocus

There was some barely disguised meerschaum in some quarters of the Valley after TurboLinux announced lay-offs: reportedly ten per cent of the company's workforce. The layoffs "were significant enough to affect profitability and shallow enough that we can focus on what we do best", according to TurboLinux president Paul Thomas, …
Annie Kermath, 01 Jun 2000
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Symbian's Myers on Microsoft, antitrust and those memos

Over Jambalaya and Cajun ribs, Symbian's CEO Colly Myers talked to The Register about those Gates memos, staff-poaching, Intel's entry into the handset business, and keeping the noisy Symbian fraternity in harmony. Symbian now has 700 employees in the US, mostly development staff transferred from the company's founding …
Annie Kermath, 01 Jun 2000
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Sun buys an Infiniband leg-up

Sun Microsystems has bought itself some negotiating muscle, picking up the rights to Dolphin's Infiniband technology. Dolphin provides the SCI (Scalable Coherent Interface) interconnects for Sun's Enterprise clusters, Fujitsu's RM600s and Data General's cc-Numa servers, and helped define the SCI spec in its early days. Sun …
Annie Kermath, 01 Jun 2000
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Gates rails at ‘proprietary Symbian’, looks for the insanity defence

MS on Trial When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. And when you're Bill Gates, it seems, every competitor is using proprietary protocols against you. That - and much more - emerges from two more extraordinary Microsoft memos unsealed by the US Department of Justice (DoJ). The memos were written less than …
Annie Kermath, 30 May 2000
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Windows sliced and diced by Labour Day?

MS on Trial The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has conceded Microsoft another 60 days to comply with its proposed behavioural remedies. The remedies alone are enough to oblige Microsoft to sell multiple versions of each Windows OS, sans "middleware". Since the DoJ handily defines middleware to encompass not only the browser and streaming …
Annie Kermath, 30 May 2000
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IBM makes NUMA Linux-friendly

IBM blew some dry ice over its Unix roadmap this week, which we're only too happy to blow away again. Big Blue announced NUMA-Q E-410 servers earlier this week, updating the range it acquired along with Sequent. But that wasn't really the problem. No, it's the Linux spin which IBM feels obliged to sprinkle on all its …
Annie Kermath, 26 May 2000
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OK, but who gets to keep Flight Simulator?

MS on Trial "[A]ll these separate entities are parts of an organism, members of a single great business. Tear them apart and who knows what will become of them?" No, that's not Gates, Ballmer or Neukom, but Standard Oil speaking in very similar circumstances in 1909 - just one of the gems unearthed by the Computer and Communications …
Annie Kermath, 25 May 2000
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MS opens NexGen Windows Megaservices kimono

Microsoft has discovered a way to recoup its expensive investments in media content in the late 90s. It's going to give them away as part of the 'megaservices' concept to be made flesh at its Next Generation Windows Services, or NGWS strategy launch next week. The hint came from Bengt Akerlind, the Microsoft VP of embedded …
Annie Kermath, 24 May 2000
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MS releases CE3, announces new appliance kits

Windows' embedded Czar has been trying to tidy up Microsoft's OS strategy. This was formally unveiled at the WinHEC conference last month, but as we reported earlier this doesn't seem to have left the target audience much clearer. Today Bengt Akerlind, VP for Embedded Products, had another go, and threw some new ingredients into …
Annie Kermath, 24 May 2000
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Slashdot gives Microsoft lawyers the bum's rush

Andover.Net lawyers acting for Slashdot have raised a theatrical two fingers to Microsoft, setting the stage for yet another test case under the recently passed Digital Media Copyright Act. Slashdot was responding to Microsoft's "Designated Agent", who last week requested that the site remove postings containing details of …
Annie Kermath, 24 May 2000
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Silicon Valley techs play the race card

Pat Neal of CNN News today cited polls showing that "anti-immigrant feeling at its lowest point in decades" -- but that doesn't stop some from trying their worst. The Programmer's Guild called on American hi-tech workers today to mobilise against immigration changes tacked on to Congress' E-sign legislation. The Guild says …
Annie Kermath, 23 May 2000
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Intel, Mitsubishi coy on cellular devices

In an intriguing announcement Intel says it will work with Mitubishi to produce chipsets for 3G mobile phones. The intrigue largely comes from what's left unsaid, rather than the commitments. Cellular manufacturer Mitsubishi stop short of saying will produce devices, committing more cautiously to marketing 'chipsets and …
Annie Kermath, 23 May 2000
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Microsoft’s embedded OS free-for-all

Microsoft is thumping the tub for both of its embedded operating systems at the Applied Computing conference in Santa Clara this week. But judging by attendees' confusion, Microsoft might be wise to not to exhibit the two under the same roof again. Both NTE, the embedded version of NT 4.0 with service pack 5 updates, and …
Annie Kermath, 23 May 2000
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MS Love Bug cure worse than the disease?

Microsoft's remedy to the ILOVEYOU virus may cause more problems than the original virus. As we reported Tuesday, Microsoft posted three patches as an answer to the Outlook email virus and its copycat cousins. "Microsoft has reported several cases of functionality failure surrounding the Outlook updates. The most significant …
Annie Kermath, 19 May 2000
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Linux goes Big Iron

IBM has announced the availability of Linux running natively on its S/390 mainframes, although general availability won't be until the autumn. SuSE and TurboLinux are acting as distributors and first call of support for potential users. Linux can either takes advantage of the mainframe's logical partitions to run natively, or …
Annie Kermath, 18 May 2000
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AOL, IBM team up to sell electricity and gas

AOL and IBM are jumping into the deregulated US utility market. The pair are both allies in what they've called - with more than a nod to Prince - The New Power Company, created today with Enron, an energy wholesaler and broadband comms provider based in Houston Texas. Enron is building a national fibre optic network stateside …
Annie Kermath, 17 May 2000
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Pope Jobs reveals third Macintosh secret

Carrot-munching ascetic Steve Jobs refused to throw any red meat to developers in his keynote to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose. Mac OS X will be "available for installation" in January, said Jobs, a slippage of three or six months depending on which prediction you want to make your starting point. A public …
Annie Kermath, 16 May 2000
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Microsoft picks fight with Slashdot

Despite Microsoft's request to Slashdot owner and ISP Andover.net to remove postings containing technical details of its proprietary extensions to Kerberos, the open source authentication standard, they're still up there. A week ago, Microsoft made the details to the PAC extensions (privilege attribute certificate) public but …
Annie Kermath, 12 May 2000
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IBMs plunders copper mine for new RS/6000s

IBM has moved the switched SMP architecture it uses in its RS/6000 S80 down into its more affordable mid-range Unix servers. Three new lines – two six-ways and an eight-way – were rolled out today and as expected, all three use copper interconnects in their CPUs. In case anyone misses the point, IBM mentions the cu-word seven …
Annie Kermath, 12 May 2000
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IBM to OS/2 users: Achieve neutrality! Change OS!

IBM has effectively set the date for the end of regular support for all versions of the operating system, less than a month after promising a "consolidated" update to OS/2. IBM says there will be no more fixpacks for the client after 31 January next year, for the Server after 31 May 2001, and for WorkSpace On Demand after 31 …
Annie Kermath, 11 May 2000
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Spotting the ‘mainframe killer’ spin in Windows DataCenter

In contrast to last year's WinHEC conference, which bulged with details of Microsoft's DataCenter version of Windows 2000, Microsoft nowadays seems relieved to get through a tricky showpiece conference without too much attention being drawn to its erstwhile Unix-killer. And this low-key strategy has been followed to the letter …
Annie Kermath, 10 May 2000
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Netscape's disappearing privacy code

Netscape has denied yanking privacy features from Mozilla builds under pressure from parent company - and the leading project sponsor of the open source browser project - AOL. The code in question allows users to block banner ads. According to Netscape's Steve Morse, speculation is premature. The code is being included in builds …
Annie Kermath, 10 May 2000
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Ericsson uses NatSemi WebPAD for Linux screen phone

CeBIT 2000 Ericsson and NatSemi have unveiled a Linux Internet appliance based on the NatSemi Geode WabPAD platform. The device's appearance at CeBIT follows on from the first signals that NatSemi was pushing into Linux territory with WebPAD last October - a further indication of where NatSemi thinks it's going is that it announced it had …
Annie Kermath, 25 Feb 2000
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Inside Quartz: Symbian's new Palm-killer platform

Analysis Need Symbian ever produce anything? Given the London stock exchange's excitement when Symbian announces an alliance, and its indifference when it announces a product, the company can be forgiven for cancelling any further products, and simply arranging some more meetings. But IDC for one has noticed that Quartz has the …
Annie Kermath, 25 Feb 2000
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Transmeta's real mystery: its OS tweaking auction

Let's get this right. There are no favoured operating systems in Crusoeland. Transmeta has no instruction set of its own. There’s nothing to write to. And that code morphing engine hasn’t any preferences either– so don’t think that's been tweaked to any particular operating system. And oh no - certainly not Linux, even though we …
Annie Kermath, 20 Jan 2000
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No home for Rambus at Transmeta

Right. Where did that horse go? The Register cornered a contented-looking Taiwanese contingent at yesterday’s Transmeta party, but they were unable to explain the clip-cloppetting we all heard. But we rapidly agreed that this was the sound of the (now Six) Dramurai trotting into the distance. For Transmeta confirmed that Rambus …
Annie Kermath, 20 Jan 2000
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Transmeta Linux flavour smoked out

Curiously under-reported yesterday was exactly which flavour of Linux forms the core of Transmeta’s embedded Mobile Linux. This comes as part of the package for its offering to would be OEMs of Internet appliances. Recall that of the two chips, the little one - the single-watt TM3120 – is being shipped with a stripped down …
Annie Kermath, 20 Jan 2000
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Transmeta could face Intel legal challenge

Transmeta may have surfed through most of the tough questions raised yesterday – about bugs (yes folks – potentially, there'll be twice as many) – compatibility and performance, but what about Chipzilla itself? There hasn’t been an Intel clone which hasn’t raised the attention of the Santa Clara lawyers, and some of these have …
Annie Kermath, 20 Jan 2000
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SCO crosses Microsoft's Maginot line

If you can't get them round the front - try round the back. Following on from Novell's reverse engineered NDS-for-NT, the Santa Cruz Operation has become the latest intrepid to pop behind Microsoft's Maginot line. Intriguingly, on this occasion it seems the work has been done with some degree of connivance from Redmond - but …
Annie Kermath, 13 Dec 1999
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Day traders don't rate SGI Linux distro

If SGI was hoping to reflect some of this week's Linux fever onto its own announcement last week, the exercise can only be judged a partial success. Already this month, more SGI stock has been traded than in the preceding eleven months of this year but the price, although edging up, is short of even half of its February high. …
Annie Kermath, 11 Dec 1999
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TurboLinux puts its case on clustering

The keeper of the TurboLinux kernel tree, Christian 'DocWhat' Holtje has written to us clearing up the company's position to its load-balancing patch to the Linux kernel. So let the man speak: "TurboLinux is not going to fork the kernel. One little module does not fork the kernel. Lots of projects do this, including advanced …
Annie Kermath, 03 Nov 1999
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TurboLinux clustering and the code-forking scare

TurboLinux airdropped some 'clustering enhancements' on to Linuxland this week, but it wound up mounting a search-and-rescue operation before anyone noticed. The kernel patch adds some load-balancing which TurboLinux says will make Linux more attractive as a clustering option. It's a patch that's optional, of course -- all …
Annie Kermath, 28 Oct 1999
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Palm fuzzes on colour, hides behind IPO smoke screen

Analysis Coming less than a week after Palm commenced pre-nuptials with Symbian, and Nokia in particular, you'd have thought that Palm executives wouldn't arrive empty handed at their annual PalmSource conference. But instead they've come over all coy. Since we now know that 3Com and Symbian have been talking for the best part of a year …
Annie Kermath, 21 Oct 1999