Friday, 30 May 2003
Browser War Ends in Truce. The
fierce web browser battle between Microsoft and AOL-owned Netscape was
brought to an end on Thursday, with an unlikely alliance that could have
a significant impact on users who access video and audio online. Microsoft
to Pay AOL $750 Million. The
companies will drop pending litigation, including an antitrust complaint
filed by the Netscape unit. AOL agreed to a seven-year royalty-free
license of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. Does
Netscape Deal Mean 'Game over' for Open-Source Browsers? Does
it represent a threat to the open standards of the Internet? What about
the fate of Mozilla.org, the open-source group tightly connected with
Microsoft Pact Shakes Up Web Rivalries.
The settlement is not good news for other players, from Apple, which
recently has been riding high from its online music effort, and media
player maker RealNetworks to smaller competitors. Internet
Explorer for Unix. "We [Microsoft] sincerely apologize,
but Internet Explorer technologies for UNIX are no longer available for
Disputes Novell's Claims to Unix. SCO challenges Novell's assertions
that it still owns the Linux copyrights and suggests the matter may be
settled in court.
You Be Sending Spam? Spammers are using new tools to hide the origin
of their messages.
Mt. Washington. A
New Hampshire consulting firm has engineered a Wi-Fi link atop the
highest mountain in the northeast United States to provide a continuous
Web cam in the worst weather imaginable. Other
weather watchers may claim otherwise.
Processor Comparison. Nice,
easy-to-understand matrices. For
the savvy buyer, street prices are usually lower than official prices.
Planets Confirmed, But They’re Dead Worlds
Thursday, 29 May 2003
Declares Immunity From SCO Maelstrom. Lindows.com and its users are
safe from the legal tentacles of the SCO Group, at least according to
Warns of New Vulnerabilities. The
software giant issues a patch that fixes four separate vulnerabilities
in its IIS software and alerts customers of a flaw in Windows Media
Services. Patch after patch after
Group Issues Update, Warns of Security Hole.
For the second time in as many months, the Apache Software Foundation
released an updated version of the popular open source Web server software... ...after
Gigabyte and MSI to Adopt Next-Generation ATI RADEON IGP
Wednesday, 28 May 2003
Open Wallets for New Tech Gear. There
are a few signs of a thaw in business tech spending after two years
Windows XP Update Pulled. Microsoft
withdrew a Windows XP software update after thousands of users complained
the patch was blocking Internet connectivity.
ROI Reality Hits Home. As IT
budgets tighten, companies are learning what WLANs are really good for.
Companies Rescue DSL's Future. Centillium
Communications launches a chipset that provides broadband rates of up
to 50 mbps over existing copper networks.
Hotspots Mean Some Burnt Fingers.
A report from US market research outfit Forward
Concepts suggests that many hotspots will prove unprofitable.
Challenges SCO's Linux Claims. In
a letter to SCO, Novell asserted that it retains Unix patents and copyrights,
demanded that SCO reveal where Unix source code has been copied into
Linux, and raised its own threat of legal action to compensate for
damage it says has been done to customers, programmers and companies
Loses City of Munich Deal to Linux. The
city of Munich said on Wednesday it would switch 14,000 computers from
Microsoft's Windows operating system to rival Linux in a deal estimated
to be worth tens of millions of euros.
2003 Set for September 22-26. It had
been postponed from June 2-6 due to the SARS outbreak.
Cuts Retail Office XP Pricing. Office
XP - when is a price cut not a price cut? When
nobody buys full retail?
Tuesday, 27 May 2003
Unveil Long-Awaited Anti-Spam Bill. U.S.
lawmakers have introduced an anti-spam bill that is likely to move quickly
through Congress... it requires disclosure of online and physical addresses
and honoring customer requests to be taken off their lists. Pornographic
e-mail would be labeled as such, and bans "harvesting" e-mail
addresses from sources that say they will not resell customer information.
Challenges SCO. LinuxTag has accused SCO of illegal anti-competitive
practices in a warning letter dated Friday, May 23 referring to SCO's
unsubstantiated allegations that Linux contains SCO's (unspecified) proprietary
Penguin Heats-up the Enterprise Applications Space. IBM
is well known as a major supporter of Linux and has been backing the
OS since 1999. Two years ago, it invested $1 billion in Linux and has
made it a fundamental part of its business. But does everyone else agree
Chip War of EPIC Proportions. The
age-old debate between x86 and RISC chips for servers has taken a turn
with the advent of the EPIC-based Itanium and the return of CISC-style
chips like the Opteron.
and Intel Announce Processor Price Cuts. Compared
to Intel, AMD posted a relatively greater discount, ranging from 6.3%
to as high as 31.8%. Intel’s largest cut was seen in its 2.4GHz
Celeron, whose price only dropped by 18.4% to US$84 from US$103.
More Than Just Talk. As rumors
swirl around IBM, the company continues to drive further into the foundry
market with its mouth tightly shut and eyes focused on proven partners.
Sunday, 25 May 2003
Maine is Close to Clobbering Spammers. Unsolicited
E-Mail must include "ADV:" or "ADV:ADULT" in the subject
line and a valid return e-mail address, enabling recipients to write back
to block additional unsolicited e-mail from that source... Passed House
on 19 May. Passed Senate on 20 May. As
I am not a lawyer, read LD
255, An Act to Control Internet "Spam" for details on the
above, additional requirements, etc.
Friday, 23 May 2003
Ink Cartridges Ooze into the Market. Printer
vendors fight an increasing influx of counterfeit cartridges they say
can damage equipment and reputations and fund crime.
Predicts $5.2B Wireless Networking Market. New
report says exploding popularity of wireless communications devices merits
review of unlicensed spectrum rules.
Measure Gains Steam in House. Antispam
sentiment on Capitol Hill is growing, with a new proposal in the House
of Representatives promising to slap the worst bulk e-mailers with
prison terms and millions of dollars in fines.
Digital WD2500JB HDD: More than Drivezilla?! Believe
us, this model combining high storage capacity and high speed is really
worth your attention. Western
Digital Special Edition Caviar Hard Disk Drives.
Go Transparent. Researchers in Japan have made a new type of transparent
high-speed transistor that is ten times faster than previous devices.
'Invisible circuits' could lead to a whole host of new optoelectronics
Makers Aggressively Marketing DDR400 in the Spot Market.
With the launch of Intel’s Springdale series of chipsets, which supports
DDR400, some Taiwanese DRAM makers are selling DDR400 products in the
spot market in an attempt to encourage PC OEMs to speed up introduction
of PCs using DDR400.
Prices Surprise Many by Holding Steady. The usually volatile contract
market for DRAM has entered a rare state of near stability, with little
pricing movement during the past three months. Even prices on the normally
roller-coaster spot market have slipped an average of just 16% since
early this year.
Is Buggier - Windows or Linux? A
Linux distribution has a lot more in it (e.g., Red Hat 9.0 has a web
server and two data base servers, among many other things) than
Theater PCs. New
media-savvy computers aim to replace your TV, VCR, and stereo. Six new
models are reviewed. Upgrades that turn any PC into a "living-room
powerhouse" are recommended.
TVs Make Big Headlines at SID. Technology set for major growth, while
PDP and DLP attract attention.
Sales Rise Nearly 26 Percent. U.S.
retail sales over the Internet grew by 25.9 percent in the first quarter
of 2003 compared to the same quarter a year earlier, rising to $11.9
Find Key to Spice Sensitivity
Thursday, 22 May 2003
The Dux Computer Digest is five years old
Recommends E-Mail Tax to Curb Spam. Give
me a break!
and the Law. In addition
to businesses now taking a serious look at Linux, Apache and other
open-source offerings, governments in the United States and across
the globe are pursuing recommendations and regulations supporting alternatives
to proprietary software.
Publishers Report Booming Q1 Ad Revenue. Top online publishers say
their first-quarter ad revenue grew more than 40 percent over last year's.
Validates AMD Opteron Processor’s Claim As The World’s Highest Performing
Processor for 2P And 4P Servers
in a Spin
Wednesday, 21 May 2003
Home Networking to Branch-out. The
number of U.S. online households with home networks should quadruple
by 2008, a report says, as consumers expand networks to include entertainment
gear and appliances.
Data Could Stop Wireless Network Attacks. A new "wormhole" danger
to wireless network security is revealed - the solution could be GPS
tags on data packets.
ROI of Wireless LANs. Key points to consider when providing justification
for wireless LAN investments.
Preps Wi-Fi 'Hot Spot in a Box.' The
company's upcoming bundle of gear for setting up wireless access
in public locations promises to cost broadband providers and phone
carriers less than half what they pay now.
Truth and Permission Critical in Spam Battle. If
e-mail marketers claim to be sending messages with recipients' permission,
they'd better be able to prove it, said Federal Trade Commission attorney
Brian Huseman. Microsoft
Proposes Law on Junk E-Mail.
Unveils New Fast Chips for Lower-Priced PCs. Unveiled
new processors and chipsets designed to bring to mainstream corporate
and consumer PCs features now typically found only in higher-priced
Springdale appears in new PCs.
IBM, Gateway, Dell and Acer unveiled systems with the new chip set...
CPU Performance: Athlon XP 3200+ Versus 3 GHz Pentium 4 C. ...the
3200+ rating is a clearly too optimistic for the gamer.
Drives Shrinking Storage Devices. Disk
drive maker Seagate is out to shrink the storage industry: It wants
to replace all drives used in today's servers with smaller units
the same size as those found in notebooks.
Database Available for New AMD64 Architecture. MySQL AB, developer
of the world's most popular open source database, announced that the
MySQL database has been optimized for the AMD 64-bit Opteron processor.
Semi Cuts 340 Jobs, Closes Cellular Unit. Because
of today's actions, the company will incur charges of $25 million to
$30 million in its Q4, ending May 25.
Drive Prices Plunge Because of SARS
Climate Set to Flip Into La Niņa
Aids Oral Health
Tuesday, 20 May 2003
Still Playing Hardball. The Europeans are in an uproar over Microsoft's
use of aggressive sales tactics to defeat Linux. But perhaps the company's
most daring attack on the open-source platform involves a Utah firm called
SCO Group. Sun,
HP Show No Fear of SCO. The
companies say SCO Group's attempt to obtain royalties for Unix won't
likely affect them, while Red Hat says it will defend itself against
Lowers Semi Market Growth Forecast. On what Gartner calls a relatively
strong Q1, the research firm lowers its worldwide semiconductor market
forecast from 8.9 percent growth to 8.3 percent growth in 2003.
Unveils USB Bridge Controller Chip.
The USB On-the-Go chip enables portable devices to transfer data directly
to another peripheral device without first having to connect to a PC.
Said to Stop Manufacturing RDRAM-based Chipsets. Intel recently decided
to cease production of its 850E and 860 chipset, moving further away
from the Rambus DRAM (RDRAM) standard, motherboard sources revealed.
Monday, 19 May 2003
to License Unix From SCO. Microsoft will license the rights
to Unix technology from SCO Group, a move that could impact the battle
between Windows and Linux in the market for computer operating systems. Microsoft
Buys Into SCO Group's Unix. Good
Unix background write-up. SCO:
What a Mare. Microsoft
can feed money into cash-strapped SCO so they can keep their lawsuits
burning for a few more years and see if that scares away anyone from
Worm Masquerades As Microsoft Support Message. A
new worm that pretends to be an e-mail from Microsoft's technical support
was quickly spreading on the Internet Monday, antivirus vendors said. I
saw this one this morning. support@microsoft was in the From line. Larry.
to Lower China PC Sales by 15-20% in 2Q-3Q
Friday, 16 May 2003
Could Soon Hit 40 Gigabits. Cisco
forecasts advances for 30-year-old networking technology.
Maintains Momentum with Strong Quarter. Computer maker Dell continued
its strong recent performance, recording a 31 percent increase in profitability
powered by sales growth in certain product lines and in overseas markets. Dell-wether
for Tech Recovery? Is the company a bellwether for the tech sector,
or is it just weathering the storm better than everyone else?
Backs Internet Tax Moratorium. With
current ban set to expire in November, White House signals its support
for another extension of law against new and discriminatory Internet
Target Cyber Cons. The 130 people charged in a federal crackdown
on Internet crimes are accused of identity theft, selling drugs without
prescriptions and even fraudulently offering Russian brides to lonely
Abandons Product Activation. Annoyed customer retains lawsuit over
Breaks Magnetism Record. At
present, over 100,000 atoms are needed to make a stable magnetic bit
for use in a hard disk. As the magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) of cobalt
is so high, only a few hundred atoms would be needed for one bit.
Turns Thirty. Creator of networking technology looks back on three
decades and ahead toward the future.
Is Not a Cellphone. It's
a gadget that sends voice over Wi-Fi. And this hot new technology may
soon change the way your company's people communicate.
to Cut Celeron and Pentium-M Prices Shortly. After
lowering prices of its desktop-use Pentium 4 processors on May 11, Intel
is said to plan two more price cuts on desktop-use Celeron and Centrino-platform
Pentium-M chips to boost buying sentiment in the clone market, motherboard
makers revealed. First-tier
Mobo makers Hit by Weak Clone Demand.
Trouble for Asia's Giant Catfish.
Endangered giant catfish, called Pla Buek in Thai, can
weigh as much as 650 pounds (300 kilograms) and measure up to 10 feet
(3 meters) in length. Picture on home page.
of Buying a Segway? Rent One
Thursday, 15 May 2003
Continues Campaign Vs Scammers, Spammers. In latest sweep, the agency
announces 45 criminal and civil law enforcement actions; calls for the
closure of open relays.
Microsoft Belong in the Data Center? The truth is, if IT managers
want to migrate Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX machines to an Intel-based platform,
Linux might be a better choice.
Aims Discounts at Linux. Microsoft
is offering large discounts on its products and has dedicated funds for
a battle against the license-free Linux operating system, measures that
may run afoul of European competition rules.
Microsoft, Market Dominance Doesn't Seem Enough. Memos obtained by
the International Herald Tribune offer a glimpse into Microsoft's tactics
of aggressively discounting its products in a bid to protect its market
share and keep rivals [Linux] at bay.
Declares War on Linux. A study
in self-immolation (a deliberate and willing sacrifice of oneself often
Targets Linux Customers. SCO Group,
a financially struggling company that claims its Unix intellectual property
has been illegally incorporated into Linux, has sent letters to about
1,500 of the world's largest corporations warning they could be liable
for using Linux.
Vendors Confused by SCO Actions. SuSE
Linux has said it plans to continue honoring its commitments to Linux
group UnitedLinux, despite allegations by SCO Group--also a UnitedLinux
founding member--that Linux contains unauthorized intellectual property.
Athlon XP 3200+ CPU with 400MHz Bus Review
Wednesday, 14 May 2003
Bill Would Expose Spammers to RICO Act. Florida
senator proposes tough legislation for unsolicited bulk e-mailers who
are seeking money or engaged in other illegal acts.
Spammer' Arrested. Howard Carmack, the notorious 'Buffalo Spammer'
accused of sending more than 825 million unsolicited e-mails from illegal
EarthLink (Quote, Company Info) accounts, has been arrested and arraigned
in New York on four felony and two misdemeanor counts.
Turns a Corner. Start-up
E Ink and partner Philips are set to demonstrate a working prototype
of electronic paper that they say features a sharper resolution than
Introduces the Athlon XP 3200+ Processor. 2.2 GHz. Has a 200 MHz, 400
DDR Front Side Bus (FSB).
Tries Flush Away Its iLoo Snafu. Is
it a Web-surfing portable toilet or a public relations nightmare -- or
Discloses Criminal Probe, Shares Fall. Gateway
said the Justice Department was conducting a criminal investigation into
the ailing personal computer maker's accounting practices, which are
already the subject of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe.
Gecko Hairs Promise Walking Up Walls. The polymer-based hairs bring
the prospect of emulating the lizard by walking up a wall and across
the ceiling a step closer.
Great Fish All But Gone
Await Total Lunar Eclipse on Thursday
Neutrinos Destroy Nuclear Weapons?
Among Our Ancestors, Study Suggests
Monday, 12 May 2003
Cuts Some Pentium 4 Prices by Up to 30 Pct. Prices
of some of its fastest Pentium 4 desktop processors by as much as 30
Takes On ATI—Again. Does the nVidia GeForceFX 5900 Ultra (previously
code-named NV35) have what it takes to reclaim the top spot in the 3-D
Virus Pops-up On Kazaa. Fizzer is a self-propagating
worm that spreads via e-mail and the peer-to-peer file-sharing service
Your PC Infected with 'Spyware'? When
you go on the Internet, for instance, does it seem like you're always
seeing the same pop-up advertisement for a new car? Or perhaps every
time you open up a Web browser, it takes you to a strange site that
offers free games or a search engine that you've never heard of?
Cuts Some Pentium 4 Prices by Up to 30 Pct. Prices
of some of its fastest Pentium 4 desktop processors by as much as 30
Activation Gains Ground. Anticopy technology spreads from Windows
and Office to TurboTax and beyond.
Messenger to Integrate Voice, Video. Next version slated
for second or third quarter.
Cell-propelled Aircraft Preparing to Fly. The world's first
crewed aircraft powered by fuel cells could be ready for test flights
by December 2003. The one-person craft is being
built by Boeing - larger passenger aircraft could also use fuel cells
for auxiliary power.
IBM Building a Fab for AMD?
Friday, 9 May 2003
Develops 36GB Advanced Optical Disk. The
rewritable blue laser disc, to be introduced at next week's Optical
Storage 2003 conference, is the same size as a CD or DVD.
to Embrace Multiple DVD Formats. Microsoft
says that it will provide built-in support for all major DVD rewriting
formats in its future versions of Windows XP.
There Any Reason To Buy Microsoft Anymore? The real threat to Microsoft
from Linux is not only that Linux will take away existing Windows business,
but that it will overtake Microsoft in product areas where Microsoft
is trying to grow its market share.
Releases a Fast Bus, but Catch It Later. First
tests of 3-GHz Pentium 4 and 875 chip set with 800-MHz bus find little
performance gain in initial systems... Meanwhile, AMD Athlon XP
3000+ units remain faster in several tests...
Warns of Mother's Day Threat. The
new threat, known as "Peido-B," "VBS/Inor.B" or "Mother's
Day Virus" arrives in an e-mail that masquerades as an administrative
DDR2 SDRAM Excels in Intel Machine. Elpida
announced that its 512 Mbit DDR2 SDRAM module for high-end server applications
has performed at a data rate of 533 Mbits/sec.
Shares Soar on Revenue Forecast, New Chip. Shares
in Nvidia Corp. soared more than 20 percent on Friday, a day after the
graphics chip designer said it expects revenue to grow sharply in the
current quarter and it will introduce its new chip, code-named
'NV35,' next week.
Launches Asteroid Sample Return Mission
Thursday, 8 May 2003
XP to See Double. Service
Pack 2 of Windows XP, coming later this year, will let one person manipulate
applications via the keyboard while another person views pictures or
surfs the Internet on the same computer via a smart display.
Issues Advanced Host Controller Interface Specification.
Spec Release Enables Production Shipment of AHCI Serial
ATA Discrete Host Controllers.
AMD Propose Smart Memory Modules. Details are emerging about separate
proposals by Intel and AMD for a smart memory module that could lead
to a new interconnect structure inside future PCs and servers.
Reports 10-Gbit Nanotube Memory Array. Nantero
Inc., a start-up company looking to use nanometer-scale structures to
create a nonvolatile RAM, has said it has created the basis of a 10-Gbit
memory, an array of more than 10 billion carbon nanotube "junctions" on
a silicon wafer.
Start-ups Take Different Paths to Fuel cells for Notebooks. As
many as 50 million fuel cells for portable systems could ship in 2005,
growing to 200 million units in 2008.
Screen Can Be Rolled But Not Folded.
Picture of e-paper.
Beats the 'Buffalo Spammer.' EarthLink wins $16.4 million in
a federal court judgment against a man who allegedly sent nearly a billion
unsolicited commercial e-mails over EarthLink's networks.
Pledges to Alter PC Landscape. Microsoft is hailing "life immersion" technology,
featuring multimedia and other improvements, as a means of kick-starting
the PC market.
Best Buy Accused of Scam. A
Los Angeles man files a proposed class-action lawsuit against the
companies, accusing them of scamming customers by charging them for
online services without their knowledge.
Heats up Earth’s Core. Radioactive
potassium could be a significant source of heat in the Earth's core... half-life
of about 1.2 billion years.
Tests Heavy Satellite Rocket Successfully. India
tested its most ambitious satellite launch rocket successfully, injecting
a 1.8 ton experimental payload into an orbit.
Wednesday, 7 May 2003
Sues 'Buffalo Spammer'. The
Atlanta-based access provider wants $16 million in damages from a notorious
spammer accused of sending more than 825 million unsolicited e-mails.
Opteron Processors to Power Digital Cinema In Landmark Theatres.
The systems, developed by Digital
Cinema Solutions (DCS), will use AMD Opteron processors and Windows
Media 9 Series to provide movie buffs a high-quality digital presentation
in theaters. More here.
Electronic Paper Comes a Step Closer.
Buying the daily newspaper will no longer be necessary because with
e-paper it will be updated wirelessly or through the Internet.
TV Packages Scrutinized. Key
members of a Senate Committee lashed out at the cable television industry
yesterday for repeatedly raising rates on service that effectively forces
consumers to subscribe to dozens of channels they may never watch.
Tuesday, 6 May 2003
IT Workforce Demand Lowest in Four Years. Hiring projections for
IT workers in the US during the next year are the lowest since 2000,
and more than a tenth of IT companies are looking at moving IT jobs to
countries with cheaper labor.
HP Show Path to PC Renaissance. At
WinHEC, the two partners show off 'Athens' a PC prototype intended to
be an example of what bottom-up collaboration between Microsoft and PC
vendors can achieve.
Best Notebooks. Reviews of 31 notebooks.
Slashes His AOL Stake. Critic of Media Firm Unloads More Than Half
Flawed. Two serious flaws in America
Online's ICQ software could allow an online attacker to take control
of person's PC, according to a Boston security firm.
Takes-on a New Project. Microsoft
expects to revamp Project, its highly-profitable software for managing
large and complicated corporate projects--with a fall launch expected.
Monday, 5 May 2003
Recalls Nearly 20,000 Notebook Motherboards. The
replacement program was introduced by Dell to remedy a bad component
that could short out and render the notebook unable to power up, when
Desktop Myths Exploded. "Supported
versions of Linux are not free," Gartner analyst Michael Silver
notes. Consumer versions of Linux are basically free, but "enterprises
that require vendor support for their client OS will need to pay for
AMD Athlon XP Processors On the Market
Friday, 2 May 2003
This Tiny PC Anywhere. This
system from Stealth Computer packs a 2.53-GHz P4 in a case the size of
two drive bays.
Drops DSL Price. The telco
cuts monthly fee to $34.95, a move that could force rivals to follow
or develop new features to justify higher rates.
Red Hat Announces GinGin64: A Technology Preview
of the Red Hat Linux distribution for the AMD64 platform.
Red for Open Source? SCO Group says copyrighted
source code has made its way into Linux.
Students To Pay for Music File Swapping. Four
college students agreed to pay as much as $17,500 each to settle lawsuits.
to Unveil 'Athens' PC. At next week's WinHEC gathering,
the software potentate plans to unveil a PC design, developed with
HP, that's intended to function as a central communications console. Microsoft
to Get Technical on Longhorn, 'Palladium'. Microsoft will
demonstrate its much debated Next-Generation Secure Computing Base
(NGSCB) security initiative for the first time next week at an event
in New Orleans...
Road to New Windows. Customers using Microsoft's
aging NT 4 are in no rush to move to Windows Server 2003.
Nanotubes Yield Smallest Solid-state Light Emitter. IBM Research's
said its carbon nanotube technology has enabled the world's smallest
solid-state emitter and the first electrically-controlled single-molecule
light emitter... Light-Emitting Nanotube (LEN).
Age's Mental Slowdown May be Reversible
Thursday, 1 May 2003
Major combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
officially declared completed.
Microsoft Unveil First High-Definition DVD. The two-disc DVD contains
one standard DVD of hit 1991 Schwarzenegger movie, "Terminator 2:
Judgment Day," for playback in a normal DVD player. The second disc
contains a high-definition version of the movie to be played on a computer
DVD ROM drive and high-end monitors. Microsoft
Moves to Own DVD Format.
Joins the Bidding Online. Law enforcement cracking-down after sharp
rise in auction complaints.
Sees Near $19M Loss The chipmaker attributes the loss, in part,
to legal expenses.
Opens Antitrust Case Against Rambus. U.S.
antitrust enforcers opened their case against Rambus, telling a federal
judge Rambus had used a campaign of deception to illegally monopolize
key computer chip technologies.
There Wimps Down There?