The British Library and the UK's other legal deposit libraries have started archiving around 5 million websites in the .uk domain, but the past 20 years may well remain a digital black hole
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
London commuters can already use their contactless bank cards on buses, and Transport for London (TfL) is extending the system to tubes and perhaps trains. It's also considering payments using NFC on mobile phones.
Some people find the Windows naming system confusing, and Blue continues the trend. But examine NT's history and it all makes sense, if only on the Planet Zog.
Slow sales in China have prompted IDC to reduce its first-quarter sales forecast by almost 2 percentage points. However, in the longer term, the PC market should be sustained by businesses upgrading from Windows XP.
Secunia reports that only 14 percent of the vulnerabilities found in the 50 most popular programs last year were in Microsoft products while 86 percent were in third-party software. It reckons IT professionals should do more to patch them … and it sells products to help
OneTab, a free Chrome add-in, converts a set of browser tabs into a page of links, then restores the tabs when required. It can instantly free up gigabytes of memory when you need it for something else.
At its annual Techfest exhibition, Microsoft Research's Bongshin Lee has shown an intelligent whiteboard that makes presentations more useful by instantly turning data into graphics. Watch the 3-minute video.
In a rousing keynote at today's London Web Summit, venture capitalist Saul Klein said the UK is the world leader in developing an internet-based economy, but needs to invest in its future.
BT's move into sport looks like a minor deal, but it's part of the global competition for a converging TV/broadband market where the leading players include Rupert Murdoch's Sky and John Malone's Liberty Global.
Barclays Bank is rolling out free Wi-Fi for customers in its local branches using a BT managed service. Around half are live now with the rest coming on stream this quarter