Gadget Review – Doorbot
Sat, Apr 5th 2014 5:50a Paul Mooney As part of our house move, I wanted to avoid missing knocks on the door in future. Be it travel or just being too far from the door. Gab and Tim had purchased a Doorbot in the past, and were quite pleased, so I decided to make the jump.
First of all, the doorbot is shipped from the USA, so if you are in the UK, expect a Customs Charge if you are unlucky (I was). The device is nicely presented and comes with all tools needed to fit an install on your door/wall. Compared to a standard door [read] Keywords: gadget
The pebble experiment ends
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 5:20p Paul Mooney Today I turned off my pebble watch. It has been placed in my “history of tech” pile. I loved the smartwatch concept since Kickstarter made headlines with the Pebble. When I (eventually) got the watch I was pleasantly surprised with the look and the basic functionality. After the recent OS upgrade, it felt like a new watch, with much more features and use cases. However, the connectivity with iOS always sucked for me. To this day notifications passed phone/text were ver [read] Keywords: apple
Announcing the Dash4Dosh 2014
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 5:20a Paul Mooney Over the past few years, fantastic community members have put in their time for sponsored “danders” in various locations for charity. Many thousands have been raised and many blisters earned. A few of us have always liked the idea of going alongside these fine folk to raise money. But there has been a unavoidable issue.
We hate walking.
So, enter the “dash4dosh” (yes, it’s a facebook page. Please like and share it). Myself, Sean Cull, Chris Harris, Gregg E [read] Keywords: community
As I have been asked a few times (ethical hacking / Domino)
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 12:00p Paul Mooney After the BP107 presentation “defending the perimeter” at IBM Connect, I have had a few (quite a few more than I would have expected) queries on if I would run the ethical hacking/domino workshop again. The answer is the the typical answer of any consultant when asked if they would run a paid workshop again.
Just get in touch. I have ran it at events and also on customer sites. You just need to do the paperwork with my pimps. [read] Keywords: domino
The future of mobile communication.
Sun, Jan 26th 2014 1:00p Paul Mooney I remember when my mobile phone bill could have been calculated by the weight of the posted invoice. Any international road-warrior with requirements to provide support and be contactable has suffered extensively from data roaming bills for calls and data. I wince at the thoughts of how much I cost my company on the mobile phone for making and taking calls from anywhere,anytime.
This is starting to change. Three.co.uk have made a brave move.
A few months ago I switched to the Three phone [read] Keywords: roaming
VMWare acquire Airwatch
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 7:50a Paul Mooney Smart move for VMWare to get into the space by acquisition of one of the main players.
VMware will acquire AirWatch, a mobile device management company, in a $1.17 billion cash deal that will give the virtualization software provider a play in mobility. VMware will also pay $365 million in installment payments and unvested stock options.
More [read] Keywords: mobile
A job versus a passion
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 4:30a Paul Mooney Over the past few years, I have seen some gamification attempts at IBM Connect. I cannot say if they were deemed failures or not, but they always felt “forced” to me. The objective of the game is that IBM want you to increase their trending during the event. The community leaders in IBM try to do this with very little resources given to them. This year, I see community people do it themselves, just for fun. Not only do they do it, they do it in style.
Take a look at Dolphin [read] Keywords: ibm
A government bond site.. sending clear text passwords
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 2:00p Paul Mooney A year ago, Tescos (US readers, think Walmart) got in a *lot* of hot water for sending clear, unencrypted passwords by email to customers. When tech security hits mainstream press, you know you have screwed up (or been caught) big time. With the haze of the holiday period disappearing, I plunged into my mailbox and noticed a couple of emails from an Irish Agency. The irish government prize bonds agency.
It was real, from their real address with my online bond-tracking password in clear [read] Keywords: email
Animated gifs in Keynote 6
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 3:00a Paul Mooney The new “Mavericks” version of Keynote comes with substancial changes. Since many of us on the presentation track use keynote heavily I was expecting hatred to the new build, but in fact it is working out quite well, although there are a few quirks.
If you try to add an animated gif to a presentation in Keynote 06 it will not work. If you want it to work, rename the file to animated.gif.MOV (add the .mov extension) and drag it in. Keynote will now think its a movie file and tr [read] Keywords: mac