I told you so…

29 02 2008

As I said, encrypting data is all that is needed in the age of “every time a laptop is lost, it is front page news”.  This would have been a really big story if the CD in question hadn’t been encrypted.  As the data was secure, the panic is over (though how on earth it got “hidden between the keyboard and the circuit board of the laptop” is anyone’s guess).


Sorry to the world’s poorest – we just couldn’t quite agree

4 01 2008

Very disappointing news that Intel has withdrawn its funding and technical contribution from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, citing “philosophical differences”. I know the project is not perfect but the intention and vision must be applauded. Nothing on the OLPC or Intel websites about this news.


Maybe this is just a temporary glitch rather than a permanent roadblock for what is a serious effort to improve the education and prospects for some of the world’s poorest children.

Forget Generation X, we are the Re-Generation pt. II

15 12 2007

Thanks to Sean from Dell’s environment program for this. I’m impressed that Dell is taking the lead on this and wonder if they are going to encourage/invite other big companies to join in – similar to the Liberty Alliance..?

Nice ad from HP

18 05 2007

Fiona Ogre Princess

A surprising league table?

4 04 2007


Am I the only one to be surprised by some of the placings in the league table of eco-friendly electronics firms? OK, so Apple is probably not at the top of Greenpeace’s Christmas card list but who would have thought that Lenovo would top the table and that companies like Sony and Toshiba would be placed so low… Is this really a table of eco-friendly electronics firms or would those at the top of the list be better described as the ones that cause the least damage? I am not sure that eo-friendly and electronics firms were ever really meant to be in the same sentence together.

Greenpeace’s own article on this is interesting and this image provides a reminder of the damage and chaos that the IT industry needs to continue to take responsibility for – and do something about.


Oldest debate in the world… revisited

27 03 2007


Two apologies. First, sorry for not posting for a while – some shenanigans to deal with and I am now back and hopefully posting a bit more regularly. Second, for writing a post on THE most out-of-date debate in the world. But if it was OK for The Gadget Show to talk about, then maybe it is OK for me too…

I have always been in the PC camp and not a big Mac fan. This dates back to the mid 90s when I was working with Compaq, and Apple was still a few months away from launching the iMac. As a slight aside, when there was bad news for Compaq, we often used to say: “at least you’re not Apple!”, which goes to show how far Cupertino’s finest has come. In fairness, I have always thought that Macs were cool (arty, funky and a little bit ‘woah’) but not really ever understood them. Two years working with Compaq and five with Toshiba meant that I was definitely a PC-er…

But now I have seen the light. I’m not anti-PC but boy do I love my new MacBook. It all just works. It was so easy to set up and I had it working – connected, software installed and looking great within about half an hour… And the fear of it all being a foreign language for those of us that were brought up on Windows as our mother tongue, were completely unfounded. Who knows, maybe I’ll even manage some more impressive postings on my blog now that I have more computing power at my finger-tips.