For anyone heading to Nairn, keep a look out for knitted residents in the Harbour and Links areas! Nairn Wool Shop staff and volunteers yarn bombed the area with knitted creatures and colourful bunting in celebration of the World Orienteering Championships that is currently being held in Highlands of Scotland (31st July – 8th August). The pieces are fantastically creative and fun to happen across when out walking, and really brighten up the area. My favourite is the honey bee 🙂 I hope they all survive the rain we have been having lately! Congrats to everyone involved!
Just for Fun
From 14 June to 23 July the Queen’s Baton Relay is travelling the length and breadth of Scotland, inviting everyone to be a part of the celebrations and countdown to the XX Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow. Today, the Queen’s Baton Relay took a pit stop at Horizon Scotland, where our office is located, before it moved on through Forres. To follow the baton visit the Queen’s Baton Relay website or visit Twitter at @Batonrelay2014.
It’s Easter so I’m away very soon to eat chocolate 🙂 But, in the world of technology, Easter Eggs are those hidden gems that software developers secretly code into products – it’s up to us to discover them by chance. I remember years ago serendipitously discovering my first Easter Egg in Quark Xpress: when you deleted a text box with a shortcut command, an alien marched across the screen and zapped it. Great fun! Google is notorious for adding Easter Eggs to its products and services – try searching for “do a barrel roll” and watch the browser screen spin around – and Apple iPhone’s Siri is chocabloc (excuse the pun) with Easter Eggs – our favourite is asking Siri to “Open the pod bay doors” (try it!). Well, enjoy your Easter Eggs – both digital and chocolate versions! Our office will be closed on Easter Monday. We will be providing support, but on a very limited basis. For any urgent issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to respond to your enquiry within 24 hours.
Just for fun 🙂 a great article by the New Scientist… An experiment by Microsoft Research called the WhoDunnit? Challenge launches this month to see how people living in India will collaborate to solve a puzzle that relies on teamwork and mobile phones. Participants call a Microsoft number, which triggers a text message to the caller containing one of five clues. Only one clue will be sent to each phone, and some clues will be extremely rare, so that participants have to collaborate with an estimated 500 others to solve the problem, for which there is a prize of 100,000 rupees. The researchers are leaving it up to competitors to decide how to collaborate e.g., using social networks around work or school. One of Microsoft’s team pointed out that people who interact with many individuals, such as rickshaw drivers, could do well! The challenge is also an attempt to see how competitors share methods, which could be employed by local governments in other types of searches, such as for missing persons. See full article. – This article also reminds us of the ubiquity of mobiles phones, I think our next post will pick up on the mobile web…!
To help protect against cyber criminals, it’s important to pick unique and strong passwords for all your important accounts and to change them regularly. Typical suggestions for making your password stronger include: use a long password; use a password with a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols; and use a phrase that only you know. However, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, while a password based on a phrase may be easier to remember, it is also easier to crack. The team has developed an algorithm that can crack long passwords that make grammatical sense as a whole phrase, even when interspersed with numbers and symbols. The algorithm is designed to make guesses by combining words and phrases from password-cracking databases into grammatically correct phrases. Read the full article. Get creative and try poor spelling and grammar in your passwords!