Solving the ‘cannot find flash.ocx’ problem

Some people are being plagued by PC error messages saying “cannot find flash.ocx”. Often there is no indication of the program that has been looking for the missing file, so diagnosis is difficult.

Flash is an application that is great for providing interactive features on web pages. It is also used by screensavers and to […]

SSL Encryption hacked

No, don’t worry, it doesn’t quite mean the end of the world as we know it. SSL encryption itself is still reliable and safe. That isn’t entirely true of websites using it though.

In a little reported paper at the 2009 Black Hat Security conference in New York, hacker Moxie Marlinspike demonstrated a successful man-in-the-middle […]

Will VPNs challenge state surveillance?

Some customers are bypassing action by their ISP to block troublesome protocols, such as P2P, by subscribing to foreign VPN (Virtual Private Network) services. Others are routing their internet traffic via a free VPN, using the advertising-supported Hotspot Shield – software designed to protect users of low-security free wifi connections. The software provides users with […]

Sky to recall 90,000 Pace HD boxes

Having problems with your Sky HD box? That may be the reason Sky are going to swap out 90,000 boxes made by Pace and which have some sort of non-safety related internal wiring fault, according to reports on Broadband TV News, Digital Spy and other technology websites. Affected customers will reportedly receive a voucher for […]

What the heck is a googlewhack?

Type any two words into Google and press enter. The result usually brings you hundreds or even thousands of pages. The elusive Googlewhack is a magic combination of words that returns a single result.

There are two rules – the words must be genuine and the result bar must show “1-1 of 1” results.

You […]

How much does it cost to use an Espresso machine?

We plugged our energy meter into a mains socket then plugged our espresso machine into it. We had already entered our electricity price into the meter so it could give us a direct readout of running cost. Having filled the machine with water, it was switched on to warm up, which took around ten minutes. […]

How much does it cost to use a small TV?

We plugged our energy meter into a mains socket then plugged our 10″ CRT TV into it. We had already entered our electricity price into the meter so it could give us a direct readout of running cost. The TV was left in standby when not is use as it had no front-panel mains switch, […]

How much does it cost to use a deep fat fryer?

We plugged our energy meter into a mains socket then plugged our thermostatically-controlled deep fat fryer into it. We had already entered our electricity price into the meter so it could give us a direct readout of running cost. The fryer was switched on to warm up to 190 degrees, which took around ten minutes. […]

How much does it cost to use a steam iron?

We plugged our energy meter into a mains socket then plugged our iron into it. We had already entered our electricity price into the meter so it could give us a direct readout of running cost. Having topped up the iron with water, it was switched on to warm up, which took around one minute. […]

How much does it cost to use a kettle?

We plugged our energy meter into a mains socket then plugged our kettle into it. We had already entered our electricity price into the meter so it could give us a direct readout of running cost. Having half-filled the kettle with 1.5 pints (3/4 litre) of water, it was switched on. We found that the […]