Barking – Is is going to the dogs?

August 22nd, 2016 is heading for a whole load of trouble with dirty data, and may be open to accusations of negligence when it comes to charging people for job leads.

Doogee launches T5 Android, with newer technology than T6. What happened to T4?

August 15th, 2016

I like Chinese mobile phone maker Doogee. Their kit is great. Their marketing sucks more than a Hoover. Today’s global launch was for the T5 “business” handset, which looks very like my trusty T2 (aka Titan 2, aka DG700). Except it’s supplied with two different backs so you can switch it for a silicone-looking one instead […]

Aussie Census takes a tumble

August 10th, 2016

Australia’s on-line census went tits-up as everyone logged on at ten minutes to midnight in order to complete it before they received a fine.

Five year old “new” malware discovered “by Kaspersky”

August 9th, 2016

Yesterday Russian security company Kaspersky has released an analysis of what it claims is previously undiscovered malware, although it’s existence has been known about for a week. Kaspersky’s analysis is well worth a read. It’s advanced stuff, and aimed an very specific targets involving Russia and China. So whodunnit?

Quadrooter – major security bug in Qualcomm Android drivers

August 8th, 2016

Check point software claims to have found what it calls a serious vulnerability in Qualcomm software running on LTE chip-sets used in many Android ‘phones. Apparently they informed Qualcomm about six months ago, and they’ve now modified their drivers to stop it in future, and issued patches, but I doubt many of the 900,000 of the […]

Windows 10 Free Upgrade failure

August 1st, 2016

Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade failed to work even sooner than I’d expected. Lucky I had a backup…

Parent Pay adds fuel to its fire

July 13th, 2016

ParentPay owns up to compatibility problems by sending out a Microsoft-only Email to apologise.

Am I being phished?

June 22nd, 2016

I received what might be my first spear-phishing attempt today. But I’m not sure. Should I open the attachment?

FreeBSD, ZFS and Denial of Service

May 23rd, 2016

After a couple of years with ZFS in place of UFS on live systems, and five years in total, I should have grown to love it. But somehow I can’t bring myself to trust it as much as UFS, the system that’s done me well for over 30 years. Perhaps I never trust software to make decisions on my behalf, but Windows and Mac aficionados have no problem with this. Hang on; bad example.

BBC plays the temperamental chef

May 17th, 2016

The BBC is reacting to criticism like the bunch of luvvies that it is; by throwing its toys from the pram. It plans to axe the popular on-line recipe archive to teach its license payers a lesson, blaming the decision on a government white paper.