Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

July, 2007


July 31, 2007  8:01 PM

Bargain PC upgrade – memory is everything

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DDR, Memory, SDRAM

If you read yesterday's posting you'll see I managed to upgrade the processor on my four-year-old motherboard. The thing is, it's not as zippy as it should be. I suspect this is because I...

July 30, 2007  9:52 AM

Bargain PC upgrade from eBay

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FAN, heatsink, PC, upgrade

I spent about a hour on Saturday upgrading my old PC. It was an hour well spent... Strictly speaking my upgrade began five days earlier. A quick eBay search on Socket 478 revealed a choice of several...


July 26, 2007  6:19 PM

Billions wasted on poor quality software

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nist, patch, Software Quality, Testing

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (Nist) published a groundbreaking report in May 2002, The Economic Impacts of Inadequate Infrastructure for Software Testing, which estimated the cost of bugs in software to the...


July 25, 2007  7:56 PM

Return of the elk

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Software Quality

I was speaking earlier today to a friend who reminded me of an article I wrote about the Mercedes A Class failing the Elk test. You may recall, prior to its launch, the...


July 24, 2007  4:34 PM

Barcelona goes green

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chip, Energy efficiency, Green IT, upgrade

Today, I spoke to Bruce Shaw at AMD, who was over in the UK to talk about AMD's latest and greatest server processor - "Barcelona." This quad core chip is socket compatible with the dual core AMD Opteron processor, yet AMD says it consumes the same amount of electricity and generates the same...


July 23, 2007  4:21 PM

Get outta my InBox

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attachments, Bandwidth, Email, inefficiency, Storage

My email InBox is full again. Someone sent me a 24 Mbyte file. Needless to say that particular attachment was the first to get deleted. I wish people would learn how to use email properly. It is not designed for sending massive files. Sending such files not only wastes bandwidth, it also takes up...


July 20, 2007  2:13 PM

My Dopey Space forever

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bebo, Facebook, MySpace, Social networking

Shock horror...Alistair Darling, John Hutton, Ruth Kelly, Hazel Blears, Teresa Jowell, Jacqui Smith, Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham have all admitted smoking cannabis when they were younger. Earlier this week the Guardian newspaper reported on how Cambridge University staff were gathering evidence...


July 19, 2007  3:28 PM

My favourite desktop software

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Top products

Today, I'm going to do something different. There are some products out there that seem to capture a moment, representing genuine innovation, rather than "me too" functionality. I've begun thinking about what has been the products that really struck me as unique. Rather than compile an extensive...


July 18, 2007  11:54 PM

The biggest thing in IT

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Google, Melissa, multi-core, Virtualisation, Windows, Y2K

There's been a buzz in Computer Weekly's office today. What is the 10 most significant e-commerce developments in the last 10 years? According to the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Google is Number One ,...


July 16, 2007  7:45 PM

Say no to default passwords

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Security, Wi-Fi

Wireless routers are so easy to setup. You just plug them in and off they go. This is what the wireless router companies and the sales staff in the big computer retailer wants us to think. Plug them in; forget security; dont worry about the default password; let's make the wireless router easy to...


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