26 September 2022

Good Floyd vs Bad (ex) Floyd

Planned concerts in Poland by Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters have been cancelled amid outrage over the musician's stance on the Ukraine warThe concert's promoter, Live Nation Poland, confirmed the cancellation but gave no reason for it.

The controversy was triggered by an open letter Waters wrote to Ukraine's first lady, Olena ZelenskaIn it, he said, "extreme nationalists" in Ukraine "have set your country on the path to this disastrous war".

He accused her husband, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, of failing to fulfil his election campaign promises to bring peace to the Donbas region and and made no mention of Russia's responsibility for the war.

Contrast the above shabby behaviour with the honourable stance of his ex-colleagues here. It's not hard to imagine why Mr Waters & the rest of Pink Floyd didn't see eye to eye...


23 September 2022

Welcome to Weeble's World!

Weeble says: Everything starts with a daily doodle. A caricature of myself, a veiled facsimile of my life. A life full of motorcycles, mishaps, challenges, achievements.... and dog. Stay a while and see life through my eyes and my sketches. If you enjoy what you see then take a look at my shop. I have prints and other items for sale. All reasonably priced and all lovingly created. 


21 September 2022

Pentium & Celeron no more - it's just "Intel Processor" now!


Intel introduces a new processor for the essential product space: Intel® Processor. The new offering will replace the Intel Pentium® and Intel Celeron® branding in the 2023 notebook product stack.

With this new, streamlined brand architecture, Intel will continue to sharpen its focus on its flagship brands:  Intel® Core™, Intel® Evo™ and Intel vPro®. In addition, this update streamlines brand offerings across PC segments to enable and enhance Intel customer communication on each product’s value proposition, while simplifying the purchasing experience for customers. 

Intel Processor will serve as the brand name for multiple processor families, helping to simplify the product purchase experience for consumers. Intel will continue to deliver the same products and benefits within segments. The brand leaves unchanged Intel’s current product offerings and Intel’s product roadmap. 


20 September 2022

Why you should turn on Multi Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA; encompassing two-factor authentication, or 2FA, along with similar terms) is an electronic authentication method in which a user is granted access to a website or application only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence (or factors) to an authentication mechanism: knowledge (something only the user knows), possession (something only the user has), and inherence (something only the user is). MFA protects user data - which may include personal identification or financial assets - from being accessed by an unauthorised third party that may have been able to discover, for example, a single password.

A third-party authenticator (TPA) app enables two-factor authentication, usually by showing a randomly generated and frequently changing code to use for authentication. Great examples are: Microsoft Athenticator & Google Authenticator

So why use MFA/2FA? The short answer is: "because it'll make things more secure". Watch this short video by the brilliant Tom Scott to find out more. Then use ramp up your online security for things like Google (Gmail) accounts, Microsoft Office365, Zoom, etc...

Microsoft says: "There are over 300 million fraudulent sign-in attempts to our cloud services every day. All it takes is one compromised credential or one legacy application to cause a data breach. One of the best things you can do to prevent these attacks is to just turn on multifactor authentication, which can block over 99.9 percent of account compromise attacks."


09 September 2022

Give thanks for the life and faith of Queen Elizabeth II


A prayer on the death of Her Majesty The Queen

Gracious God, we give thanks for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth, for her faith and her dedication to duty. Bless our nation as we mourn her death and may her example continue to inspire us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 



08 September 2022

It's like déjà vu, all over again: QNAP NAS devices under attack - again!

Network hardware-maker QNAP is urging customers to update their network-attached storage devices immediately to protect them from a new wave of ongoing ransomware attacks that can destroy terabytes of data in a single stroke.

Singapore-based QNAP said recently that it has identified a new campaign from a ransomware group known as DeadBolt. The attacks take aim at QNAP NAS devices that use a proprietary feature known as Photo Station. The advisory instructs customers to update their firmware, suggesting there is a vulnerability that’s under exploit, but the company makes no explicit mention of a CVE designation that security professionals use to track such security flaws.


Apple Removes SIM Card Tray on All iPhone 14 Models in U.S.

Apple today announced that all iPhone 14 models sold in the U.S. do not have a built-in SIM card tray and instead rely entirely on eSIM technology.

Tech specs on Apple's website confirm the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max are not compatible with physical SIM cards and instead have dual eSIM support, allowing for multiple cellular plans to be activated on a single device.

An eSIM is a digital SIM that allows users to activate a cellular plan without having to use a physical nano-SIM card. eSIM availability is rapidly expanding, but the technology is still not available in all countries, which explains why iPhone 14 models will remain available with a SIM card tray outside of the U.S. for now.


All you ever wanted to know about USB4, but were afraid to ask!

Universal Serial Bus (USB) has come a long way since the 12Mbps days of the '90s. It has waved goodbye to USB-B and is inching away from USB-A in favour of the slim, reversible USB-C connector. Data transfer rates have increased so dramatically that we can run powerful setups with high-resolution monitors, speedy external storage, and numerous other devices from the USB Implementers Forum's latest open standard, USB4.

USB4 unifies the USB and Intel Thunderbolt protocols for the first time, expanding USB's capabilities while further dividing the technology into different performance classes. Adding features like dynamic bandwidth allocation ensures that USB4 is by far the most advanced USB generation. While there are PCs, docks, and cables supporting USB4, we've yet to see everything the protocol can do, like powering an eGPU without Intel branding.

With all that going on, we thought it would be a great time to put a spotlight on the latest and greatest generation of USB. We've whipped up a handy refresher for all things USB4, breaking down the various key aspects of the spec, from how it differs from other specs to protocol tunnelling, Alt Mode, and power delivery. Click here to find out more...


05 September 2022

Free Bible Studies from GotQuestions.org

The GotQuestions.org Bible Studies are created for individual and group study on a particular topic related to the Bible, theology, and/or the Christian life. In these free Bible studies you will find GotQuestions.org content, Bible search questions to dig deeper, and heartfelt questions meant to spark reflection and discussion. Whether you are a new or seasoned believer, using these Bible studies for personal study or as a small group/Sunday School resource, we hope you will increase in your understanding of what it means to be a follower of Christ and that you will seek Him more passionately.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

The GotQuestions.org Bible Studies are available absolutely free of charge. They can be downloaded and then printed or used electronically depending on the preferences of the individual or group using the studies.