Disabling Contactless Cards

| September 10, 2015

Contactless card security – or the lack of it – is back in the media. There are three main items that the card firms say make these cards secure. Sadly I would disagree with each. 6 RFID Blocking Sleeve Set Offers Secure Protection from Identity ID Theft and Credit Card Fraud 1) Short Range.Which said […]

Disabling contactless cards – paranoia or reason?

| August 27, 2015

My bank sent me one of these cards, which in my opinion is about as safe as walking around with an infinite number of £20’s in your pocket to be taken by everyone walking past. So I thought I’d look into the security. The flaw is fairly simple: they say the cards can only be […]

Frameworks, and coding, and CSS…oh my!

| March 16, 2015

Sometimes I despair of the modern coding scene. Android, and Chrome and mobile and Jquery have emerged, and it does appear to do something very strange to some programmers: specifically they don’t know how to program. I had a slightly odd CSS query but I knew there were ways round it in 2004 when I […]

Blogging live, and 50 Wizzleys…

| February 6, 2015

You might notice the blogger account getting updated more frequently. I’ve moved from my alpha system to a beta API, so while the posts may not look pretty, the content should port and the issues with broken connection should stop.Not bad for someone dealing with their yearly bout of pneumonia. Drawn: The Painted Tower (PC […]

Mozilla build their own backdoor?

| September 4, 2014

There is a huge security hole in Firefox 29 and above. It’s called the Mozilla Maintenance service.What this does is to allow Firefox for force updates onto your computer without telling you it is doing so. You will only find out it has done this when you restart Firefox.Even in Windows, you have to accept […]

When Science becomes Fiction – drawing the line…

| August 26, 2013

I was reading this: Ten Classic Pitfalls When Writing About Science and Scientists I actually liked this article until I got to this:9. Pseudo ScienceTime travel, interstellar space travel, artificial gravity, etc – are all far beyond the realms of real science (certainly within the next 500 years). But are obviously uber-convenient devices to serve […]

Ways to type less and get more words out…

| July 10, 2013

Like most people the problem is not that I can’t type fast. It’s not that I don’t type accurately. It’s that after eight hours in front of a screen my eyes bleed and my hands are downright sore.  (and no, I am not getting old, just wearing out…)So what I want is something that I […]

“Really Technical”…oh really?

| June 30, 2013

This blog was initially about challenges. Tech support is proving one.If you – my client – tell me you are “really technical” please clarify if:You run your own server under your deskYou have a VPS or managed service and write your own backend scriptsYou’ve done some HTML/Javascript on websites.You’ve used WordYou can turn the computer […]

A follow-up to E3

| June 23, 2013

After my last post we witnessed the Sony presentation (staying up until 2am). I said all they needed to do was not mess it up, and indeed they did not. Instead they hit it for six, clear across the boundary, and rounded off with a price point almost £100 under Microsoft.The share price reacted instantly.PS4 […]

E3 and consoles

| June 10, 2013

I really have slipped – I have not created a technology category on this blog and I did not realise until E3.This is going to be an interesting week. The Xbox fan in the office is going to be watching tonight’s reveal with what appears to be a shrinking feeling of dread. The rest of […]