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January 2, 2008  12:20 PM

Computer Weekly’s bloggers get back to the blogface for 2008

rfroley Profile: rfroley
2008, IT, Predictions

Happy New Year! How do you think 2008 will shape up? Our bloggers have been hard at work future-gazing over the festive period to provide you with some predictions for the year ahead…

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December 24, 2007  12:38 AM

Losing trust in the Trusts – and the dangers of being driven to abstraction

rfroley Profile: rfroley

Well, I’d been hoping for a quiet Christmas away from the PC, but it was not to be… News broke today, Sunday, of yet more public sector data breaches. And once again it’s the Department of Health which is facing a diagnosis of poor security process.

Only a couple of days ago John-Paul Kamath reported on the Information Commissioner’s Office ruling that the DoH had breached the data protection act, by failing to properly protect personal details entered into the Medical Training Application Service website. Now it’s the patients’ data that the DoH has confessed hasn’t been getting quite the treatment it deserves.

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December 20, 2007  11:43 AM

Have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff


As it’s my last day in the office today, I wanted to wish all’s readers a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

I hope you all have a great break and enjoy a happy and relaxing time away from the office with your family and friends.

Officially, tomorrow is the last day in the office for our team until the New Year, but we will be periodically updating the site over the festive break – yes some of us will be moofing!

Best Christmas wishes


December 19, 2007  9:00 AM

Top five gorgeous Christmas IT gifts for geek girls and guys

rfroley Profile: rfroley
Christmas, Computers, geeks, gifts, IT

Searching for the right present for the IT professional in your life? Check out these gorgeous gifts for geek girls and guys.

1. In this server stack jacket you can feel at home even while dashing down the freezing cold high street to Maplins for those last-minute essentials…

Server stack winter coat

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December 17, 2007  11:47 AM

DIY Christmas decorations from the IT store cupboard (top five)

rfroley Profile: rfroley
CDS, Christmas, Computers, decorations, geeks, recycling

Rebecca FroleyWell, as it’s my last week in the office before the Christmas break, I guess it’s about time I introduce myself, as James has promised!

I’m Rebecca Froley, and I’ve recently joined James at as deputy web editor. If you’d like to know a bit about my background – from Microsoft Encarta, to web sites for builders, via a stint helping make software for vicars – then check out my profile at

But enough of that. It’s the holiday season, so it’s time for some fun…

To help you get into the festive spirit, I’ve compiled a list of my top five ways to decorate your IT department by reusing stuff from your hardware / media store cupboard

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December 14, 2007  10:14 AM

Moofers – a new buzzword or is it a possibility

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Microsoft, moofers, moofing, personneltoday

While reading the Sunday Times at the weekend, I stumbled upon a new buzzword – Moofers or mobile out of office workers.

A quick search on Google – turned up this blog post from Personnel Today’s Work Clinic, which gives a thorough explanation of the term.

People who use technology to make hotel lobbys and coffee shops their mobile office. Of course this has all been enabled by the huge and fast development of free Wi-Fi networks.

And there’s a guy at Microsoft that has a great blog all about Moofing.

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December 13, 2007  1:06 PM

Downtime – a new blog on

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Downtime, IT

downtime.jpgIf you like reading about the lighter side of IT – then we have just turned our Downtime column from Computer Weekly into its own blog, called imaginatively Downtime. Take a look and if you have any funny IT stories then let us by posting a comment or sending an email to

December 12, 2007  9:36 AM

The BCS awards – see what happened on the night

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
BCS,, Video

If you want to see how the night unfolded, catch a glimpse of the winners or just soak in some of the atmosphere of the IT industry’s oscars then watch our video coverage of the BCS awards by clicking play on the player below.

December 10, 2007  6:41 PM

What are your IT highlights in 2007

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
2007, Apple, Bill Gates, highlights, Microsoft, steve jobs, Video

We are going to be filming a video highlights of 2007 tomorrow.

What are the stories or online videos this year that have had the most appeal to you – send me an email or post a comment letting me know what and why.

This has to be one of my highlights – and it is surprisingly funny!

December 9, 2007  6:30 PM

What old IT kit have you been hoarding??

rfroley Profile: rfroley
competition,, IT equipment, pictures, Video

If you haven’t looked at our flickr group, then do, or take a look at the flickr revolving badge below that shows off our entries so far.

Sadly we haven’t had any video submissions yet – some one must want to win the video competition surely?? Come on be the first – now there’s a challenge!

Our video player can take film captured on a mobile phone – so it’s pretty easy to film your oldest bit of IT kit – ideally with you in the film too explaining why you still have got it – and enter it into the competition. We’re not expecting George Lucas-quality special effects!!

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