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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.

August 2013

  • One giant leap for teddy-kind

    Caroline Baldwin - Freelance editor and journalist 27 Aug 2013
  • A teddy bear has managed to leap from space to recreat Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking 24 mile skydive. The teddy, named Babbage, was controlled by a Raspberry Pi computer and rose to a height ...

  • Bye Bye Ballmer!

    Jennifer Scott - TechTarget 23 Aug 2013
  • We all knew the day would come but, now it looms, it seems like it has come all too soon... He may not be as creepy as John Chambers, as geeky as Bill Gates, or have the religious following of ...

  • Scottish red kites start writing a blog

    Caroline Baldwin - Freelance editor and journalist 23 Aug 2013
  • Scotland has tagged red kites with satellite tracking information which sends their positionings to a computer six times a day. Combined with information on weather, habitat and landscape, it ...

  • The power of the pee

    Jennifer Scott - TechTarget 19 Aug 2013
  • White Toilet Bowl in Malaysia (Photo credit: may have all described our smartphones' battery lives as piss poor, but ever thought that could be the answer to our woes? Researchers at ...

  • Hamlet too violent - maybe try the Lion King next time?

    Caroline Baldwin - Freelance editor and journalist 14 Aug 2013
  • The British Library's wifi network was found to have denied access to an online copy of Shakespeare's Hamlet because the text contained "violent content". A user wanted to check a line of the play ...

  • Wear a pan on your head: how North Koreans evade Big Brother

    Bill Goodwin - Computer Weekly 14 Aug 2013
  • North Korea's first smart phone has shades of Big Brother about it. Korean leader, Kim Jong-un revealed the phone, the Arirang, at North Korea's may 11th.

  • What did the Romans ever do for G-Cloud?

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 07 Aug 2013
  • The UK government is distancing the Romans from its G-cloud initiative in an attempt to distance itself from now defunct group of infrastructure builders.The latest version of G-Cloud has done away ...

  • The 31 Worst Face-Palm Moments in IT

    Caroline Baldwin - Freelance editor and journalist 06 Aug 2013
  • GFI Software has published the worst "face-palm" moments in IT.Here are Downtime's top three from the list:"The project lead on another client engagement read an article about Java saying it was ...

  • Techy toilet trauma

    Caroline Baldwin - Freelance editor and journalist 05 Aug 2013
  • A techy toilet which is controlled via an Android app has a hardware flaw meaning that it can be controlled by any phone with the application. The My Satis toilet, manufactured by Japanese firm ...