Category: Val’s Answers

Centralised vs Decentralised

Centralised vs Decentralised

With the development of contact tracing apps to counter the spread of COVID-19, there has been discussion of centralised and decentralised methods. So what do these terms actually mean? The short version is that the centralised method is designed to collect more data and compare it on central servers, while the decentralised method collects as […]

Google Maps Hacks

http://www.simonweckert.com/googlemapshacks.html As an experiment and prank, an artist put 99 smartphones in a trolley, and walked around roads in Berlin to trick Google Maps into thinking there was a traffic jam, in a piece of performance art titled Google Maps Hacks. Google Maps uses the locations of it’s users to map out areas of high […]

WhatsApp ends support for older smartphones

Whatsapp is a widely used messaging app for iPhones, Android phones, and PCs. Today, Whatsapp launches a new update that means the app will cease to run on phones that use Android 2.3.7 (Released 2010) or iPhone iOS 8 (Released 2014). They are taking this step because out of date operating systems become vulnerable to […]

Help With Access to Online Services

Help With Access to Online Services

The past few decades have seen the internet go from its beginning as a specialised tool unavailable and irrelevant to the lives of most people to becoming a ubiquitous necessity. Many companies,organisations and government services have switched to requiring forms to be completed online and many more are in the process of doing so. This […]

Windows 7 Update

Despite Windows 7 having reached End of Life, a recent update has been released to fix the issue with wallpapers not always showing. Microsoft doesn’t usually release patches for operating systems after End of Life, but have done so in the past during major incidents. Fixing the wallpaper display options is however, a comparatively trivial […]

GDPR Basics

GDPR Basics

Anyone who has subscribed to an online newsletter or used any online service will have heard about new privacy policies, and the new legislation in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. A very large number of companies, including Solidarity IT, sent out emails asking people to re-subscribe to their newsletters.   […]