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

SmartWatch 2: 6 weeks later (the flaws)

In early October I bought myself a SmartWatch 2. You can see my initial review here. Six weeks on, and I have a new one. Here is why! Dodgy straps The main flaw I discovered in the SmartWatch 2 is that the rubber strap it comes with can very easily unclip from the watch. It uses a standard watch bar…

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…

The Anatomy of Britain’s Best, Cheapest, Greenest and Secure Infrastructure as a Service

On the 29th November 2012 I presented a Lightning Talk on Cloud and G-Cloud at Socitm’s annual conference, Socitm 2012, held at the Hilton in Birmingham. Socitm is the membership association for all ICT professionals working in Local Authorities and the Public and Third Sectors and suppliers to those sectors. The conference offered a number of significant sessions looking at the…

Evolution of storage #1: resilience

I contend that the next stage of evolution of storage is “Just a Bunch of Disks” (JBOD), comprised of a range of media types with different performance characteristics, and with software doing the cleverness. In this first post (1 of 2) I shall address the resilience aspects of this evolution. RAID failings Large RAID (Redundant Array of Independant Disks) systems…

So which apocalypse should we worry about and what to do about it?

The last few months have been interesting for “preppers”. Preppers are generally excessively bright people who are consequently rather paranoid and worry about events which might bring about the end of civilised society and try make preparations so that they are better-suited to survive the breakdown a civilisation. I consider myself among them, though my efforts are not particularly extreme;…

Big Data: Don’t Believe The Hype

Scarcely a day passes by where you don’t see a headline about “Big Data” and how analysis of this big data is going to lead to huge efficiencies, targeted marketing and large profits. But are there really huge profits to be made out of data analytics (or data mining as it used to be known), both for companies collecting data…

Phoneless

Islay I’ve been taking a bit of a break from comms lately, in more ways than one. It started with a holiday to Islay (a wee Scottish island) where my partner, Izzy, and I had a great time. She is a freshwater conservationist specialising in rare aquatic plants so we split our time between poking around looking for it in…

Take back the ‘Web!

I’ve been a heavy Twitter user for a while, enough to help earn me Computer Weekly’s title of Social Media Champion, and historically have been an advocate of social media. However, a while ago it started to worry my just how much of my “thought stream” I was giving Twitter et al. This was especially pertinent since I have two…

Personal Device Convergence – Rise of the Superphone

In stark contrast to my assertion that the Internet of Things revolution is about to ignite, driven by hackers, I have long contended that we don’t actually need more than one or two personal information devices in our lives (I still expect the Internet of Things to be made up mostly of autonomous devices). Thus far my personal experience is…

Hacking Britain’s Recovery

As we enter 2012, and the world economy continues to stutter, teetering on the brink of another global recession fuelled this time not by the banks defaulting, but the prospect of entire governments being declared bankrupt. In my last post I described how I believe that the time is nonetheless ripe for a technology revolution, and indeed one befitting times…