A Wolverhampton man has been sentenced to three years in prison for illegally copying and then selling software and DVDs worth a possible £1m.Steve Adams bought an apartment in Spain, a Range Rover and weight-loss surgery while running a major film and software piracy racket the Crown Court in Wolverhampton was told on Friday.
Barker Bites Back
A look at some newsy stuff and interesting bits as well as those hopefully amusing byways of technology.
Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.
The struggle for market leadership between IBM and HP burst out in the open on Thursday with IBM claiming that since 2004 it has replaced some 5,000 HP systems along with Sun Microsystems and EMC systems with its own.The announcement came as part of IBM's marketing effort which has seen it launch The Migration Factory, the company's sales and marketing effort to show the benefits of its platforms.
A rock concert to benefit self-confessed hacker, Gary McKinnon, is being pitched by the man who runs Glastonbury Radio, who is hoping to recruit bands like Marillion.Ross Hemsworth is putting together the concert, he says, to draw attention to the plight of McKinnon and others who are scheduled for extradition to the US without having committed any offence any serious crime in the UK.
The European Commission has said that it sees climate change as an issue which IT organisations and managers around the world should do their bit to tackle and it now has a plan to make a start on the issue.On Wednesday it publishing its plan for the first time and has started the call for interested parties to contribute their thoughts and ideas.
At the meeting with Bill Watkins, chief executive of Seagate, on Tuesday he did not just talk about solid state storage and its future. He is an outgoing and cheerful man who wants he started talking to a group of journalists showed no signs of wanting to stop anytime soon.
Microsoft stopped issuing licenses for Microsoft Windows 3.x software on 1 November after 18 years.
Micro Focus has said that applications developed using its implementation of COBOL will be able to work with the Microsoft Azure Service Platform.The aim is for the two companies to deliver applications running Micro Focus software as software-plus-services on the Microsoft platform.
If it is October it must be Storage Expo and the annual UK show for all things storage is back again. This year the show is dominated by the large vendors.
It is busy days at VMware as the company said goodbye to its president and chief executive, faced rumblings from investors worried about the company's strategy and then decided to come up with a radical strategy to fix the latter point and fight off Microsoft and others at the same time.Dianne Green, the former chief executive and president, left earlier this month, and Paul Maritz, a former long-standing Microsoft executive stepped into her shoes immediately.
IBM is continuing to cut down its interest in the PC market as it announced on Monday that it was again selling some of its shareholding in Lenovo. IBM is selling 116.