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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

Plusnet has been slammed by its customers for failing to acknowledge or explain the cause of a nationwide broadband service outage. Twitter is stuffed with complaints from around 7am on Friday morning that service has not been resumed following an apparent maintenance period. Plusnet’s service has been struck down across the …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2016

'Power equipment failure' borks EE's data services across England

EE's 2G and 3G data services are struggling this afternoon after what seems like a power equipment failure caused problems at the telco's switch sites. Customers in the UK have been complaining about "a major outage of 3G data," with one Reg reader saying that at 5am this morning access point name connection requests were …

Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The book Children of Time by British sci-fi author Adrian Tchaikovsky has been announced as the winner of this year’s Arthur C Clarke award. The award was established by Sir Arthur, who is considered one of the “Big Three” of influential science fiction writers, along with American authors Issac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. …
Katyanna Quach, 25 Aug 2016

Avnet CEO: Sales down, profits down, but we dumped $70m in cost

Bill Amelio might be the new interim exec holding high office at Avnet but the messages he delivered as the distie reported another quarter of falling sales were all too familiar - define the strategy and cut costs. The industry old timer, a former chief exec at Lenovo, was made top dog at Avnet on 11 July, though he can’t …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2016
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Sky fibre down at breakfast-time across the nation

Sky broadband customers have been hit by an outage this morning, which appears to be disrupting services nationwide. Sky tweeted: "We are aware that fibre customers are having issues browsing, engineers are investigating. Sorry for making your morning more stressful." According to its service status page, the issue started at …
Kat Hall, 02 Aug 2016
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Avnet sees Dätwyler's bid for Raspberry Pi slinger, raises to £868m

Avnet, the American technical component distributor, has come in at the 11th hour to outbid an existing offer for Premier Farnell, distributors of the Raspberry Pi. Farnell was all set to be sold to Swiss group Dätwyler Holding for £792m, including debt, but a new offer from Avnet with an enterprise value of £868m has now been …
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Zen loses its chill: UK biz ISP falls offline for four hours and counting

Updated Beloved business-friendly ISP Zen has been suffering an outage for more than four hours today in the UK – and the carrier has no timetable for when service will be restored. A Zen status notice said that many of its business and residential customers are unable to connect to its network from mid-afternoon, UK time, due to what …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2016

Bosses at UK infosec biz Quadsys confess to hacking rival reseller

Five men working at UK-based IT security reseller Quadsys confessed today to hacking into a rival's database. Owner Paul Streeter, managing director Paul Cox, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve Davies and security consultant Jon Townsend appeared before the beak at Oxford Crown Court. All five pleaded guilty to …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2016
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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “You don’t know you’re born,” they would say to me during my first holiday job. “You don’t know you’re a sad, blubber-arsed freeloader coasting towards retirement,” I’d reply… in my head, of course. Out loud, I would complain that they were being unfair, and I would be slapped down with that most frustrating of clichés “Life’ …
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Jun 2016
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Raspberry Pi distributor Premier Farnell in £792m Swiss buyout deal

Premier Farnell, British Raspberry Pi distribution firm, is set to be purchased by Swiss group Dätwyler Holding for £792m. In a letter to investors released today Premier Farnell said an agreement had been made to allow Dätwyler to take over the company, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval. Leeds-based Premier …

Roll up! Roll up! Come and see the Cloud for UK Public Sector roadshow

Promo Working in IT and the public sector? The Cloud for UK Public Sector roadshow could be just the ticket for you. The roadshows are hosted by Skyscape Cloud Services, possibly the UK’s biggest cloud provider for the public sector, and all sessions feature independent guest speakers and are chaired by a journalist. Taking place …
David Gordon, 24 May 2016

HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

HSBC is to wipe out more than 800 of its UK-based techies in a move Unite the union has condemned as a ‘reckless’ drive to offshore jobs. The redundancies are part a wider cost cutting drive that will see the bank slash 8,000 positions in Blighty and a total of 50,000 worldwide by the end of next year, with the aim of saving $ …
Kat Hall, 16 May 2016

UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

Computer science degrees need to have a clearer focus on making grads more employable. In fact, according to a report into the low employment rates among students, institutions offering comp-sci courses are so terrible at it that employers look to holders of other degrees to fill the comp-sci-shaped hole. Unemployment among CS …
Kat Hall, 16 May 2016
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Leeds, Bradford eat fibre

Small broadband pusher CityFibre is to roll out Gigabit services in Leeds and Bradford. The biz has already laid fibre in 37 cities and plans to increase that number to 50 over the next five years. Man shouting through a mega phone with abstract communication icons in the background
Kat Hall, 25 Apr 2016

Quadsys Five enter 'not guilty' pleas to Crown court charges

The fraud case against five men from security reseller Quadsys will go to trial in September after they pleaded not guilty to allegations of hacking into a rival’s database to plunder customer and pricing data. The individuals charged include MD Paul Cox, owner Paul Streeter, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2016

Systemax bleeds cash, reports $100m net loss for 2015

The cost of exiting its North America reseller biz propelled Systemax’s net losses to nearly $100m in calendar 2015 - but European ops might just be finally showing some signs of recovery. The supplier, in the midst of a turnaround strategy, offloaded the Technology Group reseller biz in December to PCM for $14m but then …
Paul Kunert, 09 Mar 2016
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Here's one obscure little EU data protection rule that would be good

Those concerned with data protection and privacy have their work cut out in the UK. On top of understanding what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Directive in the field of law enforcement both mean in practice, this week saw the publication of: the Investigative Powers Bill (which …
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Oh TechNation. Britain's got tech talent. Just not like this

Opinion It was ironic that this month’s crowing Tech Nation report, which wrongly claimed the UK digital sector “was growing 32 per cent faster than the rest of the economy,” almost coincided with the total collapse of one of the sector’s biggest – and loudest – stars, Powa Technologies. Compiled by Tech City and NESTA, an innovation …
Marcus Gibson, 25 Feb 2016
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Capita hiring temps to cover for call centre redundancies – staff sources

Capita is hiring a bunch of temps to deal with customer requests being directed at its O2 call centre, just months after initiating a redundancy scheme due to perceived lower levels of work. This is according to the outsourcer’s staff based north of the border in Glasgow, who agreed voluntary redundancy terms last summer but …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2016

What do we do about a problem like Uber? Tom Slee speaks his brains

Interview Veteran software pro Tom Slee was one of the first critics of so-called “Sharing Economy” outfits like Uber and AirBnB. His forthcoming book What’s Yours Is Mine: Why The Sharing Economy Isn’t draws attention to the dark side of their operations – and strongly argues for regulation. But this creates a dilemma. They’re hugely …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2016

Quadsys Five fraud case pleas delayed until next month

Five men at security reseller Quadsys who stand accused of fraud are expected to enter pleas at Oxford Crown Court late next month after delays held up their case. Paul Cox, MD at the Oxfordshire-based company, was charged in the summer with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and blackmail relating to an …
Paul Kunert, 21 Dec 2015
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Unsourced, unreliable, and in your face forever: Wikidata, the future of online nonsense

Special report Lobbying companies, PR professionals and SEO optimisers are flocking to influence Wikidata, a child project of Wikipedia that’s backed by serious money. And that’s just one of the reasons to be concerned about a project that could become the world’s default source of information. The information in Google's Knowledge Graph – …
Andreas Kolbe, 08 Dec 2015

Systemax offloads North America problem child to PCM for $14m

Ailing tech supplier Systemax looks to have dealt with the corporation’s problem child – it is selling “certain assets” of the North American Technology Group (NATG) to PCM for $14m and will shutter the rest. The once mighty reseller has reported steep losses and falling sales this year; it has already closed 31 retail stores …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2015
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Sound waves could power the future's magnetic HDDs

Our need to store data is growing at an astonishing rate. An estimated 2.7 zettabytes (2.721) of data are currently held worldwide, equivalent to several trillion bytes for every one of the seven billion people on Earth. Accessing this data quickly and reliably is essential for us to do useful things with it – the problem is, …
Tom Hayward, 13 Nov 2015
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Profitable business evaporates at Systemax... make that all business growth

The year seems to be going from bad to worse for ailing tech supplier Systemax with losses widening and revenues narrowing. In calendar Q3, the reseller reported sales of $699.3m, down 15.3 per cent from $825.4m in the same period a year ago, the primary cause of this was the North America Tech Products unit. Stateside, the …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2015
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Capita given early Order of the Boot from £500m Post Office deal

Capita has been booted off a £500m deal with Fujitsu to supply a broadband network to the Post Office, following reports of underperformance by the outsourcer. In 2012 the Post Office signed up Fujitsu for the five year deal to provide its "next-generation network (NGN) broadband experience combined with enhanced customer care …
Kat Hall, 26 Oct 2015

Softcat to float in November, £500m market cap expected

Tech reseller Softcat has confirmed it intends to float on the London Stock Exchange from next month, as it rolled out another set of healthy financials for fiscal ’15. The Marlow-based firm’s intention to go public was perhaps one of the UK industry’s worst kept secrets; it hired Credit Suisse some months ago to run the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2015
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Webcam spyware voyeur sentenced to community service

A UK voyeur who hacked webcams to spy on victims has avoided going to prison for his crimes. Stefan Rigo, 33, of Leeds, used the Blackshades malware to infect systems and spy on victims. He was arrested in November 2014 as part of an international operation targeting low-skilled crooks using Blackshades, which gives hackers …
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2015

Quadsys Five hacking fraud trial set for mid-December

The fraud case against the Quadsys Five accused of hacking into a rival security reseller’s systems is due to start in earnest on 14 December. As we revealed last month, Quadsys owner Paul Streeter, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve Davies and in-house security consultant Jon Townsend were charged with …
Paul Kunert, 28 Sep 2015
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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

Preview At a cinema near you on Tuesday 29th September we have Roger Waters The Wall. You may be forgiven for thinking, hasn’t he done this before? Yup, he notched up the honour of the highest grossing concert tour for a solo artist when he took his revamped staging of this rock opera on the road between 2010-2013, which this film …
Bob Dormon, 17 Sep 2015
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Quadsys Five fraud case transferred to Crown Court

A case involving the owner and certain employees at security reseller Quadsys, who were last month charged with fraud by Thames Valley Police, is to be elevated to Crown Court. As we revealed last month, the Quadsys Five, including owner Paul Streeter, MD Paul Cox, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve Davies and in …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015
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Take redundancy if you want, Capita IS for turning now, after all

Crapita is to shutter both the Bury and Glasgow call centres that provide phone support for O2 customers after hundreds of staff – all of those in scope – accepted voluntary redundancy, a union said. This is a complete about-turn by the integrator-cum-outsourcing monster which even until a few weeks ago was telling us that no …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2015

Quadsys Five charged with fraud over data-slurping allegations

The boys in blue have charged Paul Cox, MD at Oxfordshire-based security outfit Quadsys, with fraud after he and others at the firm allegedly hacked into a rival security reseller to take data, including pricing info. Cox was among five bods arrested in March by Thames Valley Police (TVP) in conjunction with the National Crime …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2015

Systemax bleeds $28m while its shares bounce off the floor

With the store closure programme Stateside, the axe falling on EMEA boss Pim Dale, and the industry-wide currency crisis, portents of doom hung over Systemax’s Q2 numbers. And so it has come to pass – the once mighty tech reseller last night reported another quarter of double digit sales declines and widening losses. Turnover …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2015
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Former Phones4U director grabs boss chair at Tech Data Mobile

Tech Data Mobile has confirmed that former Phones4U director Matt Child has taken control of the UK arm, replacing previous exec Peter Hubbard who has now left the building. Child was commercial director at the retailer until it went under last autumn, and since then was COO at Leeds United football. Prior to those roles he …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2015
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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

Times are tough for Capita, or so it seems. The outsourcing giant is squeezing extra margin from its employees by charging them to use cutlery, cups and trays in the canteen. Our insiders tell us that call centre workers in Bury and Glasgow who decide to eat their own food in the canteen are forced to pay to consume their …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2015
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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

Comment The leadership of Nokia phones shuffled out of Microsoft yesterday, with phones VP Jo Harlow joining former CEO and Microsoft devices VP Stephen Elop in the taxi queue. The traffic wasn’t all one way: Meego UX guy Peter Skillman has joined Microsoft from Nokia’s HERE division. The moves are a result of a corporate reshuffle …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jun 2015
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Systemax Euro CEO Dale is OUT: Misco man gone by month's end

Systemax EMEA chief exec Pim Dale, the man who once dreamed of fashioning the biggest tech reseller in the region, is out following a run of negative results that were criticised by his bosses. The NYSE-listed outfit, which trades as Misco in Europe, told staff in the UK offices yesterday about his departure, and that outgoing …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2015
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NHS blows £5 MILLION on delayed Care.data

Exclusive The NHS has so far wasted spent £5m on the controversial Care.data scheme, which has been hit by a series of delays due to a public outcry over plans to share personal medical info with world+dog, El Reg can reveal. According to a Freedom of Information response, NHS England spent £2.5m each in 2013/14 and 2014/15, with millions …
Kat Hall, 02 Jun 2015
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AQL looks for Ofcom approval, maybe more blue hotspots to come?

Regional telco AQL is looking to get Electronic Communications Code (ECC) approval for installing its services, including free Wi-Fi around Leeds, mobile data services, and very, very fast fibre in the ground. The company has one customer wired up at 100Gbps, lots at 10Gbps and hundreds at 1Gbps, and has applied to Ofcom to …
Simon Rockman, 01 Jun 2015
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Softcat preps for IPO, closes in on brokers

Softcat is preparing the groundwork for its flotation on the London Stock Exchange with the market expected to value the tech reselling juggernaut at cool half a billion pounds. Our sources tell us Marlow-based Softcat has narrowed the field of potential brokers to a handful of firms, but Credit Suisse and Jeffries are most …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2015

US titans roll out the numbers... wow, reselling is a tough game

Calendar Q1 numbers are out for shape-shifting resellers Insight Enterprises and Systemax, with the former reporting flat sales and profits but the latter faring much, much worse. Both are trying to rapidly develop services operations based on consulting, managed services and the cloud to replace commoditised or 'empty calorie' …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2015
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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

The story of Grant Shapps and Wikipedia – which dominated news coverage of the General Election for a whole day last week – shows that new media can make a monkey out of respectable old media – even with a tale that falls far short of old media’s standards of proof. The purpose of what follows is not to defend Shapps, who is …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Apr 2015

There’s a whole mobile world out there – here’s how to manage it

Promo You can retreat into the server room all you like, but we all know that dealing with your users’ mobile devices is an essential part of keeping your company’s systems up and running these days. That applies whether your raison d’etre is boosting end-user productivity, worrying about security or simply driving down costs. So …
Team Register, 16 Apr 2015
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Blood Relatives, The Tears of the Rajas and The Fifth Gospel

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston looks at literature's latest with a compelling debut novel from Stevan Alcock. The days of empire in India get up close and personal due in no small part to Ferdinand Mount's well-documented family history. And for those with a taste for antiquity, Ian Caldwell's latest gives Dan Brown a run for his …
Mark Diston, 28 Mar 2015
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Systemax CEO closes 31 retail stores in US as losses widen

Systemax has finally shuttered the majority of its consumer tech stores in North America after once again enduring weak holiday season sales and reporting yet another year of losses. The New York-listed reseller grew consolidated sales 4.4 per cent to $912.9m but it was the B2B side of the house and not retail that contributed …
Paul Kunert, 11 Mar 2015

Annodata consumes print services minnow STS

Hertfordshire-based Annodata has plucked print services minnow STS Ltd from relative obscurity to bolt onto its own division that operates in the same field. The buy fills a gap in the portfolio, namely large format specialised printing, adds nearly £3m in annual revenues and a customer base including William Hill, and several …
Paul Kunert, 17 Feb 2015
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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

The eXpat Files This week's edition of The eXpat Files takes us to Switzerland, where British expat Simon Murphy says you can run out of food – or beer – if you forget that the shops are all closed on Sundays. It's also forbidden to mow one's lawn on the Sabbath. Which sounds quite civilised. Simon also explains how to blend cold beer and …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2014
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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

Oxford boffins have vowed to have the largest quantum computer ever made up and running within five years and help Blighty regain its place at the top of the tech world. The government has announced the creation of four "Quantum Technology Hubs" which will collaborate to build a small device called the Q20:20. Sadly, this won't …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Nov 2014
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Can't flog software for love nor money? UK mega-reseller Softcat probably ate your lunch

Unstoppable reseller juggernaut Softcat has smashed through the £500m sales barrier in the most recent fiscal year ended July, meaning it has grown for the past 36 straight quarters. In the last four years alone, and in the middle of the worst financial crisis since the the 70s, turnover at the Marlow-based business jumped from …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2014