A last note on the Cyber-attack debacle

Map RansomwareYou are most likely sick and tired of hearing about the attack of  Ransomware and similar worms, however, it is a fact that most Windows PCs were vulnerable to remote attack due to dud Windows Defender, the protection installed by default on all consumer oriented Windows PCs.

Without going in to all the technical details suffice it to say that Microsoft has now – and it must be said with impressive speed – issued an automatic patch to guard against the remote code execution.

The interesting thing about this whole story is

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The Weird and wonderful

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At various times the words ‘Quantum computing’ and ‘Quantum mechanics’ as well as ‘Quantum nano computers’ were mentioned in past posts.

There is a good reason for that because whilst on the one hand the whole quantum business is really weird, on the other it is wonderfully amazing and it is not long now before some startling computing results can be expected.

That means that for us mere mortals the concepts will begin to have greater meaning so we need to know a little more than just the name ‘quantum computing’.

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Are we there yet?

Following the events of the past week you may well ask what happened to all the clever people’s prognostications and how the media could get things so wrong. Our interest, of course, is tech oriented and you may think it has nothing to do with politics in the USA.

Alas, it seems everything has to do with politics in the US, as over in Portugal’s capital Lisbon at the Web Summit Conference where 50,000 participants are gathered to celebrate their achievements within the technology sphere and to exchange ideas, discuss trends and brag about the latest innovations making life easier, greener and more enjoyable, the timing coincided with the election of the new President Elect.

 

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Smartphone chat

smartphones-pileNot everyone is a smartphone owner or user and many may have no thoughts of acquiring one. Nevertheless,  the smartphone has been on the market for the past 10 years, yes really, so maybe it is time to look at what makes a smartphone and what makes it tick.

If you already have such a device, and I know that many of you do, you will forgive me for backgrounding a bit, and if you are thinking of perhaps joining the ranks then what can you expect to find.

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The wonderful technology

I remember IIA long time ago, or to be more exact, in the years 469 to 399, there lived an early classical Greek philosopher by the name of Socrates who has been credited with being one of the founders of Western philosophy. He also had a pupil named Plato and both Master and pupil expressed their opposition to writing because it would “create forgetfulness in learner’s souls because they will not use their memories”.

Since then the same may have been said about printing using our inkjets or laser printers, listening to radio, education generally, watching TV, using computing devices, email, Facebook and Google and other similar brain rotting technology as writing was seen as.

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