Oh No, not again!

meltdown-spectre_620x350It is 1995 and the latest computers boast the latest computer chips or processors from the big manufacturers of such things like Intel, ARM, AMD and others.

Two decades later the millions of computers using these chips are now suddenly found to have a flaw, in fact two, named Meltdown and Spectre, rather ominous names.

What does it mean to me and you, only that some hacker has found a way to access the entire memory of a vulnerable computer, i.e. your password, log-ins and files cached by various applications you are using, and other sensitive data could be read by the hacker.

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2018 – The Future is already here

So much has happened this year that to make an intelligent guess at what we might encounter in 2018 and beyond has become increasingly difficult.

Technology develops very fast, some would say that it is destroying the most important asset in our lives, and that is Time.

Because our time is limited, although some might argue that the more time we have the more opportunities we have to enjoy life and fulfilment. Yet what matters is not how much time we have, but how we spend it, the quality of our experiences depends not on how many hours are in the day, rather on how we used those hours.

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Newsletter for November 2017

New Workshop: “Are you thinking of buying?”

You might find that your old printer is playing up. Should you try to get it fixed? If you decide to buy a new one, you notice that you can spend anything from $80 to $500 – how do you decide?  And, what brand to buy?

What if your old PC has finally had it. Should you buy another, in which case how much should you spend, what do you look for, how do you understand all the specs? Or, should you be getting a laptop instead? Or perhaps a tablet? How to decide? Continue reading

Moving, moving …into a new way of life

I remember II

Listening to the latest news from the get-together at the APEC meeting in Vietnam one of the strong comments from our new Prime Minister was the need for more action regarding Climate Change.

This most likely move will mean more effort towards curbing fossil fuelled transport and supporting the wider introduction of electric and maybe hydrogen fuelled cars. As you know already there are both hybrid and battery driven vehicles available in New Zealand,  albeit at rather high prices, but more are coming and maybe at more accessible prices.

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Facial Recognition

iPhone X

With the new iPhone X [pronounced: ‘Ten’] Apple has brought us into a new age of digital security. Up to now we have seen movies where people enter secure areas by having the iris of their eyes scanned or hand prints examined, and of course the fingerprint has been there for a good many years. But now we are into the Face ID era.

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