Articles about Computer Dealers


Morgan Computers: Your memories

Last week's coverage of the shuttering of Morgan Computers, the mini-chain of cheap computer dealers, sparked memories of first computers and other odd bits of kits from you lot. Bertie Bassett remembered: In the days before ebay Morgan was the place to get end of line kit and much much reduced prices - I've visited both …
John Oates, 13 Nov 2009
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Acer: We’re comin’ at ya, Dell

And so to Budapest last month for Acer’s annual global press conference. What did I learn? That Acer in recent years rose without trace to become easily the world’s third biggest PC vendor. That in the first half of this year, the company supplanted Dell to become the world’s second biggest laptop supplier. And that the Acer …
Drew Cullen, 06 Oct 2008
cloud founder accused of attempted rape, drugs offences

The founder of, David Atherton, has been charged with attempted rape and possession of Class A drugs. Atherton, who sold his business to BT in April 2006 for £30m, is in custody after appearing in court in Bolton earlier this week. A spokesman for Manchester Police said: "A 50-year-old man has been charged after a …
John Oates, 21 Aug 2008

Dell pushes $9bn sales through the channel

For a mostly direct company, Dell has bloody big channel revenues too - $9bn a year and rising. That's what High Panjandrum Michael Dell told the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida this week. As a matter of course, computer dealers don't like their PC suppliers to sell direct to the public. For starters,they can't …
Team Register, 11 Oct 2007

Google searches for computer dealers

Is there no end to this company's ambitions? Google has signed up Ingram Micro, the world's biggest IT wholesaler, to distribute its hardware search appliance box in the US. Google Search Appliance - GB1001 - 2U yellow rackmounted server Distributors are useful for credit, delivery and product returns. They are used to …
Drew Cullen, 27 Jun 2007
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Indian dealers are squealers over Microsoft piracy raids

Computer dealers in Gujarat, India held a one-day strike to protest ongoing anti-piracy raids from Microsoft. India news portals itVARnews and CIOL report about 350 dealers joined in a statewide bandh (that's a general strike) initiated by Surat-based South Gujarat Information Technologists Association (SITA). This month, six …
Austin Modine, 18 May 2007

Sun re-resellers launch OFT complaint

An alliance of resellers has launched an official complaint against Sun Microsystems in the UK, alleging that the manufacturer is unfairly stifling the trade in used Sun products. The Association of Service and Computer Dealers International (ASCDI) filed its members' grievance with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on Monday. A …
Lewis Page, 25 Apr 2007
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Etilize catalogs antitrust suit against CNET

CNET today turned from newsgather to newsmaker when it got a lawsuit accusing it of anti-competitive behavior. The complainant, a fellow Californian company, called Etilize Inc, produces online catalogs for resellers to incorporate into their websites – as does CNET through its CNET Channel subsidiary. This enables computer …
Drew Cullen, 12 Mar 2007

Insight opens China front

Insight Enterprises, the giant US reseller, is dipping its toes into mainland China, opening up base in Shanghai. The office is not facing inwards, more reaching out to multinationals with Chinese subs. Insight claims 70 per cent of Global Fortune 500 companies as its customers – and it can help their Chinese operations avoid …
Team Register, 12 Oct 2006

Microsoft keelhauls 26 pirates

Microsoft has set the lawyers on 26 computer dealers for allegedly selling pirate software. The software giant has filed suit against 26 US resellers it accuses of pirating software or pre-loading hard disks with dodgy copies of Microsoft products. Lawsuits were filed in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio …
John Oates, 18 Jul 2006

Voda trumpets UK first for HSDPA cards

Vodafone is first to the UK market with HSDPA - or 'Super3G' - laptop data cards. The cellco opens its doors to customers officially on Thursday, 22 June. But a couple of Reg readers tell us their account managers have already tipped them the wink - one is buying his card tomorrow. Dubbed 3G broadband cards in Voda parlance, …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jun 2006
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Gates becomes a higher power

Comment "People think of me as this technical guy," Bill Gates once told me. "In fact, the important point to remember about my background is the fact that I was brought up to be a lawyer. My family are all corporate lawyers, and the conversation at every breakfast was always over the latest legal developments in the business space. You …
Guy Kewney, 19 Jun 2006

Evesham hits the channel

Evesham Micro, the prominent UK system builder, is launching a reseller division to offer products to computer dealers. The Evesham2Channel division, headed up by Craig McDowell, is looking to develop partnerships with resellers. Dealers will get access to Evesham-branded products and a dedicated account manager. McDowell …
John Oates, 26 Apr 2005
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Dell quits 'white box' PC biz

Dell will no longer sell resellers unbranded PCs, and hasn't offered any so-called 'white box' machines since the beginning of the year, the PC giant has admitted. The bottom line: customers prefer computers with the Dell name on the front, not someone else's, the company said - or rather, it would prefer buyers to have a Dell- …
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2005
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UK reseller sues over Great Fujitsu HDD Fiasco

A British computer dealer is suing Fujitsu over the failure of its notorious MPG3xx hard drives. Bournemouth-based Technology Europe Ltd has found a lawyer willing to take the case on a “no-win no-fee” basis. The firm bought 350 MPG3xx drives between late 2001 and September 2002 which it fitted to systems it then sold on. …
John Oates, 12 Oct 2004

Compel trims losses

Compel's outlook is better than it has been "for several years. Two acquisitions, Syscap and Sysao have improved the IT services firm's position in short term IT rentals. Sir Michael Bett, chairman, said: "The general decline in our clients' and potential clients' expenditure levels drew to a halt during the period and, in some …
John Oates, 14 Sep 2004
The Register breaking news ignores money laundering rules

Two in three of UK businesses are failing to comply with new money laundering regulations. As a result, company directors are leaving themselves open to legal action and a possible two-year jail sentence, a BT-commissioned study warns. The Money Laundering Regulations, which came into effect last month, require UK businesses …
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2004
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Reseller are chipper about future

Europe's computer dealers are more confident about business prospects than they were at the beginning of the year, According to the latest Context Europe survey. Resellers were asked in February to estimate the growth in sales in the first quarter, compared to the same period a year ago. The average figure was 12.1 per cent - …
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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Micro Warehouse files for Chapter 11

Micro Warehouse, one of the biggest and best-known computer dealers, has filed for Chapter 11 in the US. The move follows this week's knockdown sale of its North American assets for $22m and outstanding receivables - this for a business turning over $940m a year and, showing the trouble it got itself into, a pathetic $14m in …
Drew Cullen, 11 Sep 2003
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MS plays the security card in Gov shared source retread

Microsoft yesterday announced the Government Security Program, an initiative intended to provide governments and agencies with "controlled access... subject to certain licensing restrictions" to Microsoft source code. The announcement was accompanied by great amazement and astonishment in the public prints. Remarkably, this " …
John Lettice, 15 Jan 2003

Hardware sales carry on falling at Morse

Morse's Q2 sales to 31 December, fell to £92m (2001: #115m), contributing to a slump in interims of £185m (2001: £226m). Morse is, among other things Europe's biggest Sun reseller, and derived much of its growth in the late 1990s from flogging this hardware to the finance and telecom sectors. Fewer people are buying Sun kit …
Drew Cullen, 15 Jan 2003
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Thieves snatch £4.5m DRAM from Heathrow

Thieves stole £4.5m worth of computer memory from a warehouse near Heathrow, just hours after it arrived from Korea. Police are calling on computer dealers to watch out for cheap memory chips. The thieves conducted their "carefully planned" raid in the early hours of Monday, getting away with 290 boxes of memory on four pallets …
Drew Cullen, 09 Oct 2002
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Intel directs channel funds to small biz market

Intel today opened out its channel organisation to small computer dealers. Called the Intel Reseller Programme, this new entry-level accreditation even has some co-op marketing funds at its disposal, we think -the company's alloted press spokesperson is not speaking to the press today. Intel is keen to attract resellers serving …
Drew Cullen, 17 Sep 2002
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DRAM VAT fraudsters jailed for 18 ½ years

Four British computer dealers were sentenced today a total of 18 and a half years for a £39 million series of VAT and duty frauds involving components imported from the US and Hong Kong. Omar Bassam, 44, of Girton, Cambridge; Paul Burke, 38, of Shelfield, Walsall; Nicholas Skidmore, 35, Southport, Merseyside; and David Withers …
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2002
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HP is a very big company indeed

And so to a characterless but swanky London hotel to see Hewlett-Packard's post-merger big guns, wheeled out yesterday morning before the UK press. The Top Five managers, two from HP, three from Compaq (although one of these, the Service Guy, joined Compaq only last year - from HP) took their turns on the twin podiums yesterday …
Drew Cullen, 24 May 2002
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Computer dealers charged in £100m money laundering case

Five computer component dealers, and three others, are to appear in court charged with laundering £100 million for criminals around the world. Customs officers arrested the eight and seized £200,000 during searches of businesses and homes on Tuesday 30 October. The charges follow an investigation by Customs into London …
Team Register, 01 Nov 2001
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Doubleclick fails in California privacy challenge

Doubleclick has failed to get four California Internet privacy class actions dismissed. This means that it will have to fight the cases in court. The class action plaintiffs say that Doubleclick should obtain permission first before "tracking, storing, and analyzing what families click on and read on the Internet". Plaintiffs …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2001
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The Sun accuses PC dealers of fencing stolen goods

Ten out of 30 secondhand computer dealers whose phone numbers appears in a "mainstream" magazine "appear to have been convicted of hi-tech crime", The Sun claims today. We assume the hi-tech crime is fencing stolen goods - a as the accusation is contained in an article advising small businesses how to ensure their PCs remain …
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2000