An audience with Bill Gates
Imagine Cup blogWe've been quiet recently... Perhaps a-little too quiet... Not without good reason though, for this week we jetted off to Sunny Seattle. And yes it really is sunny! Why? To give a presentation to Bill Gates, someone important enough to convince us to make sure our demo worked without a flaw. As fun as playing demo roulette is, we thought there would be enough tension in the air without us shooting ourselves in the head.
Ruby on Rails
TutorialRuby is an object oriented scripting language. Rails is a Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework based on Ruby and used for developing web applications. An advantage of Ruby on Rails over J2EE is that it requires less code and doesn’t require any configuration files, except for a database configuration file. A Ruby on Rails web application may be developed simply with a web server and a database; and the Rails framework includes a built-in web server, WEBrick (another web server such as Apache may also be used). The Rails framework is configured for the MySQL database by default but Rails also supports PostgreSQL, SQL Server, Oracle and DB2 databases.
Nominet signs up to ICANN
In a hugely significant move, .uk registry Nominet has signed up to internet overseeing organisation ICANN and put to bed a historic battle between the US not-for-profit company and managers of country-specific internet domains.
US government funds social network snooping
The US government is funding research into social networking sites and how to gather and store personal data published on them, according to the New Scientist magazine.
Shuttle mission postponed 'til Independence Day
The launch of space Shuttle Discovery has been delayed by bad weather for the second day in a row, and mission controllers have said they won't try for another launch until Independence Day.
File sharing damages insurer plans international expansion
The Swedish company which offers insurance against file sharing law suits will expand into other Scandinavian countries.
Sky clears upgraded Sky+ PVR problem
UK satellite TV broadcaster Sky last week quietly released a firmware downgrade to fix dozens of old Sky+ boxes rendered inoperable by a firmware update transmitted earlier in the week. PVRs affected include almost all machines equipped with upgraded hard drives.
Centerprise makes a disaster recovery
Centerprise, the veteran British PC manufacturer, has bucked the market decline that has seen its old school rivals Elonex and Granville go bust in the last year, by buying its way into the services market.
Microsoft signs Motorola as vital ally in fixed-mobile convergence
When Motorola ended its joint project with Cisco, focused on enterprise fixed/mobile convergence, earlier this year, it said it was moving more directly to full unified messaging.
E7even goes titsup
E7even, the unpronouncable broadband ISP, is no longer providing its customers with internet connections.
Oz PM piles into Big Brother
Australia's normally restrained prime minister John Howard has enjoyed a moment of angry enlightenment in demanding that the Down Under version of human zoo Big Brother be taken off the air.
Scoundrel-outing site sued by alleged scoundrel
A man is suing the website dontdatehimgirl.com after three of its members posted warnings to other women, including various unsavoury allegations about his behaviour and conduct. The members who made the comments are also named in the suit.
Cisco complacent on consolidation
CommentCisco is taking a complacent line on the wave of consolidation affecting the telecoms equipment business.
W3C guidelines inadequate
CommentSo many of the most disruptive business models based on wireless networks depend on heavy use of the mobile web, that it is easy to forget what an unsatisfactory experience this remains.
Intel's multiple Meroms pin-incompatible - report
The 'Merom' Core 2 Duo mobile microprocessor Intel will ship with 'Santa Rosa', next year's Centrino upgrade, will not be quite the same Merom that it's due to launch in August. The two versions of the CPU will not be pin-compatible, it has been claimed.
MS says no to Xbox 360 with built-in HD DVD
Microsoft has "no plans" to offer a version of its Xbox 360 console with an internal HD DVD drive, a company employee has stated in a bid to confound rumours to the contrary.
NASA's next-gen launch vehicles dubbed 'Ares'
NASA last week announced that its next generation of crew and cargo launch vehicles will be dubbed Ares I and Ares V, respectively.
Hubble's vision saved
Hubble's bleary eyes can see once more as engineers have managed to get one of its main cameras back online.
OpenOffice update fixes security bug trio
OpenOffice.org has released a security update to its alternative office productivity suite following the discovery of three potentially serious security vulnerabilities during an internal audit.
Boffins build fuel cell to power iPod
UK energy company Voller has announced a fuel cell-based recharge system for Apple's iPod and other MP3 players. The downside: the thing weighs 9kg and is about the size of a large briefcase or handbag.
Consumers ready to cut carbon
Consumers are changing their buying habits as they become aware of the effect gadgetry is having on the climate.
English-born osprey back home after 150 years
An English osprey chick has returned to its place of birth in Rutland Water after a 20-month jaunt to western Africa - the first such homecoming to England in 150 years, The Telegraph reports.
Earth in near miss with space rock
An asteroid half a mile long will fly past the earth tomorrow morning, missing us by an astronomical hair's breadth of half a million kilometres or so.
Palm halts Euro Treo 650 shipments
Palm will ship no further Treo 650 smart phones into Europe, the company said last week. The reason: the handset doesn't pass Europe's Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, which came into force this past Saturday.
Elonex deal hits the doldrums
The fire sale of Elonex has been delayed while the administrator deals with unforeseen "problems" unearthed as it prepared to close a deal to sell the defunct British arm of the PC manufacturer.
WiMAX in the UK. Here's why it won't fly
CommentWiMAX is another specification that has come out of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in the US, like Wi-Fi which comes under the 802.11 group. There are two variants of WiMAX, 802.16d which covers fixed installations and 802.16e covering mobile use.
Intel EOLs Socket 478 Celeron Ds
Intel has formally forecast the demise of the Celeron D 310,345 and 350, among the last of its 478-pin processors. Come 3 November, no one will be able to order any of these chips from the manufacturer, which expects to have shipped the last ones by 3 February 2007.
Floating bed demoed in Amsterdam
How often have you lain in bed at night, cursing the fact that the very piece of furniture upon which you are resting your weary head is somehow despoiled by its crude and ugly legs that rest on the floor?
Windows Genuine Disadvantage malware sighted
Perfidious virus pushers have created a worm that poses as Microsoft's anti-piracy program, Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA).
Storage giants square up to build standards
The storage world is still digesting the news that Aperi will now develop under the auspices of the Eclipse Foundation.
Royal Society's Summer Exhibition
Diary markerThe Royal Society's Summer Exhibition kicks off this evening and is set to showcase some of the most interesting research going on in the UK.
UK music biz wins right to sue AllofMP3 here
Britain's recording companies - major and minor - will be able to sue controversial Russian digital music site AllofMP3.com in the UK, the English High Court has ruled. The judgement was granted to music trade body the British Phonographic Institute (BPI), which claims the low-cost music site is operating illegally.
Ukrainians punt free energy generator on eBay
Here's one for the technically-minded among you to ponder: a Ukrainian "free energy electro power source" which has popped up on eBay.
Foiled computer blaggers jailed for 38 years
A group of seven men have been jailed for a combined total of 38 years over a failed raid of a Gloucester-based computer reseller.
MS demos Vista, Office 2007... on a Mac
Microsoft has apparently taken to demo'ing Windows Vista on... er... an Apple MacBook Pro. That at least is what a series of shots taken by Belgian photographer Pieter Baert at a presentation the software giant made at its Belgian HQ, near Brussels, last month.
Nokia updates Linux tablet
Nokia has made a major update to the Linux PDA it doesn't want you to think is a Linux PDA, the 770.