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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, announced on 9th December 2009 during his Pre-Budget Report that he will be levying a broadband tax of £6 on each household with a fixed line.

The money raised from this tax will be spent on improving rural access speeds so that they become comparable with those in more urban areas.

Darling said: “We have provided funding to help extend the opportunities of the broadband network to more remote communities. We now want to go further, so we can provide the next generation of super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of the population by the end of 2017.”

The tax should raise around £170 million, but this falls far short of BT estimate of £5 billion needed to provide superfast broadband to every household in the United Kingdom. At least it is a start…

The tax itself seems a sensible way to ensure that rural communities do not get left behind, provided the funds raised actually get spent on this objective.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009 9:34:07 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, November 27, 2009

BCS The Chartered Institute for IT has recently launched a new micro site at to help people get the most from information and information technology.

The site contains useful information for UK citizens about the use of information technology. The institute "seeks to promote better public understanding of the benefits of being a Savvy Citizen".

As part of the launch of this site, the BCS has published some research that analyses aspects of people’s behaviour and attitudes in order to form a snapshot of how ‘information savvy’ the United Kingdom is.

The institute is the leading body for information technology in the United Kingdom and the only body able to register an IT professional as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP)

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Friday, November 27, 2009 3:58:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Elizabeth Sparrow has become the next president for BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, the leading professional body for IT practitioners. The formal announcement was made at the Institute's Annual General Meeting in London on Wednesday, 4th November 2009. She will hold the office for one year.

According to the Institute's web site, the new president has set her sights on leading the transformation agenda that the professional body is currently engaged in. The body, which was formerly known as The British Computer Society, has recently rebranded itself and started an ambitious programme of change. It aims to become considerably more relevant to people working in the IT profession and is promoting its Chartered IT Professional (CITP) qualification. It is the only body in the United Kingdom that can confer chartered status on IT professionals by virtue of its Royal Charter granted in 1984.

As part of its transformation, BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is aiming to appeal to IT professionals world-wide.

It was also announced that Bob Assirati has become the Institute's new vice-president. A number of other leading professionals have been elected to the Institute's Council, including Chartered IT Professional and Fellow Kevin Chamberlain, who currently serves as the Secretary of the Institute's South West Branch.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009 9:39:27 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is hosting a talk by Trevor Arnold of the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) concerning the use of information technology in air traffic safety.

The talk is entitled: "Why IT is paramount to the safety of Air Traffic Control". It will be held in Room 004 of the Harrison Building at the University of Exeter at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 25th November 2009.

NATS is responsible for providing air traffic control (ATC) services to aircraft flying in UK airspace, the eastern part of the North Atlantic and 15 of the United Kingdom's biggest airports.

Safety is NATS' first and foremost priority and IT plays a key role in ensuring that NATS can provide this service in an efficient and cost-effective way.

This talk will explore the role IT plays in the challenging environment of ATC and detail the potential implications of these systems failing.

The talk is free and is open to interested members of the public as well as members of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT. Anyone interested in attending should register at

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009 3:13:47 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Microsoft Windows 7 Launch is today.

This is a particularly important product launch for Microsoft, after the dismal showing for Microsoft Vista in the corporate computing market.

The good news for Microsoft is that most commentators, ourselves included, seem to agree that Windows 7 is a much better product than Vista.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009 8:00:04 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Roy Tucker has been awarded the 2009 Revell Research Systems Prize at the University of Plymouth for being the top overall student from the BSc(Hons) Computing group of programmes.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:55:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, October 19, 2009

Alastair Revell, the Managing Consultant of Revell Research Systems, has just been elected to the Council of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP), which is the Institution's governing body. The Institution is Britain's leading professional organisation for people who work in the development, installation and testing of business systems and computer software.

 the iap coat of arms
The Coat of Arms of the 
Institution of Analysts and Programmers,
which were granted in 1994.

The Institution was established in 1981, although its roots stretch back into the 1970s, and was incorporated as a limited company by guarantee in 1993. Alastair Revell consequently also becomes a director of the corporate body.

Alastair Revell's election occurred at the Institution's Annual General Meeting in London, on Saturday, 17th October 2009. He became a Fellow of the Institution in 2006 and has been instrumental in establishing the IAP's undergraduate prize at the University of Plymouth, which was first awarded in 2008.

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Monday, October 19, 2009 2:22:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Microsoft released today its largest batch of patches ever, addressing some 34 vulnerabilities.

The batch comprises of some thirteen bulletins, eight of which are deemed critical by Microsoft - the most serious category in its classification scheme.

Worryingly, the FTP vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) is already allegedly being exploited.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:11:56 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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