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Ink hands

What's ordered in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas? $6.7m of printer ink 'stolen by office worker'

A Las Vegas woman stole printer ink worth $6,715,531 from her employer and sold it to a reseller on the other side of America, it is claimed. When Jennifer McCain-Bray worked as a purchasing analyst for the Las Vegas Valley Water District – a public utility – she ordered millions of dollars of extra printer ink and toner, had …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2016
The British Pound - Sterling currency tumbles post Brexit

HP Inc: Double-digit bounce due on PC prices next month

HP Inc has blamed the wobbliness of the British pound for a double-digit price hike in the UK due to kick in from the start of next month on all its commercial PC kit – but for some reason the print range is to avoid the upward swing. Sterling has slumped to a 31-year low following the outcome of the EU referendum and some …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2016
Argos Cannon Street Station, photo: Argos

Big Tech's quest to keep enterprises on board

StorageBod So have you taken my advice and started to build your own storage arrays? I certainly hope so; it’s a lot of fun and could really save your organisation some money. Still I hope that you’ve bought some spares; thoroughly checked the code, made sure that all your components work together and have thoroughly checked out the edge …
StorageBod, 27 May 2016
A rather dusty old Dell, pictured by Tim Massey

And the reasons for buying new IT gear are as follows ...

Sysadmin blog Working with small businesses is a master's degree in the real lifespan of IT infrastructure. Companies with real budgets replace everything regularly; refresh cycles are two or three years apart, rarely five. The same doesn't necessarily apply to SMBs, and there are very real lessons to be learned. Perhaps the most important …
Trevor Pott, 04 Dec 2015
Epson EcoTank

Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

There can't be many printer owners who haven't had an apoplectic fit about the outrageous cost of inks for their machines, and now Epson is trying to change that business model and lower the cost of printing. Traditionally printer manufacturers have sold their hardware at a loss and made the money back over the lifecycle of …
Iain Thomson, 04 Aug 2015
Progress rocket

Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Ruskies blast supplies to the ISS

Updated Astronauts on the International Space Station will cross their fingers and toes that Friday's resupply mission doesn't suffer a similar fate to the last three attempts. On Friday at 05:55 UTC, a Progress 60 capsule filled with supplies is expected to blast off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Russia-built Soyuz …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2015

Facebook's Open Compute could make DIY data centres feasible

DIY vs COTS: Part 2 Last time I looked at the PC versus console battle as a metaphor for DIY versus Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) data centres, and touched on the horrors of trying to run a DIY data centre. Since 2011, however, we've had the Open Compute Project, initiated by Facebook. The ideal is some kind of industry-standard data centre, with …
Trevor Pott, 07 May 2015

Life after Lord Shugs looks good, as Viglen directors' packages swell

Being a director at Viglen has become considerably more lucrative since Lord Shugs offloaded the tech supplier to Westcoast Holdings. The last standalone financials from both Viglen and sister firm XMA (the pair have been integrated) were filed at Companies House and make for remarkably boring reading, but in a good way. The …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2015
Robox 3D printer

Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?

Review It seems like the Robox has been talked about for such a long time, with a subsequent build-up in hype and publicity. So, is it all justified? Originally funded through a Kickstarter campaign and slated for release earlier in 2014, it has now finally appeared, and is drawing attention. Being placed in all the right sales …
Anthony Smith, 30 Dec 2014
Ego-T e-cigarette

Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

Philip Morris, one of the world's larger tobacco concerns, is attempting to patent a connected e-cigarette. The company's application outlines a device that appears very similar to the e-cigarettes available today. But the invention described takes the idea further by suggesting that its e-cig would include a puff-detecting …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2014
Houses of Parliament at night-time

HM Treasury: Look at our SME-friendly contracts ... that we just gave to a multinational

Her Majesty's Treasury appears to be using smoke and mirror tactics to promote the government's wider SME agenda, after splitting up a major contract into multiple towers but handing the beefiest deal to a huge corporate. The coalition has made great strides to break the oligopoly of tech suppliers that hoovered up business …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2014
Stained glass angels

Gods of tech distribution smile on Blighty in Q1

Distributors in almost half of the countries across Western Europe failed to register sales growth during Q1 but those with ops in Blighty were not among them. Sales out data from Context reveals UK market revenues climbed 12.4 per cent in the three months to €2.5bn, making it the largest sector in the region for the past four …
Paul Kunert, 06 May 2014
South Park: Stick of Truth

'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth

Game Theory Over the last few seasons South Park has become a bit of a stinker – and, more often than not, licensed video game adaptations are pretty whiffy too. When I first heard rumblings of South Park: The Stick of Truth I was dubious whether it would be any good, despite assurances that the production was being overseen by the creators …
Lucy Orr, 07 Mar 2014
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Rigby dynasty to retain control at SCC - 'no IPO for us'

SCC CEO James Rigby plans to pass the privately owned biz to the next generation of the clan rather than co-crafting a retirement plan with his brother based on a flotation or trade sale. The Rigby dynasty's Midlands empire, which includes service-based reseller SCC at its heart, sold distie wing SDG to Tech Data in 2012 for $ …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2014
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Westcoast Group shuffles management deck

Westcoast has rejigged its management team to accommodate an expanding waistline having swallowed Viglen and QC Supplies in this month alone. Current UK and Ireland MD Duncan Forsyth has moved to a Group MD role overseeing Westcoast, XMA and new buys Viglen and consumables trader QC Supplies. In turn sales and marketing …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014

XMA just swallowed Sugar firm, now looks to eat consumables biz

Less than a week after Westcoast Holdings-owned XMA swallowed Lord Sugar's public sector-focused tech biz Viglen, the group looks to have hoovered up consumables trader QC Supplies. Word in the distie channel is that a deal has been finalised for QC, which wholesales and resells cartridges from its Halifax base, and filings at …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2014
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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Sharp-eyed blogger Alvaro Lopez Ortega has spotted something fascinating: Coca Cola has reserved a block of media access control (MAC) addresses. The IEEE records the beverage company's actions here. MAC addresses are a unique identifier for networked devices, usually comprised of six pairs of hexadecimal characters. Lots of …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jan 2014
Author with e-cig

Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs or vapes, sound like a great idea because they deliver a nicotine hit in a familiar form factor, but without the nasty stuff you'll find in conventional smokes. The jury's out on whether they're safe, with a University of Queensland study attracting criticism almost before it began, …
3D printing

Want a licence to print cash? Move to 3D printing

Thought that 3D printers sales weren't going to help you buy a flashy new motor, a luxury holiday or that new pad in the country? Well think again, channel business type. That's according to Canalys CEO Steve Brazier, who stood in front of 600 channel partners at his firm's recent forum in Barcelona, and told them that despite …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013
A Dyson vacuum cleaner

Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

Brit inventor James Dyson is challenging the EU's labelling policy for hoovers in court, claiming that it doesn't do his vacuum cleaners justice. Dyson said that the EU's energy efficiency rating system was based on dust-free lab conditions that were completely different to the way that hoovers performed in the home. The firm …
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Russia's post-Snowden spooks have not reverted to type

Back on 12 July, world media uncovered a minor sensation: Russia's Federal Protective Service (aka Federalnaya Sluzhba Okhrany, Федеральная служба охраны or FSO in English) had issued a tender for typewriters to help keep its secrets, presumably since a typewriter can't be hacked. As the tender came to light not long after …
3D Touch 3D printer

Ten 3D printers for this year's modellers

Product Round-up You may not know why but you probably want a 3D printer. These are intrinsically cool devices: A mix of engineering, electrical engineering, material science, chemistry, electronics and software. As an emerging technology you need to understand a bit of all of these to get the most from a hobbyist device, just as early …
Simon Rockman, 04 Feb 2013
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PCs punch HP in the gut, servers knee it in the jewels

It has been a long time since Hewlett-Packard has had a happy quarter, and it looks like it is going to have to wait quite a while to have one again if its final quarter of fiscal 2012 is any indication. In the quarter ended on October 31, it was mostly tricks, not treats, with revenues off 6.7 per cent to $29.96bn and after …

New iPad's innards: Good news for recent fondleslab buyers

Teardown When the new fourth-generation iPad made its debut at the iPad mini roll-out event late last month, it was a surprise to many – especially those who had recently opened their wallets for "the new iPad" released just this March. Fret not, fanbois. The tools, parts, and repairs folks at iFixit have just torn apart Apple's latest …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Nov 2012

BOFH: Tenacious B and the Printer of Destiny

Episode 10 "The printer's jammed again," the Director's PA says, ducking into Mission Control for a brief status update. To be fair the PFY asked for this level of information when he suggested she notify him of any problems. As far as poorly thought-out pickup techniques this one has far outlasted his patience. The moment an orange …
Simon Travaglia, 02 Nov 2012

NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson expects toothbrush commerce

Toothbrushes will go online and encourage you to buy new ones once their bristles wear out, according to Zach Nelson, CEO of software-as-a-service outfit NetSuite. Speaking at an event in Sydney today, Nelson occasionally suggested he and NetSuite's founders may be a candidate for consideration as a “genius visionary.” He wasn't …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2012

HP throws an extra 2,000 staff onto chopping block

HP has added an extra two thousand workers to its mass redundancy programme, it confirmed today. Back in May the troubled US tech titan threatened to axe 27,000 jobs by the end of fiscal 2014 to cut overheads and use some of the savings to invest in R&D. However, in a 10Q form filed today with US financial watchdog SEC, HP …
Paul Kunert, 10 Sep 2012

Lexmark dumps inkjet arm, sacks 1,700

Lexmark is to shut down its inkjet printing manufacturing and research operations, although it will continue to support and supply existing hardware and is keeping its laser printing division. "Today's announcement represents difficult decisions, which are necessary to drive improved profitability and significant savings," said …
Iain Thomson, 28 Aug 2012
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Mighty Blighty's channel like a giant looming across the, er, Channel

IT distributors in the UK shifted some £1.76bn worth of kit and services in Q1, stats from Context reveal. This represents a whopping 18 per cent spike on revenues generated by the channel a year ago in spite of low consumer and business confidence and the storm clouds gathering over the Euro. "The UK market posted stronger …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2012
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IT products give energy giant DCC relief from icy hot patch

DCC gained some cheer from its IT distribution business over the last year, after an unusually mild winter put a chill on its energy distribution business. Overall revenues at the Irish conglomerate came in at €10.7bn for the year ending 31 March, up 23.2 per cent. Pre-tax income was €155.8m, compared to €203.8m in the previous …
Joe Fay, 15 May 2012
Kyocera Mita FS-1035MFP

Ten... mono laser all-in-one printers

Product Roundup The mono laser all-in-one has taken the place of the friendly photocopier in many an offices, at home or at work. In some cases, it has incorporated the fax machine, too. Although in essence it’s a laser printer with a scanner stuck on top, it’s more than the sum of its parts. Most folk use laser all-in-ones as much, if not …
Simon Williams, 05 May 2012
The Register breaking news

Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

Digital media playback in Windows 8 has fallen casualty to the savage economics of the PC industry and changing tastes in consumer viewing. We knew Windows Media Center would be sold at extra cost in Windows 8, but Microsoft now says you won’t be able to play DVDs on Windows Media Player in Windows 8. If you do want DVD …
Gavin Clarke, 04 May 2012
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IT channel swamped with cash from bargain-hunting small biz

The IT channel tweaked the nose of the recession during January with UK disties transacting £525m worth of tech sales, according to stats from bean counter Context. This represents a year-on-year sales-out rise of nearly 16 per cent - not bad given all the talk of economic meltdown. Tablets and telecoms gear were the hottest …
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2012
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Review Like a mage's potion, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is based on a tried and tested formula: the essence of Fable II, a dash of Oblivion, the gizzards of God of War. And let's not forget the vital binding agent, of course: a liberal dose of Tolkien's legendarium. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Circle of strife That's not to …
Andrew Bailey, 09 Feb 2012
The Register breaking news

Coke-snorting cop bots to replace sniffer dogs

Sniffer dogs can get tired, but fibre-optic sniffer robots don't have the same problem. And they are just as good at detecting cocaine, says Tong Sun, a professor of sensor engineering at City University London. Prof Sun and her team won a £140k grant on Tuesday to work on the coke-detecting robots that they foresee will reduce …
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2012
Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD

Ten... inkjet photo printers

Product Round-up There’s only really one choice of technology for printing photos well and economically. Inkjet printers produce better quality photos than traditional silver halide, one of the reasons digital photography has superseded it. Most of the major printer manufacturers produce inkjet printers and even the most basic of these can …
Simon Williams, 17 Dec 2011
Ten... Colour laser printers

Ten... colour laser printers

Review There are two main technologies that can put colour text and graphics on paper; inkjet and laser. Though inkjet makers like Epson and HP have tried to push inkjets into the lower end of the office market, it’s still dominated by colour lasers, due to their speed and the high permanence of solid toner over liquid ink. Colour …
Simon Williams, 26 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

NASA spills last details of Mars space truck trip

NASA Mars Science Laboratory is buttoned up into its fairing atop its Atlas booster, ready for liftoff on November 25 with touchdown scheduled for August of next year – a reentry and landing that will have NASA space boffins biting their nails. "Any entry, descent, and landing on Mars is a place where you take pause and bite …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Nov 2011
Dark Souls

Dark Souls

Review Plunging from a treacherous rampart, slowly succumbing to the poisonous bite or bludgeoned by a monstrous ice giant – Dark Souls wants you dead. And it doesn't care how. Dark Souls Shanking of the colossus That should come as no surprise, of course. Anyone who dared play last year's Demon's Souls knows all too well that …
Andrew Bailey, 11 Oct 2011
Epson Stylus Office BX925FWD

Ten... all-in-one inkjet printers

Product Round-up There are two types of inkjet all-in-one printer: one intended for photo enthusiasts and the other for people running offices. It's the latter lot I'm attending to here, with a selection of printers designed for those who value plain paper output as much as - if not more than - snaps. The price ranges large, with the cheapest …
Simon Williams, 24 Sep 2011
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VC Moulton refuses to stay stationary, gets into stationery

Jon Moulton's private equity vehicle Better Capital is getting into the wholesaling of pencils, paper and print consumables by acquiring the UK and Irish operations of stationery and office products distributor Spicers. The colourful entrepreneur re-entered the UK IT channel in September by pulling troubled networking integrator …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2011
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Side-lined suppliers beat on Police procurement deal

The Home Office's ruling that police buy commodity hardware and software from a single supplier framework instead of a multi-reseller agreement continues to attract biting criticism from side-lined suppliers. Following the imposition of benchmarks to determine best value for money, forces in England and Wales were mandated in …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2011
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Irish distie grabs Advent

Irish distributor DCC has bought Advent Data Limited – the Leeds-based office consumables supplier. Advent employs 111 people and made a profit in 2010 of €4.5m on turnover of €150.1m. Advent flogs printer cartridges and other office supplies; it claims to more than £10m in stock at its Elland warehouse. DCC, made up of five …
John Oates, 09 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

Australian Liberal MPs splurge on sticky, delicious ... toner

In a stunning spending spree dubbed “tonergate” by those who append –gate to any potential political scandal, News.com.au has reported that opposition MPs in Australia blew close to $100,000 per week on office supplies last year, ahead of a change to parliamentary allowance rules. News.com.au based its Daily Telegraph report on …
Bolle BP-10

Bolle BP-10 iPhone photo printer

Review Here’s a home photo-print ‘toaster’ with a difference: it can’t be plugged into a computer, nor does it support Wi-Fi. Instead, it comes with a built-in dock for an Apple iPhone. As such, the Bolle BP-10 is promoted as the world’s first dedicated iPhone printer. In other words, it won’t print from anything else. Bolle BP-10 …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Jan 2011
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Apple ditches Costco. Or vice versa. Or both

US mega cash and carry chain Costco is ditching Apple products. The discounter, best known for vast packs of food, groceries and consumables also carries some computers, electronics and media stock. Costco said it was getting out of the Apple business by mutual consent. It previously stocked iPods and pre-paid iTunes …
John Oates, 10 Dec 2010
Group Test Budget Mono Laser Printers

Best Buys: Budget Mono Laser Printers

Group Test All six of these printers do a more than passable job of printing a page of text and in most cases you won't notice the difference between these machines and mono lasers costing three times the price. They are also pretty similar on speed, offering between 12 and 16ppm. Samsung ML-1665 The factors that split them are running …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010
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Hurd's HP legacy: Dell racer, IBM chaser

Somewhere in California, Carly Fiorina must nearly have choked to death from laughter while stumping for a US Senate seat as news of her successor's sudden departure broke following a sexual-harassment probe. It has not been an easy five years for Mark Hurd, the former president, chief executive officer, and chairman of HP, …
All-in-one Inkjet Printers

All-in-One Inkjet Printers: Best Buys

Group Test Before I announce which printers have won Reg Hardware awards, let's first see how they measure up against each other. Print-speed Tests Multi-page Printing £150 Inkjet group test Output in pages per minute (PPM) Longer bars are better Photo Printing £150 Inkjet group test Time to print 15 x 10cm photo in Seconds (s) …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
Kodak ESP 7

Kodak ESP 7

Review Although a late arrival at the inkjet printer ball, Kodak’s wealth of photographic and imaging knowledge has helped carve it a clever niche in the market. Its current advertising run, stressing the low cost of running its machines, shows where it’s aiming. Kodak ESP 7 All the machines in the ESP range use the same print …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010