Goodbye Paul Allen

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If Bill Gates died tomorrow, not wishing to tempt fate, his passing would be on the front of just about every newspaper in every country around the world. However, Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, has died and there is hardly a mention of him. Bill Gates was the software side of the partnership while Paul was the hardware side. He is probably the man most responsible for Microsoft reaching its goal of a computer in every home. He was also the man happy to sit in the background while Bill Gates basked in the limelight. He died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma yesterday at the age of 65.

Are Driverless Cars The Future?

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As most of you know, Davidd is a driving instructor. Being made redundant twelve years ago he thought long and hard about what form of employment would provide security and a job for life. He was fed up of being made redundant by a number of companies over the years and then working for the worst company ever in e4A. His thoughts at the time were – well everyone will need to learn to drive so being an instructor is probably as secure a form of employment as there is. However, we now have driverless cars on the horizon so the question has to be asked; just how good is this technology and will it ever take over from humans?

Nokia 8110

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Keanu Reeves uses the phone in a scene from The Matrix.

You may remember last year I told you all of Nokia’s plans to relaunch their 3310 model with an improved “Snake” game. This retro phone was quite successful sales wise, despite the fact it was very limited in features and did not support 4G. In many cases it wouldn’t even connect to some networks. Now comes the news that the company are to relaunch the 8110 from the late 1990s. This phone was famously featured in the sci-fi film The Matrix, for which it was modified featuring a spring-loaded mechanism. The new 2018 version of the 8110 will include 4G and another new version of the Snake game.

Person Of The Year

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Earlier this month, TIME Magazine released details of their annual award for Person of The Year. Since 1927, the magazine has identified their Person of the Year, recognizing a person or group of people who have most influenced the news during that year, for better or for worse. In recent years, the shortlist for the award has included people as diverse as Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, Vladimir Putin and Beyoncé. This year’s shortlist included Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un and The #MeToo Movement. Today we can reveal the “real” winner…

Windows Phone Is Dead

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You probably didn’t notice it this past week but support for Windows Phone 8.1 finished – and I wouldn’t bet too much that Windows 10 Mobile will soon go the same way. This is a sad end to what I thought was a great phone platform which worked for me. Take a photo out on the road, come home and there it is on your desktop computer – thanks to the Microsoft Cloud. Have an MP3 file on your phone and want to use it as a ringtone then do it, there is no need to pay for a different version of the same file like with other phone providers.

Trump Wants To Break The Internet

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Here at Jammy Toast we love the internet. There is nothing more the bears love than goofing around websites looking for entertainment or some of our more serious bears doing research. However, that enjoyment just might become tainted soon as the evils of net neutrality raises its ugly head again. This week some of the internet’s most popular websites will participate in a day of action on Wednesday to oppose changes to US rules which govern net neutrality. Sites such as Netflix and Amazon are joining with civil liberty groups in a co-ordinated protest, and activists are already sharing viral content on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook in preparation.

Microsoft In Trouble Again

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Microsoft are always in trouble for what they include in Windows and sometimes what they exclude from Windows. You could easily be forgiven for thinking that the software giant can’t win – if they do something then they are in trouble but if they then undo it they are still in trouble. This time, Russian security software-maker Kaspersky has filed an anti-trust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission claiming that the software giant is abusing its market dominance by pushing Windows 10 users towards its own anti-virus software.

Classic Toast

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Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a great bank holiday weekend and apologies to Flat Eric for stealing his Sunday slot but I have some great news to depart – or at least I think it is great. For some time now, we have been struggling trying to decide what to do with all the old posts which made up Jammy Toast before the re-launch in 2015 – we started in 2006, so that is 9 years’ worth of Toast. First we tried to restore all the old posts but that was proving too disruptive and time-consuming for the Jammy Toast site and it would have taken many, many months to complete. We needed a better plan.

A Day At The Museum

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Here at Jammy Toast we love our brand new, shiny toys. Give us a new smartphone, or tablet and we are as happy as pigs in… well, whatever pigs are happy in. Give us a new PC and the hairs on our backs raise at the thrill of setting it up and making it all work smoothly. However, as much as we enjoy the thrill of the latest technology, we also hold a special place in our geeky hearts for classic technology from the days of yore. With this in mind, we were over the moon to hear that a guy called Andy Spencer has opened a Retro Computer Museum (RCM) in Leicester.

Jammy Toast Archive Nearly Ready

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Good Afternoon everyone, this is Edward here. I hope you have all been enjoying the sun this afternoon for the first time this year and been thinking about me working hard. As most of you will already know, I have been working on restoring the old archive posts for your enjoyment. Well, here comes the really important news – they are nearly ready to be posted live here on Jammy Toast. That is nearly nine years’ worth of old posts.