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Curse you Google and your excellent Chromecast

Curse you Google and your excellent Chromecast

Alastair Aitken April 13, 2014 0

If you had suggested to me a couple of weeks ago that I would shortly be engaging in financial intercourse with both notorious tax innovator Amazon and “Don’t Be Evil” privacy-annihilating behemoth Google, I

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Are you the only person who doesn’t read your email?

Are you the only person who doesn’t read your email?

Alastair Aitken March 24, 2014 0

Which planet does Microsoft’s marketing department live on? Planet “Don’t Know What’s Going On”? Microsoft is still running a campaign that taunts Google over the lack of privacy offered by Gmail. That campaign has

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Google mergers and Facebook acquisitions

Google mergers and Facebook acquisitions

Alastair Aitken March 11, 2014 0

When a company you’re involved with talks about mergers and acquisitions, it really is prudent to listen to the alarm bells ringing in your head. It’s a struggle to recall a time when acquisitions,

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IBM makes a Big Data statement with Cloudant purchase

IBM makes a Big Data statement with Cloudant purchase

Alastair Aitken March 6, 2014 0

Time was that if you didn’t want to be sacked then you bought IBM. That IT department maxim became anathema in the 1990s when IBM looked like it was going to go the way

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The Great Firewall of Britain

The Great Firewall of Britain

Alastair Aitken February 27, 2014 0

There’s an irony to the introduction of the Great Firewall of Britain that the authorities are indubitably aware of but choose to ignore. China, the 21st century bogeyman of western geo-politics, was roundly condemned

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Free Network Attached Storage with NAS4Free

Free Network Attached Storage with NAS4Free

Alastair Aitken February 17, 2014 0

Working with non-profits has exposed me to a wide range of technology. Technology that is often ancient. In fact, the technology in employees’ pockets is almost always far superior. I found this out after

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So long Sony Vaio, it was fun while it lasted

So long Sony Vaio, it was fun while it lasted

Alastair Aitken February 10, 2014 0

Before Apple machines were used by anyone except media hipsters and when folk were still lugging about laptops that looked like typewriters with plywood nailed to them, the Sony Vaio laptop range took the

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Is “profits not people” what drives Google, Apple?

Is “profits not people” what drives Google, Apple?

Alastair Aitken February 6, 2014 0

To me, Eric Schmidt has always had “something of the night” about him; he kind of looks and acts like the face of an evil over-reaching corporation. On the one hand he pronounced “if

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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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