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  • Rescuers still hopeful of reaching buried story caught in a perfect corporate jargon storm

    Six days after being submerged under a downpour of corporate jargon, rescuers still haven't given up hope of rescuing a vaguely interesting story. The story, about a new IT product that could make a variety of British industries more productive ... 

  • Will the Cloud create a suffocating atmosphere for resellers?

    In the age of IT as a utility, is the box standard reseller doomed? This is one of many questions that Cloud Computing raises for the IT reseller. What should they do? Get out and start retraining as estate agents or drug dealers? Move up the value c... 

  • Balloon stunt for new game leaves THQ red faced

    More from the inexhaustible supply of idiotic publicity stunts by IT companies: game developer THQ has landed in hot water San Francisco Bay water with a harebrained stunt to promote its latest masterwork. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, T... 

  • Google asks kids for social security number details

    Interesting story in New York magazine regarding Google. Seems like the web giant may have been a bit over-zealous in asking schoolkids (aged from six to 12) to provide their name, city of birth, date of birth and the last four digits of their socia... 

  • Hells bells, wheels come off Dell Streak stunt

    I laughed out loud at the story about the Dell staffers arrested after a PR stunt went badly wrong. Hats off to the marketing geniuses who decided it would be really smart for someone to run through densely staffed areas at the company's HQ dressed i... 

  • 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 ... 

  • The business benefits of investing on booze - don't have drink problems, have drink opportunities

    This lunch meeting is going well - because they're drinking Ketel One Vodka, a quality solution thesteak holderswill appreciate One of the the great unexamined business processes of British industry is alcohol consumption. It helps the techies think ... 

  • The balance between in-house and outsourced help

    The expectation that the private sector will employ just shy of 100,000 new people in IT roles over the next four years is one that can be greeted with both smiles and frowns by the channel. On the positive side it shows that the industry is growing... 

  • Money talks in LAR fee changes

    Microsoft's changes to the fee structure of its Enterprise Agreements (EA) appear pretty tough. On the surface, large account resellers (LARs) are losing around two-thirds of their existing fees for sales to clients on its major accounts list. As a c...