FAST, the Federation Against Software Theft, has launched its web site to encourage computer users and resellers to come forward with any information on the suspected sale or use of illegal software. This is part of FAST's on-going campaign to crack down on pirated software which costs the UK computer industry over #300 million each year. The web site provides a confidential route for reporting the suspected sale of illegal software and a reference library packed with information about the do's and don'ts of software licensing. It also includes a diary of events and training courses. Companies not already members of FAST can join via the web site, www.fast.org.uk.
Tulip Computers last week said it had reached an agreement to acquire bankrupt Commodore. No financial details of the deal were disclosed but Tulip confirmed the takeover won't include Commodore's chain of retail outlets.
Compaq yesterday started shipping its thin client, the Deskpro 4000N first demonstrated in June. The 4000N conforms to the industry-standard Net PC initiative, offering high manageability and lower maintenance and support costs. According to Compaq, the 400N prevents end-users making unauthorised changes to the system by eliminating ISA slots, floppy and CD-ROM drives. In addition, Compaq has expanded its existing range of corporate Deskpro 2000, 4000 and 6000 PCs introducing new models featuring Pentium II processors, a high performance chip set and graphics subsystems.
The UK desktop services market will grow by around 14% in the next two years to a value of more than #1.8 billion by 1999 according to market researcher Romtec. The survey shows that the PC hardware maintenance market remains the largest desktop services market in terms of value, although this sector will grow relatively slowly over the next two years. The fastest growing areas includes end-user helpdesk and network operations services market, the latter with an estimated 40% growth by the end of 1999.
Statistical software supplier SPSS has bought Quantime, a supplier of software and services to the marketing research industry. Quantime is the fifth company SPSS has acquired in the past four years. Quantime develops software taking market researchers through questionnaire deisgn and survey administration to data collection and tabular reports.
Cabletron has taken a stake in US networking startup Yago Systems.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Yago develops a line of switch routers, the MSR 8000 range, which can handle data at speeds of up to 30 million packets per second.
A survey from Novell has found rampant abuse of the Internet in the UK with thousands of office workers regularly using the technology to access pornography. Almost a quarter of men questioned said they knew someone at their workplace who use the Internet to download pornographic material. Just over half said their company has a policy against obtaining digital porn and cyberskiving. In addition, 37% of respondents said they knew colleagues who use the Internet for non-work purposes during work hours. Psychologist Neil Crawford, a specialist in aggression in the workplace, said of the findings: "The access of pornographic material from the Internet at work is a 1990s return to the days of displaying nude pin-ups in the workplace. Just as women are continuing to work for an equal place, displaying such material on computers causes feelings of distress, anger and degradation among them."
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The flight will take off from California's Mojave Air and Space Port and could happen as soon as 13th December