Monthly Archives: June 2007


In the news this week I read that freeview television has just overtaken Sky when it comes to the number of subscribers in the UK. This isn’t exactly shocking news considering many new TV’s now come with freeview boxes installed, but it did get me thinking about where things were heading.

Personally, I’m pleased to have a reminder that the masses are finally moving away from the traditional four or five channel analogue system by investing in freeview boxes.I am still shocked,however, by the number of people actively complaining about the analogue switch off that will be occurring gradually across the UK from next year until 2012.

The argument pretty much comes down to a price point as these people argue that they just can’t afford to invest in a freeview box so the government should keep analogue TV online switched on.This,in my mind, is pretty short-sighted especially when you Read the rest

AC Networking

Home networking has experienced a massive growth just recently as it is becomes much more common for households to own more than one computer.For those that own several machines the advantages of connecting them together in the form of a network are obvious; you can share yours files, printer and Internet connection with others in the house quickly and easily.

Ideally two computers in two different rooms would be connected by Ethernet networking cable but this isn’t ideal for those who don’t want the hassle of laying new cabling around their house.Until just recently the only option available was to set up a wireless network but these can be slightly limiting.A wireless network, for example, can be drastically affected by the presence of solid obstacles; if you put a couple of hefty walls or floors in the way of the wireless signal you may find that the speed drops or Read the rest

BlueJacking and BlueSnarfing

One of the guys who works for the computer repair company in one of the offices above Refresh suggested that perhaps I should do an article on the mysterious world of Bluejacking and BlueSnarfing.The motive behind this suggestion was that whilst in a pub last night someone tried to compromise his mobile phone handset; we both agreed this was a danger Click readers should be made aware of.

Bluetooth is a fantastic technology and one of its many applications allows modern day mobile phone handsets to communicate wirelessly and exchange data with each other.Although the technology currently has a theoretical maximum range of up to 100m, it is worth noting that when built into a mobile phone the two devices realistically have to be in the same room to communicate with one another.

The applications for Bluetooth are numerous - one of the most useful and practical use for the Read the rest


‘Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Lovely spam!Wonderful spam!Spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam.Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Spam spam spam spam!’

Before I’m accused of losing it, could anybody reading the above that’s not aware of the Spam Song sketch, please look it up on YouTube immediately.I have to admit that I’ve dipped back in time to the era of Monty Python but it seemed somewhat relevant this week when I heard the news that a man dubbed the ‘spam king’ is to be tried by a Seattle court.

Robert Soloway has been responsible for sending billions of unsolicited junk e-mails (spam) worldwide since starting his illicit empire which funding a life of luxury including a water front apartment in Seattle and a top of the range Mercedes Benz.

It is almost certain that anyone reading this article has received an unwanted e-mail from Mr Soloway in the past Read the rest

Google Checkout

One of the most interesting and possibly generous offers in the history of the Internet has recently been extended by Google to promote its new Google checkout service, and since the offer is only on for the next ten days or so I thought I should probably let you know in time to take advantage of it.

Google Checkout has recently been designed to act as a third party between retailers and their customers on the Internet.Such a service looks like it could prove very popular now that many are cautious of giving Internet sites their card details.The idea is that instead of giving out your card number when shopping on a website, you instead add your items to the shopping basket in the normal way, and then when you’re ready to pay you get transferred to the Google Checkout site.You sign in to your account using your e-mail address Read the rest