The Microsoft money machine keeps on turning
Microsoft has turned in its results for the quarter ended 30 September and they are powered by increased server sales.
Strong performers for the quarter have been a 20 per cent growth in sales for Microsoft's Windows 2000 Servers, in particular the Windows 2000 Advanced Server, which doubled in sales, and a 30 per cent increase for the .NET Enterprise Server family. ...more
Tiny squeezes PC, TV, hi-fi into one
High-street PC manufacturer Tiny is attempting to overcome the PC slump with an all-in-one PC, TV, DVD player and hi-fi home entertainment system.
The system is called the TakamiT, which apparently means excellent idea in Japanese. It's based around a PC with an 800MHz AMD processor, 40Gb hard drive and 128Mb RAM, as well as incorporating a DVD player and hi-fi with Videologic speakers. ...more
The computers don't work
Another publicly-funded computer system bites the dust, as a ?77m Home Office system is scraped.
The system, for the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND), was intended to process applications for asylum - there is an existing backlog of 66,000 applications - but it hasn't proved up to the job since its installation in 1998. Instead, hundreds of extra workers have been taken on to do the paper work manually. ...more
Artists rebel over Sony's iTMS stance
Artists signed to Sony in Japan are rebelling against their label's decision not to make their music available through iTunes Music Store.
At least one contacted Apple directly in order to get their tunes onto the downloads service, which after just a few days of operating became the largest in the country, and a musicians' management agency has said it is interested in talking to Apple in defiance of the label.
Among the rebels is rock musician Motoharu Sano. ...more
2006: year of the e-Election?
In a bid to tackle 'voter apathy', the Government has big plans that will result in the 2006 general election being 'electronically enabled'.
In a Spending Review White Paper, the Chancellor has hived off ?10M per year to be devoted to e-voting.
The report says: 'A programme of work to achieve successful implementation of e-voting is already under way to ensure that robust systems can be in place for an e-enabled General Election after 2006. ...more