The Social Network is about the creation and rise of Facebook, currently the largest online social network. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg and Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, who are two of the co-founders of Facebook, and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker. Continue reading
Jobs is about how Steve Jobs, played by Ashton Kutcher, went from being a university dropout to co-founding and running Apple Inc. However, this isn’t a documentary or biographical film.
It’s also worth mentioning that despite the title of the film, the film is more focused on Apple than Steve Jobs. Continue reading
Microsoft has recently released the preview of Windows 8.1. It can be downloaded through the Windows Store if you have Windows 8 or it can be downloaded as an .iso through Microsofts website.
As with any beta software, this is probably not something you want to do on a production machine. Microsoft says that while some people will be able to uninstall the preview (and then upgrade to the final 8.1 build when it’s available), under some circumstances this isn’t possible, so you’ll have to be prepared to blow the machine away to upgrade it.
This video offers a brief explanation of Bitcoin.
Bitcoin is a decentralised digital currency that its developer described as an anonymous, peer-to-peer, electronic payments system. In many ways it functions much like a physical currency such as the US Dollar or the Chinese Yuan. However, there are some important differences between a physical currency and digital currencies like Bitcoin. Continue reading
Network World has recently reported that a Japanese PhD student has created a project as part of his thesis called ‘VPN Gate’. I first heard about this when I watched episode 50 of The Tek, a show from Tek Syndicate, which you can view above. The segment on VPN Gate starts at 14:15. Continue reading
In New Zealand, we have monthly data caps on the broadband connections available to consumers. The data caps are as low as 3 gigabytes per month, and the current maximum data cap available is 500 gigabytes per month (though it’s quite expensive). A monthly data cap is where there is a limit on how much information you can transfer, both upload and download, in a month. This limits the amount of time that the end user can spend on the internet, which could be used for other things. Continue reading