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  • Insight takes a hit on LAR changes

    Ouch. Insight has predicted that the changes to Microsoft's fees for LARs (large account resellers) could make a dent of $5m to $10m in gross profits. Not turnover, profits. Insight says it is "implementing action plans intended to help mitigat... 

  • HP's video nasty

    Yet another entry in the long list of "feeble cringeworthy attempts by technology companies to look cool" category at the Grammy awards last night (13 February). Someone at HP had the idea of taking Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side - which ... 

  • Project Merlin: a bonus for small businesses or the banks?

    Much fanfare from Chancellor George Osborne and the banks about their agreement to lend £76m to small and medium sized businesses. According to the Banks' Statement on Project Merlin, the amount is 15% higher than they originally forecast becau... 

  • The ups and downs of the SME market

    Today's announcement of a new business range of Drobo products from Data Robotics, based on its BeyondRAID technology that allows users to mix and match drives, is another instance of a company moving up from the consumer and very small business into... 

  • Doom and Gloom Report. Mobile Operators to collapse under weight of traffic

    The sky is about to fall in, the seas will boil and there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth, if we've interpreted a new report from Cambridge Broadband Networks accurately.A bulletin, sent to this column, predicts that with global mobile dat... 

  • When will cool HP story go cold?

    Did you see the big news that Leo Apothekar, CEO of HP, wants the company to be cool like Apple? Depending on which web site you rely on for your IT news, some of you might have seen it yesterday (3 February). Others might have seen it on 2 Febru... 

  • Don't ignore the taxman

    It might seem obvious, but whenever HMRC write to you either personally or as a business, you'd be best advised to never ignore them. The case of Legg v HMRC illustrates the point wonderfully, if not comically. HMRC wrote to Legg saying that he ... 

  • Intel's Sandy Bridge in troubled waters

    Intel's problems with its latest processor - a load have been shipped with faulty chipsets - are hardly surprising. Calling something "Sandy Bridge" is asking for trouble. Ask yourself, who on earth would build a sandy bridge and, even ... 

  • Local difficulties could be lost in the cloud

    It appears that resellers are getting concerned about Microsoft's forthcomingOffice 365 cloud product and how they will fit into the company's plans. Understandable, given that everyone in the channel is trying to work out what role they will play in... 

  • Microsoft still searching for an answer

    Microsoft's Q2 results are a bit of a mixed bag. Although Windows sales were $300m lower than expected, sales at its Business Division (Office) were up 24% at $6bn and sales at its Entertainment and Services division were up 55%, mainly on the back o...