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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Is it just me or has online banking got worse?

04 January 2010  |  4607 views  |  5  |  Recommends 0

I recently had the misfortune to receive a chip and pin card reader to use with my Smile account and in a stroke the entire banking experience has been ruined. It's fiddly to use and generally annoying - particularly when I log in at work and don't have it with me. What I find baffling is that I have to use it whenever I make a bill payment. Now...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Banking in the future - as seen from 1969

14 September 2009  |  3636 views  |  1  |  Recommends 1

The BBC have put a priceless collection of items from Tomorrow's World online. If you've not heard of it, this used to be essential viewing on BBC1. It was a weekly look at science and technology which managed to cover all manner of exciting new developments without the obligatory dumbing down you get now. I believed it all - computers would do a...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Apple forced to scrap iPhone advert

26 November 2008  |  3818 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Apple have been told not to run a TV ad again in the UK for the iPhone 3G after 17 people complained that it exaggerated the speed of 3G. The ad used the phrase "really fast" repeatedly, co...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Hey Ocarina

25 November 2008  |  3589 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

As you may be aware I do occasionally suffer from Internet shopping hand, a condition whereby I lose control of my mouse hand and click on the BUY NOW button. It's even worse on the iPhone apps store....

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Vista slow to boot up? You could always sue your employer

20 November 2008  |  1553 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

The first thing I do when I get to work is switch my PC on. I then go and make a cup of tea and usually on my return it's ready to do something useful. It seems I am fortunate. Workers in some majo...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Global financial meltdown? It's ok, just lie about it

11 November 2008  |  2204 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

A study by Axa has found that more than one in three people admit to having misled a partner, friend or relation about the state of their finances. It also concludes the current dodgy state of the eco...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

OpenOffice servers collapse under the strain

13 October 2008  |  1421 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

OpenOffice 3.0 is available to download now - or rather - would be if it weren't for everyone else on the planet trying to do so at the same time. At the time of writing if you visit the OpenOffice...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

The Windows 7 boy band pop video

08 October 2008  |  2934 views  |  3  |  Recommends 0

Here's a moderately amusing viral video on YouTube attempting to plug PDC 2008, where traditionally Microsoft unveil their future of "the Platform" and technical strategy. Their what? At ...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

The internet is broken again...

17 September 2008  |  1610 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

A piece on The Register discusses how two well-known security researchers have scrapped a talk discussing some interesting new critical holes impacting anyone using a web browser. They cancelled fo...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Sibos after hours shenanigins round-up

17 September 2008  |  2970 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Sibos can sometimes appear to the outsider like an excuse for a big party - in fact a succession of parties with the free cocktails seemingly flowing from lunchtime onwards. I recall from Copenhagen s...

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