On 13 Jun, 2014

Computer Security: Myths vs Facts

Some years ago, it was the case that we’d be advising people to exercise caution in the digital world and our advice sometimes appeared to be going against the conventional wisdom that was somewhat contradictory at the time. Now, however,…

On 17 Apr, 2014

Outsourcing Your Projects: Money Saver or Black Hole?

“Something is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it.” Truer words were never spoken. In the world of IT and software, it is often difficult for people to ascribe an actual value to the work…

On 17 Jan, 2014

SEO: A Primer, and Demystifying the Process

“I want my site to be number one on Google, or at least be on the first page of Google.” If I had a nickel for every time we’ve been asked that question (or some variation thereof), I would live…

On 20 Dec, 2013

The Problem With Legacy Thinking in IT: Part Two

There’s a clear habit that as society “develops” the things you require get moved further away from you as other people step in to “relieve you” from the details. For instance, a few hundred years ago, you might have kept…

On 21 Nov, 2013

Cutting Edge Technology: David or Goliath?

Everyone has heard the story of David and Goliath. We’ve all seen the analogy applied to describe businesses, too. Where one or two massive corporations “the Goliaths” will dominate a market niche, small businesses operating in the same market will…

On 16 Oct, 2013

The Problem With Legacy Thinking in IT

Legacy thinking is a big problem. We all know people that fall into one or more of the following modes of thinking: Votes for a particular party because their parents did. Thinks the seasons are caused by the elliptical orbit…

On 12 Jul, 2013

PRISM, Metadata and You

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, you will have heard of the US surveillance operation known as “PRISM”. If you haven’t heard about it, here’s the "nutshell" version of events: news got out that…

On 21 May, 2013

The Data Location Cycle

There’s a cycle in computing that you may have heard about, it runs like this: In the old days, we had big computers. You fed information in, waited, and then an answer came out. These computers stood alone, and took…

On 24 Apr, 2013

Waterfall vs Agile Planning

A well worn phrase in planning is, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re probably not going to like where you end up”. What this implies is if you don’t plan accordingly, the outcome is not likely to be…