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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Hacking your bank with the help of social networks...

29 April 2010  |  4362 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Just read an interesting blog post from a security researcher performing a stealth penetration test on a bank, at the request of the bank incidentally. What was interesting to me was the amount of technical information about the bank's systems that they obtained from public sources - the Facebooks and LinkedIns of the world. This was then followed...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Banking in the future - as seen from 1969

14 September 2009  |  3612 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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The BBC, Gaza and editorial impartiality

25 January 2009  |  1457 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

The Disasters Emergency Committee is an umbrella group of UK charities that swing into action when needed to raise urgently needed money. At the moment they have launched an appeal for Gaza - you can...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Does Windows slow down of its own accord?

14 January 2009  |  4027 views  |  3  |  Recommends 1

I read this piece about "code rot" this morning. Curious. Every Windows PC I have ever owned has seemed to get slower as time goes by - and that includes servers. Sometimes defragging the d...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Microsoft release iPhone app

15 December 2008  |  1190 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Seadragon is some nifty image manipulation stuff from the talented boffins at Microsoft Live Labs. It allows you to zoom in on images - and keep going. You have to try it to get it - but it's impressi...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

New on Finextra - personal blog RSS feeds

08 December 2008  |  2023 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

As requested by the community, we're now providing an individual RSS feed for every Finextra community member. All you need do is post a blog item and you'll see an RSS logo appears on your postings....

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Apple forced to scrap iPhone advert

26 November 2008  |  3787 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  |  3559 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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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Poor management causes heart disease

25 November 2008  |  2994 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Interesting item on the BBC web site about the effects of poor management skills on employees. A study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine looked at 3000 males and found some startlin...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

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

20 November 2008  |  1534 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...

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