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Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push

Oracle has bagged itself a global head to manage the cloudy portfolio just a week after chief techie and erstwhile CEO Larry Ellison talked up the bets the company is placing behind the as-a-service model. The database titan has hired SAP’s former president of global cloud and line of business Shawn Price, after the German …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2014

HP Enterprise Services staff feel the burn as managers turn off the cash taps

HP is turning the screws on folk in its Enterprise Services (ES) division to squeeze out overheads in a bid to hit "specific Must Do Numbers" for fiscal '14. On a global basis, ES revenues slipped seven per cent year-on-year in Q2 (May quarter) to $5.7bn and profit before tax was flat at $144m - the figures are not broken down …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2014
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Intel chip surplus drives up industry inventory

The chip industry's stockpile of unwanted processors and chipsets jumped above expectations during Q2, and it's largely Intel's fault, market watcher iSuppli claimed yesterday. It's almost entirely Intel's problem, too. In Q1, there were $1.1bn worth of unsold PC chips in the electronics supply chain. In Q2, the surplus rose to …
Tony Smith, 02 Aug 2006

Allied Telesis terminates Northamber contract

Veteran distributor Northamber has been given the boot by Allied Telesis because it failed to do the numbers, The Channel's sources have claimed. Northamber's marching orders came last Friday, giving the distie 60 days to sell off the remainder of stock held at its warehouse in Weybridge. The typical process is for a 90 day …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013
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Software Box banks double-digit profit spike in fiscal 2012

Microsoft Large Account Reseller Software Box Ltd (SBL) tucked away an improved set of financials in fiscal 2012 with profits pumping out comparatively healthy double digits. The York-based purveyor of hard and soft tech saw sales rise 4 per cent to £87.9m, operating profit jump 25 per cent to £2.2m and net profit climb 31 per …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jan 2013

PEAK APPLE: Fondleslab giant no longer world's biggest biz

Apple has lost the title of world's biggest company after a share slide allowed oil giant ExxonMobil to take the top spot. Fears over future sales for iPhones and iPads sent shares in the fruity firm falling on Wednesday from $420.27 to a low of $398.11, before recovering to end the day at $402.80 - a drop across the day of 4.16 …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Apr 2013

EMC loses half a BEEELLION on VCE ... but it's NOT what it seems

EMC has lost a cool half billion dollars on VCE, the converged server-storage-networking biz it founded with Cisco, VMware and Intel. VCE makes vBlocks, bundled Cisco servers and switches, EMC storage and VMware's hypervisor, which are packaged as single systems instead of four separate components: thus being much easier to buy …
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2013
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Tech giants' offshore cash-stashing is only ever a delaying tactic

Do companies have a duty to their shareholders to dodge as much tax as possible? Are Google, Apple and Facebook simply following the law as they ought to by shovelling everything through Ireland and Bermuda? Unsurprisingly, it depends on which law you think they're supposed to follow, for the law does, in fact, vary across …
Tim Worstall, 11 Jun 2013
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Big tech firms holding wages down? Marx was right all along, I tell ya!

We should have more Marxist analysis of the tech business. So here is some, looking at the manner in which the major firms of Silicon Valley are being accused of perpetrating monopoly capitalism upon the rest of us. The full story in all its tedious detail is over at Pando Daily*, but the basic allegation (and yes, it is all …
Tim Worstall, 29 Jan 2014

It's that time again: Sources whisper about NetApp Quantum slurp

A number of sources whisper to The Register that tape-maker and dedupe specialist Quantum is in negotiations over a sale – and they also say a well-known Sunnyvale storage supplier is fingering its wallet. Three Reg sources have said they've heard Quantum has a "for sale" sign around its neck. So, just as a thought experiment, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013
Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond debate Scottish independence

Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

Scots may vote to leave the United Kingdom, ending a union lasting 307 years, on 18 September. Until a few weeks ago, the referendum on independence looked like an easy win for those wanting to stay in the union - or to use the parlance of the campaign, "no" voters. But a surge in support has put those planning to vote "yes" to …
SA Mathieson, 11 Sep 2014
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Happy 75th birthday, Adam Osborne

Dig through enough archives, old texts, magazine ads or historical archives and you're bound to see one: a bulky plastic oddity that looks vaguely like a portable sewing machine, save for a detachable keyboard and miniscule display sticking out of the front. This clumsy, unwieldy behemoth is the Osborne I, and the story of its …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014
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Two more big hitters leave Azlan

Another pair of industry vets are splitting with Azlan, The Register can reveal. The enterprise arm of IT broadliner Computer 2000 underwent a restructure last year following the arrival of new broom Colin McGregor, aligning business units to IBM, HP and Cisco rather than vertical markets. As part of this overhaul, marketing …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2012

Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

Lies, damned lies and statistics: we all know the saying, but you'd be surprised just how many of these “facts” manage to enter the national consciousness, emerging as Guardian headlines and stories on Radio 4's Today. Allow me to tiptoe through the process as to how this happens. Let's start with this lovely little chart: A …
Tim Worstall, 27 Dec 2012
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PC sales forecast slashed on back of disk drive crisis

IHS has slashed PC sales forecasts for 2012 because of weakening demand and an ongoing disk drive crisis. HDD shortages triggered by the Thai floods will lead to a 3.8 million unit shortfall in PC shipments for Q1 compared to the beancounter's previous forecast, dragging down expectations for the whole year. “The PC supply …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2011
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Some go gracefully in the Channel - and some go messily

Liquidators of defunct reseller Skye IT have confirmed to El Reg that the firm ran up massive debts of £1.9m. As revealed last month, the Chelmsford-based dealer decided to call it a day after encountering insurmountable cash flow difficulties and laid off all 40 staff. A meeting of creditors was held at the London offices of …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2011

500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

Six months from now, on 8 April 2014, Microsoft will stop pushing out security updates for Windows XP – and that's going to be a big deal. At time of writing a whopping one-third of the world’s millions of PCs were still running Microsoft’s 13-year-old client operating system. According to Gartner, the global installed base of …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Oct 2013
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Forget value-added broker jokes: Could YOU shift nuclear plant scrap?

Why do brokers exist? All we ever do is just sit around and talk to people, so what value do we add to the economy? Or what value do “asset managers” like the late Howard Strowman add? And will the existence of such be a permanent feature of the tech distribution landscape? Regular readers will know that I spent the 1990s …
Tim Worstall, 23 Dec 2012
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People don't want tablets, they want iPads

The phenomenal sales success of Apple's iPad shows no sign of abating, but sales for all other tablets competitors are stagnating and channel inventories are building. US tech titan HP is the latest to correct its prices, trimming £50 off the cost of a TouchPad in an effort to get them shifting, with the 16GB and 32GB versions …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2011
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Northamber hit by industry-wide slowdown in April

Northamber said it was hit by an industry-wide fall off in sales last month, and is anxiously waiting to see if the slide was a blip or a longer term trend. The veteran disty said in a Q3 trading update that its performance in the three months to March 31 "supported the interim report prediction, that the near future did not …
Joe Fay, 05 May 2010
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Northamber announces £2.94m cash return

Computer distie Northamber intends to return £2.94m, or ten pence a share, to shareholders because it is surplus to working capital requirements. The Surrey-based firm said yesterday that the proposed return of cash will be made by splitting existing ordinary shares into new ordinary shares and C shares, as well as the expected …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2008
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IT salaries down and out

A survey of advertised IT salaries reveals a slight fall since last year, with little prospect of increases in the immediate future. Researchers looked at 6,000 advertised positions and found the average salary for a permanent IT position is now £36,092, down one per cent on last year. All the ads appeared in the first quarter …
John Oates, 11 May 2009
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Who will rid me of these obsolete PCs?

I never would have believed that getting rid of one’s old computer gear could be the harder side of upgrades – until early last year when I bought a set of Wyse thin clients to replace an aging and mismatched desktop fleet. I briefly toyed with the idea of making some form of Franken-Beowulf-cluster out of the 40 or so working …
Trevor Pott, 04 Jan 2011
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Morgan Computers: Your memories

Last week's coverage of the shuttering of Morgan Computers, the mini-chain of cheap computer dealers, sparked memories of first computers and other odd bits of kits from you lot. Bertie Bassett remembered: In the days before ebay Morgan was the place to get end of line kit and much much reduced prices - I've visited both their …
John Oates, 13 Nov 2009
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DEC: The best of systems, the worst of systems

Which were the greatest DEC computers and why? Which were the worst - and why? Everyone has their own definition of greatest and worst, and exemplars of each, but I'm looking at the machines that had the most or the least influence. Since DEC under Olsen got a lot of things right, it's quicker and easier starting from the bottom …
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Wanna buy an old PC factory?

We're all used to hearing about factory closures these days, but have you ever wondered what happens to a manufacturing plant when the jobs have gone? The answer is here, where industrial auctioneer Sweeny Kincaid is selling the contents of a "Former IBM PC Manufacturing Facility in Greenock" via an online auction. Greenock was …
Joe Fay, 22 Jun 2009
Evesham Technology

Evesham left debts of £6.8m

Defunct British PC maker Evesham Technology went bust owing creditors nearly £7m, the firm's administrators have revealed. However, unsecured creditors can forget any chance of a payout because there are no "surplus funds" available. In a creditors report covering Evesham Technology, Evesham Technology Holdings and Mertec …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Oct 2007
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Evesham Technology redundancy claims outstanding

Many Evesham Technology Ltd workers who lost their jobs when the British computer maker fell into administration last August appear to still be waiting for their redundancy claims to be fully realised. According to an administrator’s report filed with Companies House late last month: “A significant number of redundancies were …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2008
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World chip glut 'over early Q2'

Market watcher iSuppli has signalled the end of the inventory correction phenomenon that plagued the semiconductor industry through the latter half of 2004 and beyond. The company said last night that the electronics supply chain is on its way to ridding itself of surplus chips by the end of Q2. By the end of this month, it …
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2005
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Barcode faking for fun and profit

The increased use of barcodes in a wider variety of applications has made them a suitable, if unlikely, target for hacking attacks. Having started out as a means to label cans of food in supermarkets, one-dimensional barcodes and two-dimensional matrix codes are now found in systems from pre-paid postage labels and airline …
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2008

Asus' Eee PC laptop so small, buyers sent boxes of five

We know that Asus' Eee PC sub-sub-notebook is popular with hardware fans and Linux lovers alike, but does US supplier Newegg really have to send out five units for every one ordered? A number of buyers claimed to have received a handful of the handhelds when they only asked for a single machine. Eee User forum poster …
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2007
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CSC UK staff face compulsory redundancies

Compulsory redundancies could be on the cards for CSC's UK employees as it attempts to fine tune the lay-off program it announced last month. The firm announced a voluntary redundancy scheme last month as part of a big cutback program in Europe. However, El Reg has been told that a flood of high paid staff have volunteered for …
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World chip glut to hit 'marginal' levels in Q2

The chip industry's stockpile of unsold product will fall to "marginal" levels by the end of the month, market watcher iSuppli said yesterday, citing preliminary research data. Come the close of Q2, the value of excess semiconductor inventory in the supply chain will have fallen to $500m, down 21 per cent on the $630m worth of …
Tony Smith, 17 Jun 2005
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World chip glut halved in Q1

The world's chip makers and their customers ate into their combined stockpile of semiconductors rather more than had been forecast in the first quarter, market watcher iSuppli said yesterday. The research firm described the excess chip chow down as "undeniably a positive development for the global chip industry". The researcher …
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2005
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HP and Red Hat create blade server bundle of the future

HP and Red Hat have engineered something they're calling a blade server bundle that aims to make software licensing easier on customers. The companies plan to sell a per chassis license for management software and Red Hat's Enterprise Linux operating system instead of moving this code on a per server or per processor basis. …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Aug 2005
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ClearSpeed commits to 5x floating point boost

Floating point specialist ClearSpeed faces an enormous challenge. Its products must run at least 5 times faster than the best general purpose chips being pumped out by Intel and AMD, while at the same staying faster, cheaper and more energy efficient than a coming onslaught of rival, nichey chips. According to Intel import and …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Nov 2006

Silly season starts early as IT goes strictly business

This week was awash with silly stories - UFOs over Guernsey, dogs defecating on eBay, police charging a stripagram for wearing a police uniform in the street (maybe he should have whipped it off there and then), people being duped into buying sheep thinking they were poodles - you name it, it was there. No wonder there was so …
Billy MacInnes, 03 May 2007
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Linus Torvalds defers closed source crunch

Linux founder Linus Torvalds may soon be using a proprietary, closed source code management tool for Linux kernel development, to the dismay of many in the open source community. Torvalds today diplomatically postponed his final decision, explaining that he's taking a week offline, and he says actively exploring alternatives to …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2005
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BAE tries to polish corporate image ahead of Armor deal

BAE Systems plc's corporate migration to America may be entering troubled waters. The UK-based arms giant's latest plan is a £2.1bn acquisition of Armor Group, an American firm which makes Humvees and other vehicles for the US forces. This would be a good buy for BAE. Protected light vehicles are seen as a Pentagon "sweet spot …
Lewis Page, 14 May 2007

Microsoft throws a party for MUC as AC/DC chucks filth off its website

Microsoft was in good spirits this week at the launch of its long-awaited "Microsoft unified communications software" in San Francisco, officially announced by chairman Bill Gates, business division president Jeff Raikes, and a guitarist in a red velvet jacket. Now that's rock and roll, especially as the guitarist was playing a …
Billy MacInnes, 18 Oct 2007
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Google's riches rely on ads, algorithms, and worldwide confusion

Why did millions of money-making post-holiday clicks suddenly disappear from the world's largest search engine? It depends on who you ask. Some people blame a soft economy, insisting that Google is well on its way to piddling quarterly revenues. But Google disagrees. CEO Eric Schmidt and company claim that they planned the whole …
Cade Metz, 18 Mar 2008
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Interview with a tech entrepreneur

Richard Stubbs speaks at a mile a minute - unusual for an Englishman, I’ve found. He also a self-admitted “tech geek” who’s managed to learn social skills and network through music, hanging out programming and hacking at uni and keeping his finger on the pulse of technology. And there's another unusual thing about Stubbs - in …
Team Register, 12 Oct 2005

Opinion

Killer whale

Chris Mellor

Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'

Tim Worstall

Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
The full Spanglish breakfast: mealy pudding, bacon, black pudding, sausages, fried egg, toast
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Trevor Pott

Can the storage giant overcome a lack of necessary leadership?

Features

No, silly... he was the fall guy for years of Finnish folly
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Microsoft's strategy is to make Store apps popular. Good luck with that