September, 2013

September 27, 2013  4:04 PM

Dad dancer Ballmer dirty dances from the Microsoft stage – and we have the photo to prove it

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Michael Jackson, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer

Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is well known for his dad dancing - but at his farewell...

September 27, 2013  10:20 AM

Customers come second when boat racing is involved and Britannia rules the waves

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Oracle customers were a little upset when CEO Larry Ellison decided the Americas Cup was more important than his customers last week. The flamboyant CEO missed a keynote he was giving in favour of watching a race.

The Oracle team, referred to as the American team, overcame a team from...

September 26, 2013  12:57 PM

Ctrl-Alt-Delete “Not my fault, guv” says Bill Gates

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Bill Gates, Control-Alt-Delete, IBM, Microsoft, Windows

How many different ways have your contorted your fingers over the years, to find the best way to hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete - that perfect encapsulation of how to make computers much harder to use than they need to be.

Well if you've cursed Microsoft founder Bill Gates for forcing you to...

September 18, 2013  10:55 PM

Apple patents the rectangle

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

A colleague of downtime once scanned a news headline that the price of apples had increased and presumed it meant the handheld devices made by the well-known US technology firm, rather than the well-known fruit that is core to the five a day.

But Apple has gone one further in its...

September 17, 2013  12:31 PM

How to close the IT skills gap: Face paint 20 actors

kbateman Profile: kbateman
Bodypainting, Commuting, Facepainting, Gherkin, Monday

Downtime was contacted by a certain UK IT infrastructure company this week that wanted to share its plan to recruit 1,000 new cloud experts. Its "dramatic" campaign involved hiring 20 actors, dressed as office...

September 13, 2013  12:08 PM

Eat cake on programmer’s day

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Micro Focus has just sent a little box of cup cakes to Downtime's office, to celebrate Programmer's Day.According to the guide it also sent out, Cobol is everywhere. Well if Cobol tastes this good, we should all be programming it.

September 5, 2013  11:58 AM

Aussies trade cricket pundits for our IT assets

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

It seems that Australia is experiencing a shortage of IT professionals for some major projects. A company that specialises in emigration to Australia and New Zealand reckons the Aussies can't get enough of...

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September 4, 2013  9:33 AM

Russia warns hackers to stay at home

WAshford Profile: WAshford
extradition, Russia

Russia has issued an advisory to cyber and other criminals not to leave the country to avoid being kidnapped by the US to face legal proceedings, according to

According to the...

September 3, 2013  2:54 PM

Paws for the camera!

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adoption, pictures, selfies, Social networking

September 3, 2013  10:23 AM

Revenge is tweet

WAshford Profile: WAshford

In an attempt to prove that a tweet is mightier than a corporation, a frustrated airline passenger has bought a promoted tweet to complain about British Airways.

Unhappy about lost luggage [actually his...

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