Articles about Dabs.Com

SGI logo hardware close-up ready for disaster, says

UK enterprises are ready for a major disaster. That's the conclusion of a survey by server hosting outfit TDM Group which found 79 per cent of businesses believe they would have their IT Systems "up and running within minutes in the event of a disaster". In a telephone poll of 100 enterprise IT managers, commissioned by TDM, …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2003
The Register breaking news buys French reseller is dipping its toes overseas with the cash purchase of SOS Developers, a French B2B software reseller. The online PC retailer will pay up to €8m, funded out of its cash resources, for the reseller, but there's an unspecified, both in time and amount, earn-out element. According to, SOS Developers turns over € …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jan 2003
The Register breaking news fined £8k for recycling failure has been fined £8,000 for failure to comply with recycling rules designed to cut the amount of packaging waste. The Bolton-based online computer retailer pleaded guilty to eight offences under Producer Responsibility Regulations 1997. Under UK law, companies handling "significant amounts of packaging with a sufficient …
Drew Cullen, 04 Dec 2002
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Chopped cable knocks off the web

"Could you please tell everybody my web site is down?" This is not ordinarily the kind of request you get from the boss of a giant online reselling outfit, but it is precisely what CEO Dave Atherton just asked us, and we are happy to oblige. He has, after all the HP Halloween Ball to attend tonight (another one of those …
John Lettice, 25 Oct 2002
The Register breaking news and Time bow to OFT pressure and Time Computers have agreed to stop using misleading ads for interest-free credit. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) won the assurances as part of an ongoing campaign to crack down on companies it believes could be in breach of consumer law. In particular, it was unhappy with Time Computers and which were …
Tim Richardson, 12 Sep 2002
The Register breaking news opens vISP doors, the UK online IT reseller, has set up a virtual ISP service, courtesy of Affinity Internet. It's kicking off with three plans: netspeed: self-install ADSL at £27.99 per month netinfinity: Fixed cost, "all-the-time" access at £15.99 per month (fair usage applies) netdial: subs-free, pay for local rate calls …
Drew Cullen, 30 Aug 2002
The Register breaking news boasts record sales, orders, the UK online IT reseller, posted record profits and sales for the year to 31 March, 2002. The privately-held firm posted profit before tax (PBT) of £2.54m, up 237 per cent on 2001's £755,000 on sales advancing 11 per cent to £116.5m (2001: £104.4m). The profits boost has worked out nicely for David Atherton, …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2002
The Register breaking news pushes into corporate market, the Bolton-based direct reseller, is gunning for more corporate business through a new outbound telesales division. dabs already sells to businesses through a corporate sales team, but most of its customers - it claims half a million registered shoppers - are end-users buying off the Internet site. The company says …
Drew Cullen, 17 May 2002
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Bakers dozen win Dabs Eggsbox pricing row

UK etailer has changed its mind and decided to honour the sale of mispriced Xbox bundles. Dabs' change of heart coincides with the launch of the new games system in the UK and should ensure that this important launch is not soured by a row with angry consumers. On Tuesday, The Register reported how 13 people took up …
Tim Richardson, 14 Mar 2002
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WLAN kit heads towards £50 mark

The consumer wireless networking market is becoming commoditised much like the modem market before it, with wireless networks cards costing a fraction of the price they fetched a year ago. e-tailers like, and are offering 802.11b 11Mbps USB adapters from £60 (excluding VAT), compared to an …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2002
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Dabs scores Xbox web-pricing own goal

As the UK braces itself for the eagerly anticipated launch of Microsoft's Xbox games console on Thursday, some gamers are feeling cheated after their orders were rejected by etailer Giles Essame from Milton Keynes and Matthew Coleman, from Northampton are among 13 people who took up Dabs' offer of an Xbox Ultimate …
Tim Richardson, 12 Mar 2002
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WinXP Pro edition for £37? Educate yourself…

When Microsoft launched Windows XP it also switched the way it sold software to students. Previously, if you bought software at savage discounts under the Student and Teacher License you had to provide some proof that you qualified, and then Microsoft would send you the software. This process has now been "simplified and …
John Lettice, 05 Dec 2001
The Register breaking news offers free online credit

Online retailer is offering its customers interest free online financing for any purchase over the value of £500. The site teamed up with Halifax-Cetelem to create an online finance approval process. Check-out with more than £500 of goods, choose the interest free finance payment option, fill in your details, wait …
James Watson, 29 Nov 2001
The Register breaking news sponsors space ‘cement mixer’

Thunderbirds are go! is expanding horizons beyond the earth's atmosphere. The online IT retailer has struck a "major sponsorship deal" with Cheshire-based Starchaser Industries Limited. Starchaser (motto: The Sky is not the Limit) intends to be the first private organisation to fly people into space. At stake is …
Lester Haines, 12 Nov 2001
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What went wrong with Jungle's new computer system has got back to us to explain exactly what went wrong with its new management computer system and why customers have faced significant delays in getting their orders in the past few weeks. Marketing director Andy Singleton was at pains to point out that Jungle is sorry about what has happened and that the company …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2001
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The recordable DVD clinic

Last week Hewlett-Packard (HP) dropped the news that is was exiting the add-on CD-RW market in order to concentrate on the emerging recordable DVD market. For the company, it seems to make sense: CD-RW has become a commodity product, meaning that margin in that business in now negligible (not as bad as the SDRAM market, but …
James Watson, 15 Oct 2001
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Dabsxchange bans secondhand MS software

Online auction site Dabsxchange is to stop people offering second-hand Microsoft software for sale on the site, because it believes the vast majority of it is likely to be pirated. Dave Atherton, managing director of reseller, which runs Dabsxchange, said it was making the stance because people are offering Office …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2001
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Online merchant emails customer credit card details has booted merchants off its Dabsxchange auction site after the latter committed a serious security breach involving its customers' credit card details. On 7 September distributed an email to their customers, who had purchased products from a virtual auction hosted by Dabs, with an Excel …
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2001
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Winners and losers from the HP/Compaq merger

Resellers hope Hewlett-Packard's positive attitude to the channel will pervade a future combined Compaq-HP while competitors hope to steal a march of the mega outfit while its energies are focused on completing a difficult merger. That's the reaction from those industry players willing to comment on yesterday's announcement of …
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2001
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High street TFT displays hit £299

The UK's biggest computer retail chain, PC World, is starting to punt out 14.1-inch no-name TFT monitors for £299. This is slightly below what the off-the-page/Internet boys are selling similar product at but they'll price match instantly. PC World's previous lowest price TFT display was £349, so even though the cost of TFT's …
Robert Blincoe, 29 Jun 2001
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Tiny to undercut Dixons through in-store online sales

Tiny Computers is planning to ride out the PC market downturn by heavily pushing accessories and peripherals to its customers. It is putting touch-screen order consoles in each of its shops. Customers then place their order, print off a receipt and return home. Delivery will be in the next three to four days. Why would a …
Robert Blincoe, 23 May 2001
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Boxed P4 shortages? What shortages

If there was a channel drought of boxed versions of Intel's P4s earlier in the week things seem to have eased up now. The word from resellers was that Intel was telling anyone who wants to order a 1.7GHz P4 they'll have to wait at least four weeks for it - no matter how many they order, and the other versions of the P4 - 1.3GHz …
Robert Blincoe, 04 May 2001
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GeForce3 price cuts kick in

Elsa has responded to Nvidia’s GeForce3 price cuts and chopped the price of its Gladiac 920 board from £459.99 to £349.99. This is Elsa's suggested retail price, and it looks as though you'll be able to buy it £50 cheaper than this, but not just yet. has got it priced at £299.99 but you can't buy it for 34 days. Dabs …
Robert Blincoe, 26 Apr 2001
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Systems Union losses soar

This has been a significant and challenging year," Systems Union Group Bob Morton said in statement accompanying the accountancy software firm's results. Net loss was £106.6m, up from £2m the previous year. There has been a massive reorganisation of Systems Union Group - formerly an overpriced dotcom, the business now owns two …
Drew Cullen, 05 Apr 2001
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Visa e-tail awards rock its world

Updated Last night Visa held its first e-tail awards at some fancy hotel in London and the whole world held its breath. The event was a great success, as they always are, but just a handful of companies walked away with the prestigious awards. There have been suggestions that only 29 Web sites made it into the nine different categories …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Feb 2001
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1.3GHz Athlon action kicks off

It looks like 1.3GHz Athlon action is about to kick off, ahead of AMD's official launch at CeBIT next month. The system builders have already got their processors, and the testing labs of the PC magazines are getting kit in to review. Yesterday we reported is advertising 1.3GHz Athlons in the April issue of computer …
Robert Blincoe, 20 Feb 2001
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1.3GHz Athlon out and about

AMD's 1.3GHz Athlon is poised to make an appearance in public at last. Online reseller is advertising the processor in the April issue of PC Pro magazine. It's quoting £220 for the 1.3GHz Athlon with either a 200MHz or 266MHz bus. Competitors complain that Dabs has jumped the gun, and as the chips aren't available, …
Robert Blincoe, 19 Feb 2001
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Dabs makes £1.2m loss

Online IT retailer made a pretax loss of £1.2 million on sales of £86 million for the year ending 31 March 2000. This is the first time the company has turned in a loss in thirteen years of trading. The sales were it's highest ever. MD David Atherton said management accounts for the half year to 30 September 2000 are …
Robert Blincoe, 05 Feb 2001
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‘Xmas’ is offensive, Christian claims

Did you know that 'Xmas' was offensive to some Christians? Granted it does look a little ugly, but it comes in handy for headlines, where space is at a premium. Our anonymous correspondent says we should look to the coveted AP style guide, which we have no intention of doing, as we covet neither this guide nor our neighbour's …
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2001
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Saddo alert – New Year's Eve shoppers

What better way to bring in the New Year than indulge in a mad orgy... of consumer spending. The fastest shopper out the blocks, that we've heard of, is the customer who bought the John Shuttleworth Live video at 00:01am 2001. At just one minute into the New Year, whoever it was certainly didn't have time to complete …
Robert Blincoe, 10 Jan 2001
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Bumlickycrawlie PC mag fawns over PC World

Some funny behaviour has been going on at PC Format. Its December issue had a one-page feature entitled "PCF investigates PC World", where it claimed the monster computer store was ripping off customers, getting inexperienced salesman to push overpriced RAM and charging up to 33 per cent more for other goods like CD writers and …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jan 2001
The Register breaking news claims record Xmas

David Atherton, owner of online computer retailer, is talking again of IPO, after record Christmas sales, The Sunday Telegraph reports. The Bolton-based firm reported Christmas sales of £7.5 million, of which £4.5 million were "unassisted Internet sales". Dabs reported Christmas sales of £6.8 million in 1999. Based on …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jan 2001
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Software Warehouse's old retail chain shuts doors

One Stop Computer Solutions, formerly Software Warehouse's retail business, has fallen into administrative receivership four months after boss Steve Bennett offloaded the business. All 30 shops at the Midlands-based business are currently closed, and more than 150 staff are believed to be affected. Martin Hall and …
Linda Harrison, 08 Aug 2000
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ABIT confirms new Socket A mobo specs

Updated ABIT's KT7 Socket A mobo, based on Via's KT133 chipset, debuts today. The KT7 is designed for use with all AMD-K7 Socket A Thunderbird and Duron 200MHz FSB processors. It supports AGP 1x/2x/4x and 100/133MHz SDRAM. The mobo features three 168-pin DIMM sockets supporting PC-100 and PC-133 SDRAM. The KT7 is based on the earlier …
Andrew Thomas, 07 Jul 2000
The Register breaking news ducks out of float

Like a bunch of boy scouts in a raft race who built their craft fastest and are now hesitating before they get onto the precarious-looking thing, Britain's dotcoms are watching everyone else before they hit the stock exchange. The latest bank-dwelling company is, which has gone for the old "market volatility" …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Jul 2000
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Today's top 100 e-businesses: tomorrow's death list?

Sportal is Europe's top privately-owned e-business, according to a Sunday Times e-league. Compiled by Bathwick Group, the e-league of Europe's top 100 private e-businesses names the top 10 (in descending order): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8 …
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2000
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Dabs Direct preps IPO with dotcom namechange

IT mail order company Dabs Direct is to change its name to next month in preparation for an IPO by the end of the year. Dabs MD David Atherton is not yet sure how much of the Bolton-based company to float, but said he would expect 20 per cent of the business to fetch around £20 million. He plans to invest part of the …
Linda Harrison, 04 May 2000