Downtime:

February, 2010


February 26, 2010  12:53 PM

First Direct offers xxx banking on twitter

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Hacking

First Direct's twitter account has been hacked by a spammer, who used the online bank's account to post a link to a adult sex aid site. Who says banks don't offer overdraft extensions anymore?

 

February 25, 2010  12:50 PM

They say you marry your Mum…

WAshford Profile: WAshford

They say you marry your Mum, or at least someone like her, and in a bizarre twist, mobile technology has hooked up a Chinese man pining for his mother with the love of his life.

Lou Yixion called his late mother's mobile to hear her voicemail message one last time, but instead the call...


February 24, 2010  1:59 PM

The iPad will make a fantastic Windows 7 machine

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Apple, consumer, iPhone

David Angwin, director of marketing at Wyse Technology is a happy man. So far the Wyse PocketCloud App for iPhone, has had 10,000 downloads - not bad for a product which costs $17.99 from Apple AppStore and is used to provide boring things like corporate intranet access.  So naturally he...


February 24, 2010  1:59 PM

Middlesbrough Football club turns to software as football fails

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
Hartlepool

Middlesbrough Football club is so desperate to get fans through the turnstiles it has decided to buy an events management system from Clarity Commerce.

Non match-day revenue is becoming increasingly important as attendances dwindle as the fans are exposed to rubbish on the pitch every...


February 24, 2010  1:53 PM

You can be my IT hero

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Uncategorized

Todd Nielsen, chief operating officer of VmWare has become a popular man with IT managers. Thanks to virtualisations, they say that they are finally getting their lives back. "People are thanking me for helping them to work eight 'til five, instead of 13 hour shifts." Girfriends, boyfriends and...


February 24, 2010  12:40 PM

Cabinet Office bosses silence bully blog

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
blogger

Political blogger and government gadfly Guido Fawkes is reporting that the Cabinet Office internal computer system has a message board where staff can chat.
"As in most organisations it's mostly people moaning about...


February 24, 2010  12:08 PM

Cheryl Cole voice blunder extends marriage

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
Apple

Apparently Cheryl Cole thought she had told her hubby Ashley that she was leaving him ages ago but a bizarre mix up of backing tracks meant she said the wrong thing. She is so used to miming that she does it in her everyday life.

Ashley didn't pick up on the fact that her lips didn't...


February 24, 2010  11:42 AM

Big Brother online replacement should be a hit

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
maninabox

The problem with the Channel 4 show big brother is that the contestants don't suffer enough.

But an experiment being carried out in the UK known as man in a box is more like it. Some chap is locked in a steel box which measures 3 feet high,...


February 18, 2010  12:47 PM

Tories blunder sets scene for next four years

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
tories

Downtime couldn't help laughing about the latest blunder by the Conservative party.

Apparently, according to the Tories, in the most deprived areas in the UK...


February 18, 2010  10:33 AM

Three IT men in a lift

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
MDF

The other day three IT men got into the newly refurbished lifts at Downtime's office. One remarked that the MDF was a really high quality beech affect, which goes well with the plush spotlights and shag pile red carpet. The second IT man asks, "What's MDF." The third responds: "Master Data File."


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