March, 2010

March 23, 2010  4:00 PM

Headhunters find happy hunting ground online

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
jobs, Linkedin, recruitment, Social networking

Downtime happened to meet a CIO in a bar recently (no surprises there, then) and the conversation turned inevitably to how things were going.

"We're hiring, actually," he said. "You could have fooled me, judging from how thin our recruitment ad salesman is looking," Downtime replied....

March 23, 2010  2:55 PM

Google confirms judge’s intuition

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Google, judge

A federal appeals court has said it is OK for a judge to search the net to confirm an intuition about a matter of common knowledge, in this case a yellow rain hat that featured in a criminal trial, reports the Grey Lady, aka, the New York Times. The appeals court endorsed the judge's effort...

March 23, 2010  2:26 PM

Fired on Facebook

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Social networking is a popular way to communicate, but is often a way of getting a message across without having to face someone or deal with them on the phone.

Proving this theory beyond a shadow of doubt, a cookie shop in Leigh, Greater Manchester used the social networking medium to...

March 17, 2010  11:23 AM

Scarface mafia hitman red-faced after being nabbed through Facebook

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Facebook, FBI, Social networking

Facebook is not only becoming a drag for some reckless members of generation-Y who are being vetted by recruiters based on their online posting, but criminals are beginning to feel the pinch too.

A mafia hitman, who called himself scarface in online postings, has been arrested after...

March 11, 2010  9:59 AM

Civil service bans bad language

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Downtime received the latest list of 250 words that the Local Government Agency wants to ban with mixed feelings. After all, a large part of his day job is translating gov-speak into language the man (not person) on the Clapham omnibus can...

March 11, 2010  9:37 AM

Google TV search – Look mum I’m on TV!!

falani Profile: falani

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has been testing its "television programming search service" for the past twelve months.

The idea is that viewers will be able to...

March 10, 2010  1:42 PM

Parliament is Asbo central

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Android, apps, asbos, iPhone

Employment minister Jim Knight shared this at the National Digital Inclusion bash at London's Vinopolis today.He was showing fellow MPs the new Asborometer app (for Android and iPhones) that tracks Asbos (antisocial behaviour orders) in that area when it...

March 10, 2010  1:28 PM

PCs and old socks

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Gartner fellow, Brian Gammage believes PCs and socks have a lot in common. "I only buy new socks when my old ones have holes and are worn out, This is how we'll buy PCs," he says. Since people don't buy socks on new features, Gammage believes people will buy new PCs their big toe starts...

March 9, 2010  2:45 PM

Bottled “ghosts” sold for £1,300 online

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Proving that the online marketplace is fertile ground for anyone with an imagination, a New Zealander has sold two bottled "ghosts" for more than £1,300 in an auction.

The seller, Avie Woodbury of Christchurch, claimed she captured the ghosts in her house during an exorcism to rid the...

March 8, 2010  2:53 PM

“Dead” IE 6.0 will haunt IT for yonks

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Apparently Internet Explorer 6.0 has been laid to rest. After wreaking havoc on corporate IT security for nine years, Microsoft's infamous browser is officially dead...


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