Archive for the 'Computer' Category

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Internet Explorer 8

Just been reading something that said that there are government departments paying Microsoft for IE8 support. Presumably these are only being used in-house given that they are obviously not paying all the web site owners to ensure that sites continue to support IE8. Given that the code to support IE8 differs significantly from that used […]
Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Computers and the ATO

The Australian Taxation Office appear to have little idea of what they are doing when it comes to computers and the internet. There are constantly new issues arising as they don’t think out things properly before implementing. One of the latest issues is their lack of capacity planning with regard to the new version of […]
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Y2K

I have just been reading yet another article that mentions Y2K as an example of a wrong assumption. In fact those who advised of the potential disaster that was called Y2K were 100% right in their assumption that it could be an absolute disaster. Because it would have been such a disaster those companies with […]
Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Nuisance Emails

It is still only June but my inbox is already full of junk emails reminding me that Father’s Day is fast approaching. Surely reminding me in late August that Father’s Day is the first Sunday in September would be more appropriate. I suppose by then these same people will be sending emails reminding me that […]
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Valid Dates of Birth

Programmers can now safely update their date of birth validation code to disallow dates in the 1800s (at least where the person is supposed to be still living). The death of the oldest person in the world (a Japanese lady born in 1898) means that the oldest person still alive as of today was born […]
Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Imitation Games

Just saw this movie and wondering just how realistic it is. The following occurred to me while watching without even thinking about whether the events in the movie were based on facts or not – they relate purely to the issue of problem solving and the way that anyone who knows even a little about […]
Friday, August 15th, 2014

What is a Programmer?

The difference between a coder and a programmer is that a coder knows the syntax of a programming language and how to use it to write programs whereas a programmer also knows how to solve problems so as to write code that will produce the desired result in the most efficient manner. The difference between […]
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Happy 25th Anniversary – WWW

While connecting computers together has been done since the late 1950s and the internet itself (although not yet by that name) dates back to the early 1970s, when most people today think of the internet they think of the World Wide Web. This isn’t even the most popular protocol used on the internet (email is […]
Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Email glitch

When I started up my email program first thing yesterday morning all of the email accounts were gone – somehow the configuration had got corrupted. Since then I have recreated the email accounts (working out the correct settings for one of them was a pain) and recreated some of the filters. Fortunately all of the […]
Sunday, November 17th, 2013

About.com

I started writing about JavaScript for About.com in September 2004 and continued to do so through to August 2011. At that point demands on my time meant that I no longer had enough time to do everything I wanted to and the exchange rate meant that what I was receiving from About.com for the writing […]