Announces Release of Ultra ATA/133 Hard Drive Interface Specification
To Withdraw From DRAM Business By 2004. And will cut another
Unhappy with Microsoft's Digital Photo Plans. Kodak contends
that Microsoft's operating system unfairly promotes its own digital photo
software and photo finishing Web site over competing applications and
services from Kodak. MS Press Release: Photo
Industry and Windows XP Help Users "XPerience" the Magic of
Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany Ships 10 Millionth AMD Athlon Processor Die. 130-nanometer
and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) process technologies are on track.
Strive for Computer-on-a-chip With MEMS Memory. A microelectromechanical
memory now in development could eventually put an entire computer system
— CPU, RAM, I/O and hard drive — on a single chip.
AOL Jousting in Digital Photography Arena. While Microsoft and
friends were touting XP's imaging features as consumer-friendly and easy-to-use,
one of those companies -- namely Kodak -- was also helping Microsoft
rival America Online launch the new version of its "You've Got Pictures" service.
Justice Department Pressing Ahead on Microsoft Case
Unveils Voice Re-Creation Technology. The "most human-sounding" speech
system in the world, and can re-create any voice.
Releases One-processor Server for Small Businesses. Starts
HyperTransport Revolution. An easy to understand introduction
to AMD's HyperTransport.
Content to Let Rambus Sink or Swim
Wants MSN Icons on Some PCs. 'What the previous announcement,
allowing computer makers to remove on-screen links to its browser and
allow them to post links to competing software, didn't say was that computer
makers who choose to post competing desktop icons will be required to
include an icon linking users to MSN as well.'
Software, New Scrutiny for Microsoft. Federal and state regulators
are again considering legal action to force Microsoft to alter a new
You may have to log into the NY Times, but it is free and is well worth
the little effort that it takes.
May Block Deal Between AOL and AT&T. Microsoft may financial
muscle to prevent AOL Time Warner from buying AT&T's cable business.
Reluctant to Offer Relief for Dial-up Users. ISP reluctant
to spend the money for the V.92 standard, ratified in November
2000. V.92 offers users faster connects (about 10 seconds), faster upstream
speeds (48 vs. 33.6 Kbit/sec), and Internet call waiting, the ability
to put a data connection on hold to answer a voice call.
Sees Computer Pick-Up, Telecoms Depressed. "...We
anticipate the normal seasonal uptick in the second half -- the back-to-school
portion and then the holiday buying season at the end of the year," Barrett
told CNN. Inventories down.
Ups Ante in Notebook Race. Launch event Monday
morning in San Francisco to discuss the chips in detail.
CERT, Others Alert Reawakening of Code Red Worm. Likely
to start spreading again at 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday (7/31/01) and that it
has mutated so that it "may be even more dangerous."
Breaks the Mold. There are skeptics, but the company's admirers
see its work on Microsoft's X-Box as the future of contract manufacturing.
7/29 Windows XP Release Candidate 2 (RCP2): Microsoft
E-Mail: "Customers who registered for the WPP [Windows XP Preview
to 7:00 p.m. on July 25 will begin receiving RC2 notification e-mails from
Conxion on Tuesday, July 31. Notifications will continue in waves through
the end of the week and will be processed according to the date you registered
for the program. Customers who registered for the WPP after 7:00 p.m. on
July 25 will begin receiving their notifications on or after August 3. Beginning
August 6, we hope to process new WPP orders within three business days."
7/29 (updated) The Sircam
Virus/Worm is for Real! This
is a nasty virus that is spreading all over the Internet and can destroy
your data. My inbox continues to receive infected mail and many repeated
mailings from people who probably do not realize the messages are being
sent and do not know that the virus is randomly choosing files from their
computer and sending them to the world. I have tried to contact the
originators of these messages, but many have full mailboxes or invalid
E-Mail addresses. I have tried to trace the E-Mail from those people
and to contact their ISPs, but have not been successful in all cases. Please
update your anti-virus program and scan your mailbox! The most recent McAfee,
which I use, works well. Some versions of Norton have
problems and need another update, which I understand is now available. Click here for
7/28 Thank you President George W. Bush!!! Our
income tax rebate arrived in the mail today. Larry and Claudia Byard
Have Not Seen the Last of SirCam. Antivirus experts expect the
SirCam virus to take a breather over the weekend, but it may pick up
new steam as vacationing Europeans return to work Monday.
Alert! (July 23-27). Commentary & analysis of week's chip
news. "I'm really getting bummed out by all the disturbing
trends now battering the semiconductor industry. So I've been looking
harder for a few rays of hope that may have been buried by the current
landslide of layoffs, and lower sequential sales and profits. And I found
a handful..." ...executives from the big Japanese chip
maker[s?] believe that both its SDRAMs and double-data-rate SDRAMs will
leave Rambus DRAMs in the dust next year... "I worry about Hewlett-Packard..."
XP RC2 Takes Off. Released to beta-testers at midnight
last night. Microsoft
Moves Ahead With Windows XP.
Orders From OEMs Causes DDR Memory Shortage at Micron. Most market
observers believe that OEM system manufacturers have begun to place large
DDR orders to Micron because they have new product lines to be released
around the end of the third quarter. Micron
Confirms DDR Memory Shortage.
SIG Close to Adopting 3GIO. The
PCI Special Interest Group (SIG) is expected to vote Friday (July 27)
to formally adopt the 3GIO proposal from Intel Corp. and its partners
as the next generation of its desktop I/O technology... While the timing
of the two announcements suggests a bus war, some analysts believe that
HyperTransport will be the preferred bus solution in the near term, while
volume silicon supporting 3GIO may be years away — more toward the end
of the decade.
Facing Another I/O Bus Collision
to Support PC2700 DDR SDRAM in First Half of 2002. Memory
bus at 333MHz (166MHz DDR).
Economy Slows To A Crawl. Grew 0.7% in 2nd quarter; deep drop
in spending on new plants and equipment; worst performance In eight years.
Virus Eludes Symantec Anti-virus Scanning Update. "The
uniqueness of Sircam is something we haven't seen before -- it supplies
its own SMTP server." said Miller. "It doesn't use the existing
SMTP infrastructure, so it eluded some of our detections."
Makers Look to Phase-out Rambus. Most motherboard manufacturers
are expecting boards based on Intel's upcoming 845 chipset, code-named "Brookdale",
to quickly account for most of their Pentium 4 motherboard output, relegating
the Rambus-based 850 chipset to a niche. Meanwhile,
the the rest of the world will be shifting to DDR memory.
Aims Pentium 4 at the Masses. The forthcoming
845 chipset--which will allow the Pentium 4 to work with standard SDRAM
memory rather than with expensive Rambus--combined with further processor
price cuts should drive down Pentium 4 PCs to prices that will appeal
to average consumers.
Fights Back against AMD and VIA With in the Low-end Processor Market. 512
L2 Cache'... 0.13-micron in 2002... Celeron, with the Coppermine-T core
and clock speed of 1.2GHz, will be priced at US$103.
to Launch Enhanced Mobile Pentium III CPUs on Monday. 1.13 GHz, 0.13
micron Tualatin. Report includes prices.
to Make Windows XP Desktop AOL's Turf. AOL
will be the first Internet service consumers see when they start a new
Compaq PC running Windows XP. MSN won't be part of the computer's startup
XP Nears the Finish Line. Windows XP Release Candidate 2 will
be released to PC manufacturers tomorrow.
Department Asks Court to Deny Microsoft Rehearing
Full Steam Ahead for Microsoft. Gates
said the company will release Hailstorm on schedule despite the recent
resistance from privacy concerns.
Preview of the MSI MS-6373 nForce 420 Athlon Motherboard:
ATX, 266 FSB (Socket A)
5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 3 DDR, TV-Out, SPDIF out
PC2PC, D-LED, Fuzzy Logic 3, Live BIOS
7/27/01 Platform Conference Reports... Platform
Conference "Beta report": HyperTransport
error correction... Everyone and their brother was displaying nForce... VIA
Hardware's Report... AMD
Hammer (K8) processors will integrate their own memory controller,
and use HyperTransport to communicate with an AGP8X and/or PCI-X tunnel,
as well as a Southbridge. This allows each processor in a SMP system
to have its own, dedicated bus to memory, as well as a high-speed bus
to AGP and PCI peripherals. First time NVidia demonstrated nForce's
6 channel sound, since they just recently got the audio processor to
work in anything but AC97 software mode--truly impressive... Bunches
of photos of motherboards, etc.
7/26 7/26 AMD's
HyperTransport: No Actual Competition. '...among
potential standards for connecting chips within a computer... HyperTransport
is here today and products are shipping now. Its performance beats
that of any alternative. It is scalable--simply adding more bits can
make it faster--and simple...'
Expects nFORCE Motherboard Chipset to be 10% of Its Sales. He
expected full production of the new nForce chipset to hit early in 2002. A disappointing
delay. Vaporware? Or, is it a problem with Microsoft and
the Xbox introduction?
Proposals Tout Ethernet Versus ADSL. 802.3ah task force is looking
at technology to combat the vagaries of DSL connections... 100BaseCu
can shift a call to different frequencies to avoid crosstalk and operates
in burst mode, transmitting only when there's data to be sent, to get
more bandwidth out of an Ethernet connection across old twisted-pair
Teams-up With Motherboard and Memory Makers to Clear-out DDR Inventories. Memory
and chipset vendors have considerable inventories. VIA has recently teamed
up with Micron and Samsung and some motherboard makers to decrease
the inventory of DDR chipsets, memory, and motherboards.
Fastest Disc Drive From Seagate Runs Compaq Servers.
" Revolutionary 15K RPM Cheetah X15 36LP adopted first by Compaq; delivers
unrivaled performance and reliability for business-critical servers."
Warns of Revenue Decline, Will Cut 6,000 Jobs. Consumer business,
the main culprit, was down 24% the last quarter.
In The Flavor Helps Chili Pepper Plants Survive
Turns to Networking as PC Sales Slump. Dell Computer
hopes to use its clout in the computer hardware market to battle the
likes of 3Com and Cisco Systems in the networking business, but it follows
other PC makers that have had only moderate success with similar strategies.
the Webby Award Goes to ... Microsoft's Windows Update Web Site. The
Windows Update site was voted best among five Web sites nominated for
the year's most distinguished technical achievement on the World Wide
Targets PC Desktops. AOL would pay PC manufacturers about $35
for each customer they nab.
To Withdraw from CRT Monitor Making and Might Sell Business
Sees Q3 Sales Down
Refutes Privacy Concerns Surrounding XP.
Virus Removal Tool. Deletes the files infected with the Sircam
worm and removes the changes that were made to a computer by the virus.
to Phase-Out Rambus Discounts. Direct Rambus DRAM is now cheap
enough that Intel no longer has to subsidize sales, but rival DDR is
still gaining ground.
XP Feels the Heat. A privacy group joins those putting pressure
on, and possibly delaying, new OS. EPIC
to Protest Passport Bundling with Windows XP.
Through the Linux Hype. If analysts' numbers are correct,
Linux is steadily gaining a foothold in the server market, bolstered
by recent "Linux-friendly" moves from IBM, Sun, Oracle and
Shakes Up Top 10 Chip Suppliers
Peer-To-Peer Shows Mainstream Potential
To Offer Fail-Safe File Storage. "Farsite," a
fail-safe storage technology being developed at Microsoft, is a distributed
system designed to run on multiple machines. Running entirely on client
computers, it requires neither a central server nor a cluster of servers.
'Leaves Door Open' for Buyout by AOL
Big Sellers Rely on Tiny Science. A computer chip many times
as powerful as the ones today, but less expensive and 1,000 times smaller.
The transistors that power the chip would be the size of a molecule...
Music Spending to Grow to $6.2 Billion in 2006.
API Networks, Apple, Cisco, NVIDIA, PMC-Sierra, SUN Microsystems, Transmeta
Form HyperTransport™ Technology Consortium. More than 180 companies
throughout the computer and communications industries have been engaged
with AMD in working with the HyperTransport technology.
and AMD Lock Horns in 0.13-micron Battle. Intel expected to launch
the 0.13-micron version of the Pentium III Tualatin as early as next
week and is counting heavily on moving the Pentium 4 to a 0.13-micron
design rule as fast as possible to cut high production costs. AMD is
planning a fourth-quarter migration to 0.13-micron processing and moving
the Athlon 4 directly to 0.13-micron geometry. I
keep hearing about the cost advantages of the Athlon's smaller die size,
but absolutely nothing about the disadvantage, I would fathom, in the
speed race that the decreased thermal transfer area must impose--perhaps
the reason for AMD's scramble to implement SOI and pure silicon.
Faces Congressional Hearing. To
include examination of Microsoft’s Windows XP. Senator
Demands Changes in Microsoft's Windows XP. 'Government
should block the October release of Windows XP unless...' ``It appears
to me that Microsoft intends to maximize its monopolistic power, using
XP as a platform to enter new lines of business while encumbering competitors,''
Wrestles With New OS. Plans to have the operating system code-named
Blackcomb succeed Windows XP, instead adding a new release to its product
rollout strategy currently code-named Longhorn. First true ".Net
version" of Windows?
Robot Runs Linux. The robot is a six-inch sphere inspired by
the sparring droid that Luke Skywalker fights in the movie "Star
Wars", but NASA engineers say its functionality is closer to the "tricorder" tool
used in Star Trek...
IT to Start Shipping 24x CD-RW Drives in August. Writes
CD-R's at 24X.
Clogs Mailboxes, Spreads Secrets. The SirCam
worm continued to gain momentum, carrying with it the potential to slow
servers and send company secrets. SirCam sends a random file
from the infected computer, potentially sending confidential business
data or embarrassing personal information along with the virus... memos,
resumes, job listings, credit card numbers...The subject line matches
the name of the file being sent...
7/23 (updated) The Sircam
Virus/Worm is for Real! So far, I have received over
20 messages with the virus and have lost count. The text of the
message propagating the worm as an attachment contains:
Hi! How are you?
I send you this file in order to have your advice
See you later. Thanks
The text may be in Spanish (see below). This
is a nasty virus that can destroy your data. Do not open the attachment. Symantec has
more info and instructions for getting rid of it.
For Apple users... E-Mail from tidbits.com
"Larry's right - this one is a nasty one
for PC users (it doesn't
affect Macs, other than to be annoying with all the downloads). We've tried
to block some of the attachments at the mail server, but it's fairly
likely that you'll get a few of these. The text of the message
may also be in Spanish. From what we've seen, they tend to have two filename
extensions, like .doc.pif or .xls.com. The second one is designed to make the
file executable. The best thing to do is just delete the messages and their
attachments, but see the page Larry references for full details.
to Harness Fusion May Be Coming Together. Scientists at the DIII-D
National Fusion Facility in San Diego may have taken a significant step
forward by nearly doubling the usual attainable pressure of hot gaseous
fuel inside a doughnut-shaped "Tokamak" reactor, a critical
step in being able to reach conditions necessary to trigger and sustain
a fusion reaction. And there are no emissions, no pollution, no spent
radioactive fuel rods left over, and the power potential is immense: "For
every megawatt you put in" to drive the reactor, Navratil said, "the
system could generate 100 megawatts."
Bugs Out Over IIS Security. Microsoft has issued
21 security bulletins for the Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0 alone,
a number that is increasing at the rate of about one every three weeks.
Is it time to switch?
Rebuilds Fire Damaged Network in 36 Hours. Around cables affected
by fire in Baltimore tunnel.
Microsoft Stalling To Protect Windows XP Mixed
Signals From Microsoft
Mistakenly Tells Users They Won $10,000
Wins Microprocessor Category in CRN Channel Champion Competition
Alert! (July 16-20). Commentary & analysis of week's chip
news. Rarely if ever has any industry gone from an 80% growth year [in
2000] to what increasingly looks like a 40% down year! Don't take market
forecasts too seriously... According to an industry analyst at Deutsche
Bank, growth in the global semiconductor industry will remain weak until
at least 2010.
a House Without Broadband? Good Luck. Suddenly I felt as if I
was trying to sell him a one-room wooden shack without running water
Rides Trend Toward Services. Small computer
businesses did this years ago when they couldn't make money with hardware.
Department Hires a New Anti-Microsoft Gun
Opposes Efforts to Speed Antitrust Case
Spending Still Going Up. IT spending increased
by 10% this year. Slightly more than half of the respondents said their
budgets are growing, and more than 40% said their spending will be flat
Redesign Spurs Complaints
Shipments Worst Since 1986, As Only Dell Grows. U.S.
sales declined 6 to 8%, to about 10 million units. International PC shipments
declined 2% from the same period a year ago, to about 30 million units.
First time since 1986 that worldwide sales have fallen.
HP Could Signal Tech Rebound. "As HP was
first to signal a downturn, they could be the first to lead us out...
HP's unique customer base (consumer, small and medium-sized businesses,
and large enterprises) has been an early, reliable indicator..."
Says PC Business Will Worsen. You
may have to log into the NY Times, but it is free and is well worth the
little effort that it takes.
Salaries Follow Economy Downward
Crush (nFORCE) Chipsets Pricing Analysis
Shows DDR SDRAM More Bandwidth Efficient Than RDRAM
Results Worse-Than-Expected. Loss of
$20.8 million, or 6 cents per share, compared with a profit of $118 million,
or 36 cents, in the year-ago quarter.
Must Reply to Microsoft Request. The Justice
Department and 18 states have until Aug. 3 to respond to Microsoft's
request for rehearing.
Effects Ripple Onto the Internet. A fire
sparked by a train derailment in a tunnel in downtown Baltimore rages
for a second day, causing power outages, bringing segments of WorldCom’s
UUNet Internet network to a grinding halt, and affecting customers along
the Eastern corridor.
To Ease New Windows Anti-piracy Measures. Microsoft will alter
product activation to allow a certain number of changes to a PC within
a certain period of time, Shawn Sanford, group product manager for Windows,
said in an interview. "...the company
should have gone further and tied Windows to an individual user rather
than a computer."
Puts Emphasis on Software at Macworld. OS X... Watch
out Microsoft. This OS can be moved to a PC platform and some of
it already has as Darwin--perhaps
an appropriate name. And it uses no XP activation code.
Coasting Through Rough Seas. Software developer experiencing
strong business cycle while other tech companies swim for their lives.
One Chip System. Matthew will integrate both the C3 processor
and the S3 Savage 4, along with a complete North Bridge.
Court Lets Napster Power Back Up. A California federal
appeals court has granted Napster at least temporary permission to
go back online and once again allow its users to tap into its free
Search Engine Wins Big at Webby Awards. Best Practices
award... Google was not among the search engines recently accused by
a consumer group of giving better treatment to sites that pay fees.
Crackles May Stop CD Piracy. For the last several months, consumers
have unwittingly been buying CDs that include technology designed to
discourage them from making copies on their PCs.
Is Coming to Your Phone. A
system called Global Voice Registry that would enable users to speak
a business name into their conventional or mobile telephone and be connected
Petitions Court for Rehearing on Browser Issue. "...critical
evidence was overlooked -- or misinterpreted -- on the technical question
of whether Microsoft 'commingled' software code specific to Web browsing
with software code used for other purposes in certain files in Windows
Makers Do Not Expect Price Rebound Until September. Supplies
in distribution channels are still abundant. When supply and demand finally
strikes a single-month balance, it will take 4-6 months to clear-out
Announces Joint Development Program With AMD. Isonics produces
isotopically pure silicon-28 chemicals and wafers. Isonics:
Isotopically pure silicon... Silicon exists in nature as three
isotopes: Si-28 (92%), Si-29 (5%) and Si-30 (3%). Purification
removes essentially all of the Si-29 and Si-30 leaving isotopically pure
Si-28, which has a more perfect crystal structure and better thermal
conductivity... A major microprocessor manufacturer [wonder who could
that be?] has modeled isotopically pure silicon wafers and has told Isonics
that the peak temperature of their "advanced 1 GHz microprocessor" was
reduced by 35°C.
Sends Wrong Message. Programming error blamed for sending out
500,000 letters this week that misinform taxpayers about the size of
the tax rebate they’ll be receiving. Error affects only the letters,
not the rebate. Get the correct info here.
Revenues Down 24%. Press
per share were $0.03, down 93% from $0.45 in the second quarter of 2000
and down 57% sequentially. Intel
- Business Will Improve In Second Half. Win XP will motivate
people to upgrade. To what? SDRAM?
Vows Deeper Price Cuts. Intel's
low-price initiatives are seen as offensive against AMD, which has
increased market share from the upper teens to about 22%. Intel will
soon release the 845 chipset, which will enable Pentium 4 users to
utilize less costly SDRAM memory, rather than Rambus memory.
Roadmaps Show P4 Change. Next price drip August 26th. 2 gig P4
this quarter (Ha), 2.2 gig
follows soon and 2.4 Q1 2002.
Optimistic at Macworld Despite Apple's Thin Profit. Jobs
Unveils New iMacs at Macworld.
No Java Support in Windows XP. Resulting form an out-of-court
settlement with Sun... And findings of the DOJ
case... court said Microsoft's agreements with software vendors to use
only the MS-compatible Java version was illegal... MS denied move was
aimed at phasing out support for Java in Microsoft applications... Windows
XP users will be able download Java off a MS update site... Is
Microsoft Attacking Sun or Protecting Consumers? Microsoft
kicks Java out of Windows XP.
Apple Should Port Mac OS X to PC Hardware. There has been
plenty of discussion on this subject lately... I really feel that Apple
will port the OS to other hardware. Here are my reasons why...
Station Computer Crashes Again. "We have plans to move to
a solid state hard drive towards the end of this year." Cosmic
to Close Memory Fab for Six Months. Due to falling memory prices
and to upgrade from 0.22-micron processing making only 64 Mbit SDRAMs
to 0.13-micron and 256 Mbit chips.
May Cut 4,000 Chip Jobs. Jobs touted the latest models of the
company's trademark product line, the latest improvements to its UNIX-based
Mac OS X, and the success and expansion of its new signature stores.
Moves NetWare 6 Into Beta Testing
Spin Locks Data Into MRAMs. The refinement of techniques for "locking
in" memory values with magnetic spin could help non-volatile magnetic
random-access memories (MRAM) mount a challenge to volatile DRAMs. Interesting.
Wiring Harnesses Tiny Switches. ...shrink the computer to the
size of a bacterium or even smaller. Hewlett-Packard patent
describes how to hook up molecular-scale devices by essentially assigning
each switch a random marker — like a phone number — that allows signals
to be routed to it.
Microsoft's .NET Vision - With Linux. The .NET initiative is
an unabashed effort to dominate the future of the Internet, but if the
federal courts can't slow down the giant software company, maybe Ximian
Inc., a small outfit in Boston, can do the trick.
Wireless Throws Down the Gauntlet in Race to 3G. 2.5G services
for Seattle businesses.
Engines Accused of Hiding Ads. Eight major Internet search engines
have been accused of deception after a consumer group demanded that the
Federal Trade Commission investigate whether they are coughing up "ads
in disguise" in response to user queries...
Develops 'Digital Paper' Display for Handsets. 3-inch diagonal
display that can serve as a drop-in replacement for liquid crystal displays
in personal digital appliances and mobile-phone handsets. It nonvolatile
display retains its image after power is removed and only needs power
when the image changes.
Q&A: HailStorm Reliability, The Economy, Sun, The Antitrust Case
Takes Lead on Gorcing DDR Prices to Plummet. Less than eight
weeks after launching an aggressive double-data-rate SDRAM pricing campaign,
Micron Technology Inc. appears to have forced its competitors to follow
Set to Mass-Produce AMD Chipsets, Compete With VIA. At the beginning
of the year, over 90 percent of AMD-supported chipsets were produced
by VIA. SiS has decided to mass-produce AMD-supported chipsets, the 733
and 735 chipsets, in August as the first step to realize its target to
win a 25-percent market share.
Cuts Prices on Mobile Pentium III. Cuts
prices on 1 gig and 900 Mhz Pentium III Celeron mobile processors by
7/16 IRS Publishes Schedule for Mailing Tax
Refunds. The IRS has just published a schedule for mailing checks as
part of the new U.S. tax-cut law. Criteria is also provided for who
will get a refund and how much it will be. Click
here to go there.
Supercomputer. Our solution was to construct a computing cluster
using obsolete PCs that would have otherwise discarded.
Makers Caught in Microsoft Antitrust Squeeze. Some analysts
are hinting that any complications to the XP release could jeopardize
the future of some PC firms.
Long Reach Getting Longer. As big cable gets really big, some
worry that consumer choice will suffer. And then there's that ever-rising
Cable Broadband Use To Outstrip DSL. While digital subscriber
line (DSL) access will lead globally, cutbacks in last-mile build-outs
by U.S. telecommunications companies will allow cable domination in North
to Charge for MP3 Ripping. Consumers looking to rip MP3s using
Windows XP's media player will have to pay as much as $30 extra for the
May Experience Boost. Falling energy prices, lower interest rates
and tax rebate checks are expected to lift the economy in the second
half of the year.
to Attach Passageway. ...Astronauts
geared-up Saturday for the big event: the attachment of a $164 million
passageway for spacewalkers.
Alert! Commentary & analysis of week's chip news, July 9-13.
Department Says Rein in Microsoft Soon. "The
DOJ and the states are on the same page, and they're intent on getting
relief as soon as possible, undoubtedly in light of the planned Windows
XP introduction..." DOJ
Asks Appeals Court to Hurry Microsoft Case. 'Some legal experts,
who have followed the case, have said the government is likely to seek
an injunction to stop Microsoft from releasing Windows XP on Oct. 25.'
AMD Likely to Hold the Line on Prices. Maybe,
maybe not. Both may have a lot of inventory.
'X-Architecture' Chips Push Speed, Power. 'The X-Architecture is
deceptively simple... diagonal wiring results in chips with 10% greater
performance and 20% less power.'
Security Hole Discovered in Office XP. 'Report warns that
unauthorized access is possible to email in the user's inbox, including
reading, modifying, or deleting such mails, to the unauthorized execution
of unlimited commands and programs on the afflicted computer.'
Warns of E-mail Vulnerability. While the fix is being
prepared, Microsoft recommends that Outlook users disable ActiveX controls
in the Internet Zone of Internet Explorer to protect their machines from a
Enters Internet Music Fray. Microsoft
will form a partnership with pressplay, a joint venture by music giants
Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, and distribute music
through MSN for an undisclosed price. "We're at a tipping point
for the down slide of the CD sale and the uptake of digital distribution
Prepares SOI Shift in PC Processors With Initial 0.13-Micron Process. 'In
a bold move to convert 100% of its PC processors to silicon-on-insulator
technology, AMD has begun pilot production of 0.13-micron SOI processes
in Dresden, Germany, with a target to start up volume fabrication by
the end of this year.... Athlon 4 processors using 0.13-micron SOI processes
by the end of 2001.'
Cuts 2001 Capital Spending Budget. Average selling price for
processors is now about $75, down $15 from the first quarter.
Reports Second Quarter Results. Net income $0.05 per diluted
share, down from $0.37 the first quarter... Sales declined by approximately
17%... record unit sales of more than 7.7 million PC processors during
the quarter, up 16%... Demand for flash memory products continued to
reflect severe weakness in the communications and networking sectors. Q2
Bad, Q3 Worse For AMD. AMD warns revenues could fall by as much
as 15% in the third quarter, resulting in an operating loss... AMD
Conference Call Transcriptishes.
Palomino Performance Preview. Based
on our results, Palomino should offer anywhere from a 4-10% performance
improvement over today's Athlon processors based on AMD's Thunderbird
Study The Brain As Subjects Feel The Pain. This may help explain
why some people are more sensitive than others when it comes to painful
Notebook CPU to be Totally Differentiated From Desktop CPU in 2003.
Works for Portland, OR Police. 'Officers can access t a
massive database containing information on 975,000 people, mug
shots, and nearly 2 million cases from the field.'
Tests Web Service For solution providers. Microsoft plans to
demonstrate a beta version of bCentral designed specifically for solution
providers at its Fusion partner conference here this weekend.
Puts Clamp on Napster's Return. A
San Francisco judge ruled Wednesday that Napster Inc. cannot resume its
music file trading service until the company shows that it can fully
comply with court orders governing Napster's use of certain copyright
VIRTUAL PRESS KIT -- Connected Home
Advertising: It's Just the Beginning. Good
read if you have a commercial web site.
the Looking Glass, to Holographic Data Storage. You
may have to log into the NY Times, but it is free and is well worth the
little effort that it takes.
and DDR Memory Face Off in Second Half
Ethiopian Fossils May Represent Oldest Human Ancestor Yet. From
sediments dated to between 5.2 and 5.8 million years ago.
XP Copy Protection. Readers to Microsoft: Copy Controls? No
Way! Antipiracy technology in Windows XP could prove a major deal
breaker for would-be upgraders.
XP: Where The Remedy Will Be. Members of the legal community
say it's becoming increasingly likely that a remedy for Microsoft's unlawful
behavior to protect its operating system monopoly will center on a product
still under development.
Scientists Create World's Most Precise Clock. Has
the potential to be 100 to 1,000 times more accurate than the current
cesium-based microwave clocks.
7/12 Library "Radicals" Targeted
in Latest Copyright Battles. Publishing houses that had ringside
seats to the Napsterization of the music industry are increasingly concerned
that their material, too, may be freely swapped in digital form.
Gives Motherboard Order to Asus. First OEM motherboard order
to Taiwan. 200,000 P4 boards/month.
to Allow PC Makers to Alter Windows. "We
recognize that some provisions in our existing Windows licenses have
been ruled improper by the court, so we are providing computer manufacturers
with greater flexibility and we are doing this immediately so that
computer manufacturers can take advantage of them in planning for the
upcoming release of Windows XP," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft.
Privacy Rights Survive?
Still Having Problems Downloading WinXP Beta (RC1)
Digital Ships 100 GByte, 7,200 Hard Disk Drive. Three platters. Ship
View: Still the same old AMD? The
downbeat news last week obscured the fact that this is not the same company
that spent most of the '90s stumbling from one debacle to another.
to Expand Job Cuts to Total 8,500
Confirms Halt to Pentium III Xeon Chip for Servers. Happened
IBM PC. "In a nutshell it looks like the global PC marketplace
is to lose another player. There will still be PC products coming out
of IBM, but no PC division and no dedicated teams... The mother of personal
computing as we know it looks like it could be almost ready to cut the
umbilical cord and finally leave the PC business."
Pulls Preorder Plug on Windows XP
End of the Peer-to-Peer Road? Newer technology from the
Netherlands called FastTrack could
become the "New Napster" and provide even greater headaches
for copyright holders.
Glut Should Mean Bargains for Companies. Empty server racks line
the walls of data centers throughout the U.S., casualties of a gold rush
that never quite materialized...
7/10 Scientists "Microstamp" a
Neuronal Network in a Dish. Nerve cells grow and wire themselves
Messenger Service Restored, eh, restored to 99%...
Product Activation Decoded and Analysed
Stumbles with XP Preview. But eight days
later, many of the people who plunked down $10 for the right to download
the approximately 500MB file said they have not received the e-mail
containing a user ID and password that would allow them to do so. 11:43
Just downloaded it. 512 MByte ISO file. Took 1 hour, 10
minutes with a cable MODEM.
No Plans to Sell Broadband Unit. Talks
with Comcast did not lead to a valuation agreement, but it will review
the cable company's $58 billion unsolicited offer.
Woes Cloud Microsoft's .Net Strategy. Problems with MSN Messenger
continue into the second week.
Move to Bridge Web and Phone Network. AT&T, Cisco, IBM, WorldCom
and AOL Time Warner are urging the U.S. government to support a top-level
domain for Enum,
an emerging technology that builds a bridge between the public switched
telephone network and the Internet. Enum lets users type a telephone
number into a Web browser and find a corresponding URL, e-mail address
or IP address.
Issues Spam Patch for Windows 2000. Fixes
hole that allows intruders to relay E-mail from a remote PC.
Sees Clear Victory on 'Bundling.' Opponents
read the appeals court ruling differently. You
may have to log into the NY Times, but it is free and is well worth the
little effort that it takes.
a New Line in Optical Research
Bogged-Down in Slow Internet Access
Alert! (July 2-6). Commentary & analysis of week's chip news.
Insight into Reason Matter Exists
Struggles to Cope With Downturn
Recalls Power Adapters Due To Fire Hazard. Sold with
PowerBook G3 notebooks shipped from May 1998 until March 2000.
Banks on Windows XP. A combination of refresh cycles as
IT buyers update their systems, and a Microsoft hard-sell may restore
spending, though not everybody is convinced. I
think Win XP will be a BIG deal. Reason: the shift in my web statistics
to Win 2K indicate Win 9X is starting to be abandoned. XP should
accelerate that transition. Many potential Win 2K buyers are probably
waiting for XP. Also, all of those computers purchased because
of the Y2K fiasco will start to show their age. The nVIDIA
nFORCE motherboard chipset could
be a BIG sleeper. Boards with the chipset should start to appear
towards the end of next month.
Create First Room-Temperature Single-Electron Transistor. From
a carbon nanotube, Dutch researchers have crafted a transistor that toggles
on and off with the flow of a single electron.
Makers(?) Skimping on Tests?
Worsens as Singapore Slips Into Recession
Valley Slips Into Sleep Mode
Messenger Suffers Fourth Day of Outages
Messenger Falters for More Than 10 Million Users
Issues Warning, Cites Chip Pricing. Net
income would be in the range of 3 to 5 cents per diluted share, rather
than the 27 cents analysts expected.
Updates Roadmap, Delays Desktop Palomino
Could Hold Passport to Net. Rivals fear Redmond's authentication
service could make the software giant the one and only centralized power
on the Web.
Receives First Completely Self-Contained Artificial Heart
Pursue Quantum Chip-Making Process. Quantum dots store information
in domains that are at least 10 times smaller than those typically proposed
for future silicon chip technologies — only a few square nanometers,
containing 50 to 10,000 atoms per stored quantum bit (qubit). The devices
work by instantaneously passing individual electrons across an insulator
without taking any time to physically pass through it — a phenomena called "tunneling."
Sales of Airline Tickets Are Making Hefty Advances. Delta started
a fare sale, matched by other airlines including American and America
West, that offered an extra 20% discount for using its Web site. You
may have to log into the NY Times, but it is free and is well worth the
little effort that it takes.
Motherboard Makers Landing OEM Orders for Server Boards From International
Heavyweights. In the past, high-end servers have been manufactured
in-house by international heavyweights like HP, IBM, Sun and Dell, but
lately they have begun to adopt the open Wintel structure and they have
been outsourcing to 1st tier Taiwan manufactureers.
Ultramodern Cube PC Now An Antique. Or, "Apple
Puts... Cube on Ice."
Chip Demise Impacts Cray
tangles with Microsoft Over Win XP. "Consumers were effectively
being denied a choice of which photo software they could use. More important,
they should be able to send photos to any Internet printing service they
choose--without paying a tax to Microsoft."
Hat Guns for MS Database Space. Red Hat European VP Colin Tenwick
called in to the IT-Analysis HQ on the impending launch of Red Hat Database.
It seems that the firm is gunning for Microsoft.
OKs 79 MPH for Amtrak Run. Removes the major barriers to completion
passenger rail connection between Portland, Maine and Boston. Service
could start early this fall.
Cameras Scan for Criminals. Tampa is scanning public places for
the faces of criminals through surveillance cameras.
You're on Not-So-Candid Camera. Protecting the Public or Burgeoning
Chipset Companies Continue Swoon. VIA and SiS sales fall
25% in June
Malaise Will Continue Through Summer
Slashes 1,000 Positions
Halts File Sharing During Upgrade
Spins Chips Into Paper Money. Paper thin, .4 mm square, and can
transmit info 30 cm.
One' at Novell Promises Big Shakeup. While details remain guarded,
sources say the latest in a series of organizational shakeups by the
reeling network giant is likely to raise anxieties among enterprise customers
and mean unemployment for top Novell executives.
Announces "Availability" of First Release Candidate (RC1) of
Windows XP. E-Mail
has arrived here from Microsoft stating that another E-Mail with download
instructions and a product key would be sent in the next few days to
people who have signed-up (and paid) for the preview program.
the Seeds: Microsoft Windows XP. Microsoft's .NET aims to takeover
Completes Acquisition of Informix Database Assets. IBM intends
to incorporate select Informix technologies into future versions of DB2
Universal Database, which will remain IBM's flagship database product.
Introduces Introduces 1.8 and 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 Processors
Releases 900 MHz Desktop and 850 MHz Mobile Celeron Processors
Semiconductor Sales Drop 7 Percent From April
Future Is Said to Brighten. Executives plan to increase
information- technology spending by 6.3% on average over the next 12
months, up from the 3.8% in May. You
may have to log into the NY Times, but it is free and is well worth the
little effort that it takes.
and Dell a Go-Go Analyst Says
to Pull PC Production from Mitac. Will instead Contract FIC and
Foxconn to build its desktops.
Movement Picking Up Steam. Peer-to-peer technology is gaining
popularity, and a Meta Group report predicts it will be a standard part
of the e-business infrastructure by 2005, once security flaws are resolved.