Monthly Archives: March 2003

The death of the floppy disk?

For what seems like years now I’ve been touting the death of the floppy disk drive; when CD writable drives were released I was one of the first proclaiming that there would be no need for the ridiculous storage capacity of a 1.44Mg floppy disk.The same was true when Zip drives came along, then the 120Mg floppy and the proliferation of other floppy disk ‘replacements’ that have hit the market and so not wanting to break with habit I’m doing it once again now that the age of affordable removable flash media is here.

With many of us using wireless networks and high speed broadband connections, one would have thought that the market for removable media was somewhat limited but like it or not there will come a time where you will wish to physically take a file from one machine Read the rest

News Sites

At the time of writing we’ve just started engaging Iraq in military action and with the majority of our population interested in how our soldiers are doing or what Saddam Hussein is up to, accurate up to date information is more important to us now than ever.Of course the Internet was designed to assist the exchange of information and years from its conception it still aids us with this particularly well and some of the busiest pages over the coming weeks will be the Internet news sites as people check out what is happening from their desks at work or studies at home.

For those with Digital TV such sites will not play such an important role in keeping up to date with current events because of the proliferation of 24 hour news channels that they’ll have access to, but if Read the rest

Easter Eggs

Going off on a slightly random tangent, this week I thought we could talk about Easter Eggs.Not of the chocolate gift variety we’ll all be receiving next month but rather an endearing name for a hidden piece of code that’s entered into an application at the design stage by a member of the programming team.The reasons for doing this is usually that most of the time a programming team is completely anonymous, for example, nobody knows the names of the individual people who sat down and created Windows XP; we just refer to it as being created by Microsoft.By inserting adding a small piece of code that is only accessible if you know where to look then essentially they are taking credit for the software by incorporating their own names in to it.Conversely, a programmer may insert an Easter egg into Read the rest

Readers Question – Intrusive Pornographic icon.

This week I will dedicate to a letter I recently received from one of my readers who is experiencing problems with an intrusive file that she picked up whilst browsing the Internet.

I recently subscribed to a Newsgroup, and when I next returned to my desktop I found a new icon entitled “Private-Archive”.When I clicked on it out of curiosity I discovered that it led me into a hard core pornographic site and said that, if I did not wish to view such things, I “should leave the site now” which, of course, I did.My problem is that the icon now refuses to be deleted and I receive the Error Message: “Cannot delete.Access denied.The source file may be in use.”

I desperately want it off my desktop and, indeed, completely out of my hard drive - It makes me feel dirty Read the rest