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The Register ("El Reg" to its staff) is a British technology news website focusing on the computer industry. It was founded by John Lettice and Mike "Crazy Brit" Magee in 1994, initially as an email service. Mike Magee left The Register in 2001 to start The Inquirer after some controversy. Image File history File links The_Register_r. ... Image File history File links The_Register_r. ... Website - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Computer industry is a collective term used to describe the whole range of businesses involved in developing computer software, designing computer hardware, the manufacture of computer components and the provision of information technology services. ... Mike Magee (born December 7, 1949) is a British journalist. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The INQUIRER The INQUIRER (sometimes shortened to the INQ and commonly referred to as The Inquirer without caps) is a self confessed British technology tabloid[1] news website focusing on the computer and semiconductor industries. ...

The Register has run Simon Travaglia's BOFH stories since 2000. Comment pieces are included along with the news, such as "Bootnotes" and "Opinion". Letters and "Flames of the Week" are often run, and as well as carrying its own content, licensed articles from other sites are included to augment their coverage. The Register aspires to provide an objective viewpoint, and most subjective pieces are labelled as such. It does not aim to be popular with the powerful corporations -- its tag line is: Biting the hand that feeds IT. Simon Travaglia is best known as the author of the Bastard Operator From Hell stories, about a rogue system administrator. ... Logo The Bastard Operator From Hell (BOFH), a fictional character created by Simon Travaglia, is a rogue system administrator who takes out his anger on lusers (his colleagues, bosses and anyone who gets in his way). ... This article is about the year 2000. ...

The Register frequently uses sarcasm in its articles and often provides an iconoclastic stance (e.g. referring to Google as the worlds largest text-ad broker). Some think its reportage is closer to that of British tabloid newspapers than other technology web sites, terming it a Tech Tabloid . Articles are listed on the home page with most recent at the top, three to a line, allowing easy access to breaking news. Much to the amusement of its readers, The Register occasionally runs articles satirizing selected people (e.g., Captain Cyborg, aka Kevin Warwick). Sarcasm is sneering, jesting, or mocking a person, situation or thing. ... Literally, iconoclasm is the destruction of religious icons and other sacred images or monuments, usually for religious or political motives. ... For the search engine produced by this corporation, see Google search; for the underlying technology, see Google platform; For the number, see Googol; for other uses see Google (disambiguation). ... Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... A Tech Tabloid is a type of news media that mainly concentrates on technology news: science, IT, semiconductors, telecoms and related issues, but also takes on a less formal and more humorous approach than traditional technology publications such as EE Times or EDN. They are professional in nature, though, rather... Professor Kevin Warwick is a cybernetics professor at the University of Reading, England. ... Kevin Warwick is a cybernetics professor at the University of Reading, England. ...



The Register is famous for its many long-running in-jokes: An in joke is a joke whose humour is clear only to those people who are in a group that has some prior knowledge (not known by the whole population) that makes the joke humorous. ...

  • Articles dealing with Yahoo! will often have each word in their title punctuated with an exclamation mark, e.g.: "Yahoo! Is! A! Search! Engine!"
  • When talking about the RIAA or the MPAA, the organizations are always referred to as the "Recording Industry Ass. of America" and the "Motion Picture Ass. of America," respectively, deliberately shortening "Association" (to one letter shorter than the usual "Assn." abbreviation).
  • Articles which deal with the growth of artificial intelligence technology are often reported in tongue-in-cheek "alarmist" fashion, and grouped under the heading "Rise of the Machines" (RoTM).
  • "Otto Z Stern" is a contributor for The Register. Otto's persona is that of a controversy-courting right-wing American technology commentator. Stern's articles specialise in criticism of topics such as open-source software, blogs, Google and the perils of the Asian Invasion as well as other things that Stern considers to be weak and unmanly. Many of Stern's comments are considered deeply racist especially towards Asians (mostly Chinese.) It is suspected that Stern's stories are written by Julio Stantore, based on frequent references to him in Otto's articles as well as attributing quotes to him.[1]
  • Haiku competition results often include entries from a list of usual suspects who, intentionally or unintentionally, break the rules of the competition for comic effect.

Many readers take The Register's spoof articles seriously. To the amusement of The Register's regular readers, their anger-filled letters are commonly published a few days later. Many of these letters are left unedited, leaving in misspellings, grammatical errors, and errors in logic. In fact, the Register publishes many of the letters they are sent, usually on Friday afternoon. Yahoo! - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The RIAA Logo. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... // Hondas intelligent humanoid robot AI redirects here. ... The Usual Suspects, a 1995 American movie, stars Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro and Kevin Pollak. ...



  1. ^ My dead, much mourned friend: Jimmy Wales An article that refers to Julio Stantore.

External links

  • The Register
  • Usenet advertisement for The Register No.5, dated 1994-09-18

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