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Power surge blamed for BT broadband outage

BT's big broadband outage on Monday was caused by a power surge, the telco has said.The outage, which affected hundreds of thousands of customers around the UK, was originally put down to a power failure, but a BT spokesman told ZDNet UK on Tuesday that a surge had been to blame.

October 4, 2011 by

ACTA won't make ISPs cops: EC

The European Commission (EC) has told UK telco giant BT that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will not force internet service providers (ISPs) to police their networks for copyright infringement.

September 20, 2010 by

HP ProBook 5310m

Business users looking for a touch of ultraportable elegance might be drawn to the ProBook 5310m for its chassis design, well-made keyboard and superb 13.3in. screen. The absence of an optical drive may be a deal-breaker for some though.

January 11, 2010 by

HP ProBook 4310s

The ProBook 4310s is an unremarkable 13.3in. notebook that's bulkier than we'd like and delivers disappointing battery life. The price is competitive, though, and the keyboard is comfortable to use.

November 9, 2009 by

HP ProBook 4710s

If you need plenty of screen and don't want to use an external monitor, this bulky 17.3in. notebook could be a good choice. It's a good performer, but HP could have added a few more ports and user-programmable keys.

November 3, 2009 by

HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault

Don't let its size or consumer heritage fool you: the StorageWorks X510 is a powerful backup, sharing and remote access solution that's ideal for smaller offices with limited IT support.

October 19, 2009 by

HP t5730w Thin Client

Designed for use with server-based desktops such as Terminal Services, Citrix and VMware View, HP's t5730w is an excellent mid-range device suitable for most office applications.

September 3, 2009 by

HP RDX Removable Disk Backup System

This is an excellent backup solution for small businesses, and more cost-effective than tape at this end of the market. Performance could be better, but that's our only real concern.

June 10, 2009

HP EliteBook 8730w

The workstation-class HP EliteBook 8730w's performance, superb DreamColor screen and excellent build quality make it a pleasure to use. It would suit any power user requiring a top-notch graphics subsystem.

April 16, 2009

HP iPAQ Data Messenger

HP's new flagship iPAQ has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a neat D-pad and a good set of connectivity features. However, HP has missed some key tricks that would make this an excellent rather than very good Windows Mobile smartphone.

December 10, 2008 by

NHS IT contractors get pay rise

UK health agency Connecting for Health will now pay telco BT £1 billion, 61 per cent more than the original £620 million, to provide the backbone for the NHS National Programme for IT, following a contract reset inFebruary this year.

September 9, 2008

Telstra's BT coat doesn't fit

The vision of the future BT portrayed this week at an Australian conference was so far removed from how Telstra's David Quilty has described the British telco that I wonder if they were talking about the same UK.

September 3, 2008 by

HP iPAQ 614c Business Navigator

The iPAQ 614c Business Navigator is a good multi-function handheld, with an impressive range of features and a large screen. However, some users may be put off by its size.

June 23, 2008 by

Samsung SGH-i640V

With 3G but no Wi-Fi, the SGH-i640V will not have universal appeal. The defining features of this Windows Mobile smartphone (its rotating navigation wheel, touch buttons, large size and idiosyncratic user interface) will also polarise opinion.

April 1, 2008 by

HP Scanjet N8460

The Scanjet N8640 is fast and flexible enough to handle a variety of documents and comes with a very capable software bundle. However, the system as a whole would benefit from a usability makeover.

March 26, 2008 by

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