The UK Government COVID App: Should We Use It?

Updated on 5th May 2020 to reflect further information on data security. The UK government has been working on a COVID tracking app for the last month or so, designed to notify you if you have come into close proximity with someone who has has been diagnosed with the...

The Hive Mind: Helping To Solve COVID19

How to run Folding@Home in a Docker container to help fight the Coronavirus and other diseases.|

Where Does Time Go?

It has been four years since a small hiatus was announced for Europoint Communications. In the event, this only lasted around 18 months, until October 2018. In that time, Matthew Cunliffe has obtained PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner and RESILIA Practitioner qualifications,...

Identifying Docker Container IP Addresses

I have been starting to use Docker to implement a number of applications (Jira, Confluence, Jenkins, GitLab etc), but one issue I have encountered is, that unless you create specific networks for each container, on starting the container, it is given a random IP...

The (Not So) Impersonal Touch

I received a telephone call this evening from a company that purported to be Lorien (on 0333 023 0006 if you are interested), a recruitment consultancy. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be a problem, although at quarter to eight in the evening, is perhaps not the most...

A Little Light Relief

Most of the articles that are published on this site  are fairly serious (well, always serious), but there is amusement in the IT industry, albeit often a rather rarefied humour.  Two sites are always worthy of mention,  https://xkcd.com/ and http://www.dilbert.com/....

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Geolocation as a Means to Combat Fraud

I recently had occasion to buy a product from an online company. Having added the item to my basket, I went to the checkout and entered my credit card details, then pressed the confirmation button to move on to the 3-D Secure section (more familiarly known as...

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A Solution to Insecure Email?

Last year I wrote an article bemoaning the lack of security for emails, particularly with companies sending personal data to confirm quotations. After the recent revelations that the US are quite happily running as much information as they can through a system through...

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Backing Up To The Cloud

For the last few years, the "Cloud" has been the big thing, with plenty of companies springing up, offering space for you to store your data, whether it be specialised storage such as ITunes, Google Play Music or the Amazon Cloud Player for music; more generalised...

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Keeping Your Privacy on the World Wide Web

I recently attended a talk at the Nottingham and Derby BCS Branch on the imminent activation of the so-called "Cookie Directive" in British law. The law, in a nutshell says that, unless the information you are gathering from a person on your website is...

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