Notebook manufacturers offering ‘Desknote’ configurations

Rather than use the P4-M mobile cpu in notebooks, it seems like most manufacturers are now including notebooks based on the desktop P4 cpu.

I recently noticed this while doing some research, and found that notebooks from MicroExpress, Sager Notebooks and Alienware are all selling notebooks (from the Taiwan based manufacturer, Clevo) based on desktop P4s.

Desktop P4s are cheaper than P4-M chips, and are faster (more L1 cache?).

ZDNet has an article here about Dell’s upcoming Inspiron 5100 released in Europe (and soon in the US) which is also based on the desktop P4, and mentions other manufacturers also following this trend: Gateway, HP, Toshiba and Sony, all either have or will have desktop P4 based notebooks on the market.

SQL Server users may face royalty payments to Timeline

Microsoft licensed technology from Timeline Inc which is currently included in SQL Server.

If I understand this right, there are terms in that agreement that are carried over to Microsoft’s customers and therefore users of SQL Server that regard the use of that technology and the recognition of patents for data-mart and data-warehousing which Timeline holds.

Apparently what Microsoft did not make clear to its customers is that if the users add their own code or modifications to enhance SQL Server in any way, they are liable to pay royalties to Timeline for using their technology, and must pay for a patent license to use those technologies.

Timeline appears to be threatening legal action against Microsoft customers who were misled by Microsoft, and according to Timeline could be liable to pay millions of dollars in damages.

This could also open the doors for a flood of legal action against Microsoft as they are sued by customers who believe they were misled by the SQL Server license agreement.

Read the full article here at The Register