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Sony SmartWatch 2 review

I recently decided it was time for some upgrades. However, my trusty Samsung Galaxy S2 is perfectly adequate for my needs so I felt it would be a waste to get rid of that. I had been seeing the Samsung Gear adverts around which promoted me to start investigating. I quickly came to the conclusion that the Gear (a “smart…

Twitter becomes… IRC!

Twitter recently announced that they would be removing replies to people you do not follow from the timeline. In my view, and that of just about everyone I know and follow, that is highly undesirable and eliminates a large part of what was unique about Twitter. Now it has taken a giant leap back in time to IRC-days.

Skydiving past Everest for Computer clubs 4 Girls

I’ve swum with sharks in the Red Sea; I’ve snowboarded at 70 m.p.h at ridiculous risk to body and limb in Canada; I’ve rode my Ducati at over 160mph, but what I did last week was far more frightening. I became the first woman to tandem skydive past Mount Everest and I was very, very nervous. It took us about…

Dispelling the green myths

As more people “wake up” to climate change we are seeing a lot of effort put towards starting to reduce our collective green-house gas emissions. Unfortunately however, there seems to be a lack of quantitative data being applied to many of these efforts, and consequently the media, individuals and business are often focusing on the wrong issues rather than putting…

Power pedals – the electric bicycling experience

In March, with the promise of Summer around the corner, I was eying up my somewhat battered bicycle and contemplating last year’s resolution to actually use it to cycle to work when the weather was pleasant. Not only would it be better for me, but as the boss of a company with a serious commitment to minimising the environmental impact…

The power of blogging

Well, it has been over 3 months since I last posted, which is rather feeble! In my defense I have been insanely busy – winning various awards for service and innovation does rather take up one’s time *looks smug*. Seriously though, trying to write a sensible blog (OK, look, I did say “trying”!) is surprisingly time consuming, but I am…

Copyright’s death throes?

To give the guys a break I had been doing the Christmas on-call. Keeping a weather-eye on our plethora of monitoring systems I noticed a spike in bandwidth usage from one of our customer’s servers. A few moments later the cause is obvious; some script kiddie has hacked in and started up a bit torrent site serving various illegal rips…

Good deeds make good business sense

“Corporate Social Responsibility”; yet another of those buzz-phrases that seems to be bandied about ever more, but there is more to it than perhaps first meets the eye and there are many ways in which socially responsible practices are good for business. What’s more, IT businesses seem ideally placed to lead the way. Many large corporates now have a CSR…

Online worlds

“Shoot ’em in the head!” was a shout to be heard emanating from our office late on Friday afternoon. No, not an attack of killer-zombies, but actually some research & development work…