March, 2009

March 20, 2009  4:35 PM

Enthusiast makes sweet music from computing past

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Musician Pixelh8, aka Matthew Applegate, is performing a concert this week at Bletchley Park, using the sounds emitted from vintage computers at the The National Museum of Computing.

Who would have thought the beeps and squeaks of an IBM punch card reader would ever come to anything....

March 20, 2009  4:34 PM

McGregor finds online alibi for a multitude of sins

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advertising, online

UK film star Ewan McGregor is threatening to take legal action against those responsible for bogus entries in his name on Twitter.

Almost 200,000 people have been following what they thought were regular updates by McGregor, but a spokesman has confirmed that the Twitter postings,...

March 20, 2009  4:28 PM

Poll to shed Sir Fred of his knighthood rejected

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The internet-using public has been putting their time to good use calling for Fred Goodwin's knighthood to be stripped from him. A petition on the Downing Street website has garnered a modest 2,085 (at time of writing), prompting Gordon Brown to reject the fairly muted public outcry.

March 20, 2009  4:28 PM

Bill Gates back on top as his fortune takes a tumble

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Finance, research

It has been a year of mixed fortunes for Bill Gates.

The good news: he is back at the top of the Forbes rich list for 2009.The bad news: he has lost £12.2bn.

It is no wonder that the world is plunging into recession. The top five of the Forbes Rich List 2009 have lost about...

March 20, 2009  4:27 PM

Traffic wardens find a friend in GPS-enabled devices

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Technology has come to the rescue of a newly endangered species. The once feared force of London parking attendants are coming under increasing attacks from the public.

GPS-enabled panic alarms are to help pinpoint the position of wardens in distress. Issuing fewer fines would probably...

March 20, 2009  4:25 PM

German TV licence authority flogging a dead scholar

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Finance, government

The BBC licence fee is a source of much ire. Downtime found an entire website devoted to those who do not have a television complaining about the harassment they have been subjected to from the licensing authority.

But Germany's licence fee...

March 9, 2009  9:40 AM

Fisherman catches a very well-connected cod

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Mobile Computing

A businessman who left his phone on a beach was reunited with the phone after it was found inside a fish.

Andrew Chettle thought he had seen the last of his trusty gadget when he lost it at the seaside, but was amazed when his girlfriend got a call saying it had been found.

March 9, 2009  9:39 AM

Bill Gates’ children forced to survive on Apple-free diet

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Apple, consumer

Bill Gates' children have a rough time of it. This week it was revealed that his three children - Jennifer, 13, Phoebe, seven, and Rory, 10 - are not allowed to own Apple technology because of their father's monopolistic leanings.

Downtime was shocked and appalled to hear the news from...

March 9, 2009  9:38 AM

Abstain from the joy of texts, Catholic Church tells youths

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Mobile Computing, Private lives

Targeting more traditional vices is so last millennium. The Catholic Church is telling its youth to give up their cyber-passions. They should abstain from texting activities and from indulging in social networking sites such as Facebook.

Computer games and using iPhones should also be...

March 9, 2009  9:36 AM

Mandelson wows China with gift of a memory stick

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government, online

In days of yore, ministers plenipotentiary - the blokes charged with getting a good trade deal for our side - went armed with expensive gifts or products (such as opium) calculated to stun the locals into greedy stupefaction.

This morning the Department of Business revealed that its...

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