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Unstructured thoughts, discovered pearls, rants etc.

The Silence of The Laptop

My wife's laptop was dying not so long ago, the screen wiring had gone so that the screen wouldn't work except when opened to a silly, unusable angle, and the keyboard was getting a bit flaky, keycaps falling off etc. Underneath these flaws it's a powerful machine, but a laptop with dodgy screen and keyboard is obviously not much use.

So I gave my, less powerful but fully functional, laptop to my wife, and took her old one to work where I repaired the screen hinge and plugged in a large external monitor and keyboard. Since then it has generally served me well, with two flaws - it often crashed when playing video, and the fan was very noisy. I got fed up of this and decided to see if I could improve matters.

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Why the UK Government Would Be Wrong To Block Social Media

{jcomments on}The UK government is getting in a tizz about social media, specifically its use in publicising and coordinating the recent riots which have erupted in English cities over the past week. Several prominent politicians have suggested blocking access to social media, especially Twitter and Facebook, when civil disturbance is likely or underway, as reported by the BBC, Telegraph and other news media.

They're wrong, very wrong, and I'd like to explain why.

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IT Consultant Goes To Prison

Later this month I'm going to prison. the Isle of Man prison, to talk to prisoners about IT in the real world. As part of their education programme some prisoners attend classes in IT, from professional educators who teach IT at the Isle of Man College. Most of us who work in IT recognise that IT as taught in education is very different to IT in the real world, so I'm going to deliver a couple of talks about IT in business, what it is, how it's used etc.

I know I'm likely to be asked a couple of questions:

a) types of careers in IT

b) what problems will convicts have in gaining employment in IT

Obviously I've got some ideas of my own, but I'd like a wider perspective. Particularly what IT jobs you would or wouldn't employ an ex-convict for, and why. Please use the comments widget below - would you employ an ex-convict in your IT function? If so doing what? Which IT roles would you absolutely not employ a convict for?

Thanks, Steve.

Measurement of IT

A recent discussion on LinkedIn caused me to use a phrase  that I haven't spoken for a while, and thus stimulated me into writing this. More on that later.

The measurement of IT is well understood by IT Directors and CIOs. There are rafts of "standard" KPIs used to measure the performance of the corporate IT function, typical examples include (from Wikipedia):

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