“If you can imagine a computer doing something, you can program a computer to do that. Unbounded opportunity… limited only by your imagination. And a couple of laws of physics.”
Today is the 62nd birthday of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a significant but perhaps under-appreciated innovator that we definitely owe a lot to!
Zareena Naz – BSc Networks and Security
This article, first published on the Hamilton Barnes website, explores why Zareena was drawn to study networking at Birmingham City University.
How did you first get interested in a career in technology?
The first time I got to know about networking was during my GCSEs. I didn’t know anything about IT at the time but I thought it was interesting. In sixth form I chose IT and Business and got to know the basics of IT and got more familiar with it and developed my interest. My teacher at that time was a network engineer and she helped me understand the basics of networking and to study for the exams.
by Stephen Murphy, Academic Lead – Linux Professional Institute Academy
Why changing priorities and straying from the beaten path could help reduce the risk of cyber-attack…
I am sure that you’ve noticed that the NHS (along with a large number of other worldwide organisations such as Deutsche Bahn, Telefonica and FedEx) has been hit by a targeted cyber-attack that disabled computers using the Windows XP operating system. The attack encrypted a user’s files, making them inaccessible unless a ‘ransom’ was paid to the attackers. People have pointed the finger at out-of-date operating systems, lack of funding and poor security procedures, but are these really the underlying issues, or only failures in diagnosing a more fundamental malady in global computing?
Ron Austin – Associate Professor
The news over the last two or three days has been full of information and some speculation about the attack on the NHS networking and PC systems. The attack has spread quickly and affected more than just the NHS. It’s become apparent that it is not targeted at the NHS. I do, however, believe it raises key issues about computer security and cyber hygiene.
Johrah Al-Homied – BSc Film Technology and Visual Effects
The hype for the Visual Effects (VFX) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (GOG 2) started with director James Gunn claiming in an interview that Ego The Living Planet was going to be the “biggest visual effect of all time”. He said the film contains over a trillion polygons, and after watching it, I can believe that’s true. Ego contains thousands of animated elements. From the water to the leaves dropping on the floor, all these details could need thousands of individual models, depending on how detailed they are, and each model could contain millions of polygons. Continue Reading
Simon Handley – Associate Dean, CEBE
On 20 July 1969 at 8:18 PM, the world changed. We – all mankind, had landed on the moon in our incredibly small spacecraft. I was nine years old and had been allowed to stay up late to see this momentous occasion. Six hours later, with one small step for a man there was a giant leap for mankind as Neil Armstrong placed his foot on another rock in space.