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Sun ditches 'try and buy' program

Sun Microsystems is ending its "try and buy" programme that allowed customers to sample a range of hardware kit for 60-day trials with tech support thrown in for free. The company - which is currently facing a multi-billion dollar takeover from rival database giant, Oracle - didn't explain why it was dropping the radical offer …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2009

Aw, SNAP. It's too late, you've already PAID for your storage array

When a vendor says it has feature X, how do you know it's true? Storage arrays are mighty complex boxes and vendors' marketing of them can sometimes take a bypass around reality. How can you detect if this is happening? One way is to look for independent reviews of the product by a trusted reviewer. For example, product …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2014
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Big Blue offers "try and buy" for thin clients

IBM today said it was offering a "try and buy" scheme for Network Stations, with the offer aimed at the reseller market. The company said that it will offer Network Station Manager Software (Release 3.0 for NT) which will include MetafFrame Systems, WinCenter for MetaFrame, SmartSuite from Lotus. Resllers will be offered the …
Team Register, 03 Sep 1998
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The Oatmeal hits $850,000 goal for Tesla museum

Cartoonist Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, is proving to be something of a fundraising machine with the success of his latest project, raising $850,000 to set up a museum honoring the great scientist Nikola Tesla. Tesla's old laboratory in Shoreham, New York (known as Wardenclyffe) is up for sale with a price tag of $1.6m …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2012
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VMware lets you take vClouds out for a spin

VMware wants to make it easier for cloudy infrastructure builders to see how its vCloud stack of software runs their applications, but it doesn't want to be in the cloud business itself. So, the vendor has teamed up with a hosting firm to tune up a vCloud service evaluation cloud that lets application developers and system …
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William Shatner confirms Devon town actually prostitute free

William Shatner has apologised to the burghers of Ilfracombe for claiming, on national TV, that the Devon seaside town is a hotbed of prostitution. However, Shatner undermined the earnestness of his apology by insisting someone must be having sex in the resort for "something of value", the Daily Mail reports. The erstwhile …
Joe Fay, 20 Jun 2012
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This is Frankfurt calling: Scattered outbreaks of hot crunchiness

This is the second installment of El Reg's coverage of StorageNetworkWorld Europe, aka Powering The Cloud, bringing you another smorgasbord of storage goodness from the biggest storage show in the old coutries. Some of it's hot, and some is even crunchy... so dip in. BridgeSTOR and DDFS BridgeSTOR CEO John Matze told us more …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
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SGI spins up Cyclone HPC cloud

Try it, then rent it or buy it. That's the new mantra from supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics this morning as it launches its own supercomputing on demand offering, dubbed Cyclone. If cloud computing means virtualized server instances, then technically speaking - as if SGI could speak any other way - the Cyclone service is not …
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Flash goes native on iPhone

When it comes to Apple versus Adobe Systems there’s still no Flash in the iPhone browser, but a new compiler does enable Flash applications for App Store Adobe chief technology officer Kevin Lynch, speaking at Adobe's MAX in Los Angeles, California, explained what we already knew: that there is no technical barrier to running …
Tim Anderson, 05 Oct 2009
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IBM defers New Coke financing

Launching a new server platform of any kind in this economic environment is never an attractive option - unless it costs a lot less money than the alternatives. With mainframes, just being a lot cheaper than last year's model is progress, and with the System z10 Business Class entry mainframes announced this week, IBM has cut …
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Retailer pitches £1000 £10,000 Nintendo Wii

Retail chain PC World is clearly out to cash in on the current shortage of Nintendo Wii in the UK. How else can we explain why it's offering one of the consoles for £1000 - more than three times' the recommend price? Here's the proof: PC World's £1000 Wii How much? Click for full-size image It's a glitch, of course. Or a …
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2007
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Byron Review will create videogame delays, warns EA

If changes to the classification of videogames in the UK - as proposed by the Byron Review - get the go-ahead, then gamers will be forced to wait longer for titles to hit the shops, Electronic Arts has warned. In a report by Gamesindustry.biz, Keith Ramsdale, general manager for EA in the UK, Ireland and Nordic regions, said the …
James Sherwood, 26 Jun 2008
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Nokia's Ovi can't fail - must fail

It must be frustrating to sketch out a long-term technology roadmap in great depth, and see it come to fruition... only to goof on your own execution. But to do so repeatedly - as Nokia has - points to something seriously wrong. Nokia spent more than a decade preparing for Tuesday this week, when it finally launched its own …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 May 2009
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Sun measures HPC backorders in petaflops

Hot on the heels of job cuts that will see some 5,000 to 6,000 company employees given pink slips, John Fowler, the executive vice president in charge of the newly constituted Systems Platforms group at Sun Microsystems, was on hand at the SC08 supercomputing trade show to give a preview of products that Sun will be rolling out …
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Sun bundles servers in MySQL blankets

You're Sun Microsystems. You have a server lineup you brag about all the time. You have one of the best operating systems in the world in Solaris. And you shelled out $1bn in cold, hard cash to acquire the most popular open source database in the world, MySQL. And now you have figured out that it might be a good idea to sell …
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Red Hat cancels one-click world domination effort

We called Red Hat on Monday to address speculation that its RHX (Red Hat Exchange) program was about to go tits-up. Red Hat responded to the concerns today with a blog post. Tits-up? Puhlease! - goes the blog post. The Red Hat Exchange is alive and well, only in a modified form. Gone are Red Hat's hopes and dreams of attaching, …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jun 2008
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Infinium Labs' successor cans console project

It's official Phantom Entertainment - the company formerly known as Infinium Labs - has ditched its plan to offer a games console tied to a games-download service. The Phantom Games Service concept remains, but now it's targeted at Windows XP PCs. First due to ship in November 2003 - after a March 2003 introduction - then put …
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2006
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Where will EMC's restructuring axe fall?

The years of unrelenting double digit quarterly growth are over - VMware's growth is falling back, and EMC's mighty revenue train is slowing as it hits the steep recession grade. CEO Joe Tucci is starting to throw excess weight off the Hopkinton express. The company is going to restructure to cut its costs, although VMware is …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2009
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419ers unleash pedigree bulldog attack

We've just received a frantic email from someone who rather inadvisedly, and inexplicably, decided to buy an English bulldog from that well-known centre of pedigree breeds: Cameroon. Read on: I was scamed by ROINA WOMBAD her e-mail address is sourthbuffet@earthlink.net she has an add posted on postaroo she says she has an …
Lester Haines, 25 May 2006
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Intel's Vancouver mobo still very slippery

Boxed motherboard Cape Cod (the CC820) may be swimming around the channel in shoals, but its counterpart, the Rambus one from Vancouver (the VC820) is still pretty hard to find. After ringing round major UK distributors including Avnet, Flashpoint, Hall Mark and others to try and buy an Intel boxed Rambus i820 motherboard, we …
Mike Magee, 25 Nov 1999
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White knuckle SDRAM ride gets scarier

Reports reach us that prices of 128Mb synchronous memory dropped by a staggering $30 plus over the last 12 hours. But prices of the 64Mb parts have stayed relatively stable, with no significant cuts during the same period. US firm London Computers Inc was last night selling 128Mb parts for $168 on Buy.com, with others trading at …

Sun tweaks Solaris 9 performance

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence No one has ever accused the top brass of Sun Microsystems Inc of having a shortage of wiseguys and smart-alecks, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. If IBM is announcing a new release of its AIX Unix operating system, as it did yesterday, then Sun picked that same day to launch its updated …
ComputerWire, 09 Oct 2002

Sun announces its latest NAS solution

Sun Microsystems has announced the Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance, the first NAS solution based on the AMD Opteron processor model 252. The Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance builds on the Sun StorEdge 5000 NAS Appliance family, and also delivers investment protection via a data-in-place upgrade. Key features include iSCSI …
Clay Ryder, 21 Jun 2006
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Pat ‘Kicking’ Gelsinger gives Register massage

Disaffected employee 1: Credit Lyonnais O For three glorious days last week, anyone who linked into www.credit-Lyonnais.com saw a picture of a naked woman and a speech bubble ("I like Arab men...take me now"). Most peculiar. News of Credit-Lyonnais' innovative approach to financial services went around the City like wildfire - …
Team Register, 17 Sep 1998