USB cooler

What to do with all those old CDs and DVDs … use PLENTY of glue now or the thing will spin off and make a mess  🙂


Is HDD disk encryption "really" secure any more

I came across two articles in the last few days which show that disk encryption is perhaps more vulenarable to a successful attack than previously thought.

Article 1

Article 2

BT snoozing

I was looking for a quote from BT (UK communications service provider) today and filled out the appropriate WEB form.  About 15seconds later (impressive !!) I got an automated mail to say my enquiry would be dealt with, the reference number made me laugh … BT snoozing or was my enquiry just boring ??    🙂

Dear __ ____ _________

Thank you for your quote request. We can confirm it has been forwarded to the BT team with Reference Number ZZZZZZZ. You will receive a reply shortly. Please retain the reference number for future use.

Best wishes,


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Wallpaper heaven

Came across this site which has links to LOTS of really nice (IMHO) wallpapers for your desktop … many different types and surely something for everyone  🙂 

The Google Social Graph API

From the site blurb:  “With so many websites to join, users must decide where to invest significant time in adding their same connections over and over. For developers, this means it is difficult to build successful web applications that hinge upon a critical mass of users for content and interaction. With the Social Graph API, developers can now utilize public connections their users have already created in other web services. It makes information about public connections between people easily available and useful.”  Watch the video too – more info here

Pillow rocks

These had me fooled for a moment … damn cool pillow rocks

Real life test of Internet banking security

I have just read with some interest and quiet amusement that UK TV presenter, author and newspaper columnist Jeremy Clarkson has lost money after publishing his bank account details in the UK national press.  Story goes that he was commenting on the loss of 25 million people’s data on two government CDs which had gone missing, here, apparently writing that:

“All you’ll be able to do with them is put money into my account. Not take it out. Honestly, I’ve never known such a palaver about nothing,” he told readers.

So, he published is own account details and how to find his address.

What happened?

Well, someone has since opened a direct debit for £500 from his account and into the account of the charity, Diabetes UK.  Seems the bank can’t tell him who did it due to the Data Protection Act and cannot prevent it happening again.

My quiet amassment is not that it happened to him but that someone followed this through and highlighted what can happen when you are haphazard with personal details and set yourself up for a fall.  Whether this was a direct result of an anonymous reader getting hold of the details or a close friend “playing a joke” the punishment is fitting. 

Good charitable cause, I hope the direct debit stays !!!

Original BBC report.