September 2012 Archives
It is not just the technology world that writes continuously about the need for a safe password for your online accounts and hard to guess combination for your mobile phone.
However, despite press and experts barraging the public from all angles with warnings of what could happen if you make it too easy for criminals to work out your protections, many people just won't listen.
This was proved again today when a report from Data Genetics showed one in nine people use the PIN '1234' for their bank cards. This is despite the fact there are over 10,000 combinations someone with a bank card could use.
If this statistic is true, that means around five million people in the UK are using the pathetic combination to protect their cash. FIVE MILLION!
Sometimes you just deserve to have your money stolen.
Ever get the feeling the world is increasingly appearing though a nostalgic sepia haze? And are the borders of your life getting more and more blurred?
It's possible you have a severe case of Instagramitis.
Downtime recommends an immediate course of the Instagram Song (Put a Filter on Me), twice a day for two months.
Unless, that is you, want to share the same fate of the girl in this video who ends up in jail with a heroin-addicted prison wife all because of her over-use of the app.
But hey, in Instagram everything seems less grim!
It is amazing what a bit of high tech scanning and database DNA crunching can do these days.
It has revealed that the Royals haven't changed in hundreds of years. Prince Harry is the latest royal to be seen enjoying his position a bit too much. Harry was caught out partying naked with fellow revellers in Las Vegas. But it seems even Richard III was not shy to get into a drunken brawl. A skeleton believed to be those of the notorious child killer through DNA analysis has been found under Leicester council's car park. What else apart from a drunken brawl could cause death in a car park?
Boris Johnson made a surprise appearance at a press conference in London's Science Museum this morning. The press conference was for Everything Everywhere to announce the roll out of 4G across the UK as well as its rebranding to EE.
BoJo made a hilarious speech to declare London's networks "switched on". Not before rambling on about how well the mobile networks coped with the extra demand during the Olympics.
He didn't stop there.
He specifically went on to thank EE's competitor, Vodafone, along with further thanks to BT.
Awkward Boris, awkward. I don't think you should expect an invite to EE's Chirstmas party after that.
Until recently Downtime had rarely spared too much thought for the wives of Computer Weekly's readers. Just of late though, one of the Downtime team was asked for a contact number, by the local church, and so handed over their business card explaining that it had their name and personal mobile included.
The lady that they handed it to immediately said: "Oh no, you don't work for Computer Weekly do you?" Puzzled, Downtime said yes and asked why she sounded so negative. "Oh no it's not the content," she said. "My husband gets Computer Weekly and we have a huge stack of them that get in my way and make my house look untidy."
We assured her of the fact that Computer Weekly is now an online publication only. Many of our readers were disappointed to learn we have ceased to print the publication, but this Computer Weekly reader's wife was relieved to hear she will never see another copy of the magazine messing up her hallway.
Toy Record Player (Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik)
As the ghetto blaster became dominant and cheap enough to buy for children to mess about with during the 1980s, the Fisher Price toy was put in the loft and never seen again... until now.
The new technology on the block, 3D printing, has breathed life into the old toy and enabled an inventor to find a way to create new records for the machine.
Fred27 has created software which picks out the relevant notes for a simplified version of your favourite tunes and works out what pin points need to be on a record for the player to pick it up.
He is offering it as a free download but you will need to invest in the 3D printer to be able to make your dream records become a reality.
Having just saved one of these record players from the hands of parents moving house and binning all the kids' toys, this is definitely an investment Downtime is willing to make.
Now, what first, Metallica or Slayer?
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