[URL="http://www.apple.com"]Apple[/URL] appears to be having battery issues again - it is reportedly asking iPhone 3Gs users to get in touch if their batteries are running down. This tells us a number of things. First, that there is a real problem. When a business the size of Apple decides to ask its customers what the problem is, there is definitely something up. Second, Apple has been caught out by this. Nobody was expecting it and it looks as though they can't duplicate the problem in the labs - otherwise why ask the customers? One possible theory to account for why this …

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This just has to be one of the best pieces of news ever - there is agreement for a standard for mobile phones. It's really as simple as that. Here's the story, [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/technology/newsid_8124000/8124293.stm"]on the BBC's junior site[/URL], would you believe. I just can't work out why it has to be mobile phones only, though. Of course there are voltage issues but there are voltage issues between different phones. I'm convinced you could do something clever at an electronic item's end rather than at the adapter end so that my new Apple MacBook (arrived ten minutes ago) could have the same …

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Welcome to the new series, Seven Ways From Sunday, that replaces the Crystal Ball Sunday Series. This new series focuses on a single aspect of IT management from an "in the trenches" point-of-view. Being in list format, it will help you, the busy professional, quickly absorb and assess necessary information. In this introductory entry, I examine reducing costs--a theme to which I'll return repeatedly in my posts. [B]1. Linux[/B] - It should be obvious from the title of my blog that Linux is the primary focus here but it bears repeating. Use Linux to reduce your costs. This free operating …

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A CIA analyst speaking at the SANS 2008 SCADA and Process Control Summit in New Orleans has admitted that hackers have not only been able to penetrate the power grids of several countries, but also successfully cut power to several cities, all from the relative safety of the Internet. Central Intelligence Agency analyst Tom Donahue was quick to point out that all the attacks were external to the United States, but not so quick to provide specifics of the incidents. According to reports Donahue claimed the objective was simple criminal extortion rather than being driven by a terrorist agenda. Conference …

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Interesting news from a new study of 112 homes in the Seattle area that shows a 10% reduction in home energy bills through the use of "smart grid" technology. The study, conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, and reported on CNet News this morning, says its GridWise Project not only saves consumers money - - about 10% on average, according to the report, but it eases the strain on local power grids, as well. Smart Grids can automatically lower the settings on home appliances like heaters and washers and dryers, triggered by signals sent by utility companies over the …

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Yeah, yeah, yeah – how can an operating system be environmentally unfriendly I hear you ask? User friendly, security friendly, productivity friendly even, but environmentally unfriendly? Well that is exactly the claim that I am prepared to make considering reports from the likes of [URL="http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1040_22-6181366.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=zdnn"]ZDNet[/URL] regarding the sorry state of battery life on mobiles running the Microsoft flagship Windows OS. I rather like the comment of Rob Bushway, a blogger at [URL="http://www.gottabemobile.com/CommentView,guid,4dff585c-7ec1-4df3-887e-1193342a0194.aspx"]Gottabemobile[/URL] who says “And don't even get me started on battery life with Vista - certainly not a mobile friendly experience there at all. When a consumer has to …

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[I]I’m the trouble starter, notebook instigator. I’m the Dell addicted, Sony illustrated. I’m a fire-starter, notebook fire-starter. You’re the fire-starter, notebook fire-starter.[/I] With apologies to The Prodigy for ruining a perfectly good lyric, but it does serve to highlight the problem de jour: that of flaming laptops. If you thought it was safe to participate in a spot of mobile computing now that Dell had recalled all their machines thought to be at risk from overheating Sony lithium-ion battery packs, think again or you may never have children chaps. The Yahoo Mission Campus was evacuated after a Dell went up …

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The End.