OEM pricing for Windows Home Server comes into focus at below $200

This is great news, but I wonder if it’ll be the same price over here in the UK, I tried to join the beta but was a little too late. I have our old machine setup in the closet with a wireless card ready for this software. I’ve ordered a new Socket A silent fan to make it as silent as possible and got half a TB of storage on it now too. [via]

I’m trying to figure how much I can strip the box down to and can I get a smaller case for it.

I have one question, if you’re not attaching a monitor do you really need a graphics card? I intend to leave it in there to start with for setup and then rip it out. I want he box to be as small and as silent as possible and the graphics card currently has a fan.

What’s the smallest case available for an ASUS AMD Socket A motherboard?

Or is it easier just to buy a new silent pc box…hmm.

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Nokia being given a lesson

Nokia recently announced Ovi it’s own music service to compete with iTunes. This launch also included some new phones such as the N81. But it looks like Nokia as run into a few stumbling blocks, namely the UK mobile carriers.

Ovi not only competes with iTunes but the carries own walled garden music services. Therefore the carriers see this as competition for it’s revenue and decides the easiest thing to do is to close out Nokia by not including the N81 in their line ups.

In the UK the model is that the handset is subsidised by the carrier, therefore the consumer is used to paying very little for a handset which has a true value of several hundred pounds.

Therefore the average UK consumer would baulk at the cost of a new handset unlocked, so this causes a problem for Nokia, no way for Nokia to get it’s music service into the hands of the average UK consumer.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a subsidised Nokia handset with some sort of monthly access to Ovi with Napster rental style DRM, or Nokia just pushes the cost of the N81 down to iPod prices or near cost with Nokia looking to gain the revenue from Ovi instead.

Downloading the Ovi tunes over wi-fi would mean a real kick in the teeth for the carriers as they would be providing the thin margin voice/text services only with none of their own value add services being included.

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Nokia: Failing to advertise the S60 platform?

IntoMobile has a post on Nokia’s failure to promote the the S60 platform which I agree with. Nokia is still seen as a phone maker not a smart phone maker. The smart phones are Window’s mobile, Treo’s and Blackberry’s but Nokia s60 devices don’t tend to feature. As a result people don’t understand, as in the IntoMobile post, how powerful the Nokia S60 devices are. [via]
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Orange considers Christmas without the iPhone of APPLE

It looks like France won’t see the iPhone before the key christmas trading period. The stumbling block appears to be France Telecom’s group fear that Apple can’t lock the device correctly to thier network. So it’s pretty clear that Orange has it’s ear to the ground and aware of the unlocking that is taking place of the US iPhone. [via] – (in french)

Hopefully the 8gb Nokia N95 will make the stores before christmas instead.

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IBM outsources remaining network team to AT&T

This is a really interesting story as I worked in this team about four months back, before leaving to join Orange.

Back in 1998, about 90% of IBM’s networking was sold to AT&T, only the Local Area Network teams around the globe remained to provide the connectivity IBM needed either in or between it’s data centres. What this deal means is that those network guys have gone to AT&T, so AT&T now does all of IBM’s networking, both in it’s data centres, between them and out to client sites for certain accounts.

This move by IBM clearly shows where it want’s to go in terms of it’s core business, which is Consulting and Software and not outsourcing. I had the discussion with various people within the sales organisations and the alliance teams about where IBM was going in terms of networking and what it wanted to do with it before I left. It was clear to me and a lot of other people within IBM, that IBM was leaving money on the table in certain deals but not being willing or being motivated to pick up the network portion of the deal. The view was; we’ll do network if you want us to, but it’s not important to us.

This point was a key factor in me leaving IBM, I came to the conclusion that IBM didn’t really want to be in the Network business and this sale of the remaining network business proves I was right, IBM wants out.

I have to say, it’s a surprise to me that this has happened so soon after I left and I didn’t know anything about it, I found out today. I’m not going to give away any of the facts as to the numbers involved of either people or dollar size of the deal. I was the Business Operations Manager for Europe and worked at a Global level both on people numbers and the ABA, the Annual Base Adjustment and the soon to be replaced MSA, so I know the numbers.

My opinion is this is a great deal for the network guys, they now work for a huge networking company and it’s a real chance to grow network skills and experience. I’m not sure it’s a great deal for IBM’s customers as I don’t know whether all new network requirements will go to AT&T or whether they’ll go out to tender and companies like Orange can compete for them.

All in all, I’m stunned and pleased, I wish the guys all the best and welcome to telco land.