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Archive for October, 2008

HD TV for free!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Get in!  I have been waiting for this for the best part of a year!  Humax have finally released the Freesat HD recorder (Foxsat-HDR ). 320GB of storage, dual TV tuner, HDMI port for your HD TV!  Looks like it is out mid November. Who needs sky plus!  This will do everything sky does but with no monthly subscription. £299 inc VAT

Remote Access via USB Key?

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

My first question is why!?

Recently I have seen a few products such as Mobiu ,BeAnywhere and PC Fly make it to the market with this “New” concept of accessing your computer remotely from anywhere! Surely this is something Microsoft’s Remote Desktop has offered for six years and even more recently LogMeIn Free for Macs as well!!!

The whole buzz around this “New” technology seems to be the security functionality of it all. Having a sim card with a security hash on it storing all your User names and Passwords on. Fine ….. but how many times has I forgotten a USB drive plugged into the back of my computer! I now have my keys on the same keychain to make sure I don’t leave the house without it! Most of uses of this device will be in Airports or Internet Cafe’s where the pressure is on to get off the computer to catch a flight or pay the bill! Don’t worry , Mobiu provides a 2 day turn around for a new keycard , better hope its the weekend!

So if security is the main worry in the current industry about remote access why not copy what banks have been recently doing?! No , not losing money , provide a security Key Chain such as below

This randomly generates a secure ID every 5 minutes which you enter into your Remote Workplace Login as well as your User name and Password ensuring only you with the RSA key tag can login to the server. We have used tools like this before such as the RSA key Fob

Lost RSA fob , no problem let me just remove RSA authentication from your remote login screen until you pick up another one from your office!

Input or Output device ???

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

I have just read quite an intersting article on the BBC website, regarding computer hackers logging our keyboard inputs !!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7681534.stm

How scary a thought is that,not only do we have to be on gaurd with details we enter on the internet it now seems we have to be careful what we enter at all.

I guess the next step is for people to hack our thoughts !!!

The new Apple MacBook Pro

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Apple

Now I have never really been a “fan” of Apple Macs, and up until recently this was due basically to ignorance and lack of exposure to them.

Things have changed!

Since the iPod and iPhone revolution, Macs are are finally getting the attention they deserve. With friends and relatives making the decision to give a Mac a go, it has made me even more aware of just how good they are.

To build up my knowledge, I have spent some time reviewing the tutorials on http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/ . I recommend you visit these no nonsense, straight forward talking tutorials.

Wow! Why did I not do it earlier! I had never appreciated how simple and powerful the Mac system is. The desktop is intuitive and the features such as Time Machine, Spotlight, Expose, Coverflow View….

Now I am not a true convert, as I have yet to get my own Mac, but one day soon I may well take the plunge!

More Gmail Outages!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
Gmail Logo, will it ever leave BETA?

Gmail Logo, will it ever leave BETA?

Google experienced another outage to their Gmail service. According to TheRegister, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Google informed users via the Google Apps discussions forum of an issue stopping users logging into their accounts. The google rep said that it expected a solution to the problem by 9 p.m. next day.

While Google gave no reason as to why Gmail and Google Apps users were having the issues, users reported that they were seeing a 502 error when trying to access their accounts. Something that Gmail users are all too familiar with from August’s problems.

See below for the Google Blog comment on the outage:

“We’ve identified the source of this issue and fixed it. In addition, as with all issues that affect Gmail and our other services, we’re conducting a full review of what went wrong and moving quickly to update our internal systems and procedures accordingly. We don’t usually post about problems like this on our blog, but we wanted to make an exception in this case since so many people were impacted.”

Think about IT

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Think Green – how can we all be more efficient with the technology we use? There are three main areas, where we could all work harder:

Selection – looking for products that are “green”

Utilisation – keeping waste to a minimum by switching those screens off.

Disposal – recycling your kit where possible.

We have created a small flyer to help pass on the message, just right mouse click it and save the picture as a file.

Think about IT

Think about IT

The I-phone, Blackberry and Nokia's Enterprise Range for Small Business

Friday, October 17th, 2008
BlackberryIphone

BlackberryIphone

There are two main Smart phones I see in the industry today, which I see are must have tools for people on move, with Virtualized Blackberry Enterprise Server , Hosted Blackberry Internet Server and Microsoft Exchange 2003/2007 both of these devices can provide you with :

    - On demand Synchronisation with your Outlook – Calendar, Contacts, and Emails
    - GPS Navigation
    - Custom Applications Such as Instant Messaging , Web Browsing and VPN
    - Remote Wiping features to removing sensitive information when your phone is lost or stolen
    - QWERTY intelligent Keyboards to save time articulating messages
    - Inbuilt Camera for Video Conferencing
    - Use your phone like a portable memory stick

This helps you utilise valubale time when travelling or in another location to still be in contact with your office and in control.

Response IT Phone

Response IT Phone

Here in the office we all have Nokia E51′s which are a great simple devices with the mostly the same functionality as above however there are some key features I would miss moving from my Nokia

    - Integrate TomTom with the Symbian S60 OS ( Using External GPS reciever in Car to save battery )
    - Downloadable Add On “Mail for Exchange”
    - Connect to your Phone Via Bluetooth and utilise 3G to have internet anywhere with your laptop
    - Integration with Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite
    - Picture Sending through Text Message
    - Nokia’s PC Suite to Send Text Message through your phone via your computer

With Google and T-Mobile partnering now to introduce the Android Open Source phone , it will be interesting to see what the open source community have eyed up for development of this device in regards to competing with the above popular services and hopefully beating them!

Is there a gas leak?

Friday, October 17th, 2008

 

I’ve been reading today that the wholesale price for gas over the weekend momentarily dropped to 0p.  Yes, they were actually giving it away!!!!  The reason?  The recent mild weather has lead to a reduction in demand for gas and left our storage tanks full.  The collapse in price has occured because large volumes of Norweigan gas are being pumped into Britain through the new Langeled pipeline.

What puzzles me is,  if our gas stores are full and the Norweigan’s are pumping ever more in, where does the surplus gas go?

Next Gen Broadband

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

BT have picked their pilot sites for trials of their next generation broadband.  Residents in Muswell Hill (London) and Whitchurch (South Wales) will have their exchanges upgraded and fibre run to the BT street cabinets.  Once the upgrades are complete speeds of upto 40Mbps should be acheivable over the final stretch of copper.   It appears one of the problems predicted for the trails is that there isn’t any content available online yet to really push connections to the limit.

In other trials,  BT are running fibre to the home which should be capable of 100Mbps and Virgin are upgrading their cable network to be capable of 50Mbps.

Happy days ahead…

Announced: Microsoft Windows version 7 and it's called…

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

…Windows 7.

Well, they can’t all be winners.

More news here: http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2008/10/13/introducing-windows-7.aspx

 

 

ps. It’s a fairly shaky choice of names anyway, since it’s not the 7th release of Windows. But I’ll let these guys do the nit-picking: http://www.aeroxp.org/2008/10/introducing-windows-7/