Stories by Richard Noone

  • A slice of pure cheese

    If luck is the universal currency for a traveller I was beginning to think if I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. A tyre had blown on the Kombi just outside the picturesque town of Bega on NSW’s south coast. Still there are worse places to be broken down in, anywhere in the Northern Territory springs to mind, and besides it gave me a good chance to catch up with former Kombi owner and long time traveller, Alan Morgan.

  • Snap-happy summer

    He might know when you've been naughty or nice but the only thing all good little resellers have been wishing for from Santa this year is a bumper finish to an otherwise stagnant 2002. Richard Noone investigates how digital still cameras could prove a lucrative lining to some pretty thin stockings.

  • Notebooks' next phase

    The talk of Intel's Developers Forum being held this week will no doubt revolve around the chipmaker's soon to be released chipset code-named Banias. Although it remains unknown exactly how much the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer intends to reveal about the long-awaited technology, one thing is for certain: it stands to raise some interesting questions about the future of mobile computing.

  • Solutions Showcase

    It's rare these days that you can attend a conference or technology showcase and not have vendors thrusting pamphlets in your face on their latest gear.

  • Jackson pledges EMC's faith in the channel

    Gary Jackson is a man on a mission. After taking the reins of EMC's Asia Pacific operations in February he has overhauled the storage vendor's senior management in most countries, streamlined the company's go-to-market strategy, and committed to doubling the revenue contribution the region makes to EMC.

  • Powerlan dumps XSI

    "I just feel raped." Max Goldsmith, the man who has spent the last 17 years building up a reputable storage business, has reason to be upset. He's just watched in abject horror as Powerlan last week put the shell of his former company XSI into voluntary administration. Although Goldsmith would not be drawn on how much XSI owed creditors, some of whom have become close personal friends, ARN estimates it to be around $600,000.

  • Editorial: Travelling show

    Someone once said that if all the difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all. The same could be said in many ways of working in the channel.

  • Reason to smile

    This year's theme is "effective and efficient interaction". How did you come up with it and how does it reflect what Di Data's doing at a customer level?

  • Tech Pac ups the HP ante

    With an October deadline for the consolidation of the post-merger HP's distribution line-up looming, Tech Pacific is actively recruiting small HP resellers with a promotion that offers instant credit accounts and voucher rebates.

  • Nortel nPower fires up training

    When Nortel Networks acquired data networking vendor Bay Networks in 1998 and Web switching manufacturer Alteon in 2000, it suddenly had more than 3000 resellers in the Asia-Pacific. The past 18 months have seen Nortel take a broom to its channel, sweeping it back to a mere 130 partners across the region.