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Thursday
Apr032014

Ask Webster anything...

I am always pleased to hear from readers for any reason but in particular I’m happy to try to resolve any computer or internet related headaches you may have.  If I can’t help, I may be able to point you in the right direction.

Click on the button below to ask me anything, and also read a few of the questions I have already received. 


Thursday
Apr032014

Webster's latest from The Oldie - May 2014

One of the paradoxes of the digital world (internet, mobile phones, texting, and the rest) which, in theory, connects us all better than ever, is that it now often seems even harder than ever to contact a specific person, and if you do get through to them, the quality of the connection is often so poor that a serious conversation is impossible.

We are witnessing the slow death of the telephone land line, as we quaintly used to call them, unless we fight back.

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Thursday
Apr032014

My latest favourite sign...

Thursday
Mar202014

Recently from The Oldie - April 2014

If your computer is at least four years old there is a good chance, unless it’s an Apple, that it is using the Windows XP operating system. If it is, then you need to do some thinking, because on 8th April Microsoft will stop their “support” for it, leaving your computer increasingly susceptible to attacks by malicious scoundrels from all over the world.

Don’t panic; it will continue to work, just as before, it’s just that Microsoft will no longer be sending it monthly electronic repairs.  This is a constant battle; the cyber-crooks are always searching for vulnerabilities in mass market software and when they find a crack in the defences they exploit it by sneaking something malicious through it.  This might be to copy your passwords, or get into your emails, or worse.  It’s very unwelcome, sometimes sinister, and always a nuisance.

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Thursday
Mar202014

Monday
Mar102014

Very nearly an armful...

The classic Tony Hancock "Blood Donor" episode

You can give blood yourself: Click here

Tuesday
Feb252014

Wednesday
Nov132013

A new industrial revolution

A new industrial revolution is underway and we are in the thick of it, but most people haven’t noticed; what’s more, it shows some remarkable similarities to the last one. One of the founders of Google claims that the amount of data we record every two days in 2013 is equal to all of the data that was recorded from the beginning of time to 2003. I think that’s exaggerating, but you get the picture.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Google marches on...

I've just come across this extraodinary chart, courtesy of Business Insider.

It shows that Google alone is now a bigger recipient of advertising spend than either newspapers and magazines in the USA.  As the article points out, presumably it won't be long before Google not only eclipses magazines but also becomes bigger than magazines ever were — even when there was no Internet to compete with.

As he says, staggering.

 

Saturday
Oct052013

Something from the internet

Too true, too true...