May 19

Take the Phishing Test

Following on from my earlier post about how to spot a “Phishing” email, you can now take a short test to see how good you are at identifying fake emails.  Anything less than 100% and you might be vulnerable to being tricked into installing viruses, handing over your bank login details, or worse!

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Apr 28

How to solve Apple’s Pro Video Formats 2.0.1 constant update loop.

A software update which was made available by Apple earlier this month causes some users machines to get stuck in a constant update loop. As soon as you install the update it re-appears as available for update. If this affects you, then there is a simple solution. Continue reading

Apr 24

What makes apple’s new watch tick?

Want to know what makes Apple’s new Watch tick? Then read on to take a look inside.

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Feb 14

Roland TD-6V Drum Brain Repair

RolandBrainThe Roland TD-6V Percussion Instrument is a major part of the Roland “V-Drums” line up. This week I had one for repair. Lets take a look under the hood and see whats makes this machine tick, or in this case not.

This one came to me with the complaint that it would just cut out during performances. The display remained on, and it still responded to controls, but wouldn’t produce sound. After a bit of fettling it would come back to life. This might happen 2 or three times during a set, or it might not happen at all, and behave itself right through. Continue reading

Feb 04

Apple’s new SpaceShip building takes off. (Video)

Construction work on Apple’s new “SpaceShip” headquarters building has begun, demolition is complete and the new circular campus building is beginning to rise from the ground. This video shows where it’s up to so far, and you can also see the huge car park building. Continue reading to see the video. Continue reading

Jan 26

Teardown: Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker

In this video I tear down a Bosch Tassimo Coffee Machine and see whats inside. Continue reading

Oct 24

FTDI relents to pressure, and pulls the malicious driver from windows.

As I, and many others, reported yesterday, FTDI’s latest windows driver deliberately disabled users hardware. They have now bowed to public pressure and the backlash from the engineering community and pulled the update, and promised to issue a new driver “next week”. Continue reading

Oct 23

FTDI USB driver intentionally and deliberately damages hardware?

FTDI make USB interface chips which are the industry standard around the world. Do the latest FTDI software drivers for windows deliberately and knowingly damage hardware?

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You just can’t trust the BBC.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 09.39.12Two headlines, both from the BBC News website today, both published today, both conflicting. One reads “UK Universities slip down rankings” and the other reads “Universities hold world rankings”.

In fact both are true, because the BBC sees “England” as being the “UK” and demotes Scotland. The truth is that overall English universities have slipped down the world rankings but Scottish universities have held their place. In fact, despite the headline saying the universities position was “held” they have in fact rose up the ranking. Surely this is anti-scottish bias?

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 09.39.00Shouldn’t the BBC be more careful about using gimmicky headlines to draw people into reading their news stories? The BBC News anchors used to be the epitome of good grammar, correct English and decent journalism. Now there is very little journalism on BBC News, it is mainly just “reporting” and they often use misleading headlines to draw you into a story, or to promote a BBC TV Programe.

 

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