Kate's Comment

Thoughts on British ICT, energy & environment, cloud computing and security from Memset's MD

About Kate Craig-Wood

Kate is a multi-award winning technology entrepreneur; co-founder & managing director of Memset, the UK's best Web host.

She is a nationally-renowned expert-advocate of ICT’s role in greening the economy and cloud computing.

Kate is also in the final year of a part-time PhD researching energy intensity of cloud computing and in her spare time enjoys hacking on things like her pet robot BOB. See her personal site for a full bio.

Articles and comment

Why We Don’t Need Icelandic Data Centres

In summer, you don’t need to go somewhere cold. You just need to let your data centre run hot and spray some water into your dry air coolers. That way you can avoid the potential risk around your power supply and you don’t have to compromise your latency.

Can we trust WhatsApp’s privacy?

Summary / TL;DR WhatsApp looks great on face value and it’s underlying technology is awesome. However, there are some things about it which don’t add up for me, eg. it’s apparently non-existent business model and lack of open sourcey-ness. Further, our faith in it relies too heavily on one person, Moxie Marlinspike, who chooses to remain largely anonymous; a choice…

Unsure about Brexit? Knowing how other notable people are thinking might help…

This is a re-post of the now-famous Facebook post by Calvin Morris. For those of you who don’t use Facebook, and because I generally dislike it’s attempts to Own All Our Content, I thought I’d put it here on the public Internet. A good friend of mine came up with a great idea. If you don’t have the time/inclination to…

Hacks and projects

How to secure Mac OSX Screen Sharing with SSH tunnelling

I want to be able to access my home machines over the Internet when I’m at work, preferably via a GUI/WIMP. It is relatively straight-forwards to expose a machine on your home network using port-forwarding on your router, but is it secure just to send Screen Sharing over the Internet? For that matter, if you’re on a semi-untrusted local network…

Dog-Walking Tactical Utility Belt

Hot weather means I need an alternative “grab-and-go” wearable container of my dog walking paraphernalia to my coat. The solution? A MOLLE Tactical Utility Belt!

How to use OK / Google Now to create Tasks/Reminders/Notes on the move

An exploration into getting more power out of Google voice commands / Google Now, specifically aimed at creating Notes, Tasks and Reminders (includes a description of what those different things actually mean within the Googleverse) “on the move”, ideally with AndroidWear SmartWatches. I also explore Commandr, AutoVoice and Tasker as possibilities for extending the power of OK Google.