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How quickly can you copy 460GB of data? A manager making a trip overseas wants to take copies of all company resources - manuals, forms, everything available so the remote office can use them too. On a Friday afternoon, 12 hours before her flight, she asks IT to copy the entire contents of the server to a CD. But that's over 460GB of data, IT says. After a long blank look from the manager IT tries again by explaining it would require the creation of about 900 CDs. "Oh, OK," says manager. "So, by Wednesday then?" The grandson of a Nepali sherpa in the first expedition to scale Mount Everest 50 years ago plans to set up the world's highest Internet cafe at the mountain's base camp. Tsering Gyaltsen is awaiting government permission and hopes to open the cafe next month. Thousands of trekkers and mountaineers pass through the base camp at 5300 metres (every year and many expeditions carry satellite phones into the Himalayas to run Web sites about their efforts and contact friends and family at home. Otherwise, the nearest phones are a four-day trek away.

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The pressure of large-scale restructuring at Getronics continues with the management board ousted last week after an internal dispute on how to run the company. Chairman and chief executive officer Peter van Voorst, and chief financial officer Jan Docter were asked to leave by the company's supervisory board after "a difference of opinion" on how to manage the company.

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The lawsuits and counterclaims between Microsoft and Sun Microsystems continue to fly with Microsoft filing a counterclaim in Sun's private antitrust lawsuit against the software giant. Microsoft claims Sun broke a contract that allowed Microsoft to distribute its own version of Java. The 51-page counterclaim says that after a Sun lawsuit settled in January 2001 the two companies had an agreement for Microsoft to distribute its version of the Java Virtual Machine through to 2008. Microsoft doesn't ask for a specific dollar amount in its counterclaim, suggesting instead that be determined at trial. Sun's current lawsuit claims that Microsoft has tried to kill developer interest in Java. At this rate the matter won't be settled by 2008!

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