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* Posts by Geoff Ballinger

5 posts • joined 24 Oct 2007

Whitehall: Govt-related private email, texts will be uncloaked

Geoff Ballinger
Big Brother

An interesting corolory

Will this sort of FOI issue support public sector employers in coercing employees to give them access to their private email and other communication accounts? What if the employee declares that they only use their business account for business purposes?

Interesting balance between the public's rights under FOI, and the rights of public sector employees to have a private life!

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Motorola's laptop-dock Android phone out on Orange

Geoff Ballinger
FAIL

1GHz x 2 cores = 2GHz!

I do like the way they describe the 1GHz dual core chip as "worlds fastest phone with a 2Ghz dual core processor" - special!

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Reg reader bombarded by 3 sales calls

Geoff Ballinger
Go

I am lucky - only 3 calls so far ...

Have PAC code and heading down to be thoroughly fleeced by O2 for a new iPhone tomorrow morning. Cheers,

Geoff.

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OpenOffice 3 goes native on the Mac

Geoff Ballinger
Go

Go to a mirror!

The OpenOffice site itself is struggling but it can be picked up direct from the major mirror sites without any problems.

Geoff.

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GMail shakes IMAP out of coma

Geoff Ballinger
Go

Re: Connected?

I suspect the author was referring to IMAPs general brittleness caused by many clients' assumption (based on the protocol itself) that they can hold an open socket connection to the server and expect to pick it up and use it a little later.

It only takes one dodgy firewall on route loosing track of the IP session for this to break and for the client to get stuck in an ugly cycle of timeouts.

Basically IMAP was designed for a situation where the clients are relatively local to the server and communicating over a well known/controlled network. It does work widearea but it isn't perfect for that use.

Geoff.

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