Downtime:

May, 2008


May 20, 2008  8:35 AM

Gadgets needed to beat IT ignorance in the office

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Design, IT security

A slash-proof backpack, an alarmed laptop case and a pub chair with space to hide your handbag inside are among the creations of a research centre fighting crime with style, reports the BBC. The Design Against Crime centre puts Batman and James Bond to shame with its inventions, which are aimed at...

May 16, 2008  9:35 AM

Reader feels the need for Braille speedometer

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Blind, braille

On a related tack, reader Sam Evans writes on Downtime's idea for a Braille speedometer.
"With reference to the reader who criticises the Braille speedometer because 'you would have to take your hands off the steering wheel'. Has he or she not thought of having the Braille output as part...


May 16, 2008  9:34 AM

Wi-Fi sniffer provokes pong of controversy

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Reader Tim Instone writes regarding the Wi-Fi sniffer watch, "There seems to be a serious point lurking in here somewhere. A Wi-Fi sniffer that tells you there is a signal is pointless if it does not also tell you about access. "Since all sniffers can do is detect a signal, requiring you to fire...


May 16, 2008  9:33 AM

Santander helpline offers a truly personal touch

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Reader Robin Edmonds writes, "I received my notice from the Santander Nominee Service today and decided to sell some shares. I called the number quoted for shareholder services and was surprised to be greeted by a voice welcoming me to a sex chatline, which invited me to press one for gay and two...


May 12, 2008  11:39 AM

Reasons to avoid Facebook: anti-social networking

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Facebloke, Facebook, Social networking

Perfectly captured on film, via BBC Three's The Wall.


May 12, 2008  10:55 AM

Iron men and geeks

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Downtime went to see the Iron Man film last week and was suitably impressed at the gadgets employed by the tech hero. Repulsor rays that blasted villains and USB memory sticks that emitted a ear shattering sonic blast made the film fun. However, Downtime...


May 11, 2008  10:52 AM

The elves and the printer maker

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An elephant’s graveyard for printers is turning into a goldmine for one Canadian Mr Fix-it. Bob Foote, owner of Canada One Office Repair, has spent 17 years proving


May 10, 2008  10:49 AM

Look here: Pure filth

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According to recently published research, a PC keyboard can be dirtier than the average toilet cover and even filthier than an IT manager at a five-day...


May 9, 2008  10:46 AM

Hackers take the airwaves

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It’s all gone a bit Pete Tong for one internet-based radio station. Radio Free Europe, which broadcast news and current-affairs programmes to Eastern European countries behind the Iron Curtain,


May 8, 2008  10:43 AM

Irony – it’s like goldy and bronzey but made of iron

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A reader writes to censure Downtime for slating the Wi-Fi watch. ”Usually I’m right there with you on your comments, but this time I’ve just got to take exception. As you think the...


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