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December, 2009


December 14, 2009  9:26 AM

Print advertising is the future – Google says so

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
advertising, Google, Metro, Web

Imagine if you can, for a moment, that you are Google.

You have revolutionised the advertising industry. Billions of marketing dollars now flow your way. Traditional outlets for ads, such as newspapers and magazines, are facing disaster and many have already shut down. You are under...

December 10, 2009  5:19 PM

New uses for old phone booths

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
tobacco

BT is giving away some 6,700 iconic red phone booths for a pound, provided local parish councils find an alternative use for them.
To encourage lateral thinking it is offering prizes for the most creative ideas.


December 10, 2009  9:48 AM

Face your future – it won’t be pretty

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Facebook, Ideonic, MirrorMe

Last month, a study by Fat Free Fitness revealed that IT workers have the unhealthiest lifestyles of all professional workers in the UK. Now you can see the effects of poor diet, smoking and drinking on your future appearance by using a


December 10, 2009  8:47 AM

Facebook kills man in prank

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
death, Facebook, Social networking

Social networking site Facebook is in the headlines again for all the wrong reasons. A user was killed off as part of a prank by a friend. The 'friend' created a memorial site for Dan Evans, which soon had 600 sad members. Downtime is a bit upset because a story that recently appeared said...


December 9, 2009  3:50 PM

1 in 4 men pull a sickie to play video games

Bill Goodwin Profile: Bill Goodwin
Uncategorized

Why to employees fake illness ? The most popular reason, if you are a man, is to spend the day playing video games. Some 14% of men admit they have no qualms about calling in sick to play new video games on the day they are released. In fact, an authoritative survey of 2000 employees...


December 9, 2009  2:30 PM

Tiger Woods cited by FBI in corruption study

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
corruption, extradition, Gary McKinnon, Hacking

Tiger Woods' problems with wife and mother in law has prompted the FBI to take a closer look at his behaviour. The G-men's Miami boss John Gillies cited Tiger  as evidence of the wave...

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December 9, 2009  1:36 PM

Online safety literacy

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
economics, Literacy, numberacy

So the government wants all children from 5 to 17 to get driving lessons to make them safe on the information super-highway. This will cut the time teachers can spend on something really useful, like English grammar or maths.
Downtime reckons that if the kids then go looking for online porn,...


December 9, 2009  11:46 AM

Knowledge is power

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Most iPod owners are paying more for downloaded music than necessary. Ignorance is costly, but TuneChecker.com saves the day.

The music price comparison site helps find tracks at the cheapest price. Not all iPod users know there are, sometimes cheaper, alternatives to the iTunes Store,...


December 9, 2009  11:44 AM

Expensive PC move

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Lancashire Council paid £1,500 to move PCs and other office equipment across a road in Preston, which works out at £150 a metre. Why? The removal firm said health they could not carry boxes across the road because of health and safety regulations.


December 4, 2009  10:04 AM

Respected alien hunter loses his job

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Arizona

A network systems administrator in Arizona has lost his job after downloading alien-hunting software.
Brad Niesluchowski downloaded free University of California software that uses idle computers to search for extra-terrestrial life by examining information collected by radio telescopes.


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