What is the Internet?

Posted in General, Internet, Our Environment by Chucky on the April 27th, 2007

A mouse is a mouse of course.In following the trend, I thought I would have a crack at this question/answer. The question is “What is the Internet?”. So what is the answer? Maybe a Hitchhikers Guide approach might shed some light on this..

The way I look at it, answering that question is easy: The Internet is merely a method of distributing data. Easy, done. Now, to delve deeper into this and use our brains, try re-jigging the question. What IS the Internet - becomes - What can the Internet do for us, What will the Internet do for us, What do we want the Internet to do for us. In finding the right question, we can take the Internet to the next level and evolve that little bit more.

I was having breakfast the other day with a good mate & colleague of mine and we were on the topic of technology and its uptake in the demographic-community. I like tell everyone my little story about how I think we (planet Earth) are only just at the first 1% of the Technology-Revolution (See Industrial Revolution for comparison). Take a meter ruler and put a dot at the start of it with a pen. That dot is the past 100 years of all the things we’ve done from harnessing Electricity, Telephone, TV, Colour TV, Computers, Mobile Phones, etc. That dot is how far we’ve come. Just IMAGINE the next 1,000 dots along that meter ruler. It is impossible to grasp or even imagine where we are heading. Something to look forward to!

InfanceyFor me, I’m looking forward to getting rid of this “Mouse” thing for good, perhaps using my thoughts to control my computer, and why do we have to look at these LCD screens anyway? Why can’t we just check our emails by thinking about it and then hearing the details in our mind? Just cast your mind back to Telegrams/Posting a letter in the mail (depending on your age!).

This has been a bit of a ramble, but I’m so passionate about the future. I’m pretty sure this passion was made even stronger after having two kids of my own! It is naive to think we’re peaking out right now when in fact, we’re nothing more than a baby that needs a diaper change.

Easily open the 2007 Microsoft Office system file formats

Posted in I.T. Support by Chucky on the April 27th, 2007

This image and anything Microsoft is copyright Microsoft Corporation.For everyone still using Microsoft Office 2003, when trying to open a file that ends with .xlsx or .docx, you may receive a message along the lines of “Cannot open this file etc”. Well you can, but first you need to download this.

Beware “Free” Wireless Internet points

Posted in I.T. Support, Security, Wireless by Chucky on the April 27th, 2007

Wireless NetworkingSo you’re out and about, you turn on your PDA/Laptop to check your emails and you notice an unsecured, open and available Wireless network. Wow you think to yourself, FREE INTERNET!

Well, beware, you may have just stumbled onto a network that is being closely monitored by someone with bad intentions. Intentions that include viewing all the information you’re sending and receiving over their network. Things like private email messages, passwords, conversations, etc.

There have even been reports of these sorts of networks popping up around already existing “hot spots” at places like Internet Cafe’s or Restaurants. So how do you protect against this sort of thing? Well, like most things in life, if it is free, it probably isn’t so good for you! Go and ask the people behind the counter which network you should be connecting to. Don’t be afraid - your knowledge may well protect the next 100 “victims”.

Another Laptop Battery Recall

Posted in I.T. Support, Our Environment by Chucky on the April 27th, 2007

If you own an Acer laptop, you will need to visist this web site and check that you do not have a fire-battery (A laptop battery that has a tendancy to overheat/melt/catch fire/etc). Unforunately it is not uncommon (Lenovo/IBM, DELL, HP). Manufacturers are trying really hard to get more bang in their buck. Add up the R&D costs with the cost of replacing 27,000 batteries - was it worth it?

Windows Server Code Name “Longhorn” Beta 3 Evaluation

Posted in I.T. Support, Longhorn (Beta3) by Chucky on the April 27th, 2007

So you want to get your hands on the latest and greatest server software? Able to offer support for a product as soon as it is released? Learn more about Longhorn here. And if you want to download the latest Beta, go here. This is the first public Beta, so be nice!

Getting started with WPF/Blend

Posted in .NET3.0, Blend, Expression, WPF, XAML by Chucky on the April 11th, 2007

So you think you’re ready for WPF, right? Add a dose of Blend and you’re ready to go. Join me in my journey into the new “wonderland”. Here are some links I’ve found useful so far:

All the things you need to download:

A great place to view some starter walk throughs (These guys are funny to!):

Microsoft Expressions web site:

What some people are doing with WPF right now:

I havn’t had a chance to really get into this page, but it looks promising:

More to come!