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April 18, 2008  11:56 AM

Weekly video round-up

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Technical support

The funniest video I’ve seen this week with an IT connection has to be this song about the woeful experience at Heathrow’s Terminal Five.

We’ve been keeping a close eye on all the lastest sdevelopments at Terminal Five and if you want to catch up then see Heathrow Terminal five – the latest news.

April 17, 2008  11:19 AM

Spam video – how to stop spam harming business productivity

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Email, Microsoft, podcasts, Spam, Spammers, Video

We have just released a new video about combating spam in the workplace and I’m really proud of the way we’ve put it together… It’s a departure from our talking heads’ videos and is a bit more creative and therefore, I hope, more compelling viewing.

Let us know what you think.

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April 16, 2008  7:51 AM

Most read on ComputerWeekly last week

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ComputerWeekly.com

What were the stories that got your heart beating that little bit faster last week on ComputerWeekly last week.

The most read was Shell’s lessons on outsourcing

1. Shell offers lessons on outsourcing contracts

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April 14, 2008  10:21 AM

London Marathon 2008: See how they run!

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chip, Marathon, running, tracking

James Garner's marathon pace chart

ComputerWeekly.com’s brave web editor, James Garner, crossed the marathon finish line with a time of 4 hours, 6 minutes this Sunday. Not surprisingly, he’s taken time off to recover today. But thanks to the miracles of modern technology, we can not only verify his finish time (useful for independently auditing that office sweepstake) but we can even see how his pace varied throughout the run. It’s all thanks to the trainer chip tracking technology that the Flora London Marathon team used this year to track runners’ times.

Congratulations, James! We hope you recover soon so that we see you back in the office some time this week! See below for a couple of images.

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April 12, 2008  8:50 PM

RFID chips and the London Marathon

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RFID

I’m not 100% sure that the chip you are given when you register for the London Marathon is an RFID chip, but once attached to your shoe the chip ensures that each runner’s race time is recorded.

It marks the point from when you cross the start line to the finish line and ensures accuracy of time recording and that everyone who finishes can get an official time.

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April 11, 2008  11:37 AM

Video: weekly video round-up to end the week

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BBC, iplayer, Video

This week’s round-up focuses on online video…. well of course it does its a video round-up, doh! But I mean the platforms for different types of online video that was in headlines this week, such as the BBC iPlayer.

The most popular streamed programme since the iPlayer launched was the first episode in the new series of “The Apprentice”.

See this clip of Nicholas being fired in the first episode below

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April 10, 2008  9:34 PM

Flickr joins in online video but not everyone likes it

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BBC, Flickr, Video

Yesterday’s post about the BBC and its iPlayer got some good reaction, which I have commented on.

Thanks for all your comments. I can understand people getting anxious about their license fee and how the BBC chooses to use it, but I agree mostly with Andrew and Ian. Technology will continue to develop regardless of whether its the BBC or another broadcaster that supplies the market as the demand for online video is huge.

The infrastructure therefore must be able to support this development and not stifle it. I expect the ISPs will alter their business models to reflect consumers’ appetite for video online.

Video continues to become more popular online – as if to prove the point Flickr has just launched its own video service for its Pro users, who pay about £12 for their pro status.

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April 9, 2008  12:13 PM

Are you for or against the BBC’s iPlayer

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bandwith, BBC, iplayer, Networks

As a publishing business, I guess the debate over the BBC’s iPlayer (which in a quick straw poll in our office is a highly rated service) and who should pay for it is a particularly interesting one. The figures are a testament to its success.

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April 8, 2008  3:13 PM

Most read on CW.com

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The most read article on ComputerWeekly last week was Ofcom’s assessment of Facebook.

Ofcom measures Facebook phenomenon

Next was Tony Collins’s story on a new PC deal that would save the public sector billion of pounds – PC deal could save public sector billions

Troubles at Heathrow’s T5 continued to attract plenty of interest and Rebecca Thomson’s story that IT experts were tackling the baggage handling systems problems was the third most poular on the site – IT experts tackle baggage system problems at Heathrows Terminal 5

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April 7, 2008  12:26 PM

How we got from 1 to 162 million websites

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Internet, online, presentations, Websites

I just been pointed to this graph about the growth in the number of websites online and how we got from one back in December 1990 to 100,000 in 1996 to the 162 million there is now.

It is an interesting graph even if most of us are already well aware that the internet has become a mighty busy place.

One irreverant thought that I had as I looked at this graph was how many powerpoint presentations on “how you make yourself heard online” that I’ll see this graph appear in, in the coming months?


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