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Leeds' amazing cash-slash plan: BYOD and that cloud thing

Leeds City Council's ICT department is stepping up its efforts to help save the council money in the medium to long term. This will include the introduction of new IT asset management software and potential further development of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) options for employees and council members. A series of decisions are …
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Another Usenet download haven axed, Leeds pirates avoid jail

Two Leeds brothers behind the pirate download links website filmzzz.com have received suspended prison sentences for copyright infringement. The men, Faraz Saddiq, 27, and Ayaz Saddiq, 26, also operated legalmovies.tv and presented both online outlets as legit operations. In reality, the websites merely pointed to unlicensed …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Dec 2012

Sing it, Systemax: 10 straight quarters plunging in a row, 10 straight quar....

Shape-shifting mega reseller Systemax has finally broken its run of top line wobbles after 10 consecutive quarters but the US titan still couldn't turn a churn out a profit in its calendar Q2. The New York Stock Exchange-listed dealer last night reported low single-digit sales growth of $831.1m, representing a rise of 1.4 per …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2014

Keith McMahon, tech analyst, dies at 50

We're very shocked to hear of the death of one of the telcomms industry's wisest and best-loved experts, Keith McMahon, aged just 50. Born in Salford, Keith was widely known as a witty and shrewd analyst of the media and telecomms industries for STL Partners, where his presentations were the highlight of its Telco 2.0 …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Jul 2014

Systemax goes Dutch, devours SCC Netherlands

Shape-shifting box shuffler Systemax has swallowed SCC's "sub-scale" Dutch division for an undisclosed sum. New York-listed Systemax last night confirmed the bid to the stock exchange, the most significant buy it has made in Europe - where it trades as Misco - since the acquisition of WStore some years back. "The European IT …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014

Systemax CEO: Can't get consumer biz out of the crapper

It is a new calendar and financial year for shape-shifting box-shuffler Systemax but the same problem remains: it is hamstrung by a "weak" consumer division that is a burden on the relatively fit B2B operation. The New York-listed reseller last night reported Q1 results ended March with sales declining one per cent to $873.4m, …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2014

Pure Data buys tech services biz Servatech

Yorkshire has witnessed some M&A channel activity with infrastructure reseller Pure Data Solutions leaping into the IT services market after coughing a six figures sum for minnow Servatech. The deal that closed yesterday afternoon will see 38 services bods and techies at Servatech transfer to the new owners, though they will …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2014
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Virgin Media downed by thick Leeds 'copper' crooks

Virgin Media customers in Leeds are suffering their second major outage in a few days as a result of witless thieves ripping cables out in the belief they are made of valuable copper. Instead, the raiders have made off with lengths of comparatively worthless glass fibre. Engineers are currently working to repair the damage, …
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Shape-shifting box shifter Systemax made cash... from non-IT kit

A write-off of deferred tax assets helped to widen losses at ailing Systemax during Q4 as the tanking consumer biz in North America more than offset sales growth in the Industrial Products division. It was an eventful end to another eventful year for the shrinking reseller, with turnover in the final three months of 2013 down 7. …
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2014
Chesterfield’s twisted spire: Local Store Manager, Adam Osowski, with fellow EE employee

EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard

While EE didn’t win our Monopoly board coverage survey, the formerly fruity network did prove to be top dog for data speeds – and that’s down to having more spectrum than its rivals. Chesterfield’s twisted spire: Local Store Manager, Adam Osowski, with fellow EE employee Chesterfield local store manager Adam Osowski asks a …
Simon Rockman, 28 Aug 2014
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India's grip on offshoring eases ever so slightly

India's dominance of the offshoring industry has eased ever so slightly, with Mumbai losing its position as the world's second-best place to outsource to Filipino capital Manila, according to the new Tholons 2014 Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations rankings report. The news isn't all bad for India: it's still home to six of the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2014
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Leeds council cuts contractor rates

Leeds City Council is telling all its IT contractors to take a ten per cent pay cut. This has become standard practice for many private companies, especially hard-up banks, but is less common in the public sector. The contractor who contacted us felt the council was taking advantage of the economic downturn to force cuts on its …
John Oates, 30 Mar 2009
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Gambling addict IT boss gets 7 years' porridge for £19m swindle

An IT boss who defrauded his employer of close to £19m to help fund a crippling gambling addiction has been sent down for a seven-year prison stretch. Jonathan Revill pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud and one of transferring criminal property at Leeds Crown Court. The court heard that he had used his position at …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013
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Conficker outbreak infects Leeds NHS servers

Servers on the network of NHS Leeds were struck down by the Conficker worm late last week. The malware infection struck on Friday and forced administrators to take a handful of infected servers offline, in phases, in order to apply deworming tools. Trust PCs were not infected by the attack, which a leaked memo (extract below) …
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2010
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Laser deflector shields possible with today's tech – but there's one small problem

A new paper from the University of Leicester claims that it's technically possible to build shields around a spacecraft to protect it from laser fire using available technology, but with the somewhat troubling side effect of leaving the pilot unable to see where he or she is going. The research, published [PDF] in the peer- …
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2014

Systemax turnaround plan off the rails as losses widen

It could be a case of returning to the drawing board for the Systemax execs who drafted the 2013 turnaround blueprint: the company's Q2 financial results are steeped in red ink amid sliding sales. The misfiring dealer drew up an operational review last year that it put in place during the autumn. Yet the benefits didn't show up …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013
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The O2 4G Lottery: Are YOU in one of the three LUCKY cities?

O2's 4G network will go live in London, Leeds and Bradford this month - followed by ten more cities by the end of the year. The rollout will end EE's virtual monopoly on high-speed mobile internet connectivity. O2 customers will need a new SIM and a handset compatible with the 800MHz radio band that O2 bought in the last …
Bill Ray, 01 Aug 2013

Reseller giant Systemax bleeds red ink in Q1 of 'turnaround year'

Misfiring reseller big gun Systemax has seen poor results in the first quarter of calendar 2013 - which is supposed to be its turnaround year. In its efforts to recover, the business has slashed European jobs, shuttered US PC factories and axed retail brands. The ailing firm, branded as Misco in Europe, saw sales decline 3.6 per …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013
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Leeds thieves target Ford Focus chips

Police in Leeds have issued a warning to Ford Focus owners that thieves are targeting their vehicles in order to get their mitts on an allegedly magical chip from the car's stereo, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports. Detective Inspector Nick Wallen from North East Leeds Division explained: "There has been an ongoing rumour for a …
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2008
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Leeds Council loses kids details

Leeds Council has apologised for losing a memory stick containing unencrypted details of 5,000 nursery-age children. The council originally believed the stick, which was found by a member of the public, contained no sensitive data. It was not encrypted or protected by a password. It contained names, addresses, dates of birth, …
John Oates, 09 Dec 2008
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Temps to take a plunge in Leeds tomorrow

After recently recovering from last month's sweltering 188 degree heatwave, the unfortunate residents of Leeds are about to experience a dramatic about-turn in weather fortunes. In an unseasonally chilly twist, the mercury is forecast to hit its peak at a nippy 3°C tomorrow, according to the Beeb. Leeds weather forecast …
Tracey Cooper, 07 Aug 2006

Bloated tech reseller Systemax may be turning around, but it's still going the wrong way

Things were supposed to be on the up for the Leeds brothers in charge of troubled reseller Systemax: by this point in calendar '13 profits should have returned as the restructuring plan takes hold ahead of the glide into Christmas. But that is happening elsewhere in an alternative reality - in this time dimension Systemax …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2013

Techies of Leeds unite

Next Wednesday sees the inaugural evening meeting for the Leeds chapter of GeekUp - the techie social night that is taking the north-west of England by storm. GeekUp is a monthly techy meet-up held in Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool. Leeds' first event will be held at the Cross Keys pub, in Water Lane, next to the Round …
John Oates, 13 Jun 2007
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Leeds swelters in 188°C heatwave

It's Friday and it's damned hot, so what better way to end the week before slipping off to the nearest pub garden for a few liveners than with another bit of weather-based fun from the Beeb? Richard Cope explains: "I know it's hot, but bloody hell! Check out the minimum temperature predicted today in Leeds..." Leeds minimum …
Lester Haines, 21 Jul 2006

First, servers were DEEP-FRIED... now, boffins bring you WET ones

We've seen quite a few innovative engineers who have tried to bring down data centre cooling costs, including this mad crowd who dunked theirs in a deep fryer... Now boffins at Leeds University and British start-up Icetope have invented a super cooling liquid that could create a new generation of "wet servers". They say it could …
Anna Leach, 28 Feb 2013
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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
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Wanadoo LLU live in Leeds

Wanadoo is now a fully fledged local loop unbundling (LLU) operator after it flicked the switch in 15 exchanges in Leeds yesterday. The move means that anyone signing up to the Wanadoo service in Leeds - which was originally used to test the ISP's unbundled broadband service - will be able to get download speeds of up to 8 meg …
Tim Richardson, 08 Nov 2005
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Systemax director Carl Fiorentino bribery trial moves to Florida

The trial of former Systemax director Carl Fiorentino has been moved from New York to Florida, where he was based when the alleged bribery offences are claimed to have occurred. Fiorentino, a one-time president of subsidiary Tiger Direct, stands accused of pocketing more than $7m in kickbacks from component suppliers in Taiwan …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2014
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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

EE is still the best mobile network in the UK, but the others are catching up and Three is the one to watch. This is the conclusion of the latest report from RootMetrics the mobile survey company which regularly looks at UK mobile coverage and is headed by Bill ‘Frappuccino’ Moore. The previous survey descended into a war of …
Simon Rockman, 19 Aug 2014
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Opportunity knocks? Four jobs for your perusal

Monday and time for our regular outing with reed.co.uk, The Register's UK recruitment partner. Four jobs are presented for your perusal. The Hood Group, a household insurance company headquartered in Southend, is hunting for a group IT director. Responsibilities include the successful delivery of software development, ensuring …
David Gordon, 24 Jun 2013
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Infra-red cameras to tackle congestion in Leeds

Trials of technology to enforce use of a high occupancy vehicle route into Leeds will start next month. Leeds City Council has agreed to trials of the latest version of technology which will automatically count the number of people travelling in cars on a high occupancy vehicle lane into the city centre. The trials are expected …
Kablenet, 26 Feb 2008
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EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

Britain's temporary 4G monopolist EE promises to "double" its network speed in twelve cities from tomorrow as the company attempts to achieve superior offerings and differentiate itself from rival operators who are set to swamp the market in the autumn. The company's boss Olaf Swantee admitted that EE wanted to "stay one step …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2013
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Spread the gospel! Tim Berners-Lee's Open Data Institute goes global

The Open Data Institute, an organisation founded by web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI prof Sir Nigel Shadbolt, has announced it's setting up 13 "nodes" around the world. The ODI, which is backed with a £10m cash pot provided by taxpayers and based at London's Silicon Roundabout, was created to help businesses use public …
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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

Brits on the UK cell network EE are reporting dodgy connections, delayed text messages and other problems tonight. Some users are unable to make calls even though they have a full signal strength showing on their mobiles. According to handy uptime monitoring website downdetector.co.uk, most of the complaints are coming in from …
Chris Williams, 19 Mar 2014

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
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Suffering SPITZER! Boffins discover Milky Way's MISSING ARMS

For years, boffins have been arguing over whether our galaxy has four spiral arms or just two, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Artist's impression of the Milky Way You spin me right round ... an artist's impression of the Milky Way The only way to confirm the theory is to try to figure out where the stars are and …
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Iceotope sounds like a kids' superhero – but it's a UK server-cooler maker that just bagged £6.1m

The UK's Sheffield-based Iceotope has grabbed $10m (£6.10m) in funding to help it push its liquid-cooling server tech into more data centres. The cash injection was announced on Monday, and should let the company double in size from 16 to more than 30 employees in the next year, Iceotope chief executive Peter Hopton told The …
Jack Clark, 14 Jan 2014
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Virgin.net in Leeds Castle blunder

There were red-faces at Virgin.net today after a vulture-eyed Reg reader spotted a curious picture accompanying a city guide to Leeds. The city guide, as it happens, coincided with those destinations served by Virgin Trains, another one of Sir Richard Branson's enterprises. Snag is, one of the pictures was of Leeds Castle, a …
Team Register, 24 Jan 2003

Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

Vodafone's new 4G mobile broadband package, announced today for the UK, will include live football or a Spotify Premium subscription, plus three months of unlimited downloads and calls - all for £26 a month. Voda has effectively updated its "Red" tariff by adding a fiver a month onto the price, and including 4G connectivity and …
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2013
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Steady as she goes at Three, no unseemly dash to be Four

Hutchison's Three network in the UK has seen a ten per cent increase in active users over the past year, it says, with a 14.4 per cent increase in contract punters. The six months to the end of June saw 3 with 9.2m users (7.5m active) of which 5.5m were on contract (5.37m active) - the rest being on prepay. The network lost 109, …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2013
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ICO: Private dicks broke data-protection rules when they blagged data

Two private investigators who tricked organisations into revealing personal details about customers have been found guilty of breaching the Data Protection Act. Barry Spencer, 41, and Adrian Stanton, 40, who ran ICU Investigations Ltd in Feltham, Middlesex, were convicted at Isleworth Crown Court of conspiring to unlawfully …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2013
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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

Systemax files $2.2m losses as US shoppers stay home

Systemax was hit by Q2 losses as continued strong trading in its business-to-business operation in Europe was more than offset by US shoppers' reluctance to part with cash, the reseller giant confirmed late last night. Operating losses for the period ended 30 June were $2.2m compared to a profit of $15.6m a year earlier, " …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2012
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Extreme Programmers! Meet up in Leeds

eXtreme Programmers are nothing if not clubbable, but the eXtreme Tuesday Club (XtC) is a City thing, as in the City of London, and I'd hate for Reg Dev to seem London-centric. So, as there are also plenty of eXtreme Programmers up North, I was interested to hear of one of them (with some sponsorship from Erudine) trying to get …
David Norfolk, 05 Jan 2007
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Data Centre World: It's hard work cooling off those hot racks

At the Excel Centre in London last week, co-location of a different sort was in evidence with Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World sharing floorspace under the same roof. It was the first time that the two events had run simultaneously and, at first glance, co-habitation seemed to make a lot of sense. Yet wandering around …
Bob Dormon, 04 Mar 2014
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UK malls use Google in desperate stab at luring shoppers off the web

The UK's largest commercial property company Land Securities has signed a deal with Google to try to stem the flow of shoppers from its managed malls. Land Securities manages more than 29 million square feet of property - including 17 shopping centres across Britain that, like most retail outlets, are suffering from the rising …
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TSG buys Leeds reseller

Technology Services Group (TSG) has bought another accountancy software dealer, this time in Leeds. The two directors and 15 staff of Logical Solutions, a Sage reseller, are relocating to TSG North offices, also in Leeds, They bring on board 300 small and medium-sized business customers. Financial terms are undisclosed. TSG …
Drew Cullen, 02 Feb 2005
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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Tales from Bohemia, Silicon Roundabout style: in which intrepid explorer Alistair Dabbs goes in search of a cup of coffee in London's Silicon Roundabout tech district traffic feature... Indie cafe 1: Large soya latte, please. Am told they don’t do them in large. They weren’t wrong – drink is served in a vessel smaller than a …
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Aug 2014

Brit IT firm turnaround man: He's fixed the broken toilet, can he fix the busted biz?

It has been four months since Phoenix IT Group brought in its Mr Fix It, a chief executive tasked with reversing the misfortunes of the stumbling tech services company. Hired in March, Steve Vaughan has spent most of his time re-writing company strategy, but in his spare time got the broken disabled toilet in the Northampton …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2014
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EARTH was a BAKING LIFELESS DESERT for 5 MILLION years

Boffins have discovered that "lethally hot" ocean temperatures kept the Earth devoid of life for millions of years after the mass extinction that occurred 250 million years ago. Cracked earth The global wipeout that ended the Permian era, before dinosaurs, wiped out nearly all of the world's species. Mass extinctions like …