31 December 2002
Chips Double Up in 2003: Analysts. Crystal balls see double-digit
growth in the semis with Intel riding high on Banias and Hyper-Threading
chips and AMD looking to break the IT spending lock with its 'Hammers.'
Tax Savings. Charitable donations,
IRA contributions, and even tax advice are available on the Internet
in the waning days of 2002.
Spending Busts Records. Buoyed
by an increase in the population of online shoppers and more liberal
spending by online shopping veterans, e-commerce in the United States
leaps nearly 40 percent.
First Maglev Train Opens
Monday, 30 December 2002
Sales Continue Gradual Recovery. Worldwide
semiconductor sales hit $12.68 billion in November, a 1.3% sequential
increase from the $12.51 billion in revenue reported in October 2002...
November sales are up 19.6% from November 2001 sales of $10.60 billion. Global
Chip Sales Growth Slows in Nov. Growth
in global chip sales slowed to 1.3 percent in November from October,
well below average growth for the month...
Develops 54-inch TFT LCD for DTVs. Samsung Electronics recently announced
that it has successfully developed a 54-inch TFT LCD of 6.22-million-pixel
for the Pay Phone. As cell phone use increases, an icon gradually
Chipsets Gain Popularity
a Windows HTML Editor
27 December 2002
Dots to Form Basis of Next-generation Computer Displays? MIT
researchers have combined organic materials with high-performing inorganic
nanocrystals to create a hybrid optoelectronic structure—a quantum
dot-organic light-emitting device (QD-OLED) that may one day replace
price cuts to lead to fiercer competition in discrete chipset market.
Competition in the discrete chipset market is expected to be heightened
further with Intel’s price cuts scheduled for the first quarter of 2003.
You Move to Linux? This excerpt
from The Business and Economics of Linux and OpenSource details
the factors to weigh when deciding whether to move to Linux. Also: migration
tips if you take the plunge.
Lost $234 Million in October. WorldCom's
losses nearly doubled in October from the previous month, and sales
of its telecommunications services remained flat...
Claims Creation of First Human Clone. A
scientist associated with a group that believes extraterrestrials created
mankind claimed Friday that her company had produced the first clone
of a human being.
Thursday, 26 December 2002
Million Jobs Coming for Haggard IT Workforce. The
struggling IT workforce looks to see a strong boost in 2003, with a
new study predicting that IT managers will need to fill 1.1 million
jobs in the next year.
of the Killer Web Robots. They swarm the Internet harvesting
e-mail addresses and free accounts to spawn hoards of junk messages...
Linux Advances, Microsoft Alters Message To Lure Customers.
As businesses increasingly adopt Linux to run their computer servers,
Microsoft is shifting the battleground from schoolyard insults or techie-speak
to corporate notions of "business value."
Hard Disk Group to Show New Device. A
consortium of companies developing a removable hard disk system for
consumer use called iVDR (Information Versatile Disk for Removable
usage) plan to unveil a prototype 1.8 inch drive with a serial ATA
interface for the first time at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES)
80 GByte Serial ATA Drives Now Available. Serial
Laser Should Mean 16X DVD Writers by 2004
Yawn Of a Year In Tech
Tuesday, 24 December 2002
Christmas for Retailers. Shaping
up as the worst holiday shopping season in 30 years.
Ordered to Carry Java. A U.S. district court judge on Monday
ordered Microsoft to include Sun Microsystems' version of Java with the
Windows operating system, citing the software giant's history of undermining
the platform-neutral programming language.
Adobe in Document Duel? Adobe Systems
readies a new business push as industry giant Microsoft moves ahead
with plans for software that could nibble at the edge of Adobe's market.
23 December 2002
Shows-off 1-Gbit DDR SDRAM. Initially,
the 1-Gbit DDR SDRAM will be used in 4-Gbyte DIMM modules.
Add New Twist. Some
pop-up advertisements will include a new feature that can direct someone
to another Web site by a simple move of the cursor across the ad--no
clicking necessary. Seems like they
are shooting themselves in the foot... with a cannon. Dux does
not run pop-up advertising of any kind.
Deals, and Risks, From Buying Hardware at Online Auctions
Products of 2002
Friday, 20 December 2002
16-Processor Servers Hit Market. IBM
hit the market with its much-hyped 16-way servers and used the occasion
to announce it has surpassed rival HP as the leading provider in high-end
3D Monitors: Look, No Glasses. Bodies
and bullets appear to fly all over the place in a version of Quake
that has been adjusted to work on Sharp's 3D monitors.
Ad Market Warming-up. While
online advertising is still far from what it was during the devil-may-care
dotcom heyday, the battered market is starting to show signs of modest
19 December 2002
Dell, Sun Vet InfiniBand. IBM, Dell and Sun Thursday are expected
to give customers a glimpse of their intentions for the faster, next-generation
I/O bus, InfiniBand, which so far, has languished in products from
a handful of start-up vendors.
May Strike Gold With Instant Messaging Patent. The
broad wording of the patent means AOL could get an important legal
leg up on rivals Microsoft and Yahoo, the other players in the potentially
lucrative instant messaging (IM) arena, that have their own proprietary
Digital TV Deal Forged. Consumer
electronics manufacturers and the cable industry have resolved their
basic differences that clears the way for the manufacture of cable-ready
digital TV sets.
Offers Bluetooth Experience for All. Personal connectivity enthusiasts
have been applauding the arrival of Bluetooth technology that allows
wireless networking between mobile devices and headsets.
Loses $316 Million. Decreasing
prices for memory chips this fall pushed Micron first-quarter loss
to $315.9 million, far worse than Wall Street expected.
Flaws Could Hit Music Traders. A
security firm finds vulnerabilities in Windows XP and music player
WinAmp that allow a modified music file to take control of a person's
Patches RealOne Player. The
patch closes nine security holes.
Operation Banishes Tumours. For
the first time, cancer has been treated by removing an organ from the
body, giving it radiotherapy and then re-implanting it.
Is A Gene, Anyway?
Wednesday, 18 December 2002
'Iraq Oil' Network Worm Found. Unlike other worms that
spread through mass e-mailing, Lioten scans the Internet for vulnerable
Windows machines that are sharing folders with other users on a home
or business network.
Memory Spot Prices Climbing. DDR333 spot prices shot up 7% last week
and are continuing to rise, reported Taiwanese DRAM distributors.
Unveils World’s Fastest Desktop Hard Disk Drive With New Serial ATA
announced in September 2002, Deskstar 180GXP is a 7200RPM drive with
maximum cache size of 8 MB and highest capacity offering at 180GB. Of
is selling its hard disk drive operations to Hitachi.
Monday, 16 December 2002
Down Hot Computer Chips. Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories
have been working on an elegant solution for the military that could
soon find its way to desktop and laptop computers.
Offers Free PC with High-end Purchase. The
company is offering a free low-end desktop with the purchase of a high-end
desktop or notebook PC, a Gateway spokesman said.
Continues to Gain in Browser Wars.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer has
increased its share to 95 percent, of which IE6 has 57.6%. Netscape
Banned From Harvesting E-mail Addresses. A
Dutch court has ordered a spamming computer seller to stop harvesting
e-mail addresses from an online address guide and to delete the already
Memories are Made Not Born. Superior memorizers have neither higher
IQs nor special brain structures, a study reveals, instead they have
the best memorizing strategies.
Office Starts Testing Paperless Processing System. The
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has begun limited usage of a system
that will process applications electronically and is due for a full deployment
10 CD-RW Drives
13 December 2002
Netscape Punctures Pop-up Ads. The
new pop-up-stopping Netscape 7.01 was released Tuesday,
offering a belated compromise for Web surfers increasingly buffeted
by intrusive advertising.
PC Makers Enjoyed Strong November Sales. Boosted by seasonal demand,
Taiwanese PC makers and assembly contractors enjoyed strong November
Screen Battle: Plasma vs. LCD. Lusting after a big, flat-screen TV?
Plasma is the choice now--but LCDs are gaining fast.
Quick Look at the Fastest Apple PowerMac. Basically, the 1.25
GHz dual G4 PowerMac is slower than most high end PCs (including single-processor
ones). In multi-threaded content creation applications, it can
perform like a 2.2 GHz Pentium 4 and even a 3.06 GHz one.
Thursday, 12 December 2002
Froogle Finds Your Products. Attention
online shoppers: Google is beta-testing a new service called Froogle that
uses its search engine to help find products on the Web.
Plugs Eight Holes in Its Java Software. A serious
security flaw in Microsoft's virtual machine, found on most Windows PCs,
could allow an attacker to take over a user's system.
11 December 2002
'03 IT Spending Forecast is Mixed. IT
spending at large companies in North America next year will be a mixed
bag across various industries, with some edging up slightly and others
showing no rebound or dropping year-on-year...
DSL Growth Hits Record High. The
number of digital subscriber line customers worldwide grew at an
unprecedented rate from July through September, providing signs of
life for the broadband market, a survey says.
Waves Goodbye to OS/2 Operating System. I
wish I had a nickel for every time a perspective buyer asked me, "Is
the computer [you are trying to sell me] OS/2 compatible?" In
all of those years I believe I saw less than a handful of computers that
actually had it installed.
Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Flock to Online Sites. Web
retailers bag big gains, with sales for November up 22 percent from
a year ago and those for the first post-Thanksgiving week up 34 percent,
according to new reports.
Applies Thoroughbred Core to All Athlon XP Processors. With its 0.13-micron
process transition moving on track, AMD recently decided to introduce
its 0.13-micron Thoroughbred B0 core to its entry-level Athlon XP 1700+
and 1800+ processors to cut costs further as well as improve product
Unveils High-performance Athlon for Servers/Workstations. Introduces
the Athlon MP 2400+, for enterprise servers and workstations and scientific
9 December 2002
You're Getting a So-So Handheld. Dell's
new Axim X5 easily undercuts every other current Pocket PC or Palm
device with an equivalent display.
$199 PC with No Windows, No Intel Inside. By
dropping software from Microsoft and avoiding "Intel inside," retailer
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.is offering a $199 computer it says is a hot
seller on its Web
site, attracting novices looking for a way onto the Internet
as well as high-end users wanting a second box.
to Reveal Supertiny Transistor. The
length of the transistor's gate--a tiny pathway for electricity--is
only 6 nanometers, or 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human
Details Groundbreaking Research In New Transistor And Memory Cell Structure.
AMD will present several new technical achievements critical to the
creation of next-generation transistors and memory cells at this year’s
International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) held in San Francisco,
is response to criticism.
Cells Aiming for Full Spectrum Efficiency. A material that can soak
up energy from almost all of the Sun's spectrum could improve solar power
6 December 2002
Expects Better 4Q Revenues. Boosted
by the better-than-expected sales in Asia, Intel announced that its
fourth-quarter revenues are expected to reach US$6.8 billion to US$7.0
billion, up from its previous forecast of US$6.5 billion to US$6.9
Delivers Pressplay Service on PCs. Gateway to "jazz" up
a ho-hum Christmas season by announcing a deal with online music provider
Pressplay to load its PCs with 2,000 songs from hit pop stars from Eminem
and Bruce Springsteen to the Dixie Chicks and Frank Sinatra.
11 Signs Your Co-Worker is a Closet Mac User
5 December 2002
Raises Fourth Quarter Sales Expectations.
AMD is currently projecting fourth quarter sales to approach $700 million,
an increase of approximately 35 percent over third quarter 2002 sales
of $508 million... stronger than expected PC processor demand and continued
strength in Flash memory products.
Contract Prices To Slide Starting Early December. DRAM contract prices
are set to slide starting in early December, as suppliers dive into 12-inch
production even as Christmas season demand tapers off, said distributors.
Said to Allow Overclocking on New Own-brand Boards. Intel is reportedly
planning to offer limited overclocking functions on its own-brand motherboards
for the upcoming Canterwood and Springdale platforms, a slight change
from the chipmaker’s previous firm policy against overclocking. I
guess the sales department and $ overruled the sound principles practiced
by the engineers over the years...
IBM, Intel Plan Nationwide Wi-Fi Network. AT&T,
IBM and Intel today plan to announce the formation of a joint venture
to roll out Wi-Fi public access hot spots nationwide.
Warns of IE, Outlook Flaws. A
glitch in IE could allow information to be pilfered from computers. A
second problem affecting Outlook 2002 could let a hacker deny user
access to the program.
Unravels Optimum Way of Lacing Shoes
4 December 2002
New Palm OS--A High Five. First devices based on the Palm 5 OS raise
the stakes in the PDA wars.
Describes Printable Electronic Circuit Techniques. Research
fellow at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, has developed semiconducting
organic polymers that allow electronic patterns to be printed on a
plastic substrate, paving the way for integrated circuits printed on
plastic rather than etched on silicon wafers.
nForce2 Based Mainboards Roundup
3 December 2002
With Next-Generation Hard Disk Drive. SATA
ATA) offers little benefit over the fastest parallel ATA100 or ATA133
setup in a single-drive system. But that's for now. SATA
is the future of ATA for a variety of reasons...
Hat to Target Workstations, Telcos. The
Raleigh, N.C., software vendor is aiming to more closely align its
Linux workstation and server operating systems so that developers can
create client-server applications using a common code base.
Linux Gaining Acceptance in the Enterprise. The
study, based on an October survey of 100 IT managers at large U.S.
multinationals, says that 39 percent of respondents had deployed Linux "in
Servers Cheaper to Run Than Linux. Microsoft, fearful of being undercut
in the market for server software by free offerings based on Linux, on
Monday released the results of a sponsored study that concludes Windows
2000 is generally cheaper for businesses to run and support.
Monday, 2 December 2002
Hard Drives. The
200 GB Western Digital Caviar and the 180 GB IBM Ultrastar are listed
as the fastest ATA drives on the market
Semiconductor Sales Kick Start Q4. "If
there are any doubts remaining about the strength of the global chip
industry, a healthy recovery continues as we move into the fourth quarter."
Companies Propose Industry Standard for Printing From Digital Cameras. Canon,
Fuji Photo Film, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Olympus Optical, Seiko Epson
and Sony on December 2 announced a proposal for an industry standard
that enables consumers to easily print photos by directly connecting
their digital still cameras to their printers – no PC required.
Give Nod to IBM-Hitachi Deal. The
Federal Trade Commission grants approval for Big Blue to sell its money-losing
hard-drive business to Hitachi, in a transfer expected to take three
Image Stored in Single Molecule.
Researchers at the University of Oklahoma
found that the 19 hydrogen atoms in a lone liquid crystal molecule
can store at least 1024 bits of information.