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UK.gov awards managed services deal to lucky dozen

Buying Solutions has announced that it has awarded a two-year IT managed services framework agreement to 12 suppliers. The government procurement agency said the contract, which includes the management of servers, PCs and laptops, is now live at public sector and associated organisations. "This framework agreement caters for …
Kable, 16 Aug 2010
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Important breakthrough in mole-cruiser technology

Good news for mole-cruiser fanciers today, as boffins reveal important new developments in the technology of burrowing subterranean machines. Poster art for the 70s film of At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs Traditional mole cruiser in action. The new underground locomotion tech comes from Professor Daniel Goldman of …
Lewis Page, 10 May 2011
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Toshiba looks ahead, sees a 14TB disk

Earlier this month Toshiba researchers presented a couple of papers concerning bit-patterned media (BPM) and associated head technologies at a Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Intermag conference in Washington DC. They have been working towards an areal density of 5Tbit/sq in for hard disk drives and this was by way of a …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2010
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JavaScript shogun deflects Google's mid-air Dart attack

Google might be pressing on solo with JavaScript-killer Dart, but those backing JS reckon their language - while not perfect - will thrive for another 25 years. Allen Wirfs-Brock, editor of the ECMAScript 5 standard, thinks JavaScript will expand beyond its web stronghold, thanks to the use of browsers to run apps in a dawning …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2012
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IBM's monster tape will take three days to fill

IBM Research has devised technology with FujiFilm to create a 35TB capacity tape, but it will take 3 days to write the data at LTO5 speeds. The new hyper-capacity half inch tape technology has been successfully read and written at a 29.5bn bits/sq in areal density, which means a tape capacity of 35TB according to the researchers …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2010
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Seagate picks LSI for flash controller

Aspiring solid state drive (SSD) shipper Seagate has picked LSI to supply it with controller silicon for its SSDs. LSI supplies System-on-Chip (SoC) technology - custom silicon chips - to Seagate and others to control hard disk drives and their I/O (pictured below). They are placed inside the drive enclosure. They read signals …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2008
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Phoenix maintains gentle ascent

The disaster recovery business has been keeping Phoenix IT Group heading skyward. Revenues were up overall by 16.3 per cent to £126.7m, which included five months of sales from Servo Computer Services, the SME IT services and product sales business that Phoenix acquired in November 2006. Excluding the Servo figures, "the like- …
Mark Ballard, 21 May 2007
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IBM super cleared for trivia showdown with humanity

More than a decade ago, IBM challenged humanity to a chess match with its Deep Blue supercomputer. And the computer won. Now, the company has issued another challenge to humanity. This time, the game is trivia. And humanity has better odds. It is hard to guess who will win the grand challenge contest between humanity and Watson …
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Phoenix IT revs up in Q1

Q1 revenues were up 48 per cent for Phoenix IT, which posted an interim management statement today on the three months ended 30 June. The UK IT outsourcing group is not revealing hard figuers, but it says that organic revs were up 13.8 per cent, with the rest of the gain reflecting the fact that new-ish acquisition, the disaster …
Team Register, 14 Aug 2008
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Seagate may face noise reduction patent payout

Just as Seagate is getting back to health after a year of recovery, it has been accused of destroying evidence pertinent to a 10-year old noise reduction technology lawsuit instigated against it by Convolve and MIT. In the 1990s, MIT academics developed "input shaping" vibration and noise reduction technology that steadied a …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2010

Gibson plugs in self-tuning roboguitar

Legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson is reporting plenty of interest in its self-tuning Robot Guitar. Gibson's self-tuning roboguitar The technical details of how the axe keeps the strings nicely in tune - via pitch-monitoring bridge, CPU, and servo-motored machine heads - is available here. All the guitarists among you need …
Lester Haines, 03 Dec 2007
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SNIA Archiving for data protection in the modern data centre

El Reg has teamed up with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for a series of deep dive articles. Each month, the SNIA will deliver a comprehensive introduction to basic storage networking concepts. This month the SNIA examines archiving in today's data centres. What is an archive? An archive is a collection of …
Walter Moriconi, 08 Jul 2011
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Tosh builds mega dense hard drive - but can't read it yet

Toshiba has announced a breakthrough in extending disk drive capacity - sort of. It can build a platter holding four times more data bits, but it can't read it. The company has been developing bit-patterned media (BPM), a technique to make smaller collections of the grains used to record the magnetic charge for each bit and lay …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2010

Of hybrid hard drives and capacity boosts

The extra platters and shingled writing future revealed by Xyratex CEO Steve Barber seems to have been influenced by Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates and his "Hard Disk Drive Capital Equipment Market and Technology Report". Coughlin's reports are used by many people in the hard disk drive (HDD) production and buying …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2010
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Phoenix IT results show contract pain

Phoenix IT Group managed to hold up revenues and profits despite contract changes at its biggest customer. For the six months ended 30 September revenues were down to £54.4m from £54.8m for the same period last year. Profit before tax was £9.2m compared to £8.9m for the same six months of 2005. There are some delays in …
John Oates, 27 Nov 2006

Toshiba boffins ready next-gen iPod hard drive

Toshiba has taken the wraps off a new hard drive recording technology it claims will dramatically increase the capacity of the 1.8in drives used in portable media players like Apple's newly announced iPod Classic. Dubbed Discrete Track Recording (DTR), the technique, as its name suggests, separates out parallel magnetic data- …
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2007
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Nikon D7000 DSLR camera

In the months following the launch of its new mid-range DSLR at Photokina, Nikon struggled to keep up with demand, so successful and fabled the D7000 had quickly become. But does it really live up to the hype? Nikon D7000 Clicking into place: Nikon's D7000 Well, to start with there are quite a few headline-grabbing …

Panasonic preps Blu-ray, DVD, CD chip

Panasonic will next month begin sampling what it claims is the first optical drive control chipset capable of writing to any recordable or re-writeable disc format. Well, all except HD DVD, that is. No great surprise there, since Panasonic parent Matsushita has its feet firmly in the Blu-ray camp - unlike, it seems, HP. …
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2005

Canon EOS 400D digital SLR

DSLRs were once the province of the professional, with prices to match. But the cost has fallen, so for roughly twice the price of a mid-spec compact you can now pick up a decent digital SLR. A camera like the Canon EOS 400D for example. The EOS 400D has been around for quite a while now and Canon has since launched the EOS 450D …
George Cole, 03 Jun 2008
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Registro lanæas Universala Eldono

Finita des jaroj ni apud The Register estas ricevaj multnombra plendoj, insultoj kaj minacoj koncerne nia politiko de alveturanta artikolojn en Brita (i.e. reala) Angla. Tamen, sekvanta iu preskaý sensanga puæo nia politiko (kaj ankaý nia administrado) þanøis, kaj ni nun havi iu sintenon pli erudis rilate al sugestoj de nia …
Team Register, 07 May 2005
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Boffins develop DIY musical Wi-Fi robot kit

Academics funded by a sinister triumvirate of global corporations intend to see Wi-Fi-controlled robots in every home, school, and office across the free world. In a particularly cunning twist, the professors and their shadowy backers intend that this mechanoid fifth column be assembled DIY-style by innocent dupes - perhaps …
Lewis Page, 26 Apr 2007
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Seagate hands over $45m for FDD patent

Disk drive giant Seagate has coughed up $45 million (£27 million) to settle a seven-year-long row over patent infringements with one-time drive maker Rodime. Rodime claims it pioneered the development of the 3.5in drive in 1983 and that Seagate had used it without paying royalties. A Californian District Court dismissed the case …

Yamaha DVX-1000 2.1 home cinema system

The DVX-1000 promises to be the last word in 2.1-channel home cinema, delivering a level of surround sound not heard before from a three-speaker system. Or so Yamaha would have us believe. It claims the DVX will deliver a 7.1-channel experience from just three speakers, a technique Yamaha's marketing droids have dubbed Air …
Lewis Caliburn, 19 Nov 2008
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24xCD-R, 10xCD-RWs get pumped out

Production of 24x CD-R drives is ramping up and Plextor has kicked in with a CD-RW which offers: 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW, and 40x CD-read. It's an internal drive with E-IDE interface. Plextor isn't the first with this, and Ricoh says it has had 1-24x CD-R's available since the beginning of May, included in its MP7200A-DP 20x 10x …
Robert Blincoe, 25 Jul 2001
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Great Fujitsu hard drive fiasco rumbles on

Questions surrounding the Great Fujitsu Hard Drive Fiasco simply won't go away, however much the Japanese manufacturer hopes that they might. Earlier this month we reported a product recall - sorry replacement - of 300,000 faulty Fujitsu hard drives. The fault, which is supposedly brought on by heat and prolonged usage, lies …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2002

Olympus SP-570 UZ 'superzoom' camera

The problem with many in-between/crossbreed/hybrid products is that they can suffer a little from an identity crisis...and the Olympus SP-570 UZ is no exception. At first glance, it looks like a compact version of a DSLR: it’s got a large zoom lens at the front, an SLR-type grip and it’s a mile away from the ultra-slim compacts …
George Cole, 07 Aug 2008
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Ex-Info’Products employee wins his day in court

Compel has been ordered to pay £1,000 to a former employee of Info'Products for unpaid wages. Ryan Diblee, a former account co-ordinator at reseller Info'Products, won his case on 13 April at Chelmsford County Court. He was awarded £955 for commission deducted from his salary between April and December 1998. Diblee, who …
Linda Harrison, 16 Apr 1999
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BOFH and the cyberchair

BOFH 2004: Episode 3 So I'm relaxing in the office when the Boss has a loneliness attack and decides to come visiting. I know it's loneliness because he hasn't brought the wadge of paper he generally carries with him to remind him of what he came for. "Just... ah... checking to see how things are going at... er... Mission …
Simon Travaglia, 27 Jan 2004

SuperDLT increases capacity, cuts choice

Check out The Register's Enterprise Storage Channel With the SuperDLT 320 tape drive now available in quantity and the Benchmark takeover underway, Quantum is working hard to keep LTO at bay. "LTO is now our main competitor, but we can go further than them because we have more surface area to play with - they have to use a …
Bryan Betts, 09 Oct 2002
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Back in 2005, the EOS 5D digital SLR marked the best way into full frame (24x36mm) shooting for Canon owners. Optically, this model was on a par with 35mm cameras of old. With a sensor this size, finally, here was a way of getting the original focal length of your old 28mm lens back from the scaling beyond 40mm that occurs when …
James Cumpsty, 08 Jun 2009
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Dell sees the channel light while Microsoft is cast as open source redeemer

It's finally happened. Dell has publicly stated what we in the channel have known all along. You can't live without resellers and partners. Not long after his second coming at the company and after many years of outright hostility to the indirect channel, CEO Michael Dell has undergone a conversion, telling CRN US: "There are …
Billy MacInnes, 24 May 2007
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My cat is a dog! The twisted logic of ZDNet's DOS FAT FUD

Many, many, many of you wrote in about Befuddled by file systems, browsers, computer history? Here's a selection. I suffer this phenomena for years. Everytime when someone wrote crap in a mag, friends of mine who read that believe the stuff and try to tell me I'm stupid. Tom Servo You were much to kind to David B. That …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Sep 2001
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Ethical hackers meet airbag-toting cyborgs

We ran an article this week about Harvard Business School's decision to reject applicants who had used a mini-hack to sneak a peek at the status of their applications. In it, writer Mark Rasch asked a lot of questions about the ethical position of the applicants, the university and the those responsible for the security of the …
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Mar 2005
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Thank God someone's finally exposing this charlatan

See also: You both make good points, but we're still leaning in Steve's direction Steve walks on water; you're a moron, and so's your old man Have you seen the latest vuln dev posts from this morning? Gibson's taking crap from all angles. Looks like consenses from the list is that he's pretty clueless and only out for PR. One …
Thomas C Greene, 09 Jul 2001