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One password manager to rule them all

One password manager to rule them all

Alastair Aitken January 26, 2014 0

A member of a not-for-profit organisation that I’m involved with has just succumbed to a phishing expedition. It wasn’t particularly sophisticated but it was all that was required to extract her GMail user name

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Astah UMLPad – UML on an iPad

Astah UMLPad – UML on an iPad

Alastair Aitken January 19, 2014 0

Three of us were hunched around the desk gazing vacantly into a single monitor. No amount of staring at the sequence diagram on the screen was going to help us understand it, let alone

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News, news, everywhere and all of it to read

News, news, everywhere and all of it to read

Alastair Aitken January 7, 2014 0

These past few months I’ve been suffering from insomnia; scratch that, make it the past couple of years. Tracing it back, à la the Sherlock Holmes of Benedict Cumberbatch (rather than Basil Rathbone), I

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I predict a riot: the dangers of corner cutting

I predict a riot: the dangers of corner cutting

Alastair Aitken January 7, 2014 0

A normal Monday morning, like any other Monday morning. Or was it? Traipsing from train station to my place of work – a grim box-like prefab of indeterminate vintage stuck on the periphery of

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ownCloud – beautiful, secure, private, data storage

ownCloud – beautiful, secure, private, data storage

Alastair Aitken December 16, 2013 0

Whilst usually professing not to believe in such nonsense, often I find myself doing or not doing things in the belief that I “don’t want to tempt fate”. Sychronicity does not exist; it’s impossible

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RBS plus outsourcing equals meltdown and feeble excuses

RBS plus outsourcing equals meltdown and feeble excuses

Alastair Aitken December 11, 2013 0

RBS used to be known for its parsimonious approach to information technology rather than technology meltdowns. I could be wrong but I believe that the bank was still using chain printers in the 90s

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Free Bitcoin crash course

Free Bitcoin crash course

Alastair Aitken December 8, 2013 0

There’s a Simpsons episode, Flaming Moe’s, where Homer Simpson becomes overwhelmed by the fact that the bartender (Moe) at his regular drinking dive has ripped off his recipe for a cocktail and is making a

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Don’t believe the hype: Twitter, Mick Jagger and The Large Hadron Collider

Don’t believe the hype: Twitter, Mick Jagger and The Large Hadron Collider

Alastair Aitken November 25, 2013 0

Peculiarly, as an atheist, I can remember very clearly the day that my faith was shattered. My almost religious belief in science had been rocked to its foundations by the appearance in the day’s

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The end of the one-man-band web developer

The end of the one-man-band web developer

Alastair Aitken November 19, 2013 0

This may come as a shock to old school web designers – often the type whose work boasts “HTML proudly crafted by hand” – but web design has moved beyond the capabilities of a

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Digital Rights Management will destroy the web (as we know it)

Digital Rights Management will destroy the web (as we know it)

Alastair Aitken November 11, 2013 0

Spare a thought for Tim Berners-Lee. He invents the web as we know it, sees it snowball into the phenomenon of the age, and then he has to attempt to stop its wholesale takeover

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