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The aXXo Files

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“If you already know his name, chances are you’ve been doing something illegal.” The Independent on aXXo, the movie pirate king.


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July 16, 2009 at 9:01 am

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Bird Of Prey

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The two series of this great computer conspiracy thriller originally came out in the early 80s. I can remember watching it at the time and being totally captivated. It was fairly recently re-released on DVD and but I’m now prompted to write about it after a friend, knowing my obsession with the program, sent me the tie-in novelisation that he had come across in a charity shop.

Richard Griffiths – who’s probably now most well-know for playing in the Uncle Dersley in the Harry Potter films – stared as Henry Jay, a mild-mannered middle-ranking civil servant. He starts almost comically ordinary – his hobby is stamp collecting. He bumbles into a international criminal conspiracy while trying to increase his chances of being promoted by fattening up the file he had written on computer security with the help of copper he knows in the City of London Fraud Squad. The events then slowly because almost insanely complex (especially in the follow up series) with Griffiths on the run from a web of international criminals, having to use his knowledge of computer security to survive. The advantage of DVD is you can watch it at your leisure now so the arcane plot becomes less of a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 14, 2009 at 10:24 am

The Guardian articles

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A while back I had some articles published in The Guardian newspaper. For completeness sake I’ll link them in here.

Sci-fi in Cyberspace
– Science fiction invented the internet. So where better to boldly go where no work of fiction has gone before?

Working the Web: Painting by Numbers – You may not be the next Pablo Picasso or Vincent van Gogh, but somebody, somewhere wants the watercolours you love to paint.

Keying into the Global Computer – Most of the world’s computer power sits idly on desktops, but projects that can harness it are yielding valuable information.

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June 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm