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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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Smart meters will eat us alive

Smart meters will eat us alive

Alastair Aitken February 3, 2014 0

It was late autumn 2002 and I was loafing around on a friend’s rooftop in San Francisco. In a ridiculously clear blue sky the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, the “Thunderbirds“, zipped overhead whilst missing

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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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