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The pace of change

October 19th, 2013 · Comments Off · Technology

I think we have all heard of the concept of ‘internet time’ , which is a sort of technological version of dog years, and we talk about how everything seems to progress much more quickly now, and take it as a given without thinking too much about it. Today I made the mistake of thinking […]

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Today’s bright idea #2

August 28th, 2013 · 4 Comments · Life, Technology

Todays’ bright idea: a new open source file format for CVs. In the old days a CVwas typed up on paper and physically posted. Now they are done in (usually) MS Word and more often emailed or uploaded to an employer or agency’s web site, but people still think of the CV as a document […]

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The way we were

September 4th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

At the moment I am re-reading a humorous book about computers from 1996 called Dave Barry in Cyberspace. I have quite a few of his books and like to dip into the ones that are basically collections of his newspaper columns every now and then because they are light reading and more or less timeless. […]

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Technologically challenged

November 24th, 2011 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

For the last few days I have been wrestling with technology. My PC died over the weekend and I spent a couple of days trying to resuscitate it, then a few days deciding what to replace it with. I finally forked out on a new one on Tuesday when trying to use the laptop annoyed […]

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Data centre in a box

April 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Technology

I am currently nearing the end of a novel by Cory Doctorow which at one point describes the data centre provisions of a fictional MMORPG company.  They had shipping containers kitted out with self-contained server farms which could be built centrally and then shipped out around the world to cool locations where they would be, […]

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Unsolicited testimonial

February 19th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Technology

I have been trying to sort out space issues on somebody’s laptop this week.  They didn’t have enough room to install World of Warcraft and all its various add-ons. Never played the game myself, but the rest of the family (the Sussex-based ones anyway) are obsessed.  From what I can see it is the crack […]

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Technohousekeeping

November 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Technology

Been a good boy this evening: installed the new Beta of Firefox, backed up all my data, and deleted a load of old e-mails.  Feeling very virtuous. Not sure about the new Firefox yet.  You can install themes, like with Chrome, and it is supposed to be faster.  Maybe it is but no so that […]

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Defeated

July 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Technology

Three hours trying to get Charlie’s PC to connect to the internet tonight, with no success.  For some reason it just will not load the drivers for his wireless LAN after I uninstalled it.   I suspect something happened during a Windows update.  Mind you, all those DIVX programmes, Limewire, dozens of toolbars and other rubbish […]

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One in ten

July 9th, 2009 · Comments Off · Technology

Plenty to say about this week’s Torchwood marathon, but I think I’ll wait until the last episode.  I’m dying to see what sort of deus ex machina they have to rely on to get out of it all. One thing though: passwords.  I do believe that some people are stupid enough to give a newcomer […]

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Foxed by Firefox

May 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Technology

yesterday I downloaded a bit of freeware called PDF Creator.  It’s very good, doing exactly what it is supposed to – taking a file (Word document for example) and turning it into a PDF file.  I do have Adobe Acrobat Professional at work for that sort of thing but its a drag having to email […]

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