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Virtual Instruments gets hooks into SANs

Virtual Instruments (VI) reckons it has the broadest and deepest way to monitor and manage end-to-end SAN traffic, from the application in a virtual machine right down to Fibre Channel cable into an array. It's announced VirtualWisdom 2.0 and says the product is all about optimising virtual infrastructures and enabling the …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2010
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US commission urges broadband socialism

A long-awaited US report studying access to online information was released Friday. One of its recommendations is that the government radically step up its efforts to ensure broadband access to all. The report, Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, was developed in a partnership of the John S. and James …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Oct 2009
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Microsoft cloud to get 'full' SQL Server soon?

Next month, after a long silence, Microsoft will reveal what relational features from SQL Server have gone into its Azure cloud. Or so it seems. Microsoft's SQL Data Services (SDS) development manager Nigel Ellis has promised attendees at next month's Mix 09 will see "a great session about SQL Data Services, including how the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2009
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Viewsonic VMP74 1080p media player

For most of this century, I've evangelised home movie set-ups that put a lightweight, probably Linux-based player in the living room, leaving your multimedia libraries on a server at the other end of your network. Viewsonic VMP74 Viewsonic's VMP74: compact casing - but what a lot of codecs it contains My favorite player has …
Chris Bidmead, 14 May 2010
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PC World in non-misleading TV ad shocker

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected complaints against a PC World laptop advert which claimed the technology on offer was "pretty much future-proof". Gripers posited there's no such thing as a "future-proof" laptop, because hardware and software are being constantly updated. The ASA gave PC World the benefit …
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Intel takes out $1.25bn insurance policy

Intel's take on today's settlement of its multiple legal entanglements with rival AMD is simple: we didn't do anything wrong, we're not going to change, and we think $1.25bn is a reasonable amount to spend to avoid trial - and, possibly, to guard against even more-serious legal challenges. Or, as Intel executive vice president …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Nov 2009
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Oracle names self virtualization king

If Oracle and Sun Microsystems have anything in common - and as the poster children for Silicon Valley's IT upstarts, they have much in common - it is that they are not afraid to say they have the best technology and no one can touch them. That, in a nutshell, was what Oracle's top techies spent hours trying to convince the …
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Trend Micro's CEO says 'AV industry sucks'

Trend Micro’s CEO threw down the gauntlet to her competitors last week, proclaiming that hackers are ahead of the game and that the anti-virus industry “sucks”. Chief exec Eva Chen, who co-founded the Tokyo, Japan headquartered-firm in 1988 with Steve Chang, announced last Wednesday a radical shift in business strategy for Trend …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jun 2008
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Self-replicating machine replicates

Next month will see a new version of the self-replicating RepRap machine, but owners of the existing model won't need to buy a replacement - they'll just be able to just print themselves an upgraded version. RepRap was developed by a team led by Adrian Bowyer from Bath University, who makes rather audacious claims for his baby. …
Bill Ray, 24 Apr 2009
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Microsoft swoops into schools to teach P2P morality

Teenage intellectual property (IP) law swotters are less likely to illegally download music and film files from the internet than their clueless counterparts, Microsoft claimed yesterday. Redmond is now looking to bring the rest of the kids up to speed by pushing its own IP curriculum in schools. The software giant reckoned …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Feb 2008
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Iron Mountain lands ICANN data escrow agreement

Iron Mountain announced today that it has begun providing long-awaited data escrow services to ICANN and its panoply of approved registrars. Ever since the RegisterFly debacle exposed ICANN’s failure to account properly for the data escrow requirements of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), data escrow has been at or …
Burke Hansen, 29 Nov 2007
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Sony Vaio M Atom 2.0 netbook

The new Vaio M is the first Sony netbook to be pitched at the increasingly common £300 price point and it is also the first to use the now equally common 1024 x 600 resolution screen. This display choice suggests that – after the highly desirable but horrendously expensive P Series and the cheaper but still unpopular hi-rez W …
Alun Taylor, 20 Apr 2010
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Dell chases Sparc shops with migration offer

Server makers have been picking on the Sparc/Solaris base for so long that it seems normal. But with faith in Sun Microsystems being shaken after it rejected a takeover bid by rival IBM two weekends ago, and with Sun announcing its own "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 servers today, Dell decided that this was a particularly good time to …
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Azure new future for Microsoft's Muglia

Bob Muglia's New-Year ascension from "vice" to full "president" of Microsoft's server and tools business is an important milestone in the company's online transition. Muglia will continue doing what he's been doing for the last few years: driving growth in Microsoft's seemingly ever expanding server and tools business. Server …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2009
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Microsoft moves Macs closer to PC parity

Microsoft has announced two products designed to provide users of Office 2008 for Mac with improved access to existing server-based Microsoft services. The first of the two, Microsoft Entourage for Exchange Web Services, will be a free upgrade to Entourage 2008 for Mac that will enable that email, contacts, and calendaring …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jan 2009
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IBM flaunts green credentials

As part of its sustained PR campaign to persuade the IT industry that it is greener than David Cameron, IBM invited a bunch of tech journalists to see its new, tree-loving data centre at its London HQ this week. A quick recap: earlier this month, IBM announced that it was going to spend a billion dollars to double its own data …
Lucy Sherriff, 25 May 2007
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Virgin Mobile goes to China

Virgin Mobile is in talks with several Chinese mobile operators about starting operations in the country. Richard Branson's mobile arm works with carriers as a Virtual Mobile Operator - it provides the marketing magic while someone else deals with the nuts and bolts. In the UK it uses T-mobile's network. Kong Branson told …
John Oates, 08 Dec 2004
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Peruvians to enjoy Windows in Quechua

The estimated three million Peruvian speakers of Quechua will soon be enjoying Microsoft products in their native tongue, according to a report (in Spanish) on Terra.com. MS Peru and the Peruvian Ministry of Education have inked a deal to develop Windows products in the ancient language of the Incas. The programmes will be …
Lester Haines, 16 Nov 2004
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Migrating EJB 2.1 Entity and Session Beans to EJB 3.0

In this tutorial, migration of EJB 2.1 specification EJBs to EJB 3.0 specification is discussed. EJB 3.0 Session and Entity beans require JDK 5.0 as metadata annotations are used in the specification. The EJB 2.1 specification is implemented in the javax.ejb package classes and interfaces. A session bean is required to …
Deepak Vohra, 25 Apr 2006
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EU data ruling slaps filesharers with red herring

Internet users in the UK can safely ignore this week's EU Courts of Justice ruling on data protection for filesharing: it's already irrelevant. On top of that, the judgement covers an ISP belief system that's being rapidly eroded by governments and rights holders behind closed doors. Neither fact has stopped the judgement being …
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Fines all round! EU blames everybody for illegal employment

As Bismark didn't quite point out, both sausages and laws are desirable and necessary things (mmm, sausages!), but you don't particularly want to be there when they're made. Recent experience inside the Brussels saucisson factory rather brought this home to me. To set the scene: they're trying to get EU-wide laws covering …
Tim Worstall, 23 Sep 2008
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UK faces fertility law shake-up

The UK's fertility laws face a major shake-up in the face of experts' demands that the regulations need to keep pace with scientific advances. Among the issues up for review are embryo screening, the creation of "designer" babies aimed at treating sick siblings and how exactly to deal with embryos left in limbo when couples …
Lester Haines, 16 Aug 2005
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Ebbers guilty on all counts

WorldCon founder Bernard Ebbers has been found guilty on all charges related to the massive accounting fraud that brought the telecomms giant to its knees, the Associated Press reports. Following eight days of deliberation, a Manhattan federal jury returned guilty verdicts on charges of conspiracy, securities fraud, and seven …
Thomas C Greene, 15 Mar 2005
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Vista first look: Bugs and confusion

The most prominent feature of Windows Vista is its cost. So, before we get into the nuts and bolts of how it behaves, let's talk about value for money. Because at these prices, it had better be good. The stand-alone version of Vista Ultimate retails for €600, or $780 here in Ireland. Amazon.com is selling this $780 version to …
Thomas C Greene, 14 Feb 2007
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Micro-ISV: From vision to reality

Every developer working for an employer dreams, at one time or another, about striking out alone. Whether it's a dream of starting up the next Microsoft, or simply the chance to create the perfect widget, it's a common enough fantasy for those working for someone else. And, like all such dreams, there are a few souls brave …
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Framework Design Guidelines

While Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms and Patterns for Reusable.NET Libraries hardly rolls off the tongue, it has the obvious virtue of faithfully describing the contents. And while the subject of coding and design guidelines might not get the juices running in the same way as a tome on the latest scripting …
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Merced… kinda dead? Or kinder dead?

Some intriguing reports are trickling our way about the progress of the Intel Merced project and so we thought it worth our while to revisit the subject, once more. It's hard for us to firm up the story that nine months ago, Intel CEO Craig Barrett carpeted Dr Albert Yu and got very irritated at the progress of the processor. We …
Mike Magee, 28 Jun 1999
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Understanding Enterprise SOA

Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) are where the big money is these days, with all of the major vendors tripping over themselves to prove just how service oriented they can make you if you hand over huge bundles of corporate cash. In fact in the race to win the bullshit bingo it’s hard to know what gets you the most points …
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Asus A7V clip troubles sorted

Insane Hardware gets its mitts on the Asus A7V mainboard, and sets about extolling its virtues. Read more here. The A7V is also up for discussion at Tweaktown. Now this lot don't want to be seen to be slating the board, which they seem quite fond of, but they would like to point out that the Antipodes have been getting boards …
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2000
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Scots Parliament opening to be Webcast by MSN

MSN is going to host the Webcast of the opening of the Scottish Parliament live on 1 July on the new assembly's Web site. Microsoft is understandably proud of this achievement. With all the rumblings in Scotland about the cost of the Parliament, it is indeed a monumental feat to extract yet more money from the Scots to finance …
Lucy Sherriff, 25 Jun 1999

Sony Ericsson Walkman W380i budget music phone

Having revamped its high-end Walkman line-up with the W890i and the W960i, now it’s budget music mobile buyers' turn to get a fresh deal, with the W380i clamshell. But are its smart design and novel features enough to give it pocket pulling power? On the scale of music phones, the W380i may be less ‘iPhone killer’ more ‘Shuffle …
Phil Lattimore, 10 Apr 2008
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Wikipedia founder 'shot by friend of Siegenthaler'

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has been shot dead, according to Wikipedia, the online, up-to-the-minute encyclopedia. Apparently, the assassin was a "friend" of the victim of a recent controversy which ironically, smeared former Robert F Kennedy aid John Seigenthaler as a suspect in the assassination of both Kennedy brothers. …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Dec 2005
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Whoops – Dell suggests Win2k ship date slips into next year

Microsoft's top hardware buddies at Dell have unexpectedly supplied evidence that Windows 2000 might not ship until February - at the earliest. We noted last week that Bill Gates (speaking to a Dell audience) might have been suggesting more delays, and we also had a tip tip that the big launch would be in January, but Dell's …
John Lettice, 01 Sep 1999
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Allchin quizzed on ‘secret’ MS protocols and APIs

In court yesterday Microsoft VP Jim Allchin defended the security exception to disclosure in the proposed Microsoft-DoJ settlement, which is derided by opponents as "security by obscurity," but under cross-examination by States' attorney Kevin Hodges he went some way toward defining the protocols and APIs that Microsoft would …
John Lettice, 08 May 2002
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Infinium puts ex-Xbox exec in charge

Kevin Bacchus, one of the team of four who founded Microsoft's Xbox division, has become CEO of Infinium Labs, the company developing the Phantom console and games service. No, don't laugh. It could actually be happening this time. Indeed, according to Tim Roberts, Infinium's founder and former CEO - he's staying on the board …
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2005
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HP's Hurd lets us pretend Compaq never happened

HP's board hired Mark Hurd as the company's new CEO for three main reasons - he's duller than Carly Fiorina, he's supposed to have more operational expertise than Fiorina, and he's not at all associated with the Compaq acquisition Fiorina engineered. Hiring reason number three stands out after Hurd today held his first press …
Ashlee Vance, 30 Mar 2005
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Reuters to put its core business on the Internet

Pinch us. Reuters stock has been climbing since yesterday when, according to a Reuters report, so it must be true, it announced a £500 million plan to shift its core business to the Internet. This sort of announcement, by anybody, usually does have a happy effect on the stock price, but depending on what you reckon Reuters' core …
John Lettice, 09 Feb 2000
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L&H subpoeanead by SEC

Speech and language specialist Lernout & Hauspie has been subpoeanaed by the SEC because the agency wishes to investigate its previous years' accounts. Such an action is more serious than a previous action by the SEC concerning how research in progress was accounted for - a move that the SEC also made against a considerable …
Graham Lea, 22 Sep 2000

Sony Ericsson Walkman W660i music phone

Sony Ericsson has made the most of its Walkman resurrection and is cashing in on the brand's cachet with a fast-growing range. But by filing the gaps with samey phones like the 3G-capable W660i, is Sony Ericsson in danger of losing its edge? Why change a winning formula? With the W660i, Sony Ericsson doesn’t. The W660i slips 3G …
Simon Lorne, 11 Oct 2007
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European Commission publishes its guide to OSS migration

The European Commission has published a detailed guide to open source migration, with the objectives of helping administrators decide whether a migration makes sense in the first place, then giving them an overview of the the procedure and a better understanding of the nuts and bolts involved. The publication of the guide is a …
John Lettice, 23 Oct 2003
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RedHotAnt – quality customer service

We can only assume that RedHotAnt is living by the adage "All publicity is good publicity." There can surely be no other explanation for the latest balls-up to emerge from the ISP, even if the balls-up is purely accidental. Responding to a query about a service issue, Bob Garrioch, an RHA director, sent his reply complete with …
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Jul 2000
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FBI blows Code Red all-clear

The FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) has issued a bulletin stating that "the Internet threat posed by Code Red when it changes from a scanning mode to an active distributed denial of service (DDoS) mode at 8pm (EDT) on August 19, 2001 is significantly reduced." All right, that's correct in a sense, but it' …
Thomas C Greene, 18 Aug 2001
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AOL Instant Msgr accounts easily hijacked

Hackers exploiting a loophole in America Online's sign-up process have begun taking their pick of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) accounts, hijacking them virtually at will. The technique emerged early this month on AOL-Files, a meeting place for AOL hackers, where it was born as a harmless hack that allows users to establish AOL …
Kevin Poulsen, 29 Nov 2000
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AMD suffers Gigglehurts hype attack

You've got to giggle at the press release AMD put out signalling its PR triumph over the dark forces of Intel's massive PR department, if only for the level of hyperbole it reaches in places. Before we start on that deliciousness however, let's get the nuts and bolts out of the way. AMD is shipping 1GHz Athlons, and Gateway and …
Mike Magee, 06 Mar 2000
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Electric Cloud creating a Build storm

Electric Cloud supplies software to speed up the Build process that's such an important part of modern "agile" software delivery. It uses a sophisticated approach to running the components of a Build in parallel. And now the company is in Europe. Photo of Andrew Patterson, European business director at Electric Cloud. As its …
David Norfolk, 05 Jul 2007
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What the Hell is… CueCat?

It's the size of a computer mouse, shaped vaguely like a cat, and plugs into your PC. It reads bar codes on printed pages and even on products, and immediately directs your browser to selected Web sites for a sales pitch. Hobbyists have cracked the firmware, cracked the software, and someone has even cracked its creator's …
Thomas C Greene, 22 Sep 2000

Building disaster into the network: how UK.gov does IT

The Department of Work & Pensions may ultimately derive some lessons from its IT disaster last week, but it's doubtful that it will spot the most important one, far less take the necessary corrective action. The problem, you see, is that its IT strategy is now largely out of its control, and that it is essentially deskilling …
John Lettice, 30 Nov 2004
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Windows, the next generation to show in June – for rent

Microsoft is to release details of its next big project, Next Generation Windows Services, at Forum 2000 in Redmond on 1st June. NGWS is the big project Bill Gates allegedly stopped running Microsoft to supervise, but since it was first mentioned in his resignation release in January, very little information on the project has …
John Lettice, 12 May 2000
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Nader demands DNS for the people, by the people

World governments should oversee ICANN to confine its influence strictly to the nuts and bolts of DNS registration, according to a draft proposal rolled out by legendary American crusader for the little guy, Ralph Nader, during a Washington conference on DNS issues this weekend. The proposal, by the Consumer Project on …
Thomas C Greene, 28 Sep 1999
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VeriSign calls ICANN bluff in world’s biggest game of poker

We’d been wondering what VeriSign was up to. Leaning back, but carefully observing. Making the odd snide comment, but all the while shifting its cards in its hand and plotting its next move in the world’s biggest game of poker. The prize? Control of the Internet. ICANN on the other side of the table has been in confident mood …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Feb 2004