28 February 2018

iTunes Movie Trailers - for all the latest films!

iTunes Movie Trailers puts the newest HD movie previews in your hands. 

Browse trailers, clips, and featurettes for the biggest Hollywood blockbusters and independent cinema, view stunning HD photos, explore a year-long calendar of movie releases, find showtimes near you, and get ticket info directly from your device.

Bill Gates on crypto currencies. Spoiler: he's not impressed

Bill Gates: "The main feature of crypto currencies is their anonymity. I don't think this is a good thing. The Government's ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and terrorist funding is a good thing. Right now crypto currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way. I think the speculative wave around ICOs and crypto currencies is super risky for those who go long."

The tinkerers Aladin's cave: Maplin, collapses as rescue talks fail

One of the UK's biggest electronics retailers has collapsed into administration after talks with potential buyers failed to secure a sale.

Maplin, which has more than 200 stores and 2,500 staff, will continue to trade through the process.

The business faced the slump in the pound, weak consumer confidence and a withdrawal of credit insurance. These factors made it "impossible" to raise capital, boss Graham Harris said.

So sad. Years ago, I used to love shopping in Tandy & Maplin for electronic components & project kit. As we buy more and more online, this is ultimately the consequence. We sow the wind & reap the whirlwind...

27 February 2018

Do you use Apple iCloud? Perhaps that should read Google iCloud!

A file that Apple updated on its website last month provides the first acknowledgment that it's relying on Google's public cloud for data storage for its iCloud services.

The disclosure is fresh evidence that Google's cloud has been picking up usage as it looks to catch up with Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud infrastructure business.

Apple periodically publishes new versions of a PDF called the iOS Security Guide. For years the document contained language indicating that iCloud services were relying on remote data storage systems from Amazon Web Services, as well as Microsoft's Azure. However, in the latest version, the Microsoft Azure reference is gone, and in its place is Google Cloud Platform (Page 53).

26 February 2018

The Bike Show SA: 2018 Ducati Panigale V4

Ducati has been faithful to the V-twin for nearly 50 years but now, it's time for a change. All hail the new Panigale V4. Donovan went to Spain to attend the launch and, despite a trip to the medical centre, came away very impressed indeed. In this part, we try to cool his fevered brow by taking a look at the history of the V-twin Ducati and the superbikes of the late-1980's onwards.

It's Fairtrade Fortnight: 26 February to 11 March - Come on in!

It's Fairtrade Fortnight! From 26 February to 11 March join us in supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food. With Fairtrade we have the power to change the world every day. Fairtrade opens doors. Come on in.

It's a shocking fact that millions of farmers and workers who produce the food we love still don’t earn enough to feed their own families. It’s time for this injustice to end. Fairtrade Fortnight puts a spotlight on trade. When trade is fair it has the potential to improve the lives of the people who grow our food. 

Here's what you can do get get involved. If you are a business or a campaigner, you will also find helpful information on the links at the bottom of this page.

Deal of the day: HP 14-Inch Laptop: Intel i5, 4GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Win10. Under £500!

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24 February 2018

Reading for today: Seek, and you will find the Lord.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Read at Bible Gateway

23 February 2018

Love animals? Looking for a good cause? Please consider Healing Paws Animal Rescue in Zakynthos, Greece

People often ask Kim & me what breed is Calli, and where did we get her from?
Calli is a "Bitzer", from Zakynthos, Greece and was rescued while still very young.

In England we (generally) love and care for our animal friends.
Other parts of the world aren't as kind.

Sue Deeth who runs Healing Paws Animal Rescue, does such wonderful work, bring love and hope to animals whose life at best would be miserable, and at worst: well, you probably don't want to know...

Please consider donating to Sue's wonderful work. If you are considering bringing a furry friend into your home & family, PLEASE consider rehoming / adopting.

22 February 2018

The IT Crowd: Customer Support (how not to do it!)

Ever had to call a manufacturers technical help line?
Perhaps your Internet Service Provider's Support line?
Then this video from The IT Crowd might sound familiar!
However, it doesn't have to be hard work:
Contact Donline for for professional & friendly IT support.

21 February 2018

A better way to pay, contactless: Google Pay

Google Pay is the fast, simple way to pay in millions of places - online, in stores, and more. It brings together everything you need at checkout and keeps your information safe and secure.

With Google Pay, you can check out in hundreds of apps without having to enter your payment information. Catch a ride, order a takeaway or buy those "kind of overpriced but totally worth it" tickets with the simple press of a button.

So long, swipe. When you pay in shops, Google Pay doesn´t share your actual card number, so your information stays secure. Plus, you can check out faster with the device that’s already in your hand – no need to dig for your wallet.

Google Pay protects your payment info with multiple layers of security, using one of the world’s most advanced security infrastructures to help keep your account safe.

Get more from your loyalty and rewards cards with Google Pay. Simply add your cards and with select shops, you'll even get exclusive offers and reminders to use your loyalty card when you enter the shop. Rewards never felt this rewarding.

20 February 2018

Your iPhone has a new bug, which could slip into a bootloop with no end in sight

Your iPhone has another new bug, and this time it could trap your device in a bootloop – a continual cycle of restarting but not actually launching into iOS.

The bug, which Apple is urgently trying to fix, came as part of its latest software update and crashes applications that display a certain character from the south Indian language Telugu. Receiving or typing a message with that character in causes apps to stop.

If the symbol is displayed via a notification, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Apple TVs and even some desktops can slip into a bootloop with no end in sight.

There is a solution in the works though. After the glitch was first reported by Indian site Mobile World, Apple has said the problem has been fixed in beta builds of its various OSes. A permanent fix will be rolled out as soon as possible.

Prince William back on two wheels again during a Triumph factory tour

Prince William relived his biking youth when he went for a motorcycle ride during his visit to the Triumph factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

The future king was pictured taking the Triumph Tiger 1200 XRT for a spin around the grounds following a tour of the factory.

During his visit, he could not hide his excitement at seeing all the two-wheeled machines in various stages of construction.

When the duke first arrived at the plant he was show the bike he would later ride waiting at the entrance and said "Look at this - a monster."

Actually Prince William: it isn't a Monster, It's a Triumph Tiger 1200 ;0)

19 February 2018

Man sues Microsoft seeking new copy of Windows 7

An Albuquerque man has sued Microsoft and its CEO - Satya Nadella - seeking a fresh copy of Windows 7 or $600 million in damages.

According to a civil complaint filed last week on February 14, Frank K. Dickman Jr. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is suing Microsoft because of a botched forced Windows 10 upgrade.

"I own a ASUS 54L laptop computer which has an OEM license for Windows Version 7," Dickman's claim reads. "The computer was upgraded to Windows Version 10 and became non-functional immediately. The upgrade deleted the cached, or backup, version of Windows 7."

The angry plaintiff wants a judge to force Microsoft to comply with his request in 30 days or pay up $600 million in damages— albeit the judge may interpret the damages as $6 billion due to a redaction error, as the complaint reads "$6,000,000,000.00 (six hundred million dollars)."

Well Mr Dickman(!), you've got two hopes, and one of them is this guy!

Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Church spires could be used to boost mobile and broadband coverage in rural areas under an agreement between the UK government and the Church of England.

The government has committed to achieving good-quality mobile connectivity across the UK by 2022.

While the agreement encourages churches to sign up, they will still have to negotiate the usual planning process.

"Getting access to suitable sites, particularly in rural areas, has been a real challenge for mobile operators, so any initiative aimed at improving this will be welcomed by the industry," said Matthew Howett, principal analyst at research firm Assembly.

18 February 2018

Graham Kendrick - Amazing Love

Amazing Love (My Lord what love is this) performed by Graham Kendrick, Mark Prentice (Double Bass) and Terl Bryant (Percussion).

My Lord, what love is this
That pays so dearly
That I, the guilty one
May go free!

Amazing love, O what sacrifice
The Son of God given for me
My debt he pays, and my death he dies
That I might live, that I might live

Written in 1989, Amazing Love has become a 'Kendrick Classic' and was re-recorded for 2011's The Very Best of Graham Kendrick.

Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show - good, but not great...

Well, despite certain train ticket machines & staff trying to ruin our day ;0), Brian, Mike & I had a good day out at the London bike show.

I have come to the conclusion that the London show sadly isn't a patch on the Birmingham show, which is much bigger (lots more to see & do), better stands, and more relevant. By that, I mean actual bike related kit & not weird stuff - like stands selling: nail varnish, patent medicines, anti rheumatism bracelets, etc... Not what we (or probably anyone) paid our ticket money to see!

OK, that said there was still plenty of good stuff to see. Highlights: Kawasaki Z900RS (my favourite), a 1920 Rudge Multi 500cc, a 2014 Bimota Tesi 3D, Mike's favourite the Suzuki SV650 (see above), and a truly beautiful custom Harley (not something you will hear me say often!). Unusually, my wallet stayed (more or less) in my pocket: partially not tempted enough, partially a stern warning from the Mrs!

For your delectation: Google Photo Album

16 February 2018

GDPR resources: courtesy of Microsoft, Risual & Donline

Calli says: Happy Chinese New Year 2018! Year of the you-know-who!

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese: 春节; traditional Chinese: 春節; pinyin: Chūn Jié) in modern China, and one of the Lunar New Years in Asia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. 

Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 Jan and 20 Feb. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year is on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog.

Deal of the day: Microsoft Office 365 Home Subscription: £52.99 from Amazon

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15 February 2018

A white paper by Microsoft on GDPR

On May 25, 2018, a European privacy law is due to take effect that sets a new global bar for privacy rights, security, and compliance.

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is fundamentally about protecting and enabling the privacy rights of individuals. The GDPR establishes strict global privacy requirements governing how you manage and protect personal data while respecting individual choice—no matter where data is sent, processed, or stored.

Microsoft and our customers are now on a journey to achieve the privacy goals of the GDPR. At Microsoft, we believe privacy is a fundamental right, and we believe that the GDPR is an important step forward for clarifying and enabling individual privacy rights. But we also recognize that the GDPR will require significant changes by organizations all over the world.

We have outlined our commitment to the GDPR and how we are supporting our customers within the “Get GDPR compliant with the Microsoft Cloud” blog post by our Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch and the “Earning your trust with contractual commitments to the General Data Protection Regulation” blog post by Rich Sauer, Microsoft Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel.

Although your journey to GDPR may seem challenging, we are here to help you. For specific information about the GDPR, our commitments, and beginning your journey, please visit the GDPR section of the Microsoft Trust Center.

Get your copy of the White Paper here: www.microsoft.com

13 February 2018

Broadband: higher speeds were becoming more necessary. Like 10Gbps!!!

Broadband speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) have been tested in a home in the former Olympic village in east London.

Broadband operator Hyperoptic conducted the test, claiming it is the first time such speeds have been brought to a UK home using an existing ISP network rather than a dedicated line.

Firms are now looking to roll out full-fibre technology in the UK.

Ofcom boss Sharon White said higher speeds were becoming more necessary.

10Gbps to a home! Necessary?
Aaagh, the world had gone nuts. The fastest that any of my clients (Donline as well) has as an internal network speeds is 1Gbps. Never mind the outside line... What next: I need a Bugatti Veyron to go down the CoOp to get some more biccies? Grrr...

12 February 2018

50% St Valentine's day discount at NCH Software!

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Offer valid through to 14th February 2018.

Tony Iommi & Birmingham Cathedral Choir: "How Good It Is". In more ways than one...

He might be more famous for the iconic riffs of metal overlords Black Sabbath, but guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed a more classically-inclined side to his output.

Tony Iommi has composed a choral piece especially for Birmingham Cathedral, featuring contributions from the Birmingham Cathedral Choir and words selected by the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham.

The piece, entitled ‘How Good It Is’ (inspired by Psalm 133), is Iommi’s way of “giving something back” to his home city. 

Describing the piece, Iommi said in a press release: “It’s just a little bit different to Sabbath! We’ve done instrumental work before with orchestras and it’s something I enjoy doing. It’s completely different from any of the heavier stuff. This is a completely new piece of music and I’m really pleased with it.”

Listen to ‘How Good It Is’ now: www.youtube.com

Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show - last chance for discounted tickets!

With just days to go until the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show opens its doors, you can show up for less and buy discounted tickets online now. 

Discounted show tickets are just £17 - offers end midnight 14th Feb. 

All bookings subject to a £1.50 transaction fee. Free bike parking. Children 15 yrs & under go free. Car parking at the venue is limited, Use the online car park booking system to secure car parking in advance. 

11 February 2018

09 February 2018

Great deals from Amazon on Echo (Alexa), Fire Tablets, etc

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Rock Your Resume With Resume Assistant From LinkedIn + Microsoft

Last year, LinkedIn announced Resume Assistant, which integrates the power of LinkedIn directly into Microsoft Word to help you craft your most compelling resume yet. Today, Resume Assistant is available to Office 365 subscribers on Windows to help showcase the best version of you and land the job you love.

With over 15 million job applications being submitted on LinkedIn every week, finding the right way to represent your unique experience is important. By regularly updating your resume, you’ll already be one step ahead when the time comes to find your next role.

Now Available to Office 365 Subscribers on Windows in Select Regions.

From July, Google Chrome will name and shame "insecure" HTTP websites. Oh dear: read in conjunction with yesterday's post...

Three years ago, Google's search engine began favoring in its results websites that use encrypted HTTPS connections.

Sites that secure their content get a boost over websites that used plain-old boring insecure HTTP. In a "carrot and stick" model, that's the carrot: rewarding security with greater search visibility.

Later this year comes the stick. This summer, Google will mark non-HTTPS websites as insecure in its Chrome browser, fulfilling a plan rolled out in September 2016.

Starting with Chrome 68, due to hit the stable distribution channel on July 2018, visiting a website using an HTTP connection will prompt the message "Not secure" in the browser's omnibox – the display and input field that accepts both URLs and search queries.

Well that's just great: Google will stop trusting Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certs from this year. One option would be to drop the certificate - going from HTTPS back to good old HTTP. Unfortunately this will now flag that website as insecure! Good job Google - you can go off people, you know...

08 February 2018

Is your website secured with a Symantec SSL Cert? Trouble looms ahead...

Tens of thousands of websites are going to find themselves labeled as unsafe unless they switch out their HTTPS certificate in the next two months.

Thanks to a decision in September by Google to stop trusting Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certs, from mid-April Chrome browser users visiting websites using a certificate from the security biz issued before June 1, 2016 or after December 1, 2017 will be warned that their connection is not private and someone may be trying to steal their information. They will have to click past the warning to get to the website.

This will also affect certs that use Symantec as their root of trust even if they were issued by an intermediate organization. For example, certificates handed out by Thawte, GeoTrust, and RapidSSL that rely on Symantec will be hit by Google's crackdown. If in doubt, check your cert's root certificate authority to see if it's Symantec or not.

Oh dear: Donline's SSL cert is a Symantec issued one. Thanks 1&1... 
Time to explore the options!

07 February 2018

Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer (2016) Real world review

An interesting view on my bike - Honda Crosstourer VFR1200X (2014). I love my bike - fast, capable, all day comfy, but I can sort of see what he (Steve Rose) means. For most people my bike  might as well be invisible! In nearly 4 years, I have only had a handful of people say "Ooo, nice bike mate". However when I'm on Kim's bike - it's all compliments! Still, never mind, I love Holly!

Here’s a question. Does a motorcycle have to be exciting to be good? Here’s another. Is it possible that any 1200cc motorcycle that makes 130bhp and out-accelerates Ferraris can be anything other than exciting?

Honda’s Crosstourer is confusing me. This is the fourth one I’ve ridden. I remember on the press launch sitting next to the project leader and discovering that in his youth he’d been fascinated by two stroke race replicas and had owned a Suzuki GSX-R1100. He wanted to build a sporty adventure bike in the VFR tradition. Sounds good to me, but every time I ride one it takes a while for me to appreciate how much I like it.

And I do like the Crosstourer… a lot, but when I’m riding it, I feel confident, comfortable and glad I chose to commute by bike, but rarely emotional or excited. This is a bike that brings out the sensible in me. My journeys in the last few weeks have been calm and measured, without the usual eye-widening, sphincter-clenching overtakes or holding onto the throttle for an extra half-second just for the hell of it that makes two-wheeled winter riding worth doing.

And yet, this is a bike that makes more power than my old GSX-R1100, has a beautiful, smooth engine, flawless power delivery, traction control, ABS and suspension that does comfort and control like only Honda knows how to. Plus, it’s shaft driven, built to survive a journalist’s winter (non) cleaning regime and much more confident (and therefore quicker from A to B) in the cold, slippy January misery than any 287kg motorcycle has a right to be.

Remember to feed your faith

There are three things that spread the Christ life to us: baptism, belief, and that mysterious action which different Christians call by different names - Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord’s Supper.

If you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious reading and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed.

Compiled in Words to Live By

06 February 2018

Falcon Heavy test flight is today! Watch Elon's car get launched into space!

The first test flight of Falcon Heavy is targeted for Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 1:30 PM ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.

With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb) - a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel--Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9. Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.

Click here for the Falcon Heavy Animation
Click here for the SpaceX Launch Webcast

Best thing you are going to see today: Julian Glover reads from his dynamic interpretation of Beowulf

Julian Glover reads his dynamic interpretation of Beowulf, the epic heroic poem of anonymous authorship which dates somewhere between the 8th and 11th centuries. Glover cleverly inserts stanzas in the original Old English. Introduced by Sir John Giulgud.

Julian Glover's version takes the poem back to its origins as a spoken tale. He has taken the essence of the poem and, with a scholarly eye to the British Museum's manuscript, created a truly bardic performance. Beowulf's battles against Grendel (the monster who takes you in your sleep) and the original lethal female, his mother, who comes to avenge her son's killing, are faithfully transformed from their singed original to a roaring reality.

Until now this was my favourite translation of Beowulf, however I think Julian has pipped it to the post. This truly epic tale deserves to be told by a master, and that's what we have here: it's all drama! Enjoy!

Need a break from your PC? Win+L to lock it! Keep your data safe!

Need a "natural break"?
Need to give your eyes a break from the screen?
Time for a coffee? (Other beverages are available. Apparently).

Press the Windows button & the letter "L" to LOCK your PC screen to stop the baddies getting at your good stuff.

Like this keyboard shortcut? Here are more!

05 February 2018

eBay will soon replace PayPal as its main payment option

eBay and PayPal remained tight even after the two headed to splitsville in 2015. That's bound to change in the near future now that the auction site has decided to offer an integrated payment system built by Amsterdam-based company Adyen. The move will give way to a more seamless payment experience -- no need to log into another website to pay -- since Adyen's product (already used by Netflix and Uber) is purely a back-end payment service.

You might encounter the new payment system as soon as the second half of 2018, when the e-commerce giant deploys it (on a small scale) in North America. Its availability will expand in 2019 and the year after, until all sellers have been transitioned to the new system by 2021. eBay has an existing contract to continue offering PayPal as a payment option until July 2023, but neither company has announced if they have plans to extend that partnership beyond that point.