Oh dear, I have to report a bit of a goof here. Not by me, I hasten to add, but by those awfully nice Panasonic people.
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.
From Monday to Wednesday this week, the British Library in St Pancras is host to a conference on the Digital Lives Research Project.The project has been, and continues, under the auspices of some mainstream cultural and educational institutions and is intended as a major piece of research about our own history and the way in which we record it and store it, digitally.
Dell has announced the prize that will be open for UK companies to battle for in the Small Business Excellence Award 2009.The winning UK entrant is in line for a £25,000 and a chance to meet and talk with Michael Dell himself.
EMC's virtualisation company, VMware has launched an open source virtual desktop client, VMware View Open Client. It is intended for use by EMC/VMware partner companies who want to give their clients the benefit of open source software running virtual machines and the company believes that a marriage of open source and virtualisation could be attractive to many companies.
Dell has called for entries to this year's Dell Small Business Excellence Awards, an international competition to find technology innovations which is now in its sixth year.The competition is open to innovators from any country and is sponsored by the US National Federation for Independent Business and globally by the International Council for Small Business and Endeavour, a global non-profit organisation "supporting emerging market entrepreneurs".
NEC announced on Friday that it will cut 20,000 jobs amongst the largest lost by companies blaming the economic slowdown and poor exchange rates for job losses.Half of the jobs losses will be in Japan and the other half around the world at the company’s various subsidiaries.
The open source vendor Novell on Saturday confirmed that the company was trimming its workforce by less than 100 people, considerably fewer than had been anticipated.Various sources had claimed that the company wanted to cuts its 4,200 worldwide employees by as much as 1,000.
From the first of February users of Amazon’s CloudFront will find the cost of the cloud computing application has dropped.On Friday, Amazon said that the cost of transferring data around the cloud has come down from $0.
Fujitsu announced on Wednesday that it was getting out of the hard disk drive (HDD) head business and handing it over to Toshiba. The "head" on a disk drive is the part that flies across the surface of the disk "reading" or "writing" the data on the disk.
A Washington academic has estimated just how much it cost the world to become "Vista Capable" and the figure is a very heft $8.52bn.