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Bye bye branches

July 2nd, 2015 · No Comments · Life, Technology

I had an interesting email from Barclays today, inviting me to take part in a trial of paying in cheques via online banking. Interesting because this is exactly the feature I was saying they should have when I last received a cheque from somewhere. With online banking capable of doing most things and cash available […]

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Programming flavours

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Technology

This evening I came across a great passage in the book I am reading. The passage is about programming languages, the book isn’t. Not really anyway. But, of course, the point of a programming language is that you don’t just read it; you write it, too. You make it do things for you. And this, […]

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Technology nil, Skuds 2

May 19th, 2015 · Comments Off · Technology

I got my user ID and password for the Town Hall network today, so I popped in after work and got myself all set up so I can now get to the emails from home. That is going to make everything a lot easier from now on. I think I got to it in the […]

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Back from the dead

April 10th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

It has been an exciting day today for various reasons – the council published the lists of candidates for next month’s elections, I picked up my new glasses so I can read the list, and I managed to give the kiss of life to my Nexus 7 tablet.

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No wonder he’s going

February 20th, 2015 · Comments Off · Politics, Technology

When Francis Maude first talked about combining all the government websites into one big one, that part of me that had worked in IT since before there even was an internet, thought it sounded a bit risky. The principle isn’t too bad: why not provide a single front end, or a portal? It could be […]

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Partial fact of the day

February 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

The fax machine was invented before the telephone. For its first fifteen years of existence it was only used to transmit transfer requests between football teams.

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A blast from the past

January 27th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

While looking for something in the system32 directory of a Windows 7 computer the other day (I still can’t quite bring myself  to call it a folder) I came across the file pifmgr.dll It was a bit like when you are on Facebook or Linkedin and see the name of somebody you knew or worked […]

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Todays bright idea #10 – smartphone video feature

November 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Technology

Tonight I was being a grumpy old man at a concert in London, where I could hardly see Toyah onstage because of all the smartphones being held up by people filming it. I think we have reached the point where this is now considered normal and it is too late to stop it but perhaps […]

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The Turing Test

November 17th, 2014 · Comments Off · Technology

The concept of the Turing test has been cropping up a lot on the news lately, due to the current film about Turing and a competition hosted at Bletchley Park. For some reason it sparked off a whole bunch of thoughts.

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Computers do it faster…

September 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Technology

…but people do it better! I was quite amused to see the BBC news at lunchtime. At work we have it on screens in the lobby, with the sub-titles on. The sub-titles are, I am pretty sure generated by some computer speech recognition software, and it was having some trouble with David Cameron at PMQs. […]

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