Playing with Facebook’s Timeline Cover Picture

I saw this great post “How to Hack Your Facebook Profile Photo with Timeline” over on Gizmodo and had to have a go myself. The idea is, by playing around with your Profile and Cover pictures on Facebook, you can get a pretty nifty effect. I didn’t have the greatest of source pictures, but if you have a look at my Facebook profile you’ll get the gist.

I made this!

If you’ve got Photoshop, head over to Nico’s Facebook Timeline Hack Template post to download the template.

Define an English Person… gasp!

WARNING – links contain words that may offend!

I’m not sure what is funnier, the fact that when you Google the term “define english person” the first result is this…

…or that when you click the Wikipedia link, you see this…

If you’re not faint hearted, why not try it for yourself?

The secret is out – GCHQ sponsored blogs :)

Secret Squirrel work going on

It’s on the Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail websites, even the BBC have given the game away – – so I will too…

Yes, our cryptic sponsored post – Can you crack it? – was sponsored by GCHQ as part of a recruitment drive – crack the code and you’re invited to apply for a a job.


Can You Crack It?

A rather interesting challenge has been brought to my attention, in a rather interesting way.

cyber code challenge, no less.

Perhaps the biggest hint of just how intriguing is the “Sponsored Post” link at the bottom of this page. But I’m not allowed to tell you who has really sponsored it.

It’s not a scam, not some way to take money off you. Nor is it your everyday competition to win some gadget or other, but success could open some rather exciting opportunities.

So, take my word for it, it’s worth trying this challenge – trust me, I’m a geek.  But not geek enough to crack this one, I suspect.

Bletchley Park - Home of Colussus

The history of computing is steeped in code breaking. Indeed, the first electronic programmable computer was built for code breaking, but for years nobody knew because its very existence was a secret.

The Colossus at Bletchley Park was employed during WWII to crack encrypted German messages but for years it couldn’t take its place in computing’s history books – it wasn’t until the late ‘70s that information began to emerge.

Of course, computing power has changed dramatically since then, you’ll have far more power in your mobile phone today than computers had for years. And with all that power, codes and encryption have become stronger and all the more important. Whether it’s the password on your wireless router at home or the SSL technology used when you do your online shopping, encryption is everywhere.

And while hacking has evolved, brute force attacks have to become ever more brutish, the hacker mentality has remained the same. It’s still curious, tenacious, creative thinkers that are coming up with ways to create and break these codes.

So, do you reckon you are one of these people? The link below will help you find out, a code waiting to be broken.

Can You Crack It?


Sponsored Post

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Whistle while you wee – Apple wins slide to unlock patent

Slide to unlock

The constant patent bickering between Apple et al will no doubt become even worse following news last week that Apple have won a patent for the concept of sliding to unlock.

See TechRadar’s “Apple wins slide to unlock patent” or ZDnet’s “Every Android device now infringes Apple patent: Slide to unlock

Personally, I find all this patenting of concepts rather ridiculous, a great way for lawyers to make money. Especially as it appears I will now have to whistle every time I go to the toilet…

I cannot afford the licensing fee for my bathroom door.

Squeak or eek? I’m a Whitstable Pearl!

Gosh, as if my head wasn't big enough already

As I hinted at in a previous post about the definition of a geek – I had a nice chat with Jan Thom of the Whitstable Times last week, and today the results of that chat appear on page 10 of the Whitstable Times, along with me popping up on the front page too.

It’s amazing how much Jan could prise out of me in about an hour and turn that unintelligible (to me) shorthand into an an article.

Just a couple of things to point out to the world…

Answer 1: I started HDG with Helen, not Jane.  Oops.

Answer 5: not quite the first romance at Pfizer, but the first Sandwich to Surrey commute marriage.

Answer 6: I left Pfizer at the end of 2007, Helen left in 2006 because that’s when James was born!

Answer 8: support the Oyster Festival – please like their page!

Answer 9: East Kent

Answer 11: see more about #geekstable

Answer 16: Yes, I know Bill Hicks is dead. It’s a dream dinner party before the smoking ban…

When is a geek not a geek?


Last week I met the lovely Jan from the Whitstable Times (exact reasons for this will be revealed soon enough) and she asked me to describe the term ‘geek’.

I tried to explain as best I could, in particular by highlighting the difference between geeks and nerds (I am definitely one and not the other). Oh, how I wish I’d come across this cartoon a couple of days earlier.

I also wanted to make it clear that ‘geek’ is not an insult, nor is it restricted to computers. I know photography-geeks, history-geeks, off-roading-geeks and they are all good, intelligent and sociable people.

And then I found this (suitably maths-geeky) Venn diagram on that defines it all pretty perfectly:


I think we have a different definition for onsite…

Ok, a bit of a cheeky one here but I cannot help it. It made me smile, plus it’s a cheap shot at a competitor!

In this business, in fact in just about any trade I can think of, when we refer to “onsite support” or “onsite repair”, we mean at the customer’s site.

So when I saw this sign in the window of a certain local, high street based PC support company, well, it had to be one for the album…

Company name blurred to protect the innocent...