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  • Open Source Insider

    Red Hat OpenShift Commons: a friendly way to PaaS time

    Red Hat wants to deepen engagement with OpenShift, its own open source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering. The firm has created OpenShift Commons, an initiative for users, contributors, operators, customers, partners and service providers. OpenShift Commons is said to be open enough to "embrace other op...

  • Networks Generation

    Shock - HP Acts On Advice - Five Years Too Late...

    So - HP has just announced it is acquiring Aruba Networks; basically the 2nd-3rd stab at buying a wireless solution after Colubris and effectively inheriting additional WLAN tech with the 3Com acquisition (that NOT being the raison d'etre for that acquisition).The daft thing here is that, after doing some ...

  • CW Developer Network

    What (d!conomy software) to expect at CeBit 2015

    Fortunately, for those of us that enjoy a good tech trade show, CeBit 2015 is on. Fortunately, this year's show is one again (as always) held in the comparatively sleepy German town of Hannover. ... and fortunately, there is German efficiency, excellent beer and all round fresh air for those that venture b...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Making more of print

    Mobile, cloud, the internet of things and other fast expanding technologies might be making dramatic changes in many organisations, but the much heralded 'paperless office' is still not only an out-of-reach concept, but for most it is way out-of-sight. The reality is that a great many companies - large an...

  • Open Source Insider

    Google: native C in Hadoop with MapReduce for C

    Google's open source elves have released MapReduce for C (MR4C), an open source framework to run native C-language code in Hadoop. What? MR4C is an open source software "framework" designed to allow software programmers to run their native C and C++ code on Hadoop for its big data analytics capabilities. M...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    Minimising the snooping

    It was interesting to see Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, voicing his opinions that government and companies should not have access to private consumer information. It's rich coming from a vendor with access to so much of our personal information. I don't mind security services having access for national...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Why the FCC Net Neutrality judgement may have been a pyhrric victory for the cartel that runs the Internet

    In the early days of this blog, back in 2008, when I repeated the arguments that the Internet shold be seen as a cartel masquerading as anarchy it was relatively easy to find on-line references to the 1912 case that broke apart the US railroad cartel - just as it was seeking to leverage its market dominanc...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    3D Printing for work and home

    An introduction to home 3D printing options, the Velleman 3D Priner and the makersCAFE 3D printing was a big mover at International CES in Las Vegas this year. Not only were smaller firms all completely owning the space, but Intel announced during its keynote it would be using its Intel RealSense 3D techno...

  • WITsend

    Technology - an industry of rapid change?

    At an O2 event this week, I was looking forward to learning about how the telecoms company aimed to help its public sector partners enter a brave new digital world. The chair had already spoken about how one of O2's biggest challenges was how to provide the technology its partners needed whilst still stayi...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Do the UK government's SME spending figures make sense?

    The government this week touted its success at delivering on a policy objective to put 25% of all purchased spend through SMEs - in 2013/14, that amounted to £11.4bn, slightly ahead of target at 26.1% of all spending. But, at the same time, many SMEs are up in arms about the way they are being treated by W...

  • Open Source Insider

    Mirantis & Google on Kubernetes & OpenStack

    Mirantis is a firm that calls itself a "pure-play" OpenStack company. It has a new initiative that integrates Kubernetes with OpenStack. As reported on Computer Weekly at the above link -- Kubernetes works in conjunction with Docker. While Docker provides the lifecycle management of containers, Kubernetes ...

  • Downtime

    The end isn't nigh, it's already here

    The BBC has recently launched a show on its maybe-soon-to-be digital channel BBC Three. The premise of the show, titled 'I survived a Zombie apocalypse', is that the launch of the superfast 5G network has caused a human mutation, effectively rendering everyone with a smartphone a useless, yet violent, zomb...

  • ITWorks

    How Maker Faires are boosting STEM skills

    This is a guest blog by Phil Dunmore, ‎head of consulting UK at Cognizant. Over the last few years there has been a lot of interest in Maker Faires in the US and the Maker Movement. Many have heralded the Maker Movement as bringing about the third industrial revolution by creating a community of entreprene...

  • CW Developer Network

    Intel XDK HTML5 cross-platform development tool

    Memory maker turned chip maker turned chip maker who also makes a lot of software company Intel has released an updated Intel XDK -- an all-in-one HTML5 development environment. Not an SDK, an XDK Intel uses the X to denote cross platform -- the DK still means Development Kit. The latest XDK is aimed at ac...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    No End of Jobs - how do we break out of Ground Hog Day

    A couple of days ago I was very sharp about forecasts of gloom, doom and mass unemployment from new technology in recent reports.  I had forgotten quite how sharp Sir Michael Marshall, Charles Christian and myself were thirty years ago when similar arguments were in vogue. Amazon has now delivered a r...

  • Downtime

    Will astrology solve the NHS crisis?

    Well, will it? In an interview with the Astrological Journal, Conservative MP David Tredinnick has made the bizarre claim that astrology could solve the NHS crisis. "I do believe that astrology and complementary medicine would help take the huge pressure off doctors," said Tredinnick. "I do foresee that o...

  • Open Source Insider

    Chef: a recipe for cloud data automation & migration with Microsoft

    Chef and Microsoft's Azure team have joined partnered to provide automation platform technology and DevOps expertise. The firms are combining a software application developer proposition that they hope will help automate workloads across on premises datacentres and on Microsoft Azure. Both Windows and Linu...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    If you want better security - employ women. If you want to win the cyberwar - employ women. The "evidence" indicates that they are better at both

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "One of the messages from President Obama's recent cybersecurity summit was summarised by an American Banker as "We have to protect the trust of the consumer or its game over". The latest PWC Global Economic Crime survey indicates t...

  • Open Source Insider

    Google Perfkit: a 'living benchmark' for evaluating cloud

    Google has launched PerfKit (perfect software development kit - geddit?) an open-source cloud-benchmarking tool that. What is it? The company says that it turns out that it's surprisingly difficult to evaluate cloud offerings beyond just looking at price or feature charts. So, as a result, Google calls thi...

  • Public Sector IT

    Tax system edit fagged the Universal Credit

    HM Revenue & Customs' Real Time Information, its radical reform of the tax system, was always going to be difficult.It was like an audacious expedition into wild territory: very unlikely to go to plan. This wouldn't have mattered if the coalition government hadn't given it an improbable deadline of Oct...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    How do we break out of Groundhog Day and provide Broadband and Digital Skills that are fit for purpose to ALL?

    The stick of dynamite is labelled "Publicity Japanese Style". The tube of sweets is labelled "First Rate Teachers". I had no say in the cartoon and did not see it till afterwards. The House of Lords Report on Digital skills gave me a curious feeling of "deja view" (see the date at the foot of the cartoon a...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Stepping up to the cloud

    The concept of services provided from 'out there' over the network is often portrayed as what cloud is all about. Indeed, the commonly accepted definition of cloud is that it offers infrastructure, platform or software as a service. It might be a public cloud provider, that is offering services to anyone,...

  • CW Developer Network

    What to expect from QCon 2015

    QCon is coming to London again on March 4 2015 -- this is a software development conference with guts not glitz. The event is described as a "practitioner-driven conference" designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors and project managers who influence innovation in their teams. "T...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    "If it looks too good to be true assume it is a scam". So how do I tell if this incredible offer from HMRC to get government to pay for my business broadband connection is genuine?

    I recently signed up to the HMRC advisory service and this morning received the e-mail below. Being a trusting individual I did NOT click on anything. Instead I visited the HMRC site on how to check whether a communication from them is genuine. I was none the wiser. However, being both paranoid and interes...

  • WITsend

    How will women feature in the UK's digital future?

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  • CW Developer Network

    Ericsson: The (optimised) network is the (app experience) computer

    The jury is out on application experience optimisation, or AEO if you prefer. As web pages now automatically deliver content to mobile devices in what they think is a 'mobile optimised' format, not all sites offer the option to revert to 'Desktop Version' as Wikipedia does. Given the size of an iPad or Bla...

  • Downtime

    No printers, exploding sockets, and a missing ' ' key

    A recent office move has left the Computer Weekly team's lack of practical technical knowledge tragically exposed.Not only are we apparently incapa le of networking a printer properly, we have also overloaded the production team's sockets and  lown several fuses in the process.To cap it all, the ' ' k...

  • Downtime

    Colossus gets the ultimate accolade - its face (sort of) on a stamp

    Britain's contribution to computer history has received its ultimate accolade - Colossus, the world's first electronic computer, designed at Bletchley Park to help break secret German codes in World War 2, is to be featured in the latest set of Royal Mail stamps. Royal Mail has, presumably, chosen to ignor...

  • Downtime

    Self destruction service

    If there is anything worse than waiting in the queue at the Post Office, it is using its new self service machine. First there are three staff - who would normally be behind the counter - keying in PIN numbers, because the Post Office doesn't trust you to buy a stamp on self service. Then there is the ques...

  • CW Developer Network

    Mendix CTO: If developers want RAD, get aPaaS

    Mendix is a company that offers what we call an aPaaS -- an Application Platform As A Service (aPaaS). That doesn't tell us much. So what is an aPaaS? An aPaaS is meant for software application development pros to build business applications faster than by traditional methods. Why and how? Because an aPaaS...