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Writing’s on the wall

11 Oct 2013: Isn’t technology ace? Just 100 years ago, an evening of entertainment would typically either involve a trip to the pub...

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Squatters 0 Computacenter 1

10 Jun 2013: No one messes with big Mike Norris, the long-time chief executive of reseller and computer services company Computacenter....

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Unseemly erections

10 Jun 2013: The Palace of Versailles is probably one of the most-visited tourist attractions in the world, which is just as well because...

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Questions for Yahoo

15 Mar 2013: Quick question for Marrissa Mayer, the no-nonsense boss of Yahoo. Why is it that when someone asks, “How long will the...

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A triumph of modern technology

15 Mar 2013: The ingenuity of the Chinese consumer electronics industry really does know no bounds. Its latest triumph is “Bluetooth...

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New rules for business #628

31 Jan 2013: “Never fire the social media people until you've disarmed them of their passwords.” That's what the lesson learnt by...

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CIA 365

31 Jan 2013: So, who’s for Microsoft Office 365? Or Google Apps? Amazon Web Services? It’s the cloud and it’s the future. Unfortunately,...

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Don’t cut customer service along with the budgets

02 Nov 2012: Many of the online forum comments following the surprise departure from Apple of former Dixon’s chief John Browett indicate...

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Baby, you can drive my CAR (Continuity, availability, recovery)

31 Oct 2012: Organisations are now almost entirely dependent on their IT platforms – a mix of applications and data that need to be...

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Cleaning out the data pipes

22 Oct 2012: Parkinson’s Law states that work expands so as to fill the time available. Something similar could be said about network...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Social tools have little business value

17 Oct 2012: Last time I looked, Salesforce was selling CRM software as a service. Not quite sure where social comes into this. Or how...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Apple is taking users for a ride

17 Oct 2012: Apple has always treated its customers with contempt and I for one have had enough (The fall of the house of Apple). I can...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Security is not a game of blame

17 Oct 2012: Security cannot be made perfect by any vendor or any end user organisation or any consultancy (Name and shame bad security...

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Can IBM find the right homes for its Watson?

17 Oct 2012: At a recent event, IBM’s Watson was an area for discussion.  Watson sprung to fame in the US by beating two humans in...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Tesco know their IT onions

16 Oct 2012: Describing Tesco as merely greengrocers, as if they were basically an independent shop at the bottom of the road selling...

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Animal lovers go hunting for Japanese game

16 Oct 2012: Older readers might be forgiven for thinking that Nintendo’s Pokémon game, surely, does not exist anymore. But they would...

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Now you see me... Meet Mr Pixelhead

16 Oct 2012: Just five years ago, police in Middlesbrough decided to fit loudspeakers to the network of CCTV cameras around the city,...

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BMC stitched up by Singer

16 Oct 2012: With pretty much every half-decent cloud or software company quickly Hoovered up by Oracle, SAP or Microsoft, it’s perhaps...

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The identity bridge – the extended value of single sign on

05 Oct 2012: There is nothing new about single sign on (SSO) systems; they have been on the market for many years as a way providing a...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Why Apple will continue to blossom

24 Sep 2012: I’ve used apple products all my life, but I do agree with a lot of what is being said (The fall of the house of Apple)....