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April, 2010


April 27, 2010  3:00 PM

Blue men invade Hyde Park

Bill Goodwin Profile: Bill Goodwin
Uncategorized

Visitors to Hyde Park last weekend were greeted with an interactive replica of the "Tree of Souls" from the film Avatar. The Tree of Souls is a giant, interactive tree with deep spiritual significance to the Nav'i people who appeared in the film. The...

April 22, 2010  12:28 PM

Are they trying to tell me something ?

Bill Goodwin Profile: Bill Goodwin
last.fm, Spam

Computer Weekly reader Stuart Allison writes:

 

I was signing up for a profile on the last.fm website recently, and the spam blocking words I had to enter were as in the attached screenshot.  I wasn't sure if they were trying to...


April 20, 2010  10:57 AM

My Dead Fujitsu Esprimo 5515 less than two years old

Bill Goodwin Profile: Bill Goodwin
Fujitsu, laptop, Repair, service


Mark Cooper of Wolverhampton wrote in to share his experiences trying to get his laptop...


April 20, 2010  10:23 AM

Don’t bother with an e-reader, get a magnifying glass

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
app, iPhone

A British publisher has released an iPhone app which lets commuters read their favourite authors and discover new ones without the fag and cost of acquiring a Sony Reader or an Amazon Kindle.

Ether Books is aiming at the...


April 20, 2010  10:16 AM

Heard from your Twettle lately?

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Twettle, twitter

Twitter seems to the stalking ground of all sorts these days, including non-humans. Apart from the band of twittering celebrities, this includes a growing number of devices empowered to send tweets.

The latest is a line of kettles devised by two inventors from the UK. Ben Perman and...


April 15, 2010  4:23 PM

Cyber-squatting scandal rocks Tooting election race

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
cybersquatting

We expect everyone will be surprised to hear that parliamentary candidates are being all horrible to each other in the run up to the election.

Lets all point and stare at Mark Clarke, the Tory candidate for Tooting. According to anonymous sources one of Clarke's colleagues decided to...


April 15, 2010  12:38 PM

He knows Windows

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Uncategorized

Downtime was in the presence of programming deity yesterday, when we met someone who had actually written code for Windows. "It's been my biggest achievement," the Worthy One replied. Downtime askied which part of the 100 million plus lines of Windows code, he had programmed. Was it the...


April 14, 2010  12:30 PM

How to get a free Apple iPad – just vote Tory

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Apple, Election, ipad

According to the London Evening Standard, Tory would-be chancellor George Osborne trumped his Labour rivals by turning up to the Conservative Party's election manifesto launch this week carrying a shiny new iPad, which contained an e-book version of the manifesto document. The Apple...


April 14, 2010  10:49 AM

Not the sharpest of programmers…

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Uncategorized

Microsoft has a new programming language F#, for functional programmers. It's lucky they didn't come up with D#, for dummies, or E# for eggheads. Any suggestions on the types of programmers who would use A#, B# and C#. If anything, Microsoft progarmming is looking pretty flat.


April 9, 2010  4:41 PM

Lord, love a hack

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
#debill, journalism, Lords

Downtime is grateful to the noble lords for this exchange during the Lords' Ping Pong match on the Digital Economy Bill, moments before they passed it for royal assent.
Lord Maxton: My...


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