Monday, 30 June 2003
Connects New Storage Standard. Microsoft
on Monday released an update to its Windows operating system to add
support for the emerging iSCSI storage networking standard.
Ximian Crash Microsoft's Desktop Party? "The
desktop is Microsoft's last stand for near dominance, which will gradually
erode with greater awareness of the maturity of Linux desktop offerings," Forrester
analyst Stacey Quandt predicts.
Releases an Outstanding Browser. Safari
is one of Apple's finest releases, a piece of work that shows an emphasis
on simplicity and speed.
Microsoft's Browser Engine Backfire? Microsoft
may have unwittingly started a revolt against its Internet Explorer
(IE) browser by discontinuing it as a standalone product and blurring
the future of the current version, IE 6.
Claims Fuel-cell Laptop Battery Will Last 40 hours. NEC is battling
domestic rivals such as Toshiba Corp., as well as U.S. and South Korean
rivals, all of whom are rushing to bring fuel cell technology to the
Chip Sales Rising. Spurred
by growing PC sales, outlook gets brighter every month. Even at current
rates, growth is expected to hit 8.6 percent worldwide.
Ships 'Madison' Version of Itanium 2. Intel executives say their
comany's Itanium 2 platform has reached the point at which the market
has begun spending as much--or more--on Intel 64-bit processors as it
does on competing RISC chips.
Rolls-out Expanded Opteron Processor Line. AMD expanded its
Opteron 64-bit server line to include for the first time processors for
four-to-eight way servers, as well as a low-end uniprocessor family for
workstations and one-way servers.
Brews 3D Band-gap Crystals. A cookbook developed by University of
Toronto researchers describes how to fabricate efficient, large-scale,
three-dimensional photonic band-gap (PBG) crystals. PBG materials enable
light from micro-lasers to carry information on-chip the way fiber optics
uses light for communication between chips.
Enables Passport Account Hijackings. Attackers to reset
the password and hijack older .Net Passport accounts.
to Use 'Splatometers' to Count Its Insects
Friday, 27 June 2003
May Sprout Viruses in Home PCs. Junk
e-mailers are spreading viruses that let them send spam anonymously
through home computers, according to an e-mail security firm.
May Crystallize Future of Optical Microchips. A new class of microscopic
crystal structures developed at the University of Toronto may bring
high-bandwidth optical microchips one step closer to efficient, large-scale
Releases Fourth Service Pack for Win 2000. Microsoft has released
Service Pack 4 for Windows 2000, which contains a bundle of all updates
and patches for the operating system released since Service Pack 3
Microsoft Not Required to Carry Sun's Java. Appeals
court also affirms earlier copyright violation ruling.
NT to Get the Seven-year Ditch. The
clock is ticking for those Microsoft customers still using the software
maker's Windows NT 4.0 workstation operating system as phone support
will end June 30.
Hydrogen Fuel from Plants Gets Cheaper
Thursday, 26 June 2003
Aim Big Guns at Small File Swappers.
In its most serious crackdown yet on file swapping, the Recording Industry
Association of America said it will gather evidence against individuals
who trade songs online and slap thousands of them with copyright-infringement
Piracy Spurs High-Tech Arms Race.
Goes Around Comes Around. The Only Clear Winner in This SCO Versus
IBM Case is Microsoft. SCO
Smear Campaign Can't Defeat GNU Community.
Oracle the New Neighborhood Bully? It is not surprising that Oracle's
hostile takeover bid for rival PeopleSoft is ruffling a few feathers.
Worm Apreading Around Globe. The worm is being helped along by users
who open its payload before their antivirus protection is updated. Sobig
Finds New Routes to Relay Spam.
Department To Convert To New IPv6 Internet Protocol. Backing
from the enormous armed forces will likely accelerate the widespread
availability of the next-generation Internet Protocol.
Networks Moves Gigabit To Desktop With New Products. Wired/wireless
networking vendor SMC Networks Thursday announced a new product family,
including Gigabit switches and network cards that deliver a more affordable
high-bandwidth desktop connection.
Set to Migrate Production From LCD to OLED. Move reflects Japanese
drive to hold high ground in display technology.
Claims World's First 3D Magnetic Crystal. IBM researchers hope to
create a "cookbook" of metamaterials with optical properties
that can eventually be integrated with its existing silicon chips.
Market to Reach $1.1B by 2007. With increased adoption of wireless
networking and hotspots springing up across the globe, IDC expects the
WLAN market to see a 13 percent CAGR through 2007.
Mystery Flashes Seen In Outer Atmosphere
Wednesday, 25 June 2003
Shows Off Personal Server. Intel
showed off a personal server that's roughly the size of a deck of playing
cards and capable of at least as many tricks.
Upgrades OS with 4.0. The firm, which aims to take Linux to the mass
market as a desktop operating system, unveils the latest version of its
Far Can Zend Take PHP? PHP
is being pushed by proponents of the LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP)
platform as part of an ecosystem that could compete with a Java-Microsoft-based
Google May Go Head-to-head. Microsoft's
path to expand the Windows empire is leading directly to search
Led Worldwide Notebook Market in 1Q. With sales of 1.3 million to
1.35 million units in the first quarter of 2003, Hewlett-Packard (HP)
again secured the crown in the global notebook market, which it took
from Dell Computer in late 2002.
Download Exposes PCs to Attack. Symantec has issued a warning
to users of its online Security Check service, admitting they have
probably downloaded a flawed ActiveX control that could be used by
an intruder as a path into the victim's PC.
Tuesday, 24 June 2003
nForce2 K7 Chipset Dominates Market. Statistics
for June show that of all AMD Athlon XP motherboards shipped, those based
on Nvidia’s nForce2 will account for 35% of all shipments, up from 25%
Drops Q2 Guidance by $100M. Lowering
its revenue guidance to $615 million, AMD says the anticipated Q2 improvement
in sales did not materialize. Meanwhile, one market researcher warns
that the MPU maker may be worse off than it is letting on.
the G5 Save Apple? The company
has formed an alliance with tech powerhouse IBM, it has moved into
the new world of 64-bit computing, and it can now claim its computers
are as fast as -- possibly faster than -- the fastest Windows PCs. Apple
PowerPC G5: IBM's PowerPC 970 Unleashed.
Apple claims they have the fastest 64 bit desktop on the planet. We
claim they have a pretty fast 64 bit workstation, but Opteron workstations
available now seem faster.
to Push-out Linux Networking. With
one eye on the growing popularity of the open-source operating system,
Novell pledges to deliver versions of its networking software for Linux-based
Buys Oldest Map Marked "America"
Monday, 23 June 2003
End is Here, National Semi's Halla Insists. The
end is nigh! The end of the semiconductor industry downturn...
Technologies Soups-up Integrated Graphics Chipset. Striving to escape
the intense pricing environment of the integrated graphics processor
(IGP) market, ATI is offering chipsets with some functions typically
found only in discrete parts.
Speeds Up P4 with HT. Hyper-Threading
(HT) technology running at 3.2GHz.
Releases Pocket PC 2003, Touts Simplified Development Environment. Microsoft
released its latest Pocket PC operating system, emphasizing the software's
ability to run more efficiently and offer a development environment
that's much easier to use for corporate developers.
Apple Hard Drive Becomes New Atomic Mirror. Using a discarded Apple
hard drive from the mid 1990's, Cal Tech researchers have fabricated
a mirror that reflects atoms instead of light.
Black Hole May Lurk at Milky Way's Heart
Friday, 20 June 2003
Panel Overwhelmingly Passes Anti-Spam Bill. Spammers
who use false headers or misleading subject lines could get up to a year
in jail and a maximum fine of $1 million, etc... "The bill will
get tougher as we go forward."
Scam Makes Best Buy Scramble. The
retailer moves to limit damage from an e-mail scam that links to a
look-alike Web site to try to persuade consumers to give up their credit-card
Business is ‘the Oil of the 21st Century.’ 50 to 80 percent of the
market value of modern business is due to Intellectual property (IP)
Researchers Uncover Mystery Malware. The
culprit, which was first thought to be a new breed of Trojan, is actually
a distributed network mapping tool that also acts as a listening agent.
Dubbed Stumbler... Malware
= malicious software = Viruses,
Trojan Horses, and Worms. I would add Spyware to the definition.
Greatest Gadgets. It's
here: a do-it-all remote control, touch screen converter, always-on videocam,
multiformat DVD burner, and more. German
Tech Show Comes to the U.S.
Prices Too High for OEMs, May Drop. DRAM
distributors are worried that with DRAM prices rising over 30% since
the beginning of June, PC OEMs may be holding off on large purchases
of the memory.
Poised To Release Speedy G5. Apple is set to unveil its new G5 processor,
according to screenshots taken by Macintosh enthusiasts of the company's
This VoIP's MVP Year? Companies have
been waiting for voice over IP to free them from the tyranny of circuit-switched
telecom networks, and some say 2003 could be the break-out year.
Source Advocate Fires Back at SCO. Just days after SCO escalated
its legal battle with IBM over alleged violations of a Unix source
code contract, open source advocate Eric Raymond has said he has evidence
that could undermine some of SCO's legal arguments.
Side" of the Universe Is Coming to Light
Linked to Brain Differences
Thursday, 19 June 2003
Is Not Ready For the Enterprise (Opinion). "Linux and other
open source projects require too much customization, and doubts about
the legitimacy of open source code could get users tangled up in lawsuits.
Besides, many Linux supporters are a bunch of potty-mouthed malcontents.
Enterprises are better off staying away from Linux and open source..."
Likely to Move Athlon 64 Shipments Up to August. AMD is said to plan
to start small-scale shipments of its long-awaited K8-core Athlon 64
processors in August, earlier than its September schedule, sources revealed.
Tech Exports Down 26%, Study Says. Meanwhile, China replaces Japan
and Mexico as the largest supplier of electronics to the United States.
On the Internet. All
kinds of companies are trying to exploit the Internet to more cheaply
transmit calls that have long moved as analog signals over copper wires.
Fiscal 3Q Loss Expands on Falling Prices. Micron, the world's No.
2 global DRAM manufacturer, said it lost $215 million, or 36 cents per
share, in the three months ended May 29...
experts still can't get a good handle on the behavior of a new Trojan,
which is infecting machines at an increasing rate.
Worm Rears Its Head Again. Just weeks
after the SoBig.C mass mailing worm turned itself off, a new variant
begins to spread in the wild.
to Power Next-gen PDAs, PCs, Phones?
Wednesday, 18 June 2003
Comes to America. Show preview: Mobile devices, wireless wares, and
array of business gadgets debut.
Launches Legal Blitz Vs. Spammers. The
software giant files 13 U.S. lawsuits and two in the UK, alleging the
defendants flooded MSN and Hotmail users with deceptive spam.
Slaps 45 Percent Final Duty on Hynix Chips. The United States slapped
a final import duty of almost 45 percent on South Korean memory-chip
maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. to offset alleged subsidies by Seoul.
10 DVD Read Write Drives. 10
drives priced between $150 and $480.
with WLAN Antennas
Keeps New Building Blocks Together. New
building blocks can interlock without cement, and stay strong when damaged.
Tuesday, 17 June 2003
Chip Could Hold 10 Gigabits. Nanoscale random access memory
(NRAM) could hold more data than existing types of RAM and would also
Suit Now Seeks $3 billion From IBM. SCO Group ups the ante in an
amendment to its suit against IBM, seeking more than $3 billion in damages
for alleged copying of proprietary Unix intellectual property into Linux
and seeking an injunction prohibiting IBM from selling Unix. SCO
Revokes IBM Software License, Dispute Deepens. OSI
Position Paper on the SCO-vs.-IBM Complaint.
Proposals Getting Tougher. A
bipartisan group of legislators and some citizen groups, concerned that
current legislative proposals to combat e-mail spam are inadequate, are
engaged in a push for tougher alternatives.
America--the Anti-Comdex. Unlike
sister show CeBit Hannover, which boasts hundreds of thousands of
attendees, CeBit America is aiming at a much smaller number of corporate
executives this week.
Rolls-out Three More Mobile Processors. Less
than a week after Intel releases new mobile processors and chipsets,
AMD announced three new mobile processors that feature 512 KBytes of
Monday, 16 June 2003
America Debuts, Defying Show Slump. Organizers have cut their attendance
forecast in half.
No new versions of IE for Mac. The
software giant says it is halting development of future Macintosh versions
of its Internet Explorer browser, citing competition from Apple Computer's
MOSFETs Again Under Study in U.S. and Europe. Two programs are taking
shape to study germanium MOSFETs, putting this crystalline element squarely
back on the semiconductor industry's research agenda for postsilicon
Contract Prices for Late June Expected to Rise 15%
Friday, 13 June 2003
Noon Looms in SCO Dispute. As soon as Monday, SCO may ask a judge
to stop IBM from selling Unix products. What
Does the SCO Unix Code Reveal?
and Acer Order Their First 15.4-inch Wide Screen Notebooks From Compal.
Already producing Dell Computer and Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) first 15.4-inch
wide-screen Centrino notebooks, Compal Electronics recently landed orders
to produce the first 15.4-inch wide-screen notebooks from Apple Computer
to Get a Big Lift with HyperTransport. Apple
Computer plans to show how it will use the high-speed chip-to-chip
communications technology to charge up its desktops. It also plans
an OS X upgrade and a new IBM chip.
Is Going On Between Microsoft and ATI... XBOX2?
Online Ad Rebound Underway. Paid
search and the big players powered the online ad market in 2002, setting
the stage for a broader recovery in 2003.
Use Trojans to Enslave Home PCs. Spammers
are increasingly hijacking home PCs to send junk mail...
Introduces No Spam Registry Bill. The
bill, Stop Pornography and Abusive Marketing Act (The Spam Act), would
also make it a crime to harvest e-mail addresses...
From AMD's Tech Tour
Appear in China's Giant Dam
Thursday, 12 June 2003
for Recordable DVD Drives Plunge Despite Tight Supply. Both retail
and contract manufacturing prices for recordable DVD drives have plunged
since early this year despite tight supply, and prices of some products
have declined by as much as 30% during the past month.
to Kill Popular Linux Antivirus Product. The
RAV product line comes from Romania's GeCAD Software Srl, which Microsoft
said yesterday it is buying.
Recovery On The Way? Rising tech stock
prices and falling IT unemployment could indicate that the technology
sector is finally ready to resume its growth.
Catalyst for Server Consolidation. Linux
is looking more and more like the catalyst for leaner, meaner systems.
Wireless LANs Standard Gets Totally Ratified
in Court Dispute Over Unix. As
legal battles heat up over who owns the rights to the operating system,
the company that claims ownership of the Unix name says Apple is infringing
Revamp Cuts PC Graphics Chips. Chipmaker
Trident Microsystems will exit the PC graphics market as part of a sweeping
reorganization that will shift its focus to digital media products such
as high-definition television.
Nanotube Threads Created. They are stronger than any natural
or synthetic organic fibre known.
Is The Loneliest Number
Wednesday, 11 June 2003
Some members of the open-source community
are claiming that the SCO Group may have violated the terms of the GNU
GPL (General Public License) by incorporating source code from the Linux
kernel into the Linux Kernel Personality feature found in SCO Unix...
High-speed Access Nears 20 million Subscribers. High-speed
Internet access connecting U.S. homes and businesses increased 23 percent
during the second half of 2002.
Quits Hosting Business. The
network operator is shuttering its money-losing hosting and co-location
businesses and cutting 500 employees by year's end.
Ships Next-generation Graphics Memory. Micron
has shipped the first samples of GDDR3 memory to ATI and nVidia. GDDR3
is a graphics memory technology specifically designed to meet the needs
of modern graphics cards.
Up, Supply Up Wednesday. Finally, the electronics industry seems
to have gotten the timing right for supply and demand. That could greatly
extend the life of the next upturn.
Digital to Ship Industry’s First 250 GB Serial ATA Hard Drive with SecureConnect
and Flexpower Technologies. 8 MB buffer and three-year warranty. Drive-cable
connection has been strengthened and drives can be powered by existing
as well as SATA power
Says Needs More Authority to Fight Spam. The
U.S. Federal Trade Commission told Congress today it needs additional
authority to fight unwanted Internet "spam" that has flooded
the Internet, accounting for up to half of all e-mail traffic.
Bugbear Targets Bank Passwords. Security
company Symantec uncovers a sinister new function in the fast-spreading
e-mail virus--the intruder harvests passwords used by bank employees.
Fiorina Upsets Taiwan Suppliers. HP's
plan to cut another US$1 billion out of the supply chain may have caused
smiles among investors but the company’s suppliers in Taiwan are not
at all happy. Taiwanese suppliers are estimated to account for about
90% of HP’s global hardware procurement.
Puts Tri-Gate Transistor on Fast Track. Intel says that its Tri-Gate
transistor, a futuristic transistor that will let electricity flow more
freely inside chips, is moving closer to reality.
Glue May Aid Computer Chipmaking. Gloves
-- covered with a new type of adhesive that mimics the mechanism geckos
use to climb slick surfaces -- may simplify handling everything from
ultra-clean computer chips to slippery optical lenses.
Find Oldest Fossils of Modern Humans
Tuesday, 10 June 2003
Ships 1 Billionth Processor. The 25th Anniversary Of Intel Architecture.
Shows Linux Code to Analysts. "It's clearly a fact
that [Unix] contains a lot of BSD code, and Linux has some too, so
there are bound to be ... lines of code in common," wrote Linux
creator Linus Torvalds in an e-mail interview.
.zip Standard Splinters. PKWare, WinZip format changes jeopardize
Infineon Take Step Toward New Computer Memory. IBM
said that the magnetic random access memory technology, or MRAM, could
replace DRAM as early as 2005. With MRAM, a personal computer could
turn on almost immediately, like a light switch.
Nanocrystals Could Improve solar Cells. A new type of semiconductor
nanocrystal called a tetrapod promises to double the efficiency of "plastic" solar
Monday, 9 June 2003
Cleans-up Linux Desktop. Germany's
SuSE Linux will launch new software and a marketing initiative that
aim to make it easy for large organizations to migrate their desktops
to the Linux operating system.
Ties Spelled-out by SCO Group. SCO
Group has revealed the basis of its legal battle with the Linux community,
including evidence of large blocks of Linux code that it contends were
stolen from Unix.
Town is center of Solar System
Friday, 6 June 2003
Tracking Promises Ultrafast Internet. Fast TCP can run on existing
infrastructure, but would allow a whole movie to be downloaded in just
Rate Hits 9-Year High. The
nation's unemployment rate climbed to 6.1 percent in May.
Says Clause Bolsters Linux Claim. SCO
Group discovers a clause in a contract that it says could bolster its
potential legal claims against Linux users.
Worm Variant Infecting Computers on Web. A
variant of the "Bugbear" worm, which spread around the Internet
last October, opening back doors on computers and logging keystrokes,
has started to infect users around the world, security experts said on
to Hand-over Names of Downloaders. Verizon internet services is
to reveal the names of four large-scale music downloaders after an
appeals court denied the company's request to overturn the subpoena.
Props-up Presario Retail Lines. The
Compaq Presario PCs in the new S4000NX line use processors and chipsets
from Intel Corp., including some of Intel's new Pentium 4 processors
with hyperthreading and 800MHz front-side buses.
Becomes Greener as Climate Changes
Packet Caught, Gutted, Eaten
Wednesday, 4 June 2003
Browser Play. Software
giant's standalone browser may vanish, raising new questions about
its monopoly endgame.
in 'Planned' Layoffs May Signal Recovery. Corporate layoffs dropped
53 percent in May to a 30-month low of 68,623 from 146,399 in April 2003.
Fast Bus, but Catch It Later. 875P chip set offers an 800-MHz bus
but little performance boost, for now.
Card Makers Slashing Prices to Accommodate New-generation Cards.
Widening price ranges for graphic cards have been reported in the retail
sector, as graphics card manufacturers continue to cut prices on older
products to make room for new-generation DirectX 9-supporting cards.
Action Hits SCO Web Site. SCO
Group, which has warned companies that using Linux could get them in
legal trouble, shuts down its German Web site after a Linux advocacy
group obtained a restraining order.
Linux Have a Dark Secret? All it
would take, however, is one rogue uploader flying under the radar to
open a whole project with millions of users to significant legal repercussions.
So in that respect, SCO has done the Linux community a favor by pointing
out a chink in the armor.
Stay Cool With Thermoelectricity
Tuesday, 3 June 2003
Warns--Limit Linux Use. "Although Gartner has reservations
on the merits of (SCO's claims), don't take them lightly," Gartner
analyst George Weiss advised in a May note. "Minimize Linux in
complex, mission-critical systems until the merits of SCO's claims
or any resulting judgments become clear."
Saturation tops 50 Percent. Spam
has officially overtaken legitimate e-mail in the workplace, and
there’s little relief in sight.
Processor Drives DVD Recorder Price Tag Below $400. DVD
recorders, featuring LSI Logic's single-chip DVD encode/decode processor,
will go on sale this month at a suggested retail price of $399.
Brings Hard Drive to the Masses.
Cornice wants to take the hard drive out of PCs and put it into your
Department Issues Open Source Policy. The memo eases fears that the
military might ban use of the GNU
General Public License (GPL).
Express Takes Off. The European
Space Agency’s mission has been successfully launched.
Monday, 2 June 2003
to Drop Standalone IE. The
software giant is phasing out standalone versions of its Internet
Explorer Web browser, according to statements attributed to IE's
program manager on its Web site.
Server Sales Soar As Overall Market Drops.
The total number of servers shipped with the Linux operating
system preinstalled hit almost 171,700 in the first quarter of 2003,
up 29.5 percent from the first quarter of 2002.
Gives Centrino a Boost. As
expected, the chipmaker launches three new Pentium M processors that
run at higher clock speeds. It also cuts prices on existing versions
of the chip.
Sector's Spring Thaw. It may still be winter out there in the technology
sector, but a handful of successful tech companies hint that spring may
be just around the corner.
bunch of Disks. Three Serial ATA RAID controllers prove
their enterprise mettle.
tape Will Stick You to Ceiling