Two hyper kids on the way to Portugal

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Self-service is everywhere now, from the tills at Tesco to the gates at Gatwick. And for the most part, it’s made our lives easier, and it’s made completing tasks quicker. But this summer I was reminded of its limitations. We were heading off to Lisbon for a family break, and although I’d checked in online, I still had to use…

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A leaf out of an audiobook?

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I’m currently reading a fantastic business book called “They Ask, You Answer”. (I say ‘reading’, I’m actually listening to it – Audible helps me consume so many more books!) The premise of the book is pretty simple: what questions do the prospective users of your product or service have, and can they find the answers to them? The author’s idea…

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Convenient but dangerous?

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Do you know how easily your laptop could be hacked into? You might be thinking that you’ve got a pretty good password, so you should be okay, but according to this article, that’s a long way from the case. The new trend of USB-C charging cables for laptops is highly convenient, but as the article by Dave Lee shows, it…

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Counterfeit

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As you (hopefully) know, we supply Datakey products. We have done for the last 30 years, for the simple reason that we know they’re the best and we know how much value they add to our customers Anyway, every once in a while Datakey put together a short blog, highlighting something useful or interesting within the world of secure data…

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SLC vs MLC

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If you didn’t know, we’re now able to offer Datakey RUGGEDrive™ with both Multi-Level Cell and Single-Level Cell NAND flash. And now that we can do that, we’re getting asked more and more about the key differences between these two options. So I thought I’d write a quick post about it! Before I dive into MLC and SLC is it…

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Red-faced spacewalk

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There was an article in The Week that tickled me that I thought I’d share with you. US Astronaut Andrew Feustel is stationed on the International Space Station, and the other day he got the opportunity for an experience of a lifetime: Heading out on his spacewalk. He charged up his GoPro camera, headed out of the station and started…

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Banned staff

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There was a news article the other day that pricked my attention. It probably would have passed most people by, but with “USB” firmly in the headline, it piqued my interest immediately. It transpires that tech giant IBM have made the decision to ban their staff from using USB sticks, SD cards and other removable memory devices. And it’s happening…

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Tis the season

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You could be forgiven for thinking that I was going to launch into a message about Christmas, but given that we’re only just into May, that’d be a little incongruous. You’ll be relieved to know that it’s not the festive season I wanted to talk about – it’s the exhibition one. It seems to be that this time of year…

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James Bond and my name in print

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I was fortunate enough to write an article for the Components In Electronics magazine last month, and I thought you might be interested in it. It’s actually an article on data security within the military, but it’s definitely relevant for anyone who needs their data to be secure. In the article, I touch on James Bond, CIKs and how secure…

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Technological tomatoes

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When I speak to people about Datakey products, what really brings them to life is examples of how others are using them. And often, the example is in a totally different industry, but by picturing how and why they’re used, it sets engineers minds racing, and gives them ideas about how they can use them in their systems. With spring…

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