Coming to a screen near you: ‘eEnders’?

David Cameron’s vision of a Silicon Valley-style technology hub in London’s Shoreditch district shows spunkiness. Whether the commercial property agents struggling to let empty office space further east in Docklands will share the PM’s enthusiam, however, has yet to be seen. Local coffee shops with E1 and E2 postcodes should be happy, though, according to the BBC’s ever-insightful technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones: “The start-up crowd, sipping cappuccinos in Shoreditch cafes, has been given a wake-up call from the very highest levels of government,” he blogs Hats off, meanwhile, to HCL Technologies’ director Bindi Bhullar, who has been fast off the mark to coin the tag ‘eEnd’ to … Continue reading Coming to a screen near you: ‘eEnders’?

TDSS: the malignant ‘heart’ of cyber crime

Antivirus champion Kaspersky Lab describes the TDSS malware as the ‘most powerful and complex rootkit to date’. It infects drivers, which ensures that it will be launched almost immediately the operating system is started. Consequently, it is extremely difficult to detect and remove this rootkit. TDSS is spread via an affiliate program: affiliates earn money according to the number of computers they infect; the highest payment is made for machines located in the US. Botnets managed using TDSS, and consisting of approx. 20,000 infected machines, are sold on the black market. The botnets’ command and control centers are located in … Continue reading TDSS: the malignant ‘heart’ of cyber crime

ISP plans for 50%+ World Cup online traffic spikes

Early group matches indicate that the 2010 FIFA World Cup could generate the highest online traffic in the UK of any event to date, according to data centre Internet traffic stats from business ISP Star; indeed come the England versus Slovenia joust on 23 June unprepared ISPs (and their customers) could experience more than a wee bit of contention of their own. Read the full E&T story here. Continue reading ISP plans for 50%+ World Cup online traffic spikes

‘The Pleasure Telephone’: proto pay-per-listen service, 1895-1926

No, not one of those compact devices designed to give one an initmate sensual tingle when an incoming call arrives on your mobile… ‘The Pleasure Telephone’ is a 45-minute long BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature documentary about the ‘Electrophone’, a patented 19th Century technology that used early the telephone network to relay entertainment to subscribers. Opera was to have an honoured place in entertainment-by-telephone history – Covent Garden performances could be accessed live in private homes, gentlemen’s clubs and hotels. In the USA, subscribers were ‘taught’ operas by an interweaving of spoken libretto and recordings of arias. The Pleasure Telephone also looks at the breadth … Continue reading ‘The Pleasure Telephone’: proto pay-per-listen service, 1895-1926

Beatles [no longer] for sale

Pop quiz, hot shot: how much will a close-to-near-mint copy of The Beatles’ first long-playing record, Please Please Me, set you back? We’re talking first UK pressing, stereo copy, heavyweight shiny black vinyl, gold and black Parlophone labels (PCS 3042), Dick James songwriting credits, glossy front laminated flip-back sleeve printed by Ernest J Day, Angus McBean photo credit printed in the far bottom right corner on the front, vinyl matrix stamps YEX 94-1 and 95-1, vinyl stampers G1 and R1, MTZ tax code embossed on side two label and supplied with the original polythene-lined “Use Emitex” inner sleeve. So how … Continue reading Beatles [no longer] for sale

Supine tigers, gaping maws

Thomas ‘Ecademy’ Power is back, bringing a welcome voice of experience and caution to the gung-ho geekery permeating the Social Media World Forum. As enterprises gush and rush to embrace Twitter to drive core sales, Facebook to build critical customer communities, and LinkedIn to consolidate valued B2B relationships (and find key staff to recruit) how many CIOs consider the fact that all that irreplaceable data that they are basing so much sales and marketing activitiy on does not actually belong to them? It belongs to yer Twitters, Facebooks, YouTubes, LinkedIns, etc.  And as they -the socnet platforms – introduce new … Continue reading Supine tigers, gaping maws

It’s official: Web stress messes brain

The scourge of Web stress is nothing new, but IT management company CA has public’d what it claims is the first neurological study of consumer reactions to a ‘poor online experience’.  Working with consultancy Foviance, the study analysed brain wave activity from volunteers tasked with purchasing products and services online over a ‘standard’ 2Mbps broadband link. CA admits that there are many factors inveighing on a website’s ‘responsiveness’, and acknowledges that Web stress is a longtime ‘known problem’ in respect to online user experience. What the new research is supposed to prove is that bad browsing due to crappily-designed websites … Continue reading It’s official: Web stress messes brain