August, 2011

August 17, 2011  2:26 PM

Social media – don’t moral panic, Captain Mainwaring

khall2 Profile: khall2

Do you remember when England used to be a quiet, uneventful place where nothing ever happened? Then came the scourge of social media spawned by satan him very self, causing our delinquent youth to take to the streets in a collective act of violence.

At least that's the impression you'd...

August 17, 2011  11:44 AM

Imagine – if an IT vendor had delusions of being a songwriter

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
BMC, cloud, Software, Storage

Sometimes, the IT industry makes Downtime's job very easy.

In this case, many thanks to BMC Software CIO Mark Settle, for demonstrating why IT types should never get ideas above their station.

What's more, he even asked us to publish this - so on his own head be it.


August 16, 2011  11:39 AM

Laptop thief gets nabbed by tracking software

WAshford Profile: WAshford
laptop, riots

Note to any would-be laptop thieves: make sure you don't nick expensive computer gear from savvy users because the odds are, you are going to get caught.

That is exactly what happened to a teen who decided broke into a flat during the London riots to lift a laptop belonging to an IT...

August 16, 2011  9:40 AM

Baldness calculator can tell if and when baldness will strike

WAshford Profile: WAshford

While technology appears to be still unable to halt or reverse hair loss, apart from highly questionable claims by contemporary snake oil salesmen, it can predict if and when it will happen.

Or so claims the doctor who developed the online

August 15, 2011  9:47 AM

Amazon CEO Patents Mini-Mobile Airbag

mscott2 Profile: mscott2
Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has personally signed a patent application for a rather complex "damage avoidance system."

The image on the patent application (below), which looks like some sort of crazy hovercraft, depicts the airbag being deployed just before contact.

August 11, 2011  9:52 AM

Talk About Shooting Yourself In The Foot

mscott2 Profile: mscott2
10.1, Apple, iPhone, samsung

samsungapple810.jpgA few days ago, in a German court, Apple won a temporary injunction,...

August 10, 2011  4:24 PM

Blackberry to take the blame for lawless England

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

People are blaming a smartphone for the riots in London. Forget a lack of opportunities for millions of underprivileged people, or the pure idiocy.

Yes the Blackberry is to blame. A tool that helps people communicate is to blame.

A survey in the Daily Mail even reveals that...

August 10, 2011  1:52 PM

I predict a riot of misjudged press releases

khall2 Profile: khall2
Hooks, PRs, riots

As any journalist knows, sometimes it's not what you include but what you don't that counts in a story. For the sake of clarity, less is often more.

So hats off to PRs across the board this week for showing uncharacteristic restraint in not using the riots as a peg for their clients'...

August 10, 2011  12:25 PM

The Man Iron. Yes That’s Right, An Iron (Especially Designed) For Men.

mscott2 Profile: mscott2

Philips are aiming to ease the domestic burden that, currently, weighs heavily on modern man's shoulders by offering up macho products for those tedious household chores.

They believe the Man Iron, a black and angry looking thing, is what will...

August 8, 2011  3:22 PM

Hershey hit by chocolate connoisseur hacker?

WAshford Profile: WAshford

Security professionals largely agree that the biggest motive for hacking into company IT systems these days is to steal information for financial gain.

That is probably true for most hackers, except perhaps for chocolate connoisseurs who feel they can improve on a supplier's...

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