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No wonder he’s going

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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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How not to do a Turing test

June 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Technology

There was a lot in the news last week about a program that supposedly passed the Turing test. I’m not so sure about that, for several reasons. First of all, I don’t think that Turing ever proposed a test as such, but rather made a statement about it being forseeable that one day a machine […]

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I would like to tweet about this ‘ere dead parrot

May 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments · Life, Technology

An interesting article on the BBC News site today about using Twitter to complain about things. Amongst other things it says: According to a poll of 2,000 people by the communications agency Fishburn Hedges and Echo Research in April 2012, 36% of people had used a social media platform to contact a big company and […]

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Today’s bright idea #9

May 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

I was watching Mrs. Skuds playing one of those Facebook games the other day. It may be called ‘Tribez’. It looked like a generic Swords & Sorcery meets Sim City sort of game. It made me think that the way technology is going we can’t be too far away from being able to play Sim […]

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Planespotting

April 14th, 2014 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

We had our grandson, Alfie, visiting over the weekend so I thought I would take him along to the Gatwick Aviation Museum to look at the planes there. In all the time I have lived here I have never got round to visiting before so I figured it was about time. I also decided to […]

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