This is the bing result for Vista Service Pack 2 on Microsoft’s own download site. Bing can’t find it. No results. Zilch. Nothing. What about a Google search?
Well. Let’s take a look. The result may surprise you…
You see, this speed carries one big penalty. Security. Not for the device, for you. The transaction is now so fast, it can’t be fraud-checked conventionally.
“Contactless” means just that. No contact from either side – counter or customer. There’ll be no alerts, no chance to stop a fraudster. Or is there?
As a bank marketing slogan, the co-operative’s good with money is pretty good. Just a pity then that the rest of the bank’s processes don’t match. Because behind the ethical faÃ§ade this member-owned group strives to portray, lies a dark, Dickensian approach to those it does business with.
Here are three disturbing examples – from the inefficient to downright destructive – that soil the fluffy image it would prefer us to associate with it…
Its funny how we can sometimes be carried along by the current without realising. Following the innovation bandwagon, for instance. Every businessman knows they must constantly innovate to compete and survive. We shouldn’t get hung up on that word. People can either innovate or they can’t. Innovation isn’t a measurable action, its a mindset.
Every day, I read the endless diatribes about why we can’t innovate here or there. Listen to these coffee-shop philosophers and you’ll want to give up and go home. Hold on though. I think they’ve got it all wrong. Fundamentally wrong…
Another snowy morning. Another day’s news of travel woes and broken services. Wasn’t this supposed to be the age of technology?
Looking around my neighbourhood, middle-management cars struggle past on route to some distant office to connect to some services located somewhere else. They’ll sit at their desk to phone customers who again, will be somewhere else. Noticed the common thread here?
There’s not much details about it as yet – like how much it will cost, for example – The Oracle site just provides a PDF about it. What I can say at this point is it remains 100% compatible with Desktop Open Office, retaining Open Document formats as well as PDF. It’s MS Office compatible, too.
But the site mentions a Â£33.00 charge for Desktop Open Office…
I stopped at my local Marks & Spencer Food, I just fancied one of their Â£10 deals. Spotted a guy I used to know. He’d managed the IT department for a large utility. Noticed he was wearing an apron. He was stacking shelves.
Then I suddenly shivered. Have I seen my future. Is this my next big career move. Is this what a lifetime’s technology strategy has in store for people like me?
Where will all that knowledge go, if its not passed on, how can we move forward. Will the new me never get the chance to learn from my experience?
When talk turns to the Cloud, the hot ticket currently is the location of information. Security’s no longer the biggest concern, its where data is stored which is key.
Cloud players like SalesForce and IBM are looking to their own national storage, but its expensive and inefficient. So why not use a storage Cloud for it?
Sometimes I despair at the appalling state of the UK’s broadband services. It’s truly horrific.
Here is an ex-state monopoly supposedly “competing” with a number of other providers, but what the public is actually getting is simply a re-badged service provided by BT.
The BT infrastructure is antiquated and decaying, virtually on its knees from years of under investment, yet being milked dry by greedy BT accountants.
UK customers in the meantime are being sold services by unscrupulous suppliers who’ve probably never been near a phone exchange, let alone have any network of their own.
But let’s just put the subject of BT’s steam-powered infrastructure to one side for a moment, I’m worried that BT may well be tilting the tables even more in their favour.
Imagine this. You own the exchange where all your competitor’s connections are housed. Who would know if you simply unplugged them for say, two minutes every now and then?
BT’s service wouldn’t have to be that good if the competition’s kept going off line, would it?
Sad to see Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect, Ray Ozzie leave the company this month. Ozzie created Lotus Notes, then Groove, which Microsoft bought out.
Ozzie was one of the good guys. Highly talented, well respected and Cloud orientated. Uniquely capable of filling the vacuum left by Bill Gates’ departure.
I doubt there is anyone following trends today who doesn’t accept the Cloud as our future. Nor who doesn’t realise that the restrictive and expensive desktop’s days are numbered. Anyone but Microsoft, that is.
I can imagine the frustration he felt as he battled against the cash-cow culture prevailing in Microsoft and its obsession with extracting every last penny from its customer base.
Ozzie was a CloudÂ visionaryÂ and tried to steer the desktop-obsessed Microsoft that way. Does this mean that Microsoft’s recent “we love the Cloud” stance is discredited?
Well, here’s my two-cent’s worth…
Imagine this scenario. You’re living in a nice house, but the window frames need replacing.
You have a good look round and find a new window company offering you a great deal. Lower maintenance, more light, much better looking and adding more value to your home. Your neighbours down the road have switched to them and really love them.
But your window cleaner doesn’t want you to have them. So he says no.
What, he’s your window cleaner. You pay him to do what he does. He’s actually saying no?
You’d fire him, wouldn’t you. No way you’d accept a decision of yours questioned like that. But if he’s your IT outsourcer, that’s exactly what he thinks he can do. And you let him do it.
An outsourcer wants to make money from supporting you, I don’t have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is anyone trying to hijack your company’s future.