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We hear about leaving TVs on stand-by; PCs are just as bad. Workers who leave their PCs on overnight are causing spiralling electricity bills and extended greenhouse damage to the environment. … The report found that workers did not turn off their PCs for five main reasons: They couldn’t be bothered (17.5 percent) No-one else […] Read more

Hot on the heels of IE7, Firefox 2.0 appears. I’ve just installed it, and so far, so good. On the other hand, I haven’t installed IE7 yet. You can’t easily install it alongside IE6 (instead of replacing it) and one of my main uses of IE is for testing web pages that I develop. Given […] Read more

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A recent survey suggests that many applications fail when they are deployed. If you don’t plan for performance issues in advance, during the development process, things can go pear shaped in the production environment. Performance can be significantly affected by network issues, for example: often, development takes place on a LAN, but the production environment […] Read more

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I think this article is reporting the government as saying the following about ID cards: It won’t be possible to test everything in advance They’ll use off-the-shelf technology for some parts; this will have been adequately tested elsewhere Trials will have to be limited in order to stay within budget Instead of trials, they’ll use […] Read more

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Quantitative risk management is all very well, says this article, but it shouldn’t be used in isolation. Well, yes. The big risk is that the quantitative results don’t reflect reality: either the model is wrong, or it hasn’t been calibrated properly, or it’s using the wrong data. Even if you’ve got a good model, it […] Read more

IE7 was released last week (while I was on holiday). It’s the first new version of Internet Explorer for five years. It’s really catching up with Firefox and Opera, with a host of new (to it) features. It’s also meant to have much better security than IE6. A shame that a security vulnerability was discovered […] Read more

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Emails: love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re here to stay. And that’s the point. Many emails are written as if they are ephemeral, and then cause problems when they turn out to be permanent. It’s so easy just to dash something off, in the same tone as if you were chatting to a colleague at […] Read more

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When you draw up a specification for a software application that you are developing, are you sure it’s complete? OK, let’s start again. You should always provide a specification for a software application before you develop it. This applies to everything, even a little one-off spreadsheet. Obviously in the latter case it needn’t be particularly […] Read more

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So you do what everyone says you should do: don’t tell anyone your passwords, don’t write them down anywhere… and then you die. Your grieving relatives can’t get access to your online address book, so can’t notify your friends. Or your colleagues can’t get access to the vital work you were doing the day before […] Read more

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At the recent GIRO conference, Rob Curtis from the FSA drew our attention to the recent consultation paper: CP06/16: Prudential changes for insurers. The part that made me prick up my ears was the following: The written record of a firm’s individual capital assessment, as carried out in accordance with Sub-Principle 1 submitted by the […] Read more

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