25th > April > 2011 Archive


Introducing the biggest storage company you've never heard of

CommentAnother Chinese storage supplier is stepping over the great Wall of China into our western world.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2011

Apple seals $66bn in Jobsian wallet

File this under "problems you'll never have": Apple's corporate wallet is stuffed with nearly $66 billion. And as that nest egg grows, so do questions about what Jobs & Co. plans to do with all that ready mazuma.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2011
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How I learned to stop worrying and love SSDs

When, last year, the price of decent SSD drives veered towards £1-a-gigabyte, I decided this was no longer the enviable domain of the hot-rodder. Concerns about data integrity were enough to keep me hesitant. But finally, I took the plunge. It was a revelation.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Apr 2011

That's the frequency, Kenneth

Last November we kicked off a competition to identify the radio frequencies used by various bits of kit around the modern home, and now we have a winner, and some explanatory notes.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2011

Cyberwarriors on the Eastern Front: In the line of fire packet floods

InterviewEstonian government ministers and officials deep in a crisis meeting about riots on the street in April 2007 were nonplussed when a press officer interrupted them to say that he was unable to post a press release.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2011

Nintendo confirms Wii 'successor'

Nintendo's next home console will be out in 2012, the videogames pioneer has revealed, though the 'Wii 2' - or whatever the machine will be called - is expected to be shown off at the E3 games industry show in June.
Hard Reg, 25 Apr 2011

Amax moves from HPC clusters to cloud stacks

Small and medium businesses want to build private compute clouds as much as the larger enterprises that the top-tier server makers are focused on. But many of the pre-integrated cloud stacks coming out of IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and the Acadia partnership – Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware – are overkill for SMBs. And so Amax Information Technologies has forged its CloudMax private clouds just for them.

WikiLeaks releases classified files on Guantánamo Bay

WikiLeaks has released over 100 military dossiers detailing prisoners at the US prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, promising to release more than 600 additional classified documents over the next month.
Cade Metz, 25 Apr 2011

White iPhone 4 spotted, 'shipped to Apple stores'

Apple's ever-elusive white iPhone 4 has been spotted in the wild.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2011

Iron Mountain caves in to investors

Iron Mountain's returning CEO has moved quickly to reach an accommodation with activist investor Elliot Management, being willing to sell-off the digital business, close unprofitable international operations, return cash to shareholders, and evaluate becoming a REIT.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2011
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Apple component lock-ups jump 40%

Apple has made commitments to spend $11bn in manufacturing and component expenditures, a new record for the company and a sign that Cupertino is working to lock up components in an increasingly competitive market.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2011

Son of AV tycoon rescued following 'stupid' kidnapping

The kidnapped son of Kaspersky Lab's CEO was freed over the weekend following blunders by his captors that led to the arrest of five people accused of abducting him and charging €​3 million in ransom.
Dan Goodin, 25 Apr 2011
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HP ProLiant power supplies 'may die when dormant'

Power supplies used by HP ProLiant DL380 G5 rack-mounted servers may fail if they're left dormant for long periods time in certain environments, according to the experience of one customer and comments from HP. This could be a problem for servers that are only powered up for failovers and failover testing.
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NetApp not hiring European Engenio staff

Although it's buying Engenio from LSI, NetApp is not taking on the European LSI Engenio sales team who all face losing their jobs.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2011

Vodafone AU falls on Easter Sunday

Australian Vodafone customers enjoyed a unique Easter Sunday gift from their network provider of choice as a network glitch prevented users from sending or receiving text messages. The unexplained seven hour outage caused customers to vent their rage across all social media channels available with the term ‘Vodafail’ maintaining top trending topic status on Twitter well into Monday morning.
Natalie Apostolou, 25 Apr 2011

Iran says it was attacked by second computer worm

A senior Iranian commander said his country has been targeted by a second malware attack in addition to the Stuxnet worm that was designed to disrupt nuclear operations.
Dan Goodin, 25 Apr 2011

Apple sued over iPhone location tracking

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple in the ongoing dust-up over its alleged tracking of the whereabouts of users of iPhones and iPads.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2011

Amazon gets 'F' for communication amidst cloud outage

Thorsten von Eicken – a former academic colleague of Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and the brains behind RightScale, one of the organizations best positioned to comment on the Amazon "cloud" – has heavily criticized Vogels and company for providing so little information about the massive outage that hit their service last week and continues to affect at least some Amazon customers.
Cade Metz, 25 Apr 2011

Sony unsure if PlayStation Network user data was stolen

Sony has yet to determine if customers' personal information and credit card details have been stolen as part of an external intrusion into its system that has left PSN, the PlayStation network, inaccessible for five days.
Dan Goodin, 25 Apr 2011
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Cirtas dumps staff and retreats

In January, we asked if cloud storage start-up Cirtas would be a rainmaker. Now its very survival is in doubt as funding is withdrawn and 21 staff are dismissed.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2011

Google and friends wrap open video codec in patent shield

Google has announced a patent-sharing program around WebM in an effort to guard the open source web video format from legal attack.
Cade Metz, 25 Apr 2011
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Stingy Uncle Sam dumps a Q1 loss on Unisys

Uncle Sam slapped Unisys around during the server and service provider's first fiscal quarter of 2011.

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