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  • Open Source Insider

    Purism Librem: 100% open source crowdsourced 'high-end' laptop

    The Purism Librem 15 claims to be the first laptop in the world that ships without 'mystery software' in the kernel, operating system or any software applications. This is because, the Librem runs 100% on open source. Purism promises that it will: • Only use free/libre software for the kernel, OS and all ...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    Predictions for 2015

    The last two years have been an eye-opener for business, governments and citizens. They should now be aware of the vulnerability of information systems to penetration by spies, hackers and criminals. But do they care? Not that much it seems, as they clearly continue to trust service providers with their da...

  • CW Developer Network

    Synthetic DevOps: IT operations with bendiness

    The new DevOps is more synthetic. In terms of real world workflows, the new approach to developer-operations intersections comes from a world that is more malleable, more pliable and altogether more bendy by far. DevOps: we have a problem Rob Markovich is a networking technology executive at IT operations ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Windows 10 proves this is a different Microsoft - but is it different enough?

    The software company with 14% share of the global operating systems market announced the latest version of its flagship product this week. It's called Windows - you might have heard of it. It's not that long ago - barely six or seven years - that Microsoft could claim that Windows ran on more than 90% of a...

  • Downtime

    Mobile phones a waste of time

    While many people are obsessed with their mobile phones and never put them down for a minute, research shows that for many others they are just a waste of time.In fact, the average Brit will spend more than three weeks of their life looking for lost mobile phones, according to a study by moneysaving site P...

  • Downtime

    Data thieves face the music

    We found out this week that the younger generation are pretty lazy when it comes to protecting their payment data, with 20% of 16 to 24-year-olds having shared their PIN with a third party. With lazy consumers such as this, you wouldn't think it would be too hard to take them for all they have. In a half-h...

  • CW Developer Network

    Open Norse: what to expect from Monki Gras

    No not Las Vegas, but Shoreditch instead. Developer-focused analyst house Red Monk stages Monki Gras in London on January 29-30 2015. Nordic scalability This year's event is themed around Nordic craft and culture, that zippy zeitgeist cornerstone of software application development. We jest, there's a reas...

  • Open Source Insider

    Has IBM made (hard) Hadoop easier?

    It has been said that Hadoop is hard. More specifically, it has been said that the Hadoop framework for distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models is tough to get to grips with because: Hadoop is not a database Hadoop is not an analytics environme...

  • Public Sector IT

    Universal Credit bodged its bodge

    Iain Duncan Smith looked like a fall guy when he started work on Universal Credit. He humbled forward to take the stage for his grand social project, with a little shove from his superiors. He looked so earnest, with his army officer poise. They waved him on: yeah you go for it, Iain.Yet Universal Credit w...

  • Management Matters

    How one tech startup benefitted from Cameron's trip to Washington DC

    Last week a number of technology startups joined Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington DC to raise awareness of the growing threat of cyber security. The visit saw our PM meeting President Obama to solidify a partnership to tackle cyber security. Unfortunately the dozen or so UK startups didn't get to...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Smart Kapp - An image capture dry-wipe whiteboard

    SMART technologies, the company which brought interactive whiteboards into our classrooms, has developed a new dry-erase whiteboard capable of sending images to your smartphone.    The digital capture white board is designed to replace the paper flip-chart often seen in meetings and con...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    29 thoughts I had while trying to set up a new Windows 8.1 machine

    Everyone has their Achilles heel of technology, and although I've been very familiar with the Windows operating system until now, Windows 8 machines are far too stressful for me to get my head around. Here are 29 thoughts I had during my most recent attempt at setting up a new Windows 8.1 machine: 1. ...

  • Public Sector IT

    Domesday computer to make equality automatic

    Fire a few kalashnikov rounds into the air over a crowded square when Universal Credit is completed in 2019. Perhaps rattle a few volleys from the windows of cars on roundabouts. At the very least, throw some confetti.Because the Universal Credit social security system will give government power to deliver...

  • Open Source Insider

    007 DevOps: Ansible's secret agentless route to IT automation

    No not runcible, this is Ansible. What is Ansible? An ansible (lower case) is a fictitious machine capable of instantaneous or superluminal (faster than light) communication. ... on the other hand Ansible Inc (upper case) is a company that makes "agentless" orchestration and configuration management tools ...

  • StorageBuzz

    Hybrid flash horse is a winner, but did Dell mean to back it?

    When reflecting on the rise of flash storage over the last couple of years it's easy to come to the conclusion that some storage vendors have been more active, more free-spending, more progressive in the marketplace. I have in mind the likes of EMC and IBM, with their big ticket flash startup acquisitions ...

  • Open Source Insider

    What is a software forge?

    As we know, use of the term "infographic" generally causes involuntary gagging and may result in unwelcome skin irritation. Paradoxically, open source licensing and vulnerability management solutions company Protecode (pron: pro-ta-code) appears to be using the "information graphic" (to use the old school ...

  • Quocirca Insights

    How managed print services accelerates business process digitisation

    Despite the transition to a digitisation of paper workflows, many organisations are struggling to integrate paper and digital information. A recent Quocirca study amongst 210 organisations revealed that 40% of organisations plan to increase their spending on workflow automation, but that there is also much...

  • CW Developer Network

    Perforce's Über-cluster developer team: 10s of thousands of concurrent users

    Version management and collaboration platform company Perforce is envisioning the shape of developer teams to come, which will feature tens of thousands of concurrent users. To do this, the firm has added server clustering capabilities to its version management engine, which now enjoys a more horizontally ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Privacy vs surveillance debate is nuanced and needs more education, less tribalism

    It doesn't feel that long ago that the information security community were bemoaning the lack of attention they received from the government, national press and wider public. No danger of that happening now, is there?Data protection, privacy and surveillance are leading front pages and parliamentary debate...

  • Downtime

    No patch for stupidity

    Proving the computer security lament that there is no patch for human stupidity, three UK students have been stung in a Skype scam. They admitted to North Yorkshire Police that they accepted a friend request on Facebook from a total stranger who claimed to be Cathy Wong, according to Toms Guide.  Seei...

  • Downtime

    Big wee data

    Hammersmith Hospital has just begun a molecular analysis programme, which will take a close look at what makes up urine. Apparently the machine doing the analysis produces as much data per day as the Large Hadron Collider. Jim in QA has volunteered to provide a sample. Sadly for Jim, with the whole of Down...

  • Downtime

    The get-fit solution for tech obsessives

    Researchers in Germany claim to have found a way to generate electrical power from walking. Coming in the same week as news that a lack of exercise is a bigger threat to public health than obesity, the crack German boffins might just have extended the lives of millions of obsessive smartphone and gaming us...

  • ITWorks

    Inspiring the next generation of Britain's tech pioneers

    This is a guest blog from Edwina Dunn, chair of the Your Life Campaign, which seeks to inspire young people by championing the range of career opportunities unlocked by studying maths and science. Last week, the very latest in cutting-edge technology from around the world was showcased at the Con...

  • Quocirca Insights

    The path to continuous delivery

    What is it that a company wants from its IT capability?  High availability?  Fast performance?  The latest technology? Hardly.  Although these may be artefacts of the technical platform that is implemented, what the company actually wants is a platform that adequately supports its busin...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    How do we ensure that our responses to the Charlie Hebdo murders do not dishnour the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta?

    The would-be killers of Charlie Hebdo (click here for some of the cartons from the resurrection) are in danger of achieving their objectives: •    an unprecedented  propaganda coup (for such a tiny, ill-funded group),  •    glorious martyrdom, (gunned down in a hail ...

  • CW Developer Network

    Optoma projectors: time for games programmers to think big again

    The software application development industry's games segment has spent a good portion of the last decade (and more) looking to deliver playable games on ever-smaller devices. The move to mobile is of course responsible for this trend. Mobile gaming requires that games are reengineered and re-architected w...

  • Open Source Insider

    IoTivity, it's where developers do IoT activity

    The Linux Foundation has said that it will host developer collaboration space and services for IoTivity, an open source project sponsored by the Open Interconnect Consortium. What is IoTivity? IoTivity is an open source software framework providing connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). IoTivity ha...

  • CW Developer Network

    How to reboot a Smart Car software system

    Editorial clarification: The Computer Weekly Developer Network blog primarily exists to cover enterprise-centric software application development and data management industry news and analysis -- we occasionally look at hardware products from a internal software perspective, hence the reason for today's po...

  • CW Developer Network

    Fitbit defines 'Connected Health & Fitness' as formal application category

    It's early on 2015, so things are changing. To be clearer, most of us have convinced ourselves that the arbitrary definition point in space in time that we call the 'new year' should allow us to reevaluate the way we live our lives. For many, technology is both an instigator and a facilitator to a new way ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Cascading Harry Styles Sheets: DjangoCon Europe plays around One Direction

    The open source focused DjangoCon Europe 2015 conference and exhibition has been rescheduled within the same working week to avoid a clash with touring dates set by boy band One Direction. Organisers confirm that six days of talks, tutorials and coding will be staged in Cardiff, Wales - from the 31st of Ma...