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Steve Ballmer as Doctor Evil

'I'm BIG, I'm BALD and I'm LOUD!' Blubbering Ballmer admits HE was Microsoft's problem

A tearful Steve Ballmer has admitted he was a big part of the problem at Microsoft – and that the company needs to rethink its management structure to succeed in the future. "At the end of the day, we need to break a pattern. Face it: I'm a pattern," company CEO Ballmer told The Wall Street Journal with apparent tears in his …
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2013

Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

I am a very lucky man: Amazon is offering me a 20 per cent discount. The cynics among you might try to claim that everything at Amazon is offered at a 20 per cent discount because of its advantageous tax arrangements but that would be the result of confusion. My 20 per cent discount has nothing to do with VAT being 20 per cent …
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Mar 2014
Canon

Canon debuts EOS M compact system camera

Seemingly bowing to peer pressure, Canon has finally unveiled its own compact system camera, the EOS M. A mirrorless interchangeable-lens snapper that features its new EF-M lens mount and an 18Mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Rather than try a new imaging format, Canon is playing it safe with DSLR tech in a small body and competing with …
Caleb Cox, 23 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Acronis creates new roles for biz and M&A hotshots

Data protection software supplier Acronis has created two new roles on its executive team: senior vice president in corporate development and SVP in global business development. The move suggests the firm is anticipating a spike in growth and is preparing itself to make a few acquisitions, or even positioning itself to be …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2012

Murdoch: I'm a Jawbone fanboi - and it's going to help me live to 100!

Press baron Rupert Murdoch has revealed he wears a Jawbone UP, the fitness-tracking bangle beloved of "quantified self" pushers and fitness fans. Murdoch revealed his Jawbone habit in a speech delivered to Australia's Lowy Institute, a think tank established by billionaire Frank Lowy whose Westfield shopping mall empire brings …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

Windows 7 'I'm a PC' man quits Microsoft

Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” bloke is reportedly leaving the software maker. According to an email, seen by SeattlePI.com, Sean Siler has quit the company for personal reasons, after five years of service. “I have a lot of memories from my time at Microsoft, but the ‘I'm a PC’ commercial is the highlight. I really feel proud that I …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2010
Steve Ballmer as Doctor Evil

Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

Steve Ballmer's greatest regret from his time at Microsoft is that he flubbed his company's attempts at smartphones and mobile computing. That's what he said on Tuesday during his first public appearance since stepping down as CEO of the software goliath. Speaking before an audience of graduate students, business owners, and the …
Neil McAllister, 04 Mar 2014
Wrapping Tidal Enterprise Scheduler around Hadoop

I used to be an Oracle DBA ... but now I'm a Big Data guru

As the demand for Oracle skills fades along with VB and as even Java loses its shine, the smart developer is looking at what will pay the bills for the next decade. As an ITpro you have to bet your career every few years and Big Data is too obvious an opportunity to pass up. The problem being that it’s not a single product that …
Dominic Connor, 20 Feb 2013
John Chen

BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

BlackBerry has said that it will finally consider selling off its smartphone-making business if it continues to be unprofitable. "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business," chief exec John Chen told Reuters in an interview*. The Canadian phone biz reported poor sales again in its fourth quarter …
The Register breaking news

'I'm a PIRATE' confessions spew from OED iPhone dictionary

Users of iOS dictionary apps from Collins, Longman and the OED have found themselves outed as pirates on Twitter, as a name-and-shame tactic used by the apps' developer backfires. The company concerned, Enfour, apparently reckons that 75 per cent of its users are pirates, which is why it planted some code in its applications to …
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Assange shocker: 'Of course I'm a goddamn journalist'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is running out of patience with those who question his rightful membership with the fourth estate. Just hours after receiving Australia's Walkley Award for "recognition of long-term commitment and achievement in the Australian media," Assange appeared by Skype at the News World Summit in Hong …
Dan Goodin, 28 Nov 2011
iPhone 2.2.1 update

BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

"Yeah, so we just need you to upgrade these machines," the Beancounter says. "Upgrade them to what, Windows 8?" I ask, suppressing the gag reflex. "No I mean upgrade them with the updates." "Oh, so you mean upDATE them, not upGRADE?" "It's the same thing!" he simpers. "Not at all. An upDATE is when the system stays …
Simon Travaglia, 21 Feb 2014
How to strangle a chicken - Aussie style

My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

I’ve been fairly used to the idea that my PC at home is substantially better than my work one; this has certainly been the case for me for more than a decade. I’m a geek and I spend more than most on my personal technology environment. However, it is no longer just my home PC. I’ve got better software tools and back-end systems …
StorageBod, 11 Mar 2014
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F-Secure won't speak at imperialist lackey RSA's 2014 conference

Fallout from the allegation that RSA helped the NSA undermine crytpography standards is spreading, with Finnish security vendor F-Secure uninviting itself from the 2014 edition of RSA's eponymous conference. The reason, says F-Secure's chief research officer Mikko Hypponen, is that RSA is an imperialist running dog. His strongly …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Dec 2013
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Microsoft resuscitates 'I'm a PC' ads to fight Apple

In desperate need for something – anything – to stop the advance of the iPad and Android, Microsoft is trying to convince consumers that the PC is as modern a computing device as any tablet. On Monday, Microsoft will hit US TV audiences with a new ad campaign that updates its "I'm a PC" spot from a few years back, which was …
Gavin Clarke, 10 May 2011
Bruce Schneier

Q&A: Schneier on trust, NSA spying and the end of US internet hegemony

Bruce Schneier is the man who literally wrote the book on modern encryption, publishing Applied Cryptography in 1994, and for the past 20 years has been an important and sometimes outspoken voice in the security industry. He founded the firm Counterpane Internet Security (later sold to BT), and is also a board member of the …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2014
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Oracle to NetApp: 'I'm a faster, cheaper storage lover'

Oracle says it has scored an SPC-1 benchmark win over NetApp; its ZFS storage box delivers twice the SPC-1 speed of a NetApp array for less than half the cost. The ZFS 7420 recorded 137,066 SPC-1 IOPS at a cost of $2.99/IOPS. Oracle chose to contrast this with a NetApp 3270A result of 68,035 SPC-1 IOPS at a cost of $7.48/IOPS. …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011
The Register breaking news

Take your hands off me - I'm a tech VC superstar!

Effendi, entrepreneurs! The Bongster is back from Texas! Every year, the brightest talent in Shoreditch's vibrant tech scene swaps the workspaces and mentor-ins of N1 and E2 for the sweet smelling grass of Austin, Texas, for SXSWi. And so did I. As the founder of ¡Bong! Ventures, I am the enabler behind some of the best-known …
Steve Bong, 16 Mar 2012
GPFS Storage Servers based on System x servers

Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

IBM is a great technology company: so many of the technologies we take for granted can be traced to back to Big Blue. And many of today’s implementations still are poorer than the original implementations. And yet the firm is not the dominant force it once was; an organisational behemoth, riven with politics and fiefdoms doesn’t …
StorageBod, 15 Apr 2014
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NTT Comms snaps up US cloud players in £540 MILLION swoop

Enterprise ICT business NTT Communications has taken a big step towards expanding its global cloud computing footprint with the $US525 million (£326m) acquisition of US provider Virtela and a $350m (£217m) swoop for 80 per cent of datacentre firm RagingWire. The Japanese firm said its deal with RagingWire would more than double …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2013

UKFast hoovers up customer list of BurstNET

UKFast has made its first acquisition under a newly recruited M&A head after taking on the local customer base of US hosting biz BurstNET. As previously revealed, the cloud silo and server hosting provider hauled in former LDC and PwC director Catherine Houghton to steer an acquisition plan after claiming it lost out to rivals …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2013
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Maxima turns to M&A veteran after sale talks go stale

Maxima has hired buy-and-build specialist Ian Smith as a non-exec director in the wake of its failed attempt to sell the business. The London Stock Exchange listed managed services provider last week revealed that it had been unable to thrash out a deal with several interested suitors and that the offer period had lapsed. The …
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2011
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Brit IT veteran Kelly takes job at investment advisory firm

A British tech biz veteran and former bigwig at integrator Logicalis UK, Tom Kelly, has landed at mid-market M&A and debt advisory firm Livingstone. He joins Livingstone as IT and managed services sector advisor to help further boost its presence in Blighty's tech space, perhaps a sign of the local market's improving fortunes. …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2013

Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

A small army of politically correct nerds will gather in London this weekend to launch a mission to "clean up" source code hosted by GitHub. A group calling itself Ethical Code claimed the platform has become a hub for, er, gits who insist on peppering their work with nasty words that have the potential to shock and offend. At …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Mar 2014

I said ‘no’ to a million-pound Tech City empire

I have been propositioned in a toilet by a 72-year-old man. He wants me to move in with him and do the business. Ah, it’s possible that I may have phrased this poorly. What I really meant to say is that he is looking to me to arise and provide him with a youthful injection to keep him in the game. No, no, you’re getting the …
Alistair Dabbs, 17 May 2013

Feds: Silk Road pirate king tried to SNUFF customer AND employee

Alleged online drug kingpin Ross William Ulbricht tried to have not one, but two people involved in the Silk Road killed, according to as US federal court indictment. The Dread Pirate Roberts, as Ulbricht was known online, paid an undercover federal agent $80,000 to torture and kill a Silk Road employee, the indictment, filed in …
Jack Clark, 03 Oct 2013

Microsoft gives TechNet a one-off reprieve

Microsoft has decided to extend the life of its TechNet service for 90 days, but will still kill the popular service and suggest subscribers migrate to the more expensive MSDN. Microsoft has let subscribers know of the extension in an update to its Subscriptions page for the service. The offer's only open to “customers whose …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Sep 2013
Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees

Nokia has decided to allow an unspecified number of employees at its massive Chennai plant take voluntary retirement (VRS), as it battles local tax authorities and an April 30 deadline for transferring the factory to Microsoft. The Finnish handset maker issued the following statement on Friday, seen by PTI: As a global company …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Apr 2014
Personality glasses - Joe 90

I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

“My nephew bought me one of those iPad things for my birthday.” My heart sinks – I can already tell where this is going. I’m at a neighbour’s house party, the time is last summer, and one of the older partygoers is about to tell me that some new-fangled technology is too much for him to cope with now that he has reached the age …
Alistair Dabbs, 29 Mar 2013

Equistone borgs Easynet, MDNX in double-slurp

Lloyds Development Capital is getting out of Easynet, with Equistone to be announced as the buyer for most of the company later today (excepting its operations in Germany). Easynet will at the same time acquire UK integrator MDNX, according to a tip-off from a Reg reader. LDC bought into Easynet in 2010, acquiring it from Sky …
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Cloud silo and services firm UKFast hires personal shopper

Cloud silo and server hosting service provider UKFast, which owns three data centres across the UK and claims Coutts private bank and NHS trusts among its customers, has brought on board an M&A specialist to help it embark on a UK acquisition spree. UKFast claims it had previously lost acquisition targets to rivals because it …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
Temporary lead-ion

Telstra 'snot boxes' challenge Turnbull's FTTN plan

Rain has been a problem for my fixed line for years. There have been other exciting ventures in broadband fail over the years, such as when a contractor set fire to a large Telstra pit and cut off 20 homes for three weeks, but rain has been the constant niggle. It most recently came to a head last weekend – March 1 – when …
The Register breaking news

Facebook poaches Google exec to go on M&A hunt

Google's corporate development director has reportedly been scooped up by Facebook, in a move to help the social network beef up its mergers and acquisitions portfolio. Amin Zoufonoun worked at Google since 2003, but according to Reuters he's taken a job with Facebook and will be sitting behind his new office desk next week. …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Mar 2011
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Arrow's Computerlinks gobble - a vendor's perspective

One of the channel's worst kept secrets was finally outed last month as US behemoth Arrow Electronics agreed to snap up Munich-headquartered VAD Computerlinks for a cool €230m. In many ways it was a canny bit of business for Arrow and should give it access to some high-end customers, but the deal raises more questions than it …
Tim Ayling, 27 Sep 2013

Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India

Who needs China? Facebook this week announced that its active user base in India passed 100 million – the first country to do so since the US of A. The Social Network's VP of “growth”, Javier Olivan, said that the social network would now work with the mobile industry to nudge that figure up to one billion, according to local …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

Xpress yourself: Quark sold to M&A outfit

Desktop publishing software maker Quark has been acquired by Platinum Equity for an undisclosed sum. The Denver, Colorado-based vendor, whose most popular product was QuarkXpress back in the mid-'90s, was bought by the Ebrahimi family in 2000 from the company's founder Tim Gill, according to MacWorld. In contrast to recent …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2011

Redstone throws £9.9m at sickly managed services firm in all-share deal

Cloud and network integrator Redstone made a bid today for troubled managed services provider (MSP) Maxima, valuing the firm at £9.9m. The all-share deal between the AIM-listed firms equates to a 38 per cent premium on Maxima's market cap. Including the MSP's net debt of £3.9m at the end of May 2012, the acquisition represents …
Paul Kunert, 17 Sep 2012
Maurice Moss, IT Crowd

Asperger's and IT: Why my prejudices are great for your business

Recently, Trevor Pott posted an article discussing prejudices in IT. I’ve been thinking hard about this exact problem for several months now. As a consultant to the SME market, every single prejudice I have directly affects my clients' IT infrastructure, potentially for 10 years. Like Trevor, I have a disability. I live every …
Aaron Milne, 10 Jul 2013

Bill Gates, Harry Evans and the smearing of a computer legend

The roots of Microsoft's success in using a clone of Gary Kildall's CP/M operating system are well-known and supported by a court ruling five years ago. But that hasn't stopped a software consultant from making claims that could smear Kildall and the late computer pioneer's legacy. In an astonishing piece published by the IEEE's …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Aug 2012
Richard Barnes, ex-deputy Mayor of London

Boris Johnson's ex-right-hand man's right hand lands johnson in web slip

London Mayor Boris Johnson's former deputy has been left red-faced after a series of selfies revealing his chap found their way onto Facebook. Richard Barnes, 65, has denied that he intentionally uploaded the frank pictures, which feature full frontal shots of his meat'n'two veg. The images were deleted soon after. The photos ( …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Coupons drive M&A activity downunder

It’s feeling a little bit like 1999 in the Sydney digital startup space. Last week online giant and TV broadcaster mash-up Yahoo!7 made the next in a series of digital acquisitions, this time taking out one of the top players in the white hot coupon space, Spreets, for a handy $40 million. For Spreets, which launched a mere 12 …
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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

A bereaved man has launched a legal bid to force Apple to unlock his late mother's two-year-old iPad. Josh Grant, a 26-year-old Londoner, told the Beeb he did not know his mum's Apple ID and password. The fruity firm then refused to open up the fondleslab (presumably locked to her Apple ID) even though he has sent them copies of …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Mar 2014
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Maxima brags of £6m deals to woo admirers

Managed services provider Maxima Holdings has flagged up to any potential buyers that it has bagged £6m worth of contract wins. The AIM-listed company erected a "For Sale" sign outside its London-based premises last year but talks with interested parties came to nothing, leading to a shakeup of senior management as M&A veteran …
Paul Kunert, 26 Apr 2012

Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

Charity mogul Bill Gates couldn't give a flying clippy about Google's broadband balloon PR puffery. The tech titan reserved some barbed words for Google when asked by BusinessWeek what he thought of the Mountain View Chocolate Factory's "loon" attempt to bring internet to developing countries via floating balloons. "When you're …
Jack Clark, 08 Aug 2013

Lenovo chief Yang wangs hefty bonus wodge to workers

Yang Yuanqing, CEO of the world's largest PC maker, Lenovo, plans to share a portion of his whacking great bonus with staffers for the second year in a row following bumper sales figures. A pool of 10,000 workers out of the firm's more than 30,000 employees will each be given a piece of the $3.25m portion of Yuanqing's bonus, …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Sep 2013
Our Playmobil figure innocently tweeting away at his computer

Bloke raises hand in vid, claims: I sparked Apple dev site hack panic

A Turkish security bod calling himself Ibrahim Balic claims his bug reports to Apple sparked the shutdown of Cupertino's Developer Centre website. The iPhone giant pulled the plug on its online home for app programmers last Thursday fearing someone was attempting to hacking into its databases. Now Balic has alleged he found 13 …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work

A security audit of a US critical infrastructure company last year revealed that its star developer had outsourced his own job to a Chinese subcontractor and was spending all his work time playing around on the internet. The firm's telecommunications supplier Verizon was called in after the company set up a basic VPN system with …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2013
Angry Birds as code

Dev writes comments as limericks and other coding secrets

An anonymous developer has admitted to writing comments in code as limericks. The confession can be found at codingconfessional.com, a site devoted entirely to divulgements of developers' depravities. Here, for example, is the limerick chap's work: “I write most comments in limerick It makes all my coworkers sick My comments …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2013
Misfit Wearables Shine

Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

I’m not a fitness fan. I don’t jog and I’m more likely to be seen at the swimming baths picking up my kids after lessons than doing lanes myself. But with the big 5-0 coming close, and working as I do in a trade that has me sitting on my bum all day, I find I have a keener interest in my personal well-being than I did when I was …
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2013
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How much? Who knows. EC gagging order on DiData acquisition continues....

Dimension Data will only chow down on the entire European organisation of NextiraOne once certain sales criteria are met, the South Africa-HQ'd NTT-owned integrator whispered to us as the European Commission comms blockade continues. Acquisitive DiData has emerged as a suitor of the comms and networking reseller NextiraOne but …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013