Stories by Tom Diederich

  • Intel moves into lucrative Web hosting

    Chip king Intel is branching into cyberspace with ambitious plans to become a major provider for Web hosting, storage and Internet content and services, a spokesman said recently. To power the plan, Intel will build "bit factories" worldwide, each comprised of thousands of servers that will allow customers to outsource their Web and e-commerce activities, said Intel spokesman Adam Grossberg. The vendor will also partner with telcos and ISPs to make the physical connections, he added.

  • Drive pioneer sees Fibre Channel in future

    Al Shugart, 68, who founded Seagate Technology two decades ago - and was fired from his position as CEO last July - helped build the world's first disk drive in 1956 while working at IBM. In 1973, he co-founded Shugart Associates, the company that pioneered the floppy disk. Today, Shugart serves on the boards of several companies and runs Al Shugart International, a venture capital firm in California that he started a month after his ouster from Seagate. Tom Diederich asked Shugart where storage technology is heading.

  • PC sales may slow by year's end

    While PC sales are expected to remain strong until the end of September, a possible corporate lockdown on information technology spending threatens to quash new PC installations during the fourth quarter, a research firm said this week.

  • Top retail sites take in $US100M-plus each

    The Internet's top 22 retail Web sites earned at least $US100 million each last year, with at least one of them, Dell Computer, taking in close to $2 billion, according to a report from ActivMedia Research in the US. Other big earners on the list included, Cyberbian Outpost, Ticket-master,, Gateway and Disney. com. The company added that exact revenue figures for the firms were unavailable.

  • Slow growth seen in high-end computing

    Lacklustre revenue results are expected for the high-performance computer market in 1998, with worldwide annual growth of just 4.2 per cent, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

  • Zona Sees '99 as XML's Year

    Attracted by the ease with which it allows programmers to build Web pages that can be readily indexed, businesses are beginning to embrace Extensible Markup Language (XML), according to a new report from Zona Research Inc. After the World Wide Web Consortium declared XML an industry standard last February, Zona said the number of organizations using the specification in their Web pages jumped from 1 percent in the second quarter of last year to 16 percent just a quarter later.

  • CORBA spec promises plug and Play app development

    The upcoming 3.0 specification for the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), the translator that lets different applications communicate, has users looking forward to a Plug and Play application development world.

  • Wal-Mart launches build-to-order PC effort

    US retail king Wal-Mart last week began offering custom-configured PCs on its Wal-Mart Online Web site. The computers, sold under the Avail brand name, are powered by Intel processors and come with a one-year warranty on parts and labour, the company said.