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What happens to the Internet at Christmas?

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Today I got interviewed by a real, professional broadcaster, Neil Cole, who asked me “What happens to the Internet at Christmas?”.

As a special treat, you can see a video of the interview here.

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Have a shoe box for your PC

Friday, August 18th, 2006

To keep your PC running smoothly it is vital to have a shoe box for it. Here’s a tip that could save you life in an IT crisis. (more…)

Technology: Feel the fear and do it anyway

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

It’s been really hot here in the UK for quite a while now and I found myself purchasing a cool drink the other morning on the way to the office. I presented my goods and waited for the inevitable request for payment.

The lady froze, a look of utter horror washed over her face. At first I thought there was someone behind me with a gun.

“It’s gone black!”, she cried, “The screen’s gone black!”

“So you can’t take payment,” I said hopefully…

Now the point of this story is that maybe quite a few of us are held to ransom by technology in this way. We expect and hope that our devices will do what they are supposed to do - all the time. But when they don’t - we become paralysed with fear.

Perhaps we need to become a little more familiar with the technology that we commonly use - get to know all it’s ins and outs - it’s little quirks. This will give us a feeling of power of our technology - it’s then less of an issue if it goes wrong - we’ll probably be able to fix it or at least, have an idea what might be wrong. This feels a lot better than blind panic.

I like BirdDogDigital’s podcast entry on this subject - you can find it here.

By the way, you’ll be glad to know that eventually another lady came down to help, we were able to use another till, and I had to pay for my drink :-(

8 uses of a dead PC

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Did I tell you I hate PCs? More on that later…

Meanwhile, with the laws on disposing of PCs tightening up, here are 8 good uses of a dead PC:-

  1. A door stop – they make great door stops – simply slide them into position to hold any door open – be aware of fire regulations though
  2. A massive paper weight
  3. Take out the hard drive, smash open the outer case to reveal the splendid, shiny disk mechanism inside – guaranteed to be a conversation starter as it sits on your desk
  4. A stool – tower cases are best
  5. A weight – simply raise and lower the PC 20 times each day for lovely toned arms – yes, you too ladies
  6. Start an alternative sexy underwear business by taking out the wires and ribbon cables and weaving them into interesting undergarments
  7. Place the dead PC by your feet under the desk – when your PC goes wrong, kick the dead PC instead
  8. Two dead PCs make a great pair of bookends – especially if they are the same make