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Product Review: Skype VoIP client


A test of the popularity of a buzz word or an acronym is when your parents start using it. Usually, they pronounce the thing wrong and you have a little giggle and no harm done. Enter then, VoIP, or Voice over IP, which in itself is a compound acronym, where IP means Internet Protocol. But […]


Always something on my mind


It’s lunch time and I like to skip around the internet to see what’s happening in the world. One of my ports of call is New Scientist, a wealth of topical, usually easy to follow scientific stories of discovery, invention and creation. The article that caught my eye today was that of a device capable […]


De facto


In what can only be best described as a volte face, Microsoft has changed their stance on what will make up Internet Explorer 7. “In a blog entry posted Friday, a member of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer development team said the company plans to support key elements of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recommendations Portable Network […]


Do the iPod Shuffle…


I’m not the gadget fiend I used to be. I like gadgets that, 1) are useful [not always a given, but you know this], 2) aren’t too fiddly [hephalump-thumbs-r-us], 3) not too expensive that I would fall to my knees, head held in hands, crying like a baby if said gadget got broken. So the […]


Quantum leap or lurch?


Scientific American claims that advances in commercially available quantum encryption might obsolete the existing factorization-based solutions: “The National Security Agency or one of the Federal Reserve banks can now buy a quantum-cryptographic system from two small companies – and more products are on the way. This new method of encryption represents the first major commercial […]