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[9 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Technology Thursday
I am moderately interested in the story that Google plans to launch their own OS in direct competition to Microsoft. I do not share a lot of the hysteria this week and it’s good to see some balanced reporting going on. I was alerted by @jangles to this report on ZD Net and it raises interesting issues – not that I agree with it all – but it demonstrates that we should not rush to conclusions.
I am not a great fan of Microsoft, but I do not want them …

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[2 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Technology Thursday

It’s already available to download, but that has not stopped the good people at Firefox from staging a Firefox 3.5 launch party on Monday 6 July 2009 – in a pub near Liverpool Street Station. I became a Firefox convert about 18 months ago and these days find it very odd when I have to use IE7 on somebody else’s computer.

Do you remember the Microsoft adverts on the Tube a couple of years ago, telling us that if we didn’t upgrade our version of Office, that we were all …

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[25 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

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It’s getting on for one year since I signed up to Twitter and it’s only in the last few days that they have begun to carry adverts. The “free” service clearly would not have been sustainable. The ads are in the side bar and are called “sponsored definitions”.
It will be interesting to see how many ads and links they will be prepared to carry. There is also speculation that Twitter will be able to introduce custom made tweets so that their preferred  messages are interspersed with the tweets of …

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[18 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Technology Thursday

I enjoy reading a range of newspapers, now that they are on-line. However, I am puzzled when I cannot find yesterday’s headline! You know the feeling . . . you caught sight of a newspaper yesterday and quickly clocked the headline. You didn’t buy the paper, because you knew you wouldn’t have time to read it. So, you plan to catch up with that headline in the evening or the next morning, by going to the on-line version.
It happens to me sometimes. And lately, when I want to check …

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[11 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Technology Thursday

Our HP printer died last week. It was a nice one, for the whole workgroup, a £400 HP 3005D. We bought it 3 years ago when duplex printing was important to us. To be honest is didn’t completely die, it just needed a new fuser. We know what that means, because we go through printers from time to time.
Anyway, since going paperless 18 months ago, we are not keen to spend another £225 on a fuser unit, when nowadays you can buy a cheap HP laserjet printer for £99. …

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[4 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Technology Thursday

How transparent are your customers and your suppliers? Do they tell you what you really need to know?
How transparent is this government? And what do you think of the recent enforced transparency on MPs expenses?
Oxford University will be hosting a Barcamp on 26 July 2009 dedicated uniquely to the question of transparency. Wouldn’t it be good if you knew everything that your “suppliers” held on your file? It would be good for us too at Proactive. How many times do clients and suppliers have debates about who knew what …

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[28 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Technology Thursday

Don’t ask me why, but for some reason I seem to have a weird and evolutionary collection of video files. Over the past ten years I have owned four different digital video cameras and have hundreds of clips in three different formats.
If you’re just dealing with regular cameras and stills, then JPEG files seem to be pretty standard. I have some limited editing skills and I can achieve what I need with Paint Shop Pro.
However, when it comes to video I have AVI, MOD and MOV files and can …

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[21 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Technology Thursday

In the old days, I used to code HTML in Notepad, then WinEdit, and latterly Crimson Editor. It’s been a useful skill to have, but I am beginning to lose what little HTML skill I had.
This blog is so easy for me to maintain that I hardly write any HTML any more. No more code in the editor, no more FTP issues, and no more of those repetitive upload, download, rework exercises that I used to go through. WordPress has made life easy for me.
And so …

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[14 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Being a closet geek, I acquired the reputation years ago for being the “computer expert” at whichever firm of accountants I worked for. I qualified around 20 years ago, just as Lotus123 was being introduced to us on our 286 and 386 PCs at work. I soon worked out that Lotus123 did not handle dates well. If you don’t know what Lotus123 is, just pretend I said Excel!
Anyway, I worked out that if I wrote the dates backwards in numerals, rather than as dates (eg 20090514) then all of …

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[7 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Technology Thursday

Over the past 10 years the price of my laptop computers has come down and down. Once upon a time I spent £1,995 on a “desktop replacement” machine which had a 17 inch screen and a long keyboard with a number pad. One of my 5 year old Dell laptops, which cost around £900, is still working and gets used sometimes.
Last year I bought a cheap laptop from Acer for around £300 simply to have a dedicated PC for video work. And, last week I bought an EEE netbook …