Thursday, 31 July 2003
Makes Strongest Showing In A Year. Improvement in the gross domestic
product came after two straight quarters of lousy economic growth.
the PC Industry. To understand the growing pains of the PC industry,
look no further than the television set.
Anxious Over Possible Net Attack. Is brewing hacker activity a precursor
to a broad Internet attack that will target a serious Windows flaw?
Spam Exceeds all of 2002. MessageLabs reports that spam is as bad as
ever, accounting for 50 percent of all e-mails in July. Also, one in every
166 e-mail messages contains a worm/virus.
Exec: 'Forces' at Work Against Linux. A "set of forces" is
attempting to derail Linux, a Big Blue exec tells conference-goers, hinting
that Microsoft and SCO Group are among those responsible.
PCs Head Back to the Low End. Having admitted defeat in its strategy
of pursuing higher margins with feature-packed PCs, Gateway is planning to
compete against the top PC makers in the U.S. on price with the new Gateway
310 series PCs.
Design Evolving in Distributed Digital World. A digital simulation of
natural selection, taking place in scores of internet-linked personal computers,
is evolving superior circuits.
Secret Cost of Notebooks. Portable systems may not cost much more than
desktops, but repairs likely won't come cheap.
See Trouble Ahead for WLAN Performance. French researchers say that when
a slow device is connected to a wireless LAN access point, data speeds across
the entire network can drop.
'Members First' for AOL's 9.0 Release. AOL is about to release its latest
client, AOL 9.0.
Wednesday, 30 July 2003
in 10 U.S. Tech Jobs May Move Overseas, Report Says. One out of 10 jobs
in the U.S. computer services and software industry could shift to lower-cost
emerging markets such as India or Russia by the end of 2004, a top computer
consultancy said on Tuesday.
Gets Serious About 64 Bits. Hoping to accelerate the acceptance of 64-bit
technology into the Linux world as well as getting a jump on competitors
announcing products at next week's LinuxWorld, IBM unveiled a new server
based on AMD's Opteron processor, along with a new version of its DB2 database
and DB2-based clustering.
Price Cuts Spark New Opteron Chip Rumours. Benchmark results for unannounced
Opteron processors posted on Advanced Micro Devices' website, coupled with
steep price cuts on the Opteron line, indicate that AMD may introduce three
new Opteron chips in the coming weeks.
Projects Keyboard Made of Light. At Siggraph, Canesta displays a computer
keyboard made of light, joining other companies that have embraced the concept
of such portable "projection keyboards."
Adds Gnome Open-Source Interface to Solaris. Leveraging the growing interest
in open-source applications, Sun Microsystems will release its Solaris operating
system with the Gnome desktop interface as an option.
Rolls-out DDR500 SDRAM. Hynix introduced a 256Mbit DDR500 SDRAM that
will go into production in August.
Industry on 'Hair-Trigger for Recovery.' Semiconductor unit consumption
increased 13 percent in Q2, leading Future Horizons to forecast a return
to solid growth trends over the next two and a half years.
Finds New Uses for Usenet. Researchers at Microsoft are working on technology
that makes it easier to navigate Usenet news groups and could eventually
help clear clutter in e-mail inboxes.
Search Powers Online Ad Revival. Thanks to meteoric growth in paid listings
and a revival of interest in traditional Internet ads, the researcher forecasts
a $14.8 billion online ad industry in 2008.
Fights To Defend Spam Name. Hormel Foods has a message for a Seattle
software company: Stop, in the name of Spam!
Advances on Artificial Retinas. Researchers around the world are tackling
the problem of applying chip technology to aid the blind. Several research
teams recently demonstrated artificial-retina prototypes at the International
Joint Conference on Neural Networks.
Code Posted for Windows Hole. The flaw, rated "critical" by
Microsoft, allows a hacker to gain control of a Windows system through a
security hole in the Distributed Component Object Model interface.
Tuesday, 29 July 2003
Shipment Surge in June. More good news: Shipments of computers and telecom
equipment is on the rise.
You Ready for a 64-Bit PC? AMD and Apple are readying the next generation
of desktop computers, pushing performance to new levels.
Disc Makers Hike DVD Output, Glut Feared. Taiwan's world-leading compact
disc makers are pumping up production of DVDs to tap into the fast-growing
home entertainment market, raising fears of a return of a supply glut that
forced firms into the red last year.
ties may be bad for eyes
Monday, 28 July 2003
Could Force Shippers To Modernize. Proposal requires carriers to electronically
notify customs of shipments headed for U.S.
SerialATA RAID Controllers Roundup. Review of Six SATA boards.
New Address--IPv6. The world is nearing an Internet address crunch, but
North America still has plenty to spare. That threatens to fragment plans
for the biggest overhaul of the Internet in 30 years.
Friday, 25 July 2003
Storage Solution Previewed at Linux Symposium. Dubbed NetMD, the project
entails a Linux kernel driver, currently undergoing development, which passes
storage requests directly to the hard drive.
Sites Unfazed by SCO Threats. One important section of the Linux market,
large companies, so far seems unfazed by SCO Group's warnings that Linux
violates its Unix intellectual property, according to a new study. IBM
Moves to Reassure Customers on SCO Lawsuit.
Reports 91 Percent Year-over-Year Sales Surge. EBay reported record quarterly
profit and revenue Thursday, and the online auction giant announced a two-for-one
stock split and boosted its already bullish outlook for the rest of the year.
Rides the Consumer Wave. Features, availability, pricing make displays
more attractive to consumers. Amtran
Aims to Boost LCD TV Shipments. 20- to 30-inch LCD TVs to replace smaller
models next year as mainstream products.
Sky is Receding...
Thursday, 24 July 2003
Hat Turning Retail-boxed Linux 9 Into a Development-only Version. Later
this year, the company plans to release a boxed consumer Linux version to
replace RH 9.
Finishes Windows P2P As Microsoft Meeting Web Conferencing Is Prepped.
As it prepares several collaboration software products for debut this year,
Microsoft has released a Windows XP update and software development kit to
enable peer-to-peer networking across those products.
Reveals 'Critical' Flaw. The software giant issues another passel of
warnings about security holes, including a "critical" flaw that
affects most Windows PCs.
Wednesday, 23 July 2003
Windows Passwords in Seconds. Researchers outline a way to speed the
cracking of alphanumeric Windows passwords, reducing code-breaking times
to an average of 13.6 seconds, from 1 minute 41 seconds.
Fleeing AOL. Nearly a million customers left in the last three months.
Cheap. You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on Adobe Acrobat to
make your own PDFs.
Estimate Claims Universe Has 70 Sextillion Stars. Astronomers announced
today that there are 70 sextillion stars in the visible universe, or some
70 thousand million million million. That's a 7 followed by 22 zeros.
Tuesday, 22 July 2003
Powers $169 Web-Centric PC. Lindows.com rolled out an under-$200 Linux-powered
PC suitable as a Web-only workstation for businesses and as the foundation
of public kiosks that connect to the Internet.
Copyright Claims Questioned. The Free Software Foundation on Monday hit
back at The SCO Group's calls for business users of Linux to pay for UnixWare
to Pick Up Clients' Legal Tabs. Microsoft has a new sales pitch for Linux
users: Buy our software and stay out of court.
Money 2004 Offers Powerful New Features. This premium personal-finance
package gets even better.
21 July 2003
Possibly Using Home PCs to Defraud Clients. Hackers could be using home
computers to steal thousands of rands from Absa Bank's clients, and not the
system of the bank, the Banking Council said in a statement today.
Targets New Form of Identity Theft. Stealing identities and credit card
numbers with bogus e-mail and Web sites that appear to come from legitimate
companies is an increasing problem on the Internet, federal officials warned
DVD Still Stuck on Pause. Consumers
have yet to cast a decisive vote for one of the two major rewriteable DVD
formats, DVD-RAM and DVD+RW.
Hat to Change Development Model, Abandon Shrinkwrap. Red
Hat has also decided to abandon the shrinkwrap box retail channel, company
representatives said late Saturday...
Gets Unix Copyrights, Will Force Users To License UnixWare To Run Linux.
The SCO Group has secured U.S. copyright registrations for Unix System V
code and now intends to begin charging customers to run Linux.
Ranks No. 2 On Microsoft Risk List. The open-source operating system
trailed only the economic environment in the biggest risks outlined by CFO
Software Seeks Offshore Savings. Lured
by low labor costs, more than eight in 10 software companies are shipping
work overseas or plan to in the next year, says a study sponsored by a
venture capital group.
Navy Dumps Microsoft. Powerpoint dumped for the World Wide War Web. I
think the headline is probably an exaggeration extraordinaire.
Network Port Scanners for Linux. Port
scanning is a prosaic area of network security. For the network administrator,
it is the equivalent of knocking on all the doors of a house to see if anyone
is around. In an age when any open holes in a network are dangerous, however,
a simple port scanner can be an invaluable tool. But there is no reason to
run out and purchase a piece of scanning software.
Class Action Settlement Approved. California software buyers can get
piece of $1.1 billion settlement against Microsoft
Demand for DDR400 Memory Puts Pressure on Spot Market. DDR400 SDRAM chips
purchased through the spot market are commanding a high premium over the
same devices available through contract channels, raising concerns that some
white-box and Tier 2 PC makers may curb the memory's use until prices come
down sometime later this year.
of the ZiLOG Cult. Electronics is such a dynamic business that few products
survive long enough to reach 'classic' status, and even fewer corporates
generate a cult following. ZiLOG has achieved both in its near 30-year history.
Holes and Galaxies -- Missing Link Discovered In Our Own Cosmic Backyard
Friday, 18 July 2003
OpenOffice On Deck. The OpenOffice
1.1 release candidate is now available.
. Less than
a day after Cisco disclosed a serious vulnerability, experts warn that crackers
are already using an exploit to breach routers and switches across the Web.
Worm Masquerades As Microsoft Patch. The
infection modifies settings in Windows machines and attempts to delete key
Profit Again Huge, but Firm Is Cautious. Microsoft
reported strong revenue growth from its server business and from resurgent
online advertising but predicted relatively flat performance for the near
future in a mixed quarterly earnings report.
Continues Push on Microsoft Antitrust Appeal. In court papers filed this
week, Massachusetts officials argued that last year's antitrust case settlement
doesn't stop Microsoft's anticompetitive behavior.
10 Hard Drives. How
can a drive with a one year warrantee be a "best buy." Who
needs a lot of drive documentation? Their assessment of the WD
Special Edition 80 gig drive is ridiculous.
17 July 200
Tech Sector Slump Ends... Internet
Advertising Slump Ends... PC
Sales Surge in Second Quarter. "Despite
the SARS epidemic, the war in Iraq and economic uncertainty, the personal
computer market grew faster than expected last quarter." This
plus many other positive headlines over the last few weeks leads me
to conclude that the tech sector slump that started in 2000 has finally
ended. Coincidently (or is it a coincidence?), the Internet advertising
slump has also ended. --Editor
Warns of Critical Windows Flaw. Windows users should expect to have
another update from Microsoft waiting for them on their computers.
Warns of Widespread Software Flaw.
A serious flaw in its IOS operating system could make those devices
vulnerable to a denial of service (DOS) attack.
Would Make File Swapping a Felony. Several
representatives sponsor a bill that puts peer-to-peer users who swap
even a single copyrighted file in danger of becoming federal felons.
US and EU Step Closer to Spam Agreement. The chairwoman of the
European Parliament's European Internet Foundation said she believed
the US Congress and its European Union counterpart will come up with
an agreement to prosecute spammers across international borders.
Better Mouse Trap
Asteroids Than Expected Likely to Hit Earth
16 July 2003
Lays off Netscape Developers. The
jobs of 50 browser developers are terminated by the online giant, the
latest sign of waning support for AOL's long-suffering Netscape division.
shows off G5, Panther. NEW
YORK -- Apple on Wednesday demonstrated the forthcoming G5 personal computer
and detailed desktop and server versions of Panther, here at the Macworld
Creative Pro show... Apple also improved the cooling
system with a total of nine fans...
Beats Expectations, Doubles 2Q Profits. Intel
said Tuesday its second-quarter profits doubled from a year ago as stronger-than-expected
demand for computer microprocessors offset the weakness of its communications
15 July 2003
Format Shifting to XML. Adobe unveils plans for form design software
that will deploy forms in PDF or as an XML Data Package, allowing organizations
to process PDF documents as XML; Openoffice releases XML-based native
Microsoft Office 2003 Worth the Upgrade? It
is not a major upgrade that ushers in a new era of features and functionality,
but it does provide a number of welcome enhancements, especially for
advances Linux for Power chips. Big
Blue puts more muscle behind its effort to improve Linux for its Power
family of processors, adding dozens of programmers to Big Blue's Linux
Offers Microtel PC with Linux. Wal-Mart Stores' online shop is
offering a PC with a bundle of preloaded open-source software products
from SuSE Linux. Prices start at $298.
Powers-up 3GHz Xeon. Intel
fits its newest Xeon chip for workstations and servers with an additional
1MB cache, aiming to deliver a boost in performance.
Introduces Product Suite for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition-Based
NVIDIA Media Center product suite includes: PCI TV Tuner card, Media
Center-ready, nForce2 platform processors, and GeForce FX graphics
processing units (GPUs).
Rolls-out Flash-based Embedded USB 2.0 Drive
Monday, 14 July 2003
and Bytes May Encode Nature's Secrets.
Ultra-small packets of pure information -- "nature's bits" --
may be the basic building blocks of the natural world, says a group of
physics researchers that includes Danish Nobel Laureate Gerard t'Hooft. Information
in the Holographic Universe. Theoretical results about black holes
suggest that the universe could be like a gigantic hologram. The
World as a Hologram: A Generic Feature of Quantum Gravity (Lecture audio
of Uncertainty' Begins to Lift for Chip Industry. Signs indicate
that a healthy demand for electronic equipment in the second half of
this year that will trigger a chip market "boom" and a hefty
in-crease in capital spending in 2004.
to Buy Overture in $1.63 Bln Deal. Yahoo
says it will buy advertising services company, Overture, for $1.63 billion
in cash and stock, to solidify Yahoo's ad business and ward off growing
challenges from Google.
Get Hype, But Where’s The Beef? The
announcement of more Wi-Fi hotspots in McDonald’s restaurants
got all the attention, but it’s far less important than AT&T
offering VPN access via hotspots.
Bank Extends Its 20,000-User VPN Using Clientless Technology. Innovative
security technology allowed Deutsche Bank to extend its 20,000-user
VPN to 5,000 additional users in a "clientless VPN." The
clientless users connect using a standard Web browser without need
to install a proprietary client...
You Sent Me A Virus! Have A Nice Day! Don't
take it personally if someone tells you that you sent them a virus.
Don't assume they know what they're talking about either.
Program Uses PCs to Relay Porn. The Trojan routes traffic
for adult sites hosted on a master server via the infected computers.
to the Best Passwords. Introducing variety into the way you create
passwords can make them easy to remember but difficult for anyone else
to guess, says columnist Peter H. Gregory.
Developing Hubble Telescope's Successor. "We
call it the giggle factor. When you first start talking about putting
a mirror like this in space, people laugh at you."
Seek to Jump-start Evolution to Help Fight Dutch Elm Disease
Friday, 11 July 2003
Tech Industry Defends H-1B, Outsource Roles. Fearful that the U.S.
will restrict the use of outsourcing services or limit the number of
H-1B visas granted to immigrant workers... Oracle
to Double Its India Work Force.
Firm Says Wi-Fi Will Go Bye-Bye. Emerging technology researchers
say ultrawideband technology will eventually beat out 802.11 and make
Heavies Slam SCO at Show. The contentious
issue of the SCO Group's lawsuit against IBM and its claims that the
Linux operating system is an unauthorized derivative of Unix, to which
SCO owns the rights, reared its ugly head at the O'Reilly Open Source
Source Targets Microsoft Exchange. OpenGroupware.org
has been launched with plans to create applications that compete with
Microsoft Exchange server products. New
Group Releases Open Source Groupware.
May Get a Shock From Vaio Notebooks. Sony is
notifying owners of certain Vaio notebooks that their modems might not
perform as well as expected. Under improbable circumstances, owners of
the Vaio PCG-FRV25 and PCG-FRV27 could receive a mild electrical
Makers Feature Back-to-School Specials. PC
deals are growing easier to find as the back-to-school season gets
underway and major PC makers battle for market share--but analysts
warn the cost could be features.
Laser Printers. Need
fast color print outs for you home or office? These products, priced
between $800 and $5500, can do the job with aplomb.
Guide to Digital Cameras
Spies Oldest Planet
Detector Lights Up for Deadly Germs
Wednesday, 9 July 2003
Microsoft Issues Critical Security Bulletin
for Most Versions of Windows. MS03-023, Buffer Overrun In HTML Converter
Could Allow Code Execution: "Because this functionality is used
by Internet Explorer, an attacker could craft a specially formed Web
page or HTML e-mail that would cause the HTML converter to run arbitrary
code on a user's system." More
Industry Enters Strong Recovery Period, Report Claims. The semiconductor
industry is entering a strong recovery period, according to Advanced
Forecasting, a semiconductor equipment and materials research company.
Employees to Get Stock, Not Options. Microsoft
Corp. announced Tuesday that it will no longer offer stock options to
its employees, jettisoning a system that has come under fire for contributing
to corporate scandals at other companies.
Users Standing Fast Despite SCO Legal Threats, InternetWeek Readers
Say. SCO's Linux lawsuit
and threats seem to be having little affect on IT managers except to
make them angry.
Socket A Chipsets: NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400, NVIDIA nForce2 400, SiS748
and VIA KT600
Launches Japan's 1st Commercial fuel-cell Vehicle
What, me worry? Linux's creator sounds off on the SCO lawsuit,
patents and the future of Linux.
Set to Overshadow wi-fi. First
system profiles draw near...
Tuesday, 8 July 2003
Summer of Discounts. High-speed
DSL bargains heat up as Baby Bells and cable companies do battle on
the home front. BellSouth
Offers Mid-Level Internet Service. BellSouth
Corp. on Tuesday introduced an Internet service with a somewhat slower
speed and lower cost than high-speed access, marking the latest effort
by local telephone companies to compete with cable operators.
New Chip Said to Remove LCD TV Artifacts.
Hoping to capture more of the growing flat-panel LCD TV market, Philips
Semiconductors has rolled out a new generation motion compensation
and estimation IC, designed to improve LCD picture quality.
Antitrust Case Takes Linux Twist.
The Massachusetts attorney general's office is investigating whether
Microsoft tried to squash Linux in violation of the consent decree
settling the company's landmark antitrust case.
Micro Unit Targets White Box Market. Technology
distributor Ingram Micro is creating a unit to focus on delivering PC
components to "white-box" system builders in the... I've
seen this sort of thing before...
Ponders Anti-Spam Bill. The U.S. House
of Representatives took another step Tuesday in its race to keep up
with the anti-spam advocates in the Senate by holding the first of
what will undoubtedly be a series of hearings on spam legislation. Spam
Believed to Cost Businesses Billions.
Cuts Mac Support. New versions of Premiere and After Effects unveiled,
without support for Mac OS.
Spacecraft Headed Toward Mars
Monday, 7 July 2003
Said to be Mulling $10B Dividend. The software giant considers a
massive one-time dividend to appease shareholders.
Dissatisfied with Microsoft Licenses. The
U.S. Justice Department tells a federal judge that the software giant
still hasn't fully complied with a key provision in its landmark antitrust
settlement with the government.
Competition Gets Hacked. A competition among hackers to see who
could deface the greatest number of Web sites was itself the victim
of a hacking attack. As the competition got underway on Sunday, hackers
created a denial of service attack on Zone-H.org, an independent site
that monitored the event.
Readies Price Cuts, Opteron, Clawhammer Intros. First Athlon 64
to have 940 pins, then 939...
Chief Takes Linux Beef To Japan. A
decision by eight consumer giants, most of them Japanese, to throw their
support behind Linux has the chief executive officer of SCO Group on
Demand Stalls, Report Says. Market research house Lehman Brothers
reports that IT spending will stay low in the near term, seeing an upswing
in the fall.
DVD Burners Gets Easier. More dual-format rewritable drives are coming
to market--and lowering prices.
Out for MyLife Mass Mailer Worm. A new mass-mailing worm, called
MyLife is replicating across the Internet using the address book in Microsoft's
Sets Aren't Quite Ready for Everyone. Unless
electronics and broadcasting industries settle a handful of key issues,
buying an HDTV set constitutes a bet on how the market will develop.
Rocks Might Ease Global Warming in Carbon Plan
Thursday, 3 July 2003
Shifting Development, Support to India. The
software giant is betting on India's vast pool of low-cost technical
workers and engineers who can be hired for roughly one-fifth what their
counterparts earn in the United States.
DVD Burners Gets Easier. More dual-format rewritable drives are coming
to market--and lowering prices.
Offers Free e-book Downloads. The
software giant says it will offer free downloads of 60 best-selling
e-books during a 20-week promotion. It hopes to increase readers' familiarity
with Microsoft's Reader software.
Sailing 'Breaks Laws of Physics'
Planet Discovered Light Years Away
Wednesday, 2 July 2003
Settle Fraud Charges, Face Jail Time. Three
Illinois residents have agreed to give back $200,000 to settle charges
they ran a fraudulent work-at-home envelope-stuffing scheme and one could
face nearly five years in jail.
Spam Costs $874 Per Employee Per Year. Employees
spend an average of 6.5 minutes a day managing spam.
Labs Progress in Carbon Nanotube Technology. Motorola Labs is currently
doing research to integrate these nanotech advances into key applications,
including large flat panel displays. Dubbed "nano emissive display" (NED),
the technology enables manufacturers to design large flat panel displays
that exceed the image quality characteristics of plasma and LCD screens
at a lower cost.
Ink Stink. Counterfeit ink and toner cartridges can ruin prints,
spray ink, and permanently damage your printer.
Source, Proprietary Code Quality Comparable. Study determines that
open-source software contains a similar percentage of flaws to its commercial
Wins European Contracts. The
company is installing its Windows server and desktop software on thousands
of computers for three city governments, the latest salvo in its turf
battle against Linux.
Finds Another Flaw in Passport. Microsoft
it has fixed another security flaw in its popular Internet Passport service,
which could have allowed hackers to hijack some older accounts.
Industry Warn of Mass Hacker Attacks on July 6. Hackers
plan to attack thousands of Web sites Sunday in a loosely coordinated "contest" that
could disrupt Internet traffic.
Notebook Sales Surpass Desktops In Retail Market. New research shows
that at the retail level, notebooks are outselling desktop PCs and LCD
monitors are outselling CRTs for the first time.
AMD64 compiler Shows Great Promise. Is Intel about to feel Opteron's
Alert: Copy Controls Crackdown. Battle rages on several fronts, but
technology offers answers for both sides.
Image Rivals Hubble
Awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics
Tuesday, 1 July 2003
Silicon Photonics. Fiber
to the home is no longer just a pipe dream.
nForce3 Professional Now in Volume Production. ASUS
SK8N Motherboard Featuring NVIDIA Platform Workstation Solution For 64-Bit
AMD Opteron(TM) Processor Now Shipping.
Defies the Computers. Despite
an electronically connected world, our appetite for paper is undiminished.
Peddlers Hijack Computers. Computers belonging to thousands of
companies across the world are being hijacked by e-mail spammers to
disguise their true identities and host their websites.
Call for Global War on E-Mail Spam. Lawmakers
in Europe, the U.S. and Australia are in the process of drafting laws
that would criminalize the delivery of unwanted bulk e-mails.
To Deauthorize Consumer PC Service Providers