Information technology, computing and related

Interesting Engineering: How transistors are made

How transistor chips are made Via Interesting Engineering, on Facebook: Microchips are in nearly everything, and they power much of what makes the modern world possible. Here’s how they’re made

BSOD: when experts get it wrong

Intro BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), the infamous sight of windows crashing, perhaps taking your work with it, perhaps taking everything with it, as the crash corrupts the file allocation tables beyond repair! (This is why we do back-ups, people!) The problem with the BSOD, and Microsoft’s cryptic messages, is they can be a sod …

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Contact form spam

A friend received the following, below, so I deconstructed it for her, advising that it was “dodgy as heck, do not follow the link”. This is a mass spam to get unwary people to click on the link, which will almost certainly install malware or the like on your computer. From: … Sent: Saturday, February …

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Who owns data on you?

I’ll tell you a little story first. True as it happens. Many years ago – decades actually! – I used to hang around IRC-based chat rooms talking to other techies and MUD gamers. One evening we got a troll, some annoying kid that believed the anonymity of the Internet allowed him to be as rude, …

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To Infinity and beyond. The joys of changing Internet providers

As a long-time Internet user, the first question in my mind when considering moving house isn’t access to public transport, shops, crime rates, parks, it’s: “What’s the broadband access like there?” For our new address, BT quoted June the following year for fibre. By the time we moved this was put back to ‘July to …

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