Why nothing is important online

Posted on January 16, 2018

With today being Nothing Day, it’s the perfect opportunity to do something that some people might say I do very well – talk about nothing.

But this is a bit different. I don’t mean that I’m going to talk about no specific thing. Instead I’m going to talk specifically about nothing. The concept of nothing, and how (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Do you keep your passwords secure?

Posted on December 20, 2017

At some point in your life, you’ve probably worked with someone who sees an unlocked, unattended computer as an invitation to cause mischief.

I’ve known people who will jump onto an unguarded machine and send out a jokey email to a colleague from your account, or change your desktop background to something ridiculous.

At one place I’ve worked at, leaving (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Four of the biggest problems with CAPTCHA

Posted on December 8, 2017

We saw recently that Facebook is to start using selfies as a verification method, presenting an alternative to CAPTCHA, but why the change? What’s the problem with CAPTCHA codes?

You’re probably familiar with the concept of CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart), even if you don’t know what the (more…)

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Five great songs that sum up our relationship with the internet

Posted on December 6, 2017

They say if you have something to say, say it in song, so given that we all have plenty to say online, why don’t we carry this over into musical form?

Unsurprisingly, many musicians have. The website has a comprehensive list of songs about computers or technology, spanning artists as diverse as Kate Bush, (more…)

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Who wins the World Cup of internet usage?

Posted on December 1, 2017

At 3:00pm today, the 32 countries competing at next year’s World Cup in Russia will find out who and where they will be playing, in what is sure to be the sort of elaborate and overcomplicated event that only FIFA can manage.

For many followers of football, the World Cup begins with this event six months beforehand, as fans start swotting up on (more…)

Posted by John Murray

What happens on the internet in 11 minutes?

Posted on November 7, 2017

Last Thursday, for a small snippet just before midnight in the UK, U.S. President Donald Trump disappeared from Twitter.

A whole 11 minutes passed where there was no such thing as @realDonaldTrump. Nobody was even able to see the billionaire turned world leader’s tweets about terrorism, fake news, tax dealings or whatever else took his fancy, let alone (more…)

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How did our favourite websites get their names?

Posted on October 18, 2017

For many of us, a day doesn’t go by where we don’t visit one of our beloved search engines or social media sites, and their names have therefore become second nature to us, but it wasn’t always that way.

Until not long ago, I had (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Three new internet-related words for Dictionary Day

Posted on October 16, 2017

There’s a theme day for just about anything these days and, on this autumnal Monday afternoon, what better thing to do than immerse yourself in words – in strict alphabetical order?

Today is Dictionary Day, and if something as niche as brandied fruit deserves its own day, then why not the book that provides all the words other books use?

The reason it falls on October 16th is because (more…)

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