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Amdahl 470V/6 mainframe computer on the 3rd floor of the Computing Center Building on the University of Michigan, credit Jeff Ogden, original photographer unknown

Unisys re-ups $650m deal to look after US taxman's big iron

National tax collection agencies were among the first organizations in the world to use IBM, Sperry, Burroughs, and other mainframes, and despite all the grumbling and grousing over the high costs of these venerable box, they have invested a fortune in COBOL applications and it is not so easy to ditch the mainframe as it might …
Pirates ahoy!

Microsoft struggles to rid US shores of pesky pirates

Microsoft yesterday confirmed that it has filed 21 civil lawsuits for software piracy in US federal courts against resellers in 14 states. The tech multinational has slung its latest round of sue balls at resellers, claiming they have used a crafty technique that it likes to refer to as “hard-disk loading”. It said that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2008
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Apple Store pillaged in 31 seconds

On Tuesday, around 2 o'clock in the morning, a team of well-choreographed gadget-rustlers needed no more than 31 seconds to clear out an Apple Store in Marlton, New Jersey. Taking only one second longer than it does for Justin Long to humiliate John Hodgman in a "Get a Mac" ad, five masked miscreants tossed a brick through the …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Sep 2009
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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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iPhone v. Q – War in the backwoods of Mississippi

Register Hardware reader Brett Brennan recently joined good friend Pat Coggins, the CTO of CATs Communications – a company that specializes in using wireless networks and GPS for real-time tracking applications - for a hunting trip of sorts. Here's the report from the field. iPhone vs. Q: a shoot-off The pair of technophiles …
Brett Brennan, 29 Jul 2007