Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Question: "What does God want me to do?"

We ask the question what does God want me to do? for a variety of reasons. We may be facing a big life decision and truly want to follow God’s plan. Or we may be searching for God and believe that there are steps to follow or rules to keep in order to find Him. Or we may ask, “What does God want me to do?” because we can’t find purpose or meaning in our lives and suspect that God is keeping it from us. Whatever motivates the question, the Bible has answers when we are wondering what God wants us to do.

When asking what God wants me to do, remember that we are not human doings. We were created in God’s image as human beings to communicate and walk in harmony with Him (Genesis 1:27). When we focus on who we are in Christ and study the Scriptures, we will know what God wants us to do.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 November 2019 Update

12th Nov 2019: Microsoft started rolling out the free Windows 10 November 2019 Update. For those keeping track, this update is Windows 10 build 18363 and will bring Windows 10 to version 1909. You can grab it from Windows Update when it’s served to you, or try to download it manually (when available in your region).

Windows 10 is being developed as a service, meaning it receives new features on a regular basis. Microsoft has released seven major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, April 2018 Update, October 2018 Update, and May 2019 Update. The eighth one arrives this month.

Update - PM 15/11/2019: I have updated my laptop to Win10Pro v1909 - a really fast upgrade: 5-10 mins including download, install & reboot! No visible differences - some minor changes.

Every year, dogs are thrown away like rubbish! Please help the Dogs Trust care for an abandoned dog, this Christmas.

Three-legged Boxer cross, Missy was found wandering the streets just days before Christmas. She had been thrown away like she was nothing – just another piece of rubbish. Thankfully, Missy was rushed into our care. She was clearly traumatised by her ordeal but what made her situation even more critical was that she was heavily pregnant.

We did everything we could to make sure she and her puppies knew they weren’t rubbish - It’s what we do for every dog that comes through our doors.

What is wrong with some people? Dogs are a beautiful, precious part of God's creation, & they are good for us too! Always love & care for your pets especially at Christmas, and if possible give to an animal charity like Dogs Trust or Healing Paws. Thanks x. 

Monday, 11 November 2019

Top five (six!) classic bikes to buy now before they increase in value

Here is a great article from Bennetts - BikeSocial with recommendations as to what to look for if you are in the market for a modern classic motorcycle. I'm glad to see that prices are much more reasonable than they were a couple of years ago - when a bag of bolts would cost a king's ransom! 

This is their shortlist - & I'd pretty much agree:
1996 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit
2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000K5
1985 Yamaha V-Max
1993 Ducati M900 Monster
1994 BMW R 1100 GS

For my money - I'd add this to the list: 1983 Honda VF750 SC (Sabre). This was one of my fave big bikes in the day. Now a minter (like these: Bike1 or Bike2) is £2.5 to 3.5k. Doer-uppers start @ £600! They did have their issues (OK, major issues - camshafts!), but when sorted (& they invariably are - or they wouldn't be around 30+ years later) they are cracking bikes. Santa - please take note... ;0)

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Reading for today: pray for our politicians

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people -  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Read all of 1 Timothy 2 at Bible Gateway

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Stop the press: Bimota are back. Again!

*** Unveiled at EICMA 2019 *** The Kawasaki Heavy Industries group considers it a privilege to be able to, through Italian Motorcycle Investment, support the BIMOTA brand in its revival.

Ooooo I really hope this will be a the MCL show later this month! Bimota are the ultimate in outrageously sexy motorcycles. Cutting edge tech & engineering, stunning styling, eye-watering price tags. Essentially: Italian! The Tesi H2 could be an awesome thing: hub-centre steering & the amazing H2 supercharged engine. Hold on tight - to the bars & your wallet!

Not enough sockets in your house? Buy this place - it's the EC socket mountain!

Buying a house is a major ordeal. You go from door to door, months zip past and something's never quite right... then you find it, "the one". A five-bedroom home in Pinner, Harrow, northwest London"I could see the girls growing up here," your partner utters with tears in their eyes.

Indeed, the listing on Rightmove looks none too shabby on the surface. "This family haven is situated in a family-friendly location just approx. 1.7 miles [2.7km] from Eastcote Station and 1.1 miles [c 1.8km] to Pinner High Street," the description burbles.

Because not once does the cheerful text acknowledge the sheer number of electrical sockets festooning interior walls of the house. Trypophobes and OCD sufferers should probably look away now!

One Bitcoin “whale” may have fueled the currency’s price spike in 2017

A single Bitcoin holder—called a “whale” in cryptocurrency parlance—likely manipulated the market and helped fuel the big rise in Bitcoin’s price in 2017, according to researchers. That year, Bitcoin’s price jumped from under $1,000 in January to more than $19,000 in December.

The news: Last year, University of Texas professor John Griffin and Amin Shams, an instructor at Ohio State University, published controversial research concluding that in 2017 just a few big players used the stablecoin Tether to prop up the price of Bitcoin following market downturns. Griffin and Shams now tell Bloomberg that just a single whale was likely behind the behavior. They say that one entity on Bitfinex, a popular cryptocurrency headquartered in Hong Kong, appears able to push the price of Bitcoin up when it falls below certain thresholds. 

Fullers are 174 years old on the 19th Nov 2019 - time to celebrate with drinks at £1.74 each!

It’s our birthday on 19 November, marking 174 years since the official partnership papers of Fuller, Smith & Turner were signed in 1845, and to celebrate we’re having a special Get Together in our pubs with entertainment, food, and of course, plenty of great drinks – and you’re invited! 

Each of our 200 managed pubs will be getting involved by putting on special events, including pub quizzes, comedy shows, open mic nights, meet the brewer or distiller mixers, tap takeovers, tastings, and fundraisers for our charity partner, Special Olympics GB.

If you sign up to Get Together you will receive a voucher code to get three drinks for £1.74 each, which you can redeem at any of our managed pubs on our birthday. Cheers!

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Tools With A Mission: a Christian charity sending tools across the world

TWAM: our mission is to collect unwanted tools, refurbish them, sort them into trade kits and send them across the world for livelihood creation.  We send around 20 containers filled with over 300 tonnes of tools every year.

Why we do it: We want to support local people supporting their own communities through livelihood creating projects.  We believe there is dignity through work and the ability to provide for yourself and your family.  We believe entire communities can be transformed through training and the provision of tool kits and equipment.
Our motivation: We believe that God's heart reaches out to the poor and that He calls us to follow His example.

“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.”- Isaiah 25:4 (NIV)

Our motivation is to be a refuge for the poor, a safe place to find support, hope and dignity through the provision of tools and equipment.

Great news from our friends at Child of Hope, Uganda: construction progress on their secondary school

You can see how construction is progressing on our secondary school in this 2-minute video. We’re still on target for completing in time for the new school year in Jan/Feb and, as you’ll see, buildings are taking shape nicely.

When the school opens, we will probably start with three classes (S1, S2 and S3). S4 classes will have been taught different parts of the 'O' Level syllabus in their current secondary schools, so it will probaby be best for CoH S4 students to remain in them. We will then add the S4 class in 2021.

Motorcycle Live is almost here! 16-24 November at the NEC Birmingham

From 16-24 November at the NEC Birmingham, bike enthusiasts from around the country have the chance to see the latest new models from the world's leading manufacturers, enjoy non-stop live entertainment and take advantage of free chances to ride - will you be there?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of classics or customs, sports bikes or cafe racers, Motorcycle Live is the place to be! If you want to meet racers and celebrities or if you’re looking for somewhere to go with the whole family – there is everything you need, under one roof.

There are a whole host of FREE opportunities to get on two wheels too - and it doesn't matter if you're a complete beginner or a seasoned-professional - there's something for all ages and all abilities. Click HERE to book your tickets!

Monday, 4 November 2019

Introducing the new Microsoft Edge and Bing

In our mission to empower people with knowledge with Microsoft 365, one critical opportunity is the internet. We know that 60% of the time people spend on the PC is within the web browser, and it has become the primary way we work, learn and play. The internet has become an everyday utility, that we reach for automatically without thinking, yet two decades after its introduction, we are bumping into challenges and obstacles that raise questions for us.
  • Is our data safe and our privacy protected as we surf the web?
  • At work, why can’t we find our internal company information, like our pay stub or co-worker’s office location, right from within our browser or search engine like we do with web search?
  • Why can’t the web work more seamlessly with the productivity tools we know like Office 365 so that we can be more productive with our research and collaborate with others?

At Microsoft, we believe it is time to expect more from your web experience whether you are using it for personal or business use, an IT manager in a company, or a web developer. Today we begin with a focus on people in businesses and introduce the new Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Bing – the browser and search engine for business.

Microsoft today announced that the new Microsoft Edge is expected to be generally available starting January 15, 2020. We are also excited to introduce our new look! To learn more about these announcements, click below:

2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure MC Commute Review

Moto Guzzi returns to the motorcycle adventure riding scene in a pleasing medium-size package with its all-new V85 TT. Designed as a retro-themed but modern-featured ADV bike, the V85 TT is for riders looking to be able to travel farther, while experiencing the classic heartbeat of Guzzi's signature transverse-mounted air-cooled V-twin.

The V85 is powered by an overhauled 853cc twin. Yes, its cylinders still poke out from both sides of the machine, but the dynamic and character of the engine are more refined than ever. Still it retains that trademark Guzzi feel that makes it feel like, well, no other motorcycle on the road.

The engine hangs inside a steel trellis-type chassis with road-competent suspension that delivers a good balance between sport and comfort. Of course, styling is a big selling point, and this Guzzi, certainly is a head turner with its throwback lines to the Italian company’s Paris-Dakar racing days.

But don’t just take our word for it; see how the V85 TT Adventure performs on the road as we negotiate mean SoCal traffic during our work week commute.

We are off to the Motorcycle Live show in Birmingham later this month. This is probably the number 1 bike that I want to see in the flesh. Looks great in pix, and the reviewers seem to like it too.

Microsoft thinks we should have 3 day weekends - with benefits all round!

Last August, Microsoft Japan carried out a “Working Reform Project” called the Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019. For one month last August, the company implemented a three-day weekend every week, giving 2,300 employees every Friday off during the month. This “special paid vacation” did not come at the expense of any other vacation time. The results were pretty incredible!

First off, the reductions. Employees took 25.4 percent fewer days off during the month, printed 58.7 percent fewer pages, and used 23.1 percent less electricity in the office (since it was closed an extra day). All of these saved the company quite a bit of money.

Next, the increases. Productivity went up by a staggering 39.9 percent. That means even though the employees were at work for less time, more work was actually getting done!

A lot of the increase in productivity is attributed to the changing of meetings. With only four days to get everything done for the week, many meetings were cut, shortened, or changed to virtual meetings instead of in-person.

And even though it should seem obvious, it’s also important to note that 92.1 percent of employees said that they liked the four day workweek at the end of the trial. Due to its success this year, Microsoft is planning on repeating it again next summer or perhaps at other times as well.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Businesses stung by highly convincing Office 365 voicemail scam

Cyber criminals are stealing the login credentials of Microsoft Office 365 users using a phishing campaign that tricks victims into believing they've been left voicemail messages.

In the last few weeks, there's been a surge in the number of employees being sent malicious emails that allege they have a missed call and voicemail message, along with a request to login to their Microsoft accounts.

The phishing emails also contain an HTML file, which varies slightly from victim to victim, but the most recent messages observed include a genuine audio recording, researchers with McAfee Labs have discovered.

When loaded, this HTML file redirects victims to a phishing website that appears to be virtually identical to the Microsoft login prompt, where details are requested and ultimately stolen.

"What sets this phishing campaign apart from others is the fact that it incorporates audio to create a sense of urgency which, in turn, prompts victims to access the malicious link," said McAfee's senior security researcher Oliver Devane.

Intel's latest processor: Core i9-9900KS - 8 core CPU that can run at 5GHz across all cores!

Intel has been talking about its Core i9-9900KS processor for months now. It was all the way back in May that the company first revealed what would become the new flagship processor in its mainstream computing platform. The processors are built from the same slab of silicon – an 8-core, Coffee Lake-refresh based die, packaged up for Intel’s LGA1151 socket. What makes the Core i9-9900KS different from its predecessor are its base and turbo boost clocks, in addition to its TDP. Whereas the Core i9-9900K has a base-clock of 3.6GHz and a single-core turbo boost clock of 5GHz, the Core i9-9900KS cranks the base clock up to an even 4GHz and all eight of its cores can turbo up 5GHz. Those higher clocks result in a higher TDP as well, though. Intel's Core i9-9900KS rated TDP is 127 watts.

With clock frequencies so high and the ability to boost all cores to the peak turbo frequency simultaneously, it’s all but certain that the Core i9-9900KS is going to be the fastest processor Intel has produced for its mainstream platform to date.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

ASA slaps Amazon.co.uk after folk bought Prime subscriptions they didn't want

Amazon has been rapped by Britain's advertising watchdog after its baffling online payments page duped customers into signing up for an Prime subscription as they tried to pay for goods.

The trick, which falls squarely within the online category of "dark UX", was designed to confuse Amazon users into signing up for the £8/month (£96/year) service.

Several people complained after being confronted with the confusing payment options – and now Amazon has been ordered not to display the misleading boxes again.

As the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) put it: "There was little incentive to cancel during the free trial period and no way of determining whether those who paid for Prime membership did so because they had intended from the outset to do so."

Monday, 28 October 2019

Update your iPhone 5 before November 3 2019, or lose its internet access

If you’re still using an iPhone 5 – you need to update to iOS 10.3.4 before Sunday November 3 2019, or you may find your smartphone loses access to the internet.

The warning comes from Apple itself, which says that an iOS update is essential for features that require the correct date and time – such as the App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing.

In other words, if you want to do anything actually useful with your iPhone 5 beyond making calls, you had best update its operating system.

Some affected iPhone 5 users report that they have seen a warning message appear on their device’s home screens advising them to take action now, rather than leave it until it’s too late. To avoid the problem, iPhone 5 and users of the 4th generation iPad are advised to update to iOS 10.3.4 before November 3.

The 2019 Poppy Appeal. Please give generously - as they did for our freedom

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

In 2017 the Royal British Legion installed lines from this renowned poem in iconic locations across the UKBy re-creating John McCrae’s images, the Legion hoped to bring ‘In Flanders Fields’ into modern-day consciousness, encouraging the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present. Click here to view the video at YouTube.

Find out more at: www.rbl.org.uk/remember
Support the Poppy Appeal: www.britishlegion.org.uk/poppy-appeal

The top ten password-cracking techniques used by hackers

Think your passwords are secure? Think again

Understanding the password-cracking techniques hackers use to blow your online accounts wide open is a great way to ensure it never happens to you.

You will certainly always need to change your password, and sometimes more urgently than you think, but mitigating against theft is a great way to stay on top of your account security. You can always head to www.haveibeenpwned.com to check if you're at risk but simply thinking your password is secure enough to not be hacked into, is a bad mindset to have.

So, to help you understand just how hackers get your passwords – secure or otherwise – we've put together a list of the top ten password-cracking techniques used by hackers. Some of the below methods are certainly outdated, but that doesn't mean they aren't still being used. Read carefully and learn what to mitigate against.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

How to use OneDrive: A guide to Microsoft's cloud storage service

Onedrive is the kind of tool that, once you'll start using it, you can't imagine what it's like not to. It's an easy way to make your files accessible on any computer, phone or tablet, both as a way to send files between devices and back-up these files in case you lose them on your local system.

You can take a picture on your phone one minute, and open it on your tablet the next to edit, then access it on your computer to publish online. You can also continuously and instantaneously share files with friends so they can work on the same project as you. You can even view previous versions of your precious files. It's an invaluable tool.

Anyone with a Microsoft account can access it straight away, and enjoy the 5GB free space (which you can increase with paid plans). It's easy to create a Microsoft account, if you don't have one. Then you can access OneDrive at onedrive.live.com, where you can drag and drop files to and from your desktop or browser.

However, to get the most from it, it's best to properly install OneDrive on your PC, smartphone, tablet, so you can always find your files quickly and easily.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

PrinCube the ultra-lightweight, WiFi printer that fits in the palm of your hand!

New York, USA--Oct 10th, 2019--‘The God Things’ is an exciting new startup working on innovative product design and production. Today they announced the launch of the world's smallest mobile color printer. This handheld device fits in a pocket, goes anywhere and can print on virtually any material or surface. This revolutionary mobile printer is available now on Indiegogo.

PrinCube is ultra-lightweight, fits in the palm of the hand and lets users take high quality, fast printing anywhere. It works over Wi-Fi with a smartphone to easily upload any text, image or design and instantly print onto any object at the touch of a button. Weighing only 160g (Cartridge included),  this amazing cube printer is portable enough to take the power of inkjet printing on-the-go using an on-board battery that provides 6 hours of work time and an incredible one year of standby time. The output is outstanding as well, it can print across 415 pages of A4 paper. It’s perfect for business travel, events, art classes or the office. Have a glance at the video.

Unlike other small-scale print solutions, PrinCube isn’t limited to black and white, it prints in vivid color that makes messages stand out. Its color inkjet personalizes ordinary objects and is perfect for designers and artists as well as business people. Surprisingly, the device is extremely simple to use.

“Our goal from the beginning was to create an effective and portable mobile printer but we knew that it couldn’t be complicated or require constant ink charging and maintenance. With those goals in mind, we spent over 8 months constantly refining the design of PrinCube to achieve high performance in the smallest form factor possible. We made it compact, lightweight, long-lasting and finally, we made it simple to use. Connect your phone, select your design and press just one button. There has never been an easier way to print.” - TheGodThings Team

One of the limitations of traditional printers is that they can only print on paper. Until now, expensive laser engravers and screen-printing were required for putting logos and lettering on everyday objects. Now, with the PrinCube handheld portable printer, virtually any object can be printed upon. It works on any texture or shape, even on the skin, and can print over uneven surfaces with ease.

The new mobile handheld PrinCube promises to make effective inkjet color printing truly mobile. The device is compact, affordable and more user-friendly than other printing options and opens up a world of possibilities for consumers, professionals, students, and artists.  

PrinCube is available now with special deals and discounts for early adopters. 
Learn more here: www.indiegogo.com

Monday, 14 October 2019

Schuberth C3 Basic helmet Sale £50 off @ Motolegends

The current Schuberth C3 Pro is a great helmet. For some people it works better than the Shoei Neotec 2. Now, the C3 Pro came on to the market five or six years ago, and in so doing it replaced the standard C3, which at that time was the only flip-lid to own. 

When Schuberth introduced the C3 Pro, they renamed the previous model the C3 Basic. They reduced the number of colourways in order to make it less sexy, and they removed the Pinlock from the box so that they could hit a £299.99 price point. At this price, it continued to sell well. The new Pro was a better helmet in a number of marginal respects, but the changes were minor. 

But now Schuberth has decided that it wants to rationalise its range, and so in the not too distant future the Basic will be discontinued. In anticipation of this, the price of the Basic has been reduced to an even better price of £249.99, which frankly makes it a steal. Bear in mind that the C3 Basic is still one of the quietest helmets on the market. And now that Schuberth has moved to Sena rather than Cardo, it can be fitted with with the same comms. as the C3 Pro. If, therefore, you’re looking for a high-end flip-lid at a low-end price, there’s never been a better opportunity to do so. 

There is only one problem. The UK is the only market to offer the C3 Basic, and already stocks are running low. Indeed, in some colours, in some sizes, the Basic has totally sold out. Anyway, if you’ve been thinking about a flip-lid, now’s the time to act. As ever, if you want to make sure that the helmet fit is good for you, you can always come and see us, but the fit of the Basic is pretty consistent with the Pro, and indeed all other Schuberth helmets. Just for information, you should know that if you have a large head, the C3 Basic is one of the few helmets to come in an XXXL size. 

We love Schuberth lids, and think you will too. The name "Basic" is a bit rubbish for a great helmet, perhaps it lost something in translation? Deffo worth checking out & at £250 - it's a bargain! 

Reading for today: God's plan for us

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.

Read all of Jeremiah 29 at Bible Gateway

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Windows 10 users fume: Microsoft, where's our 'local account' option gone?

Microsoft has annoyed some of its 900 million Windows 10 device users after apparently removing the 'Use offline account' as part of its effort to herd users towards its cloud-based Microsoft Account. 

The offline local account is specific to one device, while the Microsoft Account can be used to log in to multiple devices and comes with the benefit of Microsoft's recent work on passwordless authentication with Windows Hello

But Windows 10 users are annoyed that Microsoft has hidden the local account option when setting up a new PC or reinstalling Windows 10. A user on a popular Reddit thread notes that the local account option is now invisible if the device is connected to the internet - but offers a workaround

Its a wrap! Microsoft Future Decoded 2019 - a brilliant catchup on tech trends, & many inspiring speakers

Now in its sixth year, Microsoft Future Decoded is the place to network with like-minded peers, discuss new ideas and go hands-on with the technologies that are transforming the way we live, work, and play.

Cutting-edge AI and cloud computing is driving unimaginable growth, helping us better understand our clients, customers, and competitors.

But that’s just the beginning…

As a new era of computing dawns, rapid advances in technology offer new and ethical ways to solve the social issues that impact us all.

Over two days, Microsoft Future Decoded promises insights into all the top technology trends – and what it means for your world.

Through a series of highly focused sessions led by industry experts, discover the skills your business needs to adapt to our exciting AI age.

Keynote Speakers: day 1
Dr Chris Brauer, Director of Innovation, Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths University
Nick Wise, CEO, OceanMind
Dr Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft
Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Microsoft
Dr Helen Sharman, CMG OBE
Major Tim Peake CMG

Keynote Speakers: day 2
Chris Bishop, Technical Fellow & Laboratory Director, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Mitra Azizirad, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft AI, Microsoft
Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation
Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
Christian Horner OBE, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing Formula 1

A great use of two & a half days days. Now to catch up on the messages!

Thursday, 26 September 2019

21st Denmead BEER Festival - 7pm Saturday 2nd Nov 2019 - Denmead Community Centre

21st Annual Beer Festival
Saturday 2nd Nov 2019
1900 - 2330
Denmead Community Centre
School Lane PO7 6LU

The Denmead Beer Festival is our main fund raising event of the year and I am pleased to see how well this has been supported over the past 20 years! Please come along to help us continue to provide local services to our local community – we have 45 user groups many of which are providing Community Learning activities.

This year we aim to appeal to a more diverse clientele so as well as a good selection of traditional Beers and Cider, we are offering an enhanced selection of wines – including Prosecco, as well as soft drinks for any designated drivers! Also available will be Aspall’s Cider and a cold filtered IPA for those who are not so fond of the traditional cask ales.   

We will have our traditional Raffle with many super prizes to be won, and a BBQ for those mid-evening hunger pangs! Live music by ‘Mamma Belle’  

Tickets on Sale now from the following outlets.
Parkers DIY
Cheers Wine
Forest of Bere
Sirloin of Beef (Eastney)
Fox and Hounds
Denmead Community Centre.

Many thanks to all for your continued support and I look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 2nd November.  

Donline is once more a sponsor of the Denmead Beer Festival.
This year, my beer is Timothy Taylor's Landlord - one of my all time favourite beers! Cheers!

10 tips for enabling zero trust security

The widespread adoption of public cloud services and the growth of the mobile workforce have rendered perimeter-based security models obsolete. An organization’s applications and data are likely to exist both inside the traditional firewall and beyond it. Security and IT teams can no longer assume that users and their devices (both personal and corporate) on the network are any safer than those on the outside. Perimeter controls do little to prevent an attacker from moving laterally on the network after gaining initial access to it.

What’s needed is a pivot to “boundaryless”security, known more commonly as Zero Trust. In a Zero Trust model, all users and devices—both inside and outside the corporate network—are deemed untrustworthy. Access is granted based on a dynamic evaluation of the risk associated with each request. The same security checks are applied to all users, devices, applications, and data every time.

Getting to a Zero Trust model can take years of effort and require collaboration across the enterprise. If you are committed to deploying a Zero Trust model, or even if you’re just considering it, here are 10 tips to help make your journey a bit smoother.

Monday, 23 September 2019

The 20 most-surveilled cities in the world

Cities in China are under the heaviest CCTV surveillance in the world, according to a new analysis by Comparitech. However, some residents living in cities across the US, UK, UAE, Australia, and India will also find themselves surrounded by a large number of watchful eyes, as our look at the number of public CCTV cameras in 120 cities worldwide found.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras serve many purposes, ranging from crime prevention to traffic monitoring to observing industrial operations in environments not suitable for humans. The digital age has boosted the prevalence of CCTV surveillance. Cameras are getting better and cheaper, while live video streams can be remotely accessed, stored on the internet, and passed around. The adoption of face recognition technology makes it possible for both public and private entities to instantly check the identity of anyone who passes by a CCTV camera.

Based on the number of cameras per 1,000 people, these cities are the top 20 most surveilled in the world:

  1. Chongqing, China – 2,579,890 cameras for 15,354,067 people = 168.03 cameras per 1,000 people
  2. Shenzhen, China – 1,929,600 cameras for 12,128,721 people = 159.09 cameras per 1,000 people
  3. Shanghai, China – 2,985,984 cameras for 26,317,104 people = 113.46 cameras per 1,000 people
  4. Tianjin, China – 1,244,160 cameras for 13,396,402 people = 92.87 cameras per 1,000 people
  5. Ji’nan, China – 540,463 cameras for 7,321,200 people = 73.82 cameras per 1,000 people
  6. London, England (UK) – 627,707 cameras for 9,176,530 people = 68.40 cameras per 1,000 people
  7. Wuhan, China – 500,000 cameras for 8,266,273 people = 60.49 cameras per 1,000 people
  8. Guangzhou, China – 684,000 cameras for 12,967,862 people = 52.75 cameras per 1,000 people
  9. Beijing, China – 800,000 cameras for 20,035,455 people = 39.93 cameras per 1,000 people
  10. Atlanta, Georgia (US) – 7,800 cameras for 501,178 people = 15.56 cameras per 1,000 people

Google may have just ushered in an era of ‘quantum supremacy’

Google says that it has achieved quantum supremacy, a major milestone towards the development of quantum computers. At least, it seems to have. The announcement came in a paper that was reportedly published on the NASA website before being pulled, according to the The Financial Times which retrieved a copy before it disappeared. “To our knowledge,” Google’s paper read, “this experiment marks the first computation that can only be performed on a quantum processor.” The Google research paper was titled “Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor.”

Google’s quantum computer was reportedly able to solve a calculation — proving the randomness of numbers produced by a random number generator — in 3 minutes and 20 seconds that would take the world’s fastest traditional supercomputer, Summit, around 10,000 years. This effectively means that the calculation cannot be performed by a traditional computer, making Google the first to demonstrate quantum supremacy.