March, 2014

March 28, 2014  2:34 PM

Get with the (Parliamentary) programming

JimMortleman JimMortleman Profile: JimMortleman

News reaches Downtime that Code Club‎, a volunteer network that runs after-school groups to teach programming to kids, dropped by Westminster this week to try to pass on some scripting skills to those bigger, rowdier kids in Parliament.

March 26, 2014  4:46 PM

Soho hotdesking el cheapo

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

A largish company in Soho has just moved offices and now has a hot desk policy. Only issue is that there aren't enough desks for everyone. The only people guaranteed to have a desk is those with Apple Macs. For the rest of the teams, it's a free for all. Now the only way to guarantee you sit...

March 25, 2014  4:00 PM

When Google Glass meets Ray Bans – the Hollywood remakes

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Glass, Glasses, Google, Oakley

It had to happen. In the wake of Google's Glass internet-enabled spectacles getting rave reviews from tech geeks (not a great thing for fashion-wear) and noses turned up from fashion geeks (not a great thing for geek-wear), the web giant has teamed up with the company that makes Ray Ban and Oakley...

March 21, 2014  5:28 PM

Get happy – get promoted

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, happiness, IT skills, Job Satisfaction

It's lonely at the top - or so they say. But that doesn't seem to be the case for IT leaders.

A survey by the Cabinet Office has revealed the most satisfied workers in the country. It seems that IT directors are the 18th...

March 20, 2014  4:13 PM

Free IT clutter

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

It's amazing the amount of crap we've collected in the Downtime office. Buffalo, the NAS lot, sent us several buffalo rubber stress toys, and we can't seem to get rid of them. Now Cisco, in its wisdom, has a bottle  of red caustic looking liquid dubbed Cisco Inferno. Tabasco maybe, or are...

March 20, 2014  3:26 PM

The internal security risks grow with Internet of Things

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

The internet of things promises to change peoples' lives by connecting everything to the internet. But there are risks.

Downtime noted last week that lazy workers taking the...

March 20, 2014  1:59 PM

The last gasp for social networking?

JimMortleman JimMortleman Profile: JimMortleman, cloak, Facebook, Social networking, twitter

There's been a lot of hoohah this week about the growth of "anti-social" networking app Cloak - which examines location data from your contacts' various social networks and warns you if anyone you might want to avoid is nearby, so you can stealthily conceal yourself behind a pillar, tablet...

March 14, 2014  11:17 AM

Robot sibling rivalry

Clare McDonald Profile: Clare McDonald

An ARM-Powered robot will soon attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest time solving a Rubik's cube.

The robot, which is named The CUBESTORMER 3, uses an ARM-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 in...

March 14, 2014  10:59 AM

Boiler comes clean about skiving owner

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

The Internet of Things introduces some interesting possibilities. Devices in the home could soon have enough computing power to be used in hacks. Imagine your fridge spying on you.

But perhaps the most worrying for some will be the ability of appliances such as a boiler, sending...

March 14, 2014  10:36 AM

Next generation shiny plastic thing

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Charity What About the Children is warning about the risks of giving young children smartphones, the BBC has reported.It's down to mother's ignoring their infants. Here in the busy Downtime office, there's always a risk giving our corespondents another smartphone to look at. Let me see...shiny...

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