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Taking a look at the lighter side of IT - technology may be a serious business but it rarely fails to raise a smile too.

April 2012

  • Not so helpful customer service teams

    Kayleigh Bateman - Computer Weekly 19 Apr 2012
  • Some may say that the customer service offered by banks, nowadays, is not as good as it could be, but the recent email Downtime received from Barclaycard just topped it. Whilst scheduling time ...

  • This makes Titanic 3D seem almost watchable

    Matt Scott - TechTarget 19 Apr 2012
  • You people have the good folks at Bytes Document Solutions to thank for bringing this self labelled "viral" film, I Hate Printers, to our attention.

  • Time for Word and Excel to bow out?

    Matt Scott - TechTarget 19 Apr 2012
  • It does not surprise Downtime one bit that a recent neurological experiment has revealed that office workers are wasting 20% of their mental resources.Wasting!? Downtime would kill for someone to ...

  • First thing, what do you do?

    Warwick Ashford - Senior analyst 19 Apr 2012
  • When you wake up in the mornings, what is the first thing you do? Think carefully. Odds are you check your mobile for email, messages and status updates, as do more than four in ten Londoners. Only ...

  • Royal Mail is putting a nail in its own coffin via Twitter

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 17 Apr 2012
  • Recent months have seen the poor old Post Office and its Royal Mail mothership suffer a couple of technical problems.But what downtime found most interesting was how the organisation has harnessed ...

  • Job: Google Doodler - Mountain View (seriously)

    Faisal Alani - UK at eBay 16 Apr 2012
  • Google has advertised a job that sums up just how ridiculous the world has become. You know those little drawings that say 'Google' in funny ways on the search page? Yeah that's someone's job.

  • They don't make 'em like they used to

    Jason Foster 15 Apr 2012
  • While the digital age may be a forward-looking one, Downtime is glad of the connections to the past captured in the various formats of Web 2.0. For example, this backwards glance - the 50 worst ...

  • Technology to fit a student's life

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 12 Apr 2012
  • As if technology, like the internet, wasn't making students' lives easy enough a university is making the kind gesture of allowing students to attend lectures in their own time. The University of ...

  • Men biggest multi-taskers in bed

    Warwick Ashford - Senior analyst 10 Apr 2012
  • Who said men are not good at multi-tasking? Nearly three quarters of people who work on computers in bed are men, according to a survey by Infosecurity Europe. More than a third of those polled on ...

  • Could we soon have flat pack robots?

    Matt Scott - TechTarget 05 Apr 2012
  • The BBC recently reported that a US-based project could see the average person designing and printing a robot within 24 hours. Surely this would be more fun than building flat park furniture from ...

  • Darth Vader controls your evil children and makes them happy

    Faisal Alani - UK at eBay 05 Apr 2012
  • You're driving, the kids are driving you crazy. The little one is crying because the older one keeps hitting him etc. etc. So what do you do? Switch on the sat nav and let Darth Vader navigate you ...

  • Twitter ideal for 5-year-olds, says teacher

    Warwick Ashford - Senior analyst 03 Apr 2012
  • Just as business leaders are finding official uses for social networking in the work environment, teachers are beginning to find a place for it in schools. A pre-school teacher in New York has ...