CategoryWhatisIT

Questions we need to ask about spyware

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If you believe (as I do), that the government bought spyware, then here are some pertinent questions Question 1: Do these government agencies actually have investigative powers? While the police might have the legal authority to investigate someone, does the PMO, MACC or anyone else share that authority. If a government agency has no right to investigate someone, then why is it buying spyware...

The day the internet stood still–AGAIN!

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There was a time when the internet was young, just a little fledgling network, an academic toy used only by computer scientist┬áto try out theoretical concepts. Contrary to popular belief the internet wasn’t created to withstand a nuclear war(although it can), instead it was created to address a very serious engineering question–how to┬áconnect together different computers with...

Why do computers like to calculate Pi?

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Pi has always held a special place in my heart and probably yours as well. When people ask me to pick a number between 1 to 10, I always pick Pi (or sometimes the square root of two), which hasn’t made me the life of many parties. And there’s an entire community of Pi lovers like me out there–people who are just fanatical about calculating pi to the trillions of digits? With...

WTF is a bitcoin?

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WTF is a bitcoin? There’s much ado over the digital currency and many people struggle to understand what it is. In fact, even I haven’t fully grasped the fundamental nature of how it works–but then again I don’t know how the banking and fiat currency system work, yet I still use it. In essence, there’s been a huge amount of really technical literature written about...

Why Apple will never make a 100GB iPad Model

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Transcript: Ever wonder why iPads come in 16GB and 32GB models but now 20GB? You may have asked yourself Apple never produced a 10GB or 100GB model? All data stored in your computer is stored in binary digits, or bits. The word binary denotes two, just like bi-lingual, bi-weekly, or bicycle. A binary number can have a value of either 1 or 0. Just like a switch can be on or off, or a gate can be...

What is an IP address

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I’ve been a bit slow on the post these days, part of that is because I experienced a life-changing experience some time back, but mostly because I was experimenting with a new medium–youtube! I’ve made 3 new youtube videos, and plan to post one every week. Unfortunately, what that means is that there’s less time to spend on the regular blog post. Hopefully by the end of...

What is an IP address : Part 2

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Information flows around the internet in chunks, with chunk of data very much like a letter in an envelope. Just like how there’s a special place on the back on an envelope for you to write the address of the receiver, there’s a special place in every ‘chunk’ for you to write the address of the receiving computer. These ‘chunks’ of data are called IP packets...

What is I.T: IP address (part 1)

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What is an IP address? IP is an abbreviation for the term Internet Protocol, and hence an IP address is an Internet Protocol address, but it’s probably easier to think of it as your internet address. In much the same way that your postal address describes the location of your house in the ‘real-world’, an Internet address describes the location of a computer on the internet. So...