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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Microsoft to open stores - offers 250,000 dollar bounty

13 February 2009  |  2050 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Had to check the date - nope - not April 1st. It seems the good folk from Redmond are going to open Microsoft-branded stores to create a "deeper engagement" with consumers and they've recruited David Porter as corporate vice president, who has previously worked at Dreamworks and Wal-Mart. This raises all sorts of interesting questions....

Peter RobertsUCL - London

On the resilience of modern infrastructure in the UK

02 February 2009  |  1950 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Yes it's snowed. And yes no buses or trains were running this morning as London ground to a halt prompting the usual complaints about how unprepared we are. I can work from anywhere so I wasn't particularly bothered, but it has been interesting today listening to different wild estimates for how much this has "cost the economy". The mai...

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The BBC, Gaza and editorial impartiality

25 January 2009  |  1470 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  |  4061 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

Festive online gift ideas

03 December 2008  |  1664 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Apparently online sales are still doing quite well, despite the credit crunch. Anyway, rather than leave it to the last minute I thought I'd start my seasonal present research early this year while pr...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Game review: World of Goo

24 November 2008  |  2366 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

There was a time when computer games were written by a single person - Manic Miner on the ZX Spectrum for example. Eccentric, inspired genius. Now they're all blockbusters with massive teams and budge...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

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

20 November 2008  |  1555 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

London Pub - The French House

18 November 2008  |  2366 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I say pub - it's kind of something more. Yes there's a restaurant upstairs but it's not just that - it's genuinely different and a little eccentric. It's tiny. It's packed. The walls are packed with i...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

London Pub - The Lamb

17 November 2008  |  3334 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

You'll find The Lamb tucked down the end of Lamb's Conduit Street and a short 10 minute stroll from Holborn and Russell Square tubes. The street is also home to one of my favourite bike shops - Bikef...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

How safe are you online?

17 November 2008  |  1932 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Think you're safe? Try this! (only applies to Windows PC users). It's a bit slow and plodding but it does the job. Yes - it's Get safe online week - an annual UK bash to make the public aware of th...

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