Articles about Compusa

Surviving Hurricane Katrina: A sysadmin's epic DR (as in Didn't Realise) odyssey

On-Call Jim Thompson got in touch with The Register about the mother of all On-Call stories, recalling the time he received a message asking him to come back to New Orleans because a storm called “Hurricane Katrina” was on its way and looked bad. It's nearly 10 years since Katrina raged, so Jim kindly retrieved his jottings on the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2015

Ex-Systemax veep cuffed, charged with $230m fraud

Carl Fiorentino, a former president at reseller Systemax, has been charged with accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in return for directing $230m worth of business to certain components suppliers. He was arrested yesterday and released on a $1m personal surety bond. If the name sounds familiar, that's because it is: his …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013

Misco does well but parent globocorp suffers full year losses

Giant reseller Systemax, better known in the UK as the parent of Misco, continues to review the operations after swinging to losses caused by the collapsing US consumer market and charges incurred by major restructuring on both sides of the pond. It was a particularly nasty outing for the mighty firm in calendar Q4 - group sales …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2013

Sprosty leaps from Systemax TPG hot seat after 18 months

Systemax has confirmed that David Sprosty, CEO of its Technology Products Group, has left after less than 18 months in the hot seat. Sprosty was made CEO at the unit in October 2011 replacing disgraced former exec Gilbert Fiorentino, who the SEC latterly barred from ever serving again as a corporate officer or director in a …
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2013

Former HP direct sales bloke Logan jumps ship to Misco

Headhunters are out in the channel recruiting bods into Misco's fledgling enterprise team - and ex-HP bigwig Richard Logan is the first to join. The Systemax-owned reseller has grand plans to knock its largest EMEA rivals off their perch within five years, and is restructuring to achieve this. Logan, previously sales director …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012

Red-soaked Systemax kills Euro jobs and US PC factory

US giant Systemax is shuttering its PC factory and axing the CompUSA and Circuit City brands. The reseller, which also runs, signalled it will cut its workforce in Europe after ploughing into the red in Q3 2012. The New York-listed biz delayed reporting its latest financial results on Monday as Hurricane Sandy …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2012
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Systemax profits tumble as US punters keep wallets closed

Systemax CEO Richard Leeds said he's disappointed by calendar Q1 numbers as profits fell by almost 50 per cent due to flagging US consumer electronics sales. The group - which operates the Misco and WStore brands in Europe, and Tiger Direct, Circuit City and CompUSA stateside - saw turnover slide one per cent year-on-year to $ …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2012

'Perfect storm' drives electronics stores to EXTINCTION

The window of opportunity for traditional bricks-and-mortar consumer electronics retailers to catch up with web-based and supermarket rivals has closed and many more will go the way of the dinosaur. So says channel beancounter Canalys, which predicts others will follow in the footsteps of monolithic consumer outlets such as Best …
Paul Kunert, 19 Apr 2012
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Systemax blows £250k on ex-CEO legal probe bills

Rising biz sales fuelled Systemax's third quarter even though the consumer spending freeze showed no signs of thawing. The parent of the Tiger Direct, CompUSA, Misco and WStore recorded a 4 per cent rise in turnover for the period ended 30 September, raking in $901m (£562.5m). The firm's operating income climbed 58 per cent to $ …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2011
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Systemax fills hole left by shamed US boss

Systemax has hired former Best Buy exec David Sprosty as the CEO of its Technology Products division in North America, finally filling the role that was vacated by shamed exec Gilbert Fiorentino earlier in the year. The responsibilities were assumed on a short-term basis by Systemax vice-chairman Robert Leeds after long-serving …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2011
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Systemax sales grow and profits too

Systemax's investigation into whistleblower allegations against former exec Gilbert Fiorentino added $7m to its Q2 pre-tax profits but the consumer slowdown dented sales growth. The parent of US retailers Tiger Direct and CompUSA and reselllers Misco and WStore in Europe, has reported profits of $15.5m, up 64 per cent on the …
Paul Kunert, 04 Aug 2011

Feds investigate $17m of missing kit at CompUSA

The FBI have taken charge of investigations into the reported theft of $17m (£10.4m) worth of electronics allegedly stolen from Systemax-owned CompUSA by two brothers of fired exec Gilbert Fiorentino and other former employees. Only last month, the SEC confirmed it was looking into matters surrounding the departure of Fiorentino …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2011
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The Cube: Apple's daftest, strangest romance

This Old Box Ten years ago on Sunday, Apple called it quits on one of its oddest products ever, the G4 Cube. The Cube was a strange and wonderful machine that continues to fascinate today - but it was widely perceived to have failed. Some people thoroughly enjoyed the failure, thinking it served Apple right. Dull people will always cheer …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2011
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Small biz reseller swallowed by Systemax

Systemax - the company behind CompUSA and the owner of Circuit City's ecommerce business - is buying WStore Europe. WStore specialises in supplying small and medium businesses and the public sector, and operates in France as Inmac, WStore SAS and I-Com Software. Systemax trades using the Misco brand in Europe. Richard Leeds …
John Oates, 04 Aug 2009
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Ballmer resets recession, preps for 100,000 troops

The economy is not in recession - it's just experiencing a "resetting" of spending. And Microsoft won't retrench after years of huge expansion; it'll just apply the brakes until things get better. At least, that's what Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said while announcing 5,000 planned layoffs and second-quarter earning …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2009
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Systemax Q2 revs jump 17%

Systemax shrugged off the credit crunch in Q2, with sales jumping 17 per cent to $758m for the three months ended June 30. The direct marketing IT reseller and PC builder, noted stronger demand in North America and Europe in the quarter and it held gross margins steady at 15.3 per cent. However, net income fell 1.6 per cent year …
Team Register, 08 Aug 2008

Microsoft flogs subscriptions to the unwary and confused

Comment There's no such thing as a coincidence or a missed opportunity in the world of Microsoft, and this is no ordinary week. Just days before thousands of partners from across the globe descend on Microsoft's annual World Wide Partner Conference in the heat of Texas, Microsoft announced licensing programs clearly intended to whet …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jul 2008
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SMBs grasp Vista nettle

Windows Vista appears to be gaining ground among organisations, with small businesses (SMBs) proving particularly keen to adopt the software giant's latest operating system, according to a new report. US reseller CDW Corp tracked Vista adoption from 31 October to 7 November 2007 and found that 53 per cent of those firms that …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2008

Systemax saves CompUSA from knacker's yard

Systemax is buying the CompUSA brand name, its ecommerce operations and up to 16 stores in the great CompUSA close-out sale. The big US computer reseller hails CompUSA as a "strong complementary" business to its own retail TigerDirect brand and is paying up to $30m for its new baby, depending on how many stores it actually buys …
Drew Cullen, 06 Jan 2008

Best Buy churns out the profits in Q3

Best Buy had a great Q3, propelled by strong sales of fat-margin games consoles, notebook PCs, flat screen TVs and GPS thingymajigs. An extra week of holiday shopping for the quarter ended December 1 did it no harm, either. Earnings were $228m (Q3 2006: $150m) on revenues up 17 per cent to $9.93bn (Q3 2006: $8.47bn). The …
Drew Cullen, 18 Dec 2007
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CompUSA goes titsup

CompUSA has thrown in the towel on the hypercompetive US electronics retailing scene. The store giant has sold itself for an undisclosed amount to Gordon Brothers, a Boston-based restructuring specialist, which will close its 103 retail stores in an "orderly wind-down". The number of expected job cuts has not been disclosed, at …
Drew Cullen, 10 Dec 2007

Microsoft hawks Home Server

Microsoft wants you to know that you can now purchase a home server loaded with its very own Windows Home Server operating system. Today, several big-name web retailers unveiled a machine from Hewlett-Packard, which helped develop the new OS, and a second is on sale straight from pint-sized hardware manufacturer Velocity Micro …
Cade Metz, 06 Nov 2007

Gateway ships quad-core desktop into US stores

Gateway let slip a quad core desktop into some major US retail outlets today. It's called the Gateway FX, it costs from $2099.99 and - as you will guess from the price tag, it is aimed at the PC enthusiast and "digital creation" markets. The base spec includes Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processors, 512MB ATI Radeon X1950 CrossFire …
Drew Cullen, 01 May 2007

Best Buy amps up Apple volumes

Best Buy is to start selling Apple PCs in 200 stores, the electronics retailer said today. This follows successful trials conducted in 50 stores. Best Buy sold Apple computers once before but axed the line in 1998 because of slow sales, the AP reports. That was at a low ebb for Apple. Soon afterwards the company axed most of …
Drew Cullen, 04 Apr 2007

Circuit City fires 3,500 'overpaid' staff

Circuit City is firing 3,400 store workers because it thinks it's paying them too much. To rub salt into the wound, it is offering the retail fat cats some severance and the chance to apply for their old jobs - at lower wages. But only 10 weeks after they have been fired. This company is all heart. According to Circuit City, …
Drew Cullen, 28 Mar 2007

CompUSA jettisons 126 stores

CompUSA today sounded the Big Retreat, announcing plans to close more than half of its US stores. The lossmaking PC retailing giant is to restructure at a corporate level and promises "major expense reductions". It has a secured a $440m cash injection from an unspecified source to shore up its balance sheet. Post re-org, the …
Drew Cullen, 28 Feb 2007
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Ballmer downplays Vista sales

Steve Ballmer has played down the hype surounding Vista sales saying some analysts have taken an overly optimistic view. Speaking to financial analysts, Ballmer said he was pleased by the response to Vista, but warned: "People have to understand that some of the revenue forecasts I've seen out there for Windows Vista in fiscal …
John Oates, 16 Feb 2007

Vista-effect credited with PC sales boost

It might have had a mixed response from critics but Vista is being credited with a big jump in US retail computer sales. The launch of Microsoft's latest operating system apparently helped PC sales jump 173 per cent compared to the week before. According to market watcher Current Analysis, PC sales were up 67 per cent in the …
John Oates, 09 Feb 2007

AMD, Intel and others to serve 100 subpoenas

AMD vs Intel AMD has started serving 32 new subpeonas against US companies in a bid to secure evidence it believes will support its allegations that arch-rival Intel used its market leadership to harm the smaller company's business. Separately, Intel and other class-action plaintiffs have also begun sending subpoenas to around 70 third …
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2006
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Give me a lipstick MP3 player or give me death

CES Our first Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wrap covers a little bit of everything - from a new twist on binoculars to a pen-sized scanner. If gadgets are your thing, please proceed with pace. The leather iPod bar We’ll start you off with something familiar and easy to digest. It’s the line of device accessories from French firm …
Ashlee Vance, 05 Jan 2006
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Show us your paperwork - AMD

AMD vs Intel AMD continues to push forward in its anti-trust battle against Intel, announcing today that it has shifted from customer document preservation mode to customer document production mode. The law permits AMD to ask companies that it either does business with, or has tried to do business with, to hold onto their e-mails, papers …
Ashlee Vance, 06 Oct 2005

AMD's battle with Intel to go west?

AMD vs Intel AMD's legal action against Intel in the US District Court of Delaware could up stumps and move to the US District of Northern California, if plaintiffs already engaged in proceedings against Intel have their way, court documents seen by The Register reveal. The Delaware Court was this week notified that two Northern California …
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2005

Date set for Intel's response to AMD antitrust claims

AMD vs Intel Lawyers from Intel and AMD will meet for an initial court conference in the first week of August, over a month before Intel must file its response to AMD's allegations, court documents seen by The Register reveal. AMD's legal action against its arch-rival, alleging the chip giant engaged in anti-competitive behaviour in …
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2005
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iPod gains ghettoblaster accessory

North American iPod users can now blast the music collections to the whole street courtesy of accessory maker Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO)'s latest add-on for the digital music device. Actually, 'add-on' seems too small a word. The iBoom is an entire ghettoblaster with a handy slot in which to drop Apple's miniscule MP3 …
Tony Smith, 24 Nov 2004
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Novell's MS complaint: we wuz robbed

Analysis If the antitrust lawsuit that Novell filed against Microsoft comes to court, it will reopen long-forgotten battles over technologies that most of us will even have trouble remembering. One of the few to survive is WordPerfect itself, the software at the core of the claim. A new version turned up on the shelves of CompUSA a few …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Nov 2004
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Microsoft moves in on music downloads

Analysis The press say this is Microsoft IBM all over again from the 1980s with only one result possible. We're not so sure. Everything that happened in online music seems to be related this week, starting with Apple owning up to an astonishing 2m iPod sales in its last quarter in the results it launched last week. The results were …
Faultline, 19 Oct 2004
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Hewlett-Packard: a wannabe Kodak?

Analysis Hewlett-Packard got off another round of digital media products this week, including the long awaited joint venture to supply Apple iPods branded as HP devices, with most of the new devices hitting stores all over the world during September. But listening in on the hoopla that made up the Hewlett megalaunch of yet more digital …
Faultline, 31 Aug 2004
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Tapwave Zodiac console to launch in UK next month

Tapwave will begin selling its Zodiac Palm OS-based handheld games console in the UK "in a few months" sources close to the company told The Register late last week. The move was confirmed by David Wenning, Tapwave's VP of global sales, when he told a New England Palm User Group meeting that the console would ship in Europe …
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2004
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Intel smiles on Dothan

The first iteration of the Centrino processor will continue to be manufactured and supported, Intel said at the launch of its speed-bumped successor Dothan in San Francisco today. The company expects Banias to be phased out by early next year. However Intel has made the transition to Dothan as painless as possible: the three …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 May 2004
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Why shrink wrap software won't die

Remember how the 'weightless digital economy' was supposed to make shrink wrap retail software as extinct as the dodo? Only a bozo would want to pay a premium for manual and a box. But shrink wrap isn't dead. Software publisher Avanquest, the new umbrella name for US-based publisher Elibrium, which owns major publishers in …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2004
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Security patches via modem? Forget it!

Opinion I recently had two eye-opening experiences that made me aware of something that, to my shame, I had forgotten. In the first case, I was helping a friend perform a clean install of Windows 2000 on a used computer that he had bought. We installed Windows 2000 just fine. We then installed all the other software that you have to …
Scott Granneman, 26 Mar 2004
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Jobs caps snoozathon with cut-down Emagic, iPod

MWSF Would the January MacWorld keynote on the twentieth anniversary of the Macintosh live up to expectations? These January keynotes have traditionally served two purposes: as a stage to bring the company lots of free publicity, and to announce key new products. But as recent keynotes have proved, the latter has been deprecated in …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jan 2004
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HP details Athlon 64 desktop support

HP finally unveiled its long-awaited Athlon 64-based desktop at Comdex yesterday. But in something of a disappointment for AMD, it chose to base the first of a new line of gamer-oriented machines on an Intel CPU. The Compaq Presario 8000Z is equipped with an Athlon 64 3200+, 256MB of 400MHz DDR SDRAM, 80GB of hard drive storage …
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2003
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Joe Average User Is In Trouble

Opinion One of the many hats I wear here in St. Louis is that of college instructor, writes SecurityFocus columnist Scott Granneman. I teach courses in technology at Washington University, recently ranked the ninth best overall college in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, …
Scott Granneman, 27 Oct 2003
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IBM raises smoke alarm over 63,000 monitors

IBM and its Taiwanese supplier LiteOn Technology this week expanded a recall of 15-inch monitors which could catch fire. The risk affects tens of thousands of G51 and G51t computer monitors manufactured by LiteOn and sold by IBM, which were made more than five years ago (so how many are still in use?). The original recall, …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2003
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Palm to offer entry-level enterprise PDA

One of the three devices Palm is expected to launch next October has been revealed as the Tungsten E, a new PDA designed to extend the reach of the pro-oriented Tungsten line down into the low-end of the market. Basic details of the product - its model number, provisional price and the size if its packaging - were posted on the …
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2003
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Apple exporting retail stores

It can only be hoped that Apple will leave the advertisements for its iTunes Music Store behind as the company takes its retail stores overseas. Fifty-seven Apple retail outlets have sprung up over the last two years, leading to more than $650 million in sales. Apple plans to continue closing in on reseller territory with 20 …
Ashlee Vance, 21 May 2003
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Western Digital offers glowing red 250GB hard drive

Reg Kit Watch Hard Drive Western Digital has issued a special edition of its 250GB, 7200rpm, 8MB cache 1394/USB 2.0 external hard drive. The new model ships with a clear case and built-in LED illumination. Hard drive as fashion accessory? Could be, but WD is really attempting to cash in the emerging trend for internally lit PC cases. The $ …
Tony Smith, 10 Apr 2003
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Western Digital offers glowing red 250GB hard drive

Reg Kit Watch Hard Drive Western Digital has issued a special edition of its 250GB, 7200rpm, 8MB cache 1394/USB 2.0 external hard drive. The new model ships with a clear case and built-in LED illumination. Hard drive as fashion accessory? Could be, but WD is really attempting to cash in the emerging trend for internally lit PC cases. The $ …
Tony Smith, 10 Apr 2003
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The state of SuSE

Interview I spent a little time on AIM with SuSE U.S. rep (and all-around nice guy) Holger Dyroff, discussing SuSE's new products, trends in Linux desktop/consumer use, and the state of Linux market penetration in general. This transcript has been edited (very lightly) only for grammar and spelling, not content. Make sure you read all the …
Robin Miller, 17 Mar 2003