Perhaps we could give DSGI a little credit for putting their customers first.
Windows 7 orders are arriving in some UK customers’ letterboxes three days ahead of the operating system’s official launch. Currys and PC World have shipped some editions of the software early in a move to try and offset the pain customers face from Royal Mail's planned 48-hour strike on Thursday 22 October, which happens to …
I got mine last week. As a 'selected party host' it's the limited edition ultimate, singed my Monkey boy Balmer himself.
I can't wait till thursday where my 'friends' will be getting down to my banging party.
I have my windows 7 jigsaw and pack of cards to kick things off with a bang, and each guest even gets a windows 7 napkin (really...), and a windows 7 tote bag (which could not be louder and more hideous).
Since we are all living out a hotel with work, I'm having it at the local hotel.
I imagine once I get the included windows 7 poster and 'table piece' up I will be literally having to beat the wimin away with a hammer.
One at a time girls! - I can only show you windows 7s new aqua interface one at a time!!!
El Reg asked Microsoft if it was aware of copies of Windows 7 being shipped early to Currys and PC World punters.
A spokesman at the software vendor gave us this statement:
"Microsoft is aware of the planned postal strike and has taken action to minimise impact on those customers who pre-ordered their copies of Windows 7. As a result, some customers may receive their copy of Windows 7 a day or two early."
That distills into "YES"
Been rockin RTM for about a month now - the benefits of corporate IT and an MSDN subscription. :) Its good. Real good. But the security model is slightly more stringent than the RCs that were floating around. Have fun with the \windows directory.....
Mines the one with the microwaved Vista DVD.
just checked my order details at PCWorld ... and mine's being shipped by DHL scheduled for delivery of 22nd. Possibly not gone RM as I ordered 3 copies to bring all the PCs in our house into sync + take advantage of the origina win7E offer to get them off OEM winXP onto retail to simplify (at least in "legal" terms) future upgrades
I received two copies this morning of 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium from PC World, pre-ordered in July. Good to see that upgrades are possible, but I've decided to do a clean install anyway (our machines have been sluggish for a few months, and have suspicious of a trojan). Have started the tedious preparations, backups of programs, data, bookmarks, etc etc. Shuold be completed by the time of the official launch.
I can't wait for all those wimmin to swamp my party
Do you think I'll need to order any wine, I just thought beer would do?
I keep getting the napkins out to feel the quality ;-}
The Tote Bags, although loud, do make a statement at Tesco
(Don't tell anyone I've made the wife use one, for research)
One girl spotted it and asked what it meant, but she was a pig to look at
Dear Sir or Madam,
Thank you for ordering the Toshiba Windows 7 Upgrade pack. Your shipment will contain a Windows 7 DVD, the product key and a free Toshiba driver DVD, containing the latest Windows 7 drivers for your Toshiba PC. Additionally, the driver DVD will guide you through the upgrade process for your convenience. The collection of the driver DVD and the programming of an automatic upgrade process require some more time. Therefore, we will be able to ship your Windows 7 Upgrade at the beginning of December. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Due to technical reasons it is not possible to ship your Windows 7 Upgrade pack without the driver DVD. As soon as the upgrade pack has been shipped, we will inform you straight away by email.
Your Windows 7 Upgrade Team
What are the post office striking about this time? It's getting a bit boring now. They are flushing their industry down the toilet just like the unions did the British car industry.
On the plus side I've got my 2 copies of Win 7 from PCWorld. So thanks all round to the CWU! Keep up the good work lads!
I notice at the bottom of the article is a link to quotes by Peter Mandelson; I would of much prefered a link to the dispute and the 'reasons' behind it rather than some random rubish from that git stated a bit like 'fact' like he has nothing to do with the current mess.
...not that I am annoyed or anything. (I am also not a postman or have anything to do with the postal service)
after i checked my pre-order on amazon.co.uk and it had doubled in price since i ordered, discretion took the better part of valour and i cancelled the order. pity that a 100% price increase didn't warrant an email from them. i'll just have to continue to use vista until i can save up enough pennies.
Is this one where you all sit round your shiny new DVD and read the EULA and once you all fully understand what you are signing up for, then install the OS. Then reboot and "activate" it, then patch, then reboot again?
Sounds like a fun evening for sure :(
Penguin, because you can safely search for "speciality entertainment" on t'Internet
I phoned them last week to ask about this and was told that they knew there was a potential problem.
But got an email from them earlier saying :
"PLEASE NOTE: If you have pre-ordered a copy of Windows 7 this will not leave our warehouse any earlier than Wednesday 21st October (the day before the official launch date). You should expect delivery to be 5-7 days after this date."
Even without the postal strike there is no way you'd actually get the package on the release day then.
"after i checked my pre-order on amazon.co.uk and it had doubled in price since i ordered, discretion took the better part of valour and i cancelled the order. pity that a 100% price increase didn't warrant an email from them. i'll just have to continue to use vista until i can save up enough pennies."
I hate to break it to you, but Amazon have a pre-order price guarantee - you will pay the lowest price that whatever you pre-ordered got to since you pre-ordered it. I'm currently paying £149.48 for each copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. That's why you didn't get an e-mail from them - if you hadn't cancelled your order then you'd probably still be paying whatever price is what when you pre-ordered it (perhaps even less).
I received my copy today, which was pre-ordered from PC World a few months back.
I find it strange that they are sending these out by standard Royal Mail 1st Class post (so no signature is required, unlike Recorded Delivery). I wonder how many will go "missing".
Err, actually, maybe I made a mistake and didn't receive my copy yet ;)
PC (rip off) World, have just for once taken the right action.
But as for the prospect of a 'Windows 7 activation party', or whatever its called, I agree with Paul Crawford - How those long winter nights must fly by.
Im the one in the kitchen, paying no interest to whats going on & slinging as much booze down my neck before the party seven runs out...
well. let me know if they don't charge you full price then and i'll cry a little into my tea.
The big message on my account page in amazon clearly stated that i'd now be liable for the higher price. Their price promise always nicely mentions that if the price *goes down* they'll honour the lower price.
but i'm willing to be wrong
I had mine on pre-order from Amazon.co.uk. Posted at price of around £64, I got the lowest price as expected. I had selected last class post, but they seem to have 'upgraded' me for free and my parcel will be with me tomorrow...nice service!
I think the deal means that if the price goes down, you pay less and if the price goes up, you pay what you originally said you'd pay...at least I think so.
Play posted mine on Monday, no sign of it so far. Mind you I still haven't received the 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo they allegedly sent two weeks ago (and annoyingly I can't report it for another week).
Given the usual delay of stuff from Play, the delay imposed by the postroom at work, and the bloody striking posties I probably won't see Win7 until next week.
Got mine yesterday (21st) from Amazon, had it installed within an hour.
@nobby - Yes Amazon have a price guarantee, the 50% offer was valid if you pre-ordered before the end of August, so I got mine for about £60.
Paris - because she'd probably cancel her Windows 7 pre-order without reading the price guarantee too.
Updated Amazon has blasted a proposed antitrust law that aims to clamp down on anti-competitive practices by Big Tech.
The American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) led by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and House Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) is a bipartisan bill, with Democrat and Republican support in the Senate and House. It is still making its way through Congress.
The bill [PDF] prohibits certain "online platforms" from unfairly promoting their own products and services in a way that prevents or hampers third-party businesses in competing. Said platforms with 50 million-plus active monthly users in the US or 100,000-plus US business users, and either $550 billion-plus in annual sales or market cap or a billion-plus worldwide users, that act as a "critical trading partner" for suppliers would be affected.
Alibaba Cloud offered a peek at its latest homegrown silicon at its annual summit this week, which it calls Cloud Infrastructure Processing Units (CIPU).
The data processing units (DPUs), which we're told have already been deployed in a “handful” of the Chinese giant’s datacenters, offload virtualization functions associated with storage, networking, and security from the host CPU cores onto dedicated hardware.
“The rapid increase in data volume and scale, together with higher demand for lower latency, call for the creation of new tech infrastructure,” Alibaba Cloud Intelligence President Jeff Zhang said in a release.
Concern is growing that a World Trade Organization (WTO) moratorium on cross-border tariffs covering data may not be extended, which would hit e-commerce if countries decide to introduce such tariffs.
Representatives of the WTO's 164 members are meeting in Geneva as part of a multi-day ministerial conference. June 15 was to be the final day but the trade organization today confirmed it is being extended until June 16, to facilitate outcomes on the main issues under discussion.
The current moratorium covering e-commerce tariffs was introduced in 1998, and so far the WTO has extended it at such meetings, which typically take place every two years.
Updated The US House Oversight Committee has told Amazon CEO Andy Jassy to turn over documents pertaining to the collapse of an Amazon warehouse – and if he doesn't, the lawmakers say they will be forced to "consider alternative measures."
Penned by Oversight Committee members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Cori Bush (D-MO) and committee chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the letter refers to the destruction of an Edwardsville, Illinois, Amazon fulfillment center in which six people were killed when a tornado hit. It was reported that the facility received two weather warnings about 20 minutes before the tornado struck at 8.27pm on December 10; most staff had headed to a shelter, some to an area where there were no windows but was hard hit by the storm.
In late March, the Oversight Committee sent a letter to Jassy with a mid-April deadline to hand over a variety of documents, including disaster policies and procedures, communication between managers, employees and contractors, and internal discussion of the tornado and its aftermath.
AWS is trying to help organizations migrate their mainframe-based workloads to the cloud and potentially transform them into modern cloud-native services.
The Mainframe Modernization initiative was unveiled at the cloud giant's Re:Invent conference at the end of last year, where CEO Adam Selipsky claimed that "customers are trying to get off their mainframes as fast as they can."
Whether this is based in reality or not, AWS concedes that such a migration will inevitably involve the customer going through a lengthy and complex process that requires multiple steps to discover, assess, test, and operate the new workload environments.
Amazon's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit, brought by one of its senior software engineers, asking it to reimburse workers for internet and electricity costs racked up while working from home in the pandemic, has been rejected by a California judge.
David George Williams sued his employer for refusing to foot his monthly home office expenses, claiming Amazon is violating California's labor laws. The state's Labor Code section 2802 states: "An employer shall indemnify his or her employee for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of his or her duties, or of his or her obedience to the directions of the employer."
Williams reckons Amazon should not only be paying for its techies' home internet and electricity, but also for any other expenses related to their ad-hoc home office space during the pandemic. Williams sued the cloud giant on behalf of himself and over 4,000 workers employed in California across 12 locations, arguing these costs will range from $50 to $100 per month during the time they were told to stay away from corporate campuses as the coronavirus spread.
Amazon.com has decided to end its Kindle digital book business in China.
A statement posted to the Kindle China WeChat account states that Amazon has already stopped sending new Kindle devices to resellers and will cease operations of the Kindle China e-bookstore on June 30, 2023. The Kindle app will last another year, allowing users to download previously purchased e-books. But after June 30, 2024, Kindle devices in China won’t be able to access content.
An accompanying FAQ doesn’t offer a reason for the decision, but an Amazon spokesperson told Reuters “We periodically evaluate our offerings and make adjustments, wherever we operate.”
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy's first shareholder meeting was a rousing success for Amazon leadership and Jassy's bank account. But for activist investors intent on making Amazon more open and transparent, it was nothing short of a disaster.
While actual voting results haven't been released yet, Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky told Reuters that stock owners voted down fifteen shareholder resolutions addressing topics including workplace safety, labor organizing, sustainability, and pay fairness. Amazon's board recommended voting no on all of the proposals.
Jassy and the board scored additional victories in the form of shareholder approval for board appointments, executive compensation and a 20-for-1 stock split. Jassy's executive compensation package, which is tied to Amazon stock price and mostly delivered as stock awards over a multi-year period, was $212 million in 2021.
Comment What goes up must come down - even in the tech industry.
In a period of a little more than a month, the biggest tech companies have dropped trillions of dollars in valuation, setting off alarm bells across the industry. Recovering from this downturn will be different, though: Businesses will have to walk a fine line between meeting metrics and respecting a new work culture that has emerged since the pandemic.
Investors are telling companies in their portfolios to cut staff, reduce budgets, raise prices, and prepare for a long, slow recovery – and even the most cash-flush tech giants are reevaluating their employee spends, from salaries to stocks to perks.
The US datacenter construction boom may be faltering and the reasons are not difficult to predict. The same supply shortages, price hikes and a lack of labor that have characterized not-quite-post-pandemic life is a risk for DC builders, too.
Construction consultancy firm Turton Bond's Darren Flood authored the report making that argument. Flood said that the need for datacenters is stronger than ever, but that "COVID-19 variants, changing restrictions, constrained supply chains and strong demand create an unpredictable market."
All of this is hitting after the datacenter real estate market exploded into its own boom times, with unprecedented investments in suitable building sites.
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