Monthly Archive: May 2012

Why you shouldn’t expect privacy on the internet

If you stood in the doorway of your house, shouting how you murdered someone, while a TV news crew was standing next door; you would likely have a hard job of arguing you had a right to privacy, although I no doubt there are some lawyers that would try. Likewise, when you go virtually anywhere in the country, you’ll be recorded on CCTV at least once. So my question is, why should it be any difference on the internet? Let’s start with Google, the almost undisputed king of search and advertising, a handy little combination which contributed towards their multi-billion…
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A few thoughts on the Facebook IPO

Facebook. What a great way to waste ten minutes of your day. Turns out that it’s also a great way to waste money if you bought into the IPO with shares currently trading at $32 – 16% down on Friday’s launch price. Now there is investigations ongoing into alleged irregularities in the IPO and rumour that they are going to abandon the NASDAQ and move their listing to the NYSE. None of which gets away from the fact that the company is horribly over-valued. A quick look at the Wikipedia article on valuing a company suggests that there are many…
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CallamMcMillan.com has a twitter feed!

One of the perennial problems of keeping this website up to date with content is finding the time to write it. Also, an entire article to a single thought or observation seems wasteful of our time. So, despite my reservations about the value and usefulness of Twitter, CallamMcMillan.com now has its own Twitter feed – @CallamMcMillan. You can follow us, check it out at http://twitter.com/CallamMcMillan, or add that address to your favourite RSS reader to keep up to date. Also, please note that the reader widget on the homepage can be a little flaky in some versions of IE.

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Begging for Management

Picture this, you’ve completed 3 years of university delivering a dissertation, a team project and some compulsory management modules, by now you and everyone in your team should surely know how to manage effectively right? Nope. I’ve just completed a team project so badly managed that I actually dreamt about having a new manager coming in and saving us all, here’s how it happened. Week 1 (October 2011) So the 10 students comprising of 7 from Computer Science and 3 from Computing and Management are presented with 2 projects, a BAE systems project which is short and nasty and a…
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Introducing: Mitul Patel

As I promised when I launched this site, I would get guest writers to help me out. Today I would like to introduce the self-proclaimed professional trouble-maker Mitul Patel. Mitul is a few weeks away from completing his masters in Computer Science at Loughborough University where he is completing his thesis project titled “Simulating mobile nodes in ad-hoc systems.” Outside of university Mitul is studying for his CCNA and is looking to become a full time network engineer. Mitul also enjoys lock picking, white-hat security and interesting TV. Mitul’s computer setup includes an overclocked Sandy Bridge i7, five monitors, a…
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50th Article – A CallamMcMillan.com Update

In a little over seven months CallamMcMillan.com has published 50 articles on a wide range of topics, ranging from the technical – Cisco discussions and the like, to the bizarre, such as the terminally stupid, via everything in between. Unlike some of the articles which made the previous version of my website, I have tried to make these more considered and more on a single topic! So for the 50th article I thought I’d do a summary of my latest changes and take a look at where the site will go next. At the moment I am working on two…
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Hey McLaren. What The Hell is going on?!

I would love to be a fly on the wall in a meeting between Martin Whitmarsh, Ron Dennis and Lewis Hamilton. I can’t imagine it would be a very pleasant meeting after the latest cock-up. Anybody that knows me knows that I am a Lewis Hamilton fan, I like his driving style and as I have written previously I think he has approached this season with a really good attitude which at the start led to a series of consistent podiums. Conversely, this is the third race in which he has been penalised by issues beyond his control. Firstly we…
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Another one bites the dust – James Magee

If anybody deserved to be removed from the gene pool for services to stupidity, then here they are. James Magee, a 37 year old musician. James who was two and a half times the legal drink-drive limit decided to cycle along an unlit section of the southbound A10 with no lights and no reflectors. Surely the only thing that could have made it any worse is if he was cycling the wrong way! Unsurprisingly James next experience would have been that of bouncing off the windscreen of a Mini before departing this earth in a puff of stupidity.

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Different day, different elections, same old story

So the dust has settled on the chaos that is the latest round of elections taking place around the world and the headlines are that Syria’s are a sham, France has just elected a new president, the Greeks’ have made a messy situation even worse, while in the UK Labour have made big gains although they failed to unseat the mayor of London – Boris Johnson. I’m not too fussed about Syria, the elections mean nothing and will change nothing, as such the best thing to do is carry on as if nothing ever happened. France and Greece’s elections on…
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No vote, no complaining!

For those of you that don’t know, many of the local councils and several cities across the UK are holding elections today. The polls close at 2200. If you’re eligible to vote and haven’t done so, then bloody well get out there and vote! If however you feel that you’re too important, or busy to vote then feel free. You will however be unable to moan about anything political until such point that you do vote though! While I’m here, I would like to wish my friend and colleague Cllr. Jules Gascoigne the best of luck with his re-election bid.

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