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January, 2008


January 21, 2008  11:07 AM

Bupa proves IT staff to be better at lying than dieting

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For a long time IT professionals have been spoken of as the very zenith of amateur athleticism. But, alas, it is not so. According to Bupa’s corporate healthcare assessment of the sector, one in 10 senior employees in IT admitted to smoking, while almost a quarter admitted to leading a sedentary...

January 18, 2008  3:13 PM

Bill Gates celebrity-studded retirement plans spoof video

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If, like Downtime, you've been laid up with a succession of winter colds, flus and noroviruses, you may have missed your chance to see Bill Gates' spoof retirement plans video, screened at CES 2008. Well, now you can catch up with the rest of the world and watch George Clooney, Al Gore, Hillary...


January 13, 2008  10:46 AM

Exploding laptops ring in the new year

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If you received a laptop this Christmas, be warned: they might not be the tokens of love and affection you think. Several Korean newspapers have reported that a laptop owned by a local journalist had exploded while it was in sleep mode. News channel YTN even showed pictures of flames and smoke...


January 12, 2008  10:28 AM

Six billion dollar IT man(ager)

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A career in IT is not generally conducive to an active lifestyle - outside of those late night Wii-bashing sessions. However, the Metro newspaper reported on one IT manager who has bucked the trend like no other by completing - gulp - 446 marathons. Obviously this wasn’t all in one go, as if it...


January 11, 2008  10:25 AM

Queen warms to Will’s Wii

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Nintendo-Wii.gif Downtime may end up in the Tower of London as a result of a headline that took all of two seconds to come up with. Yes, folks, according to that beacon of...


January 10, 2008  10:04 AM

Clarkson hits skid row on data theft

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Jeremy_Clarkson.gif When alpha male Jeremy Clarkson, 47, revealed his account number and sort code in his newspaper column as a way of rubbishing the threat to the 25 million...


January 9, 2008  10:37 AM

Test your cyber security savvy

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If you fancy yourself as a cyber security expert, test your skills on Symantec’s Norton Cyber Smackdown. The site currently has a dozen fairly elementary questions but Symantec says it will have 120 when it launches the full quiz on 10 January. Most...


January 3, 2008  11:34 AM

Couples console each other with video games

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Marriage, so we are told, is what couples do when they have nothing left to talk about. Fortunately, technology has once again stepped in to fill the yearning void. According to figures published in the Times last week, console sales have hit 7.4 million – equivalent to almost one in three...


January 3, 2008  11:34 AM

Mills & Boon protects its ample, throbbing assets

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Danger, deception and desire are not normally words one would associate with the IT industry, still less with e-mail security. However, word reaches us that the publisher Mills & Boon has bolstered its e-mail and web security by merging its security systems. The publisher, which specialises in...


January 3, 2008  11:33 AM

Computer scientist in official recognition shock

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Startling new evidence has emerged that the UK really does value its computer scientists after all. Steve Furber, a designer involved with creating the BBC Micro, has been made a commander of the British empire – a mere 27 years after the fact. Furber lived a true Monte Carlo lifestyle that most...


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