Tag Archives: Internet

Google and YouTube give U.S. courts your details

At the moment we’re seeing a number of online privacy issues, and the biggest debate at the moment is undoubtedly around companies giving your details to third parties. One such issue has arisen with Google as the studio Viacom force them to had over the IP addresses of all of the people who have accessed YouTube.

Yes you read that right, they have been ordered by a U.S. court to hand over the details of anyone who has ever watched a video on YouTube, no matter what country they are from.

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3G at the EIFF

It’s been bad timing for me and this 3G Mobile Broadband review until this week. First the modem doesn’t work in my works building and secondly I got married and headed off on honeymoon for almost three weeks. I did try and get 3G to let me blog my honeymoon but, rather tellingly, they said the cost was way too much.

So these next two weeks are a great trial as I cover as many films as possible during the Edinburgh International Film Festival. That means I’m on the go between cinemas almost constantly through the day and trying to keep the reviews coming out.

This first week has been interesting and shown two sides to the 3G Mobile Broadband.

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Could Twitter replace business IM?

I’ve written before about utilising tools that are used daily on the Internet to create a new and knowledge focused Intranet with little cost to the business (have a look through the Knowledge Management category), and in that I’ve talked about the use of Instant Messaging. This has been something that has come up against resistance whenever it’s mentioned in a business context, so when I started using Twitter I saw answers to so many of the issues and negatives raised against IM in the workplace.

The Twitter model of messaging is one which would work superbly well in a business that is both scared of employees chatting the day away, and also of employees concerned about the instant intrusion of IM.

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Installing the 3G Broadband modem

I received my 3G Broadband Modem a few days after getting the instructions, a DVD type box contained a few pieces of paper with simple instructions on how to install, too simple I thought, this can’t be right. There are always problems with installing hardware like this, especially portable hardware, so when I realised the box contained no software and the instructions stated that I should simply plug it in and it would automatically install, I was very sceptical.

I couldn’t believe when I simply slid the SIM card into place, plugged in the USB dongle, just slightly larger than an average sized USB stick as you can see below, the software began installing, and installing right first time.

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Reviewing mobile broadband

Connecting to the Internet on the go hasn’t always been a priority for me, but with my Windows Mobile phone I’ve always had a convenient connection to retrieve the odd bit of information to settle a friendly argument or to perform some routine maintenance on one of my sites.

However the Windows Mobile isn’t ideal. Sure it has a standard keyboard on it, if it is a little slow, and it has a decent screen with a good browser, but there’s nothing that can beat a laptop and a full sized screen. So far the problem to that has been weighing the cost of portability against the ease, cost and speed of connection.

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Creating a useful Intranet

Intranets are a mess, let’s face it. They’re most often a big dump of information that is more a legacy system than any other computer system within your organisation, that is if you have the traditional model of adding in new groups of pages then your model dates back to the early days of websites.

Nowadays things are changing, and our need for information access is changing. We’re overloaded with information, we’re getting information pushed to us, we’re deciding on the information we read and the presentation of that information, and we want it in a timely fashion.

None of that is addressed by the standard Intranet model.

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Web 2.0 fails and how systems should be

There was, and continues to be, a big fuss about Web 2.0, but what has it actually brought the end user? From where I stand it doesn’t appear to be that much.

We’ve ended up with a reliance on cumbersome widgets and closed systems, although the appearance of more and more dynamic content on sites is nice and swish, has it resulted in more exclusion and fairy lights over content?

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Lost Emails

Quick plea here, and my apologies, I’ve just had a wee accident with my email and lost a few. Anything sent to either my personal or Filmstalker email accounts between approximately Friday 23:00 and Saturday 10:00 (GMT/UTC) has been lost. I was trying to alter some settings for remote mail pickup and inadvertantly chose the

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