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April 23, 2015  12:40 PM

Broken PC loses fight for life after shooting in US back alley

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Hardware, IT helpdesk, Workarounds

The name Lucas Hinch may not be immediately familiar to you, but we sense he may go on to become a folk hero in computing circles, in light of his dramatic approach to PC tech support.

Having grown frustrated at the inability of his defective...

March 27, 2015  12:13 PM

Cisco’s postal service needs some work

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Cisco, Hacking, Hardware, Networking

Cisco has hit on a novel way to stop the US National Security Agency (NSA) from tampering with its networking kit by sending its customer orders to the wrong address.

The shady US surveillance unit was previously accused by notorious whistle blower...


October 26, 2012  3:37 PM

Ladies, have a floral kiss from Fujitsu

CBaldwin Profile: CBaldwin
FloralKiss, Fujitsu, Hardware, japan, laptop

Fujitsu have launched a personal laptop specifically designed for womankind.

Because of course every woman NEEDS a laptop sporting soft pastel colours, a pearl for an on/off button, diamantés as well as horoscope...


April 19, 2012  12:31 PM

This makes Titanic 3D seem almost watchable

mscott2 Profile: mscott2
Hardware, Peripherals, Printers, titanic, YouTube

You people have the good folks at Bytes Document Solutions to thank for bringing this self labelled "viral" film, I Hate Printers, to our attention. 



Ignoring the fact that they've labelled this film a "viral" themselves, without even...


February 28, 2012  10:43 AM

Buffalo USB Hub proves customer is always right….or stupid

mscott2 Profile: mscott2
Hardware, japan, Linux, Recreation, USB

We've all done it, trying to force something into a slot the wrong way or, if you're extra committed, a completely different shaped slot. 


Downtime thinks this is just further proof we have evolved from primates. Because, just as an ape would, when it...


December 6, 2011  10:33 AM

Laptops may fry more than just thighs

WAshford Profile: WAshford
fertility, Laptops, Wi-Fi, Wireless

Laptops may be bad for what lies below and fry more than just thighs when used repeatedly, a study has revealed.

It is not the heat from the batteries that's to blame, however, but the Wi-Fi waves that could damage sperm counts and threaten male laptop users' chances of fatherhood,...


April 14, 2011  11:28 AM

PC refresh cycles given the axe. Literally

jwilliams2 Profile: jwilliams2
Business, Hardware, safety

IT managers need to watch out for axes, hammers and disgruntled employees.

A survey of 3,000 employees by Vanson Bourne (commissioned by online backup service firm, Mozy), shows 25% deliberately...


September 2, 2010  2:13 PM

Blessed be the smartphones in Nova Scotia

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Anglican, Laptops, Smartphones

Sometimes it is difficult to decide whether mobile communications technology is a blessing or a curse, especially when one needs a little downtime.

But an Anglican Church in Nova Scotia is determined to make the gizmos people use in their daily toil blessed.

The church...


June 16, 2010  2:52 PM

Children spend too much time on computers

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
gadgets, Hardware, health, Mobile Computing, National news, pictures, photos and images, Social networking

In the days of old when knights were bold and computers hadn't been invented, squires - wannabe knights - would practice swordsmanship using wooden swords, to minimise the risk of injury and also to protect the valuable ironmongery from damage.

It is entirely possible that many infant...


March 24, 2010  9:42 AM

Virtual farmer sacked for milking his cows

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Facebook, FarmVille, Laptops, online

Gordon Brown need to think carefully about his plan to spend £300m giving laptops and 12 months' online access to 270,000 poor school kids.
News just in from Bulgaria reports that a Plovdiv town councillor has been sacked for playing the Farmville game on Facebook. Apparently he was...


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