TalkTalk: Words fail me

On Friday, as the whole TalkTalk hacking was blowing up in a big way, I sat down to write an article about the fiasco, if fiasco is a strong enough word to describe the mess TalkTalk find themselves in. The problem is that every time I managed to write a bit the story had once again changed. As with many things however, the more you sit and watch it, the more you recognise patterns. Two such patterns that have come out of this debacle are: Here’s another company that has failed to invest in Information Security; The CEO – Dido…
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The technology has become a tool, and I’m not sad

I would like to say a big thank you to Facebook. The other day it thought it would be nice to remind me of a photo I took at university, something I still think of as being not that long ago, But no, Facebook had other ideas, and helpfully depressingly reminded me that it was in fact five years ago. The photo is from my lab in my final year. I was working on a project around home automation, so I had lots of fancy electronics kit, a couple of computers and a whole bunch of time on my hands. It…
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Oh no! I’m using WordPress (and I quite like it!)

When I bought this domain eight years ago, I looked at a few CMS platforms, but none of them did what I wanted at the time, so I built my own. Since then I’ve always looked at WordPress and it’s ilk as being the lazy way to build a website, and if I’m honest, I still do. Why then you might ask is this site proudly using WordPress to display content? That’s simple, I no longer have the time. When I was at university, I had virtually unlimited free time, and developing a website was a useful application of what…
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Long live the status quo

They came, they saw… They bottled it. When the question was asked whether the people of Scotland wanted to be an independent country, the answer was a solid no. For every eight people that said Yes, nine said No. In only four of the 32 counts did the Yes vote score a victory. A week on, we’re already seeing the fallout from the campaign leading up to that day. Alex Salmond resigned a few hours after the result was announced; a denouement that brings a long career in front line politics to an underwhelming end. From now on, regardless of…
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Scotland: Just Say No

In a little over 48 hours, the polls will close across Scotland and we will have an answer to the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” If the majority votes yes, then a union lasting over 300 years and spawning the greatest empire the world has ever seen will come crashing to an undignified and messy end. The problem is that even if the majority vote no, then both Scotland and the rest of the UK will find itself in an uncomfortable position. By any logical measure, the rest of the UK should be praying for Scotland to sod…
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Apple… It’s Happened

When the first iPhone came along, it was a pretty revolutionary device. Nothing else was quite like it. Since then, every release of the iPhone has been accompanied by a crowd of drooling fans, eager to give Apple their money for the latest shiny toy. Something interesting is beginning to happen though. People are getting wise to the fact that the new iPhone isn’t that much better than the last one. By Apple’s standards, the 5c was a bit of a disappointment, and Android is growing its market share like an unstoppable juggernaut. With the release of the iPhone 6,…
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How do we fix the NHS?

Sometimes an ongoing news event is like watching an earthquake. The story veers in one direction, then another, all the while wreaking damage. It’s not until the shaking stops that you can see the new landscape and give a considered opinion. The story in this case is that of Ashya King, the five year old boy with a brain tumour. When the story first broke, the parents were being criticised for being irresponsible by running off out of the country with him. Then more information comes to light and what do you know; now it’s the turn of the police…
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Why you shouldn’t be the Middle Class Moron

As always, my opinion in financial matters is my own and does not necessarily reflect the views of my employers Do you believe that property prices are going to rise forever, if so, come this way I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. Perhaps you believe that your path to riches and fortunes is by day-trading the markets based on the seminar that you went to by a brokerage company? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then I hate to tell you, you may be a member of the Middle Class Moron’s club. As…
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It’s time to get cabled… What now?

Up until now, you’ve connected all your computers, games consoles, and mobile devices to your home network using Wi-Fi and all has been good with the world. Now though you find yourself wanting more from your network. Perhaps now is the time to invest in a good quality wired network (otherwise known as Structured Cabling). If so, you now have two choices: To pay somebody, usually an electrician an obscene amount of money to do it for you, or to break out the tools, follow this guide and do it for yourself. Before we go further, you need to know…
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