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  • Memo to Turner: You can run Windows 7 on an iMac. It's not a big deal

    Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner was in combative mood at the vendor's Worldwide Partner Conference last week, taking jabs at all manner of rivals, including Google, IBM, Oracle, salesforce.com, VMware and Apple. On the latter, he m... 

  • Recyclebank nicked my idea for making recycling fun and profitable by turning it into a game

    I'm livid! Nearly a decade ago, I devised an idea that would make recycling fun. The scheme would boost recycling rates, save money for the councils (possibly even the taxpayer!) and give people the chance to win prizes. It would turn rubbish from a... 

  • Hardware sales distract attention from Oracle's software

    Oracle has taken an interesting stance with its decision to walk away from loss-making hardware deals. Explaining why the company's hardware revenues were 6% down in the fourth quarter, president and CFO Safra Catz said it had decided to avoid unpro... 

  • Would Oracle have dropped Itanium support if it hadn't bought Sun?

    The bust up between Oracle and HP over Oracle's decision to drop support for Itanium-based servers is intriguing. To my mind, once you get past the claims and counter-claims, the only question that needs to be asked is this: would Oracle have dropped... 

  • SolarWinds can make virtualisation a simple pleasure

    It's only when you look at an ant under a magnifying glass that you realise how often they spontaneously burst into flames, according to a study byDr Harry Hill, at St George's teaching hospital in Tooting. Now new research by Solarwinds aims to make... 

  • Webby Awards take note: People are people, computers are machines

    The people behind the Webby Awards probably thought it was cool to give the Person Of The Year Award to Watson, the IBM computer that beat the world's best 'Jeopardy' players on TV earlier in the year. They could also be forgiven for thinking Wat... 

  • Why are Oracle EMEA server sales lagging worldwide figures?

    By the looks of it, Oracle needs to take some lessons in how to sell hardware in Europe. While revenue for the overall EMEA server market in the first quarter of 2011 grew 10.8%, the software giant failed to match the trend. According to figures ... 

  • Thank Christ PRs haven't discovered social media!

    A new report from Sourcewire says that technology PRs are failing to use social media to reach journalists. Well, thank goodness for that, we say. That's a bit like a report complaining that 'stalkers still not using your work number'. Why do we need... 

  • Pleb banned from drinking tea in IP row

    Have you noticed how some people in the office put practically a bath full of water in the kettle, every time they make a single cup of tea? After they've heated it up, they throw it away. What a waste of electricity! If we all used wa... 

  • US companies want to bring their money home

    An interesting story which originally appeared in Forbes, has revealed that a consortium of companies - Cisco, Oracle, Apple and Pfizer among them - are lobbying the US government for a tax holiday to repatriate as much as $1trillion banked in overse...