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Showing posts from October, 2006


A fascinating private tour of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle late last night, that followed dinner and a seminar on international governance hosted by the City & Guilds. Earlier, I attended the evensong service in the chapel and the singing from the choir was quite profound.

So much history squeezed into a relatively small space.

eCrime a National Threat - MP

Identity crime, both online and through real-world information theft, is in danger of running out of control and requires urgent government action to restore public confidence, said Mark Pritchard MP (Conservative - The Wrekin).

The MP who is Vice Chairman of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF) said:
"E-crime is witnessing a sharp rise yet the government is, to date, bereft of any strategic policy to address the problem".

The theft of identities and the obtaining of monies by deception, on such a large scale, should not just be viewed as a financial crime but also as a national security issue, claims Pritchard, who is also a member of the Conservative Party's Homeland Security Group which is looking at national security, resilience and counter-terrorism policy.

Over recent weeks the BBC alleged that three UK banks are failing to prevent the possible theft of online customers' identity. Concern has been expressed that identity fraud has now become an industry in it…


Interesting day at Rochester on Friday, with the airport turned into a filmset and closed to visiting traffic. They were busy making a film called "Surveillance", starring Simon Callow and others, where the plot involved stealing an aircraft in an attempt to leave the country.

Lot's of takes and 'derring-do' aerial chases, the internet and all that I'm sure, so I won't spoil it for you. It's due to be screened at next year's Cannes Film Festival.

I rather wondered, from this one and the Ridley Scott production we were roped into in June, where actress Keira Knightly was cast as as a lost pilot, how on earth they ever get these films finished, as so much time appears to be spent standing around waiting for takes or sitting in the canteen.

The Digital Divide Deepens

One upon a time I called it the "Digital Divide" and research suggest it could be deepening: "The number of people in the UK who have no intention of getting internet access has risen, research firm Point Topic has found.

Net refuseniks now account for 44 percent - or 11.2 million - of UK households, according to Point Topic, something we predicted might happen in government, back in 2002.


Reading Alan Mather's weblog, I've just discovered "Goggles", the Google Earth flight simulator. Starting it in London, you can recognise Hyde Park and then to fly off the Thanet if you like.

With flights from Manston to Virginia USA starting very soon, here's a service preview based on the successful local carrier, Yorkshire Airlines, operating from Leeds Bradford. Whether Kent International can add a similar 'local flavour' to the 'Thanet Experience' for our American guests remains to be seen but I'm sure we can rely on on our tourism experts to deliver!

A Little Local Iaido

Busy today doing my Iaido grading at the dojo in Broadstairs. After all these years it was time I went after my first Dan before dying of old age, so my grateful thanks to Sensei Richard Obbard and visiting Sensei, Dave Ansell, - pictured left - who ran the seminar, for the instruction and helping me through the ordeal.

The result was richly underserved as the video of the formal session may show!

The Wonderful World of Vista

I hate to say it but “Told you so.”

When Microsoft made a tentative step into the anti-virus business, with the acquisition of Romanian anti-virus (AV) developer GeCAD Software in 2003, I warned that the security software industry would soon be screaming “anti-trust” and would form an orderly line around Washington’s Capitol Hill to complain to US legislators over the company’s anti-competitive plans to make Windows more secure.

I wasn’t entirely correct, with the timing anyway. It’s taken three years for the bigger AV vendors like MacAfee and Symantec to decide that being locked-out of a much toughened Windows ‘Vista’ kernel might be bad for business and the first scream was heard in print this week, with a MacAfee advertorial in this week’s Financial Times; accompanied by an indignant squeak from the direction of Brussels.

Ironically, it was at the time of the GeCAD acquisition that Microsoft, firmly pursuing its Trustworthy Computing Initiative, told me that it would much rather see s…