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Testing times and the curse of the zombies

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For all of you out there who are considering retraining, take a look at http: //web. tickle. com, which has hundreds of tests. The colleague who alerted me to its existence did an aptitude test ('Right job, wrong job') and was told she should be a writer or journalist, which was fine because that was exactly what she was. Another colleague did the IQ test and got 'highly intelligent', which left us all bemused.

I have written about this before: the possibility that your bosses can tell you are skiving off to inspect progress on that private job you are running at the other end of town.Promoters of the latest Big Brother device, MI International, call the system by the awkward name mapAmobile.You can read the full details at www. mapamobile. com/corporate.They include the fact that the company 'has taken great care to respect the sensitivities of some employees over their participation in locating services'. And there I was thinking these were precisely the employees the system was designed to track.

Recently Comcast, a big US cable firm, threatened to disconnect customers whose PCs were used for relaying spam and viruses. They are apparently known as zombie PCs, so The Register reports at www. theregister. co. uk/content/56/ 36266. html. This follows the blacklisting of Comcast customer IP addresses on account of these zombies.A Scandinavian firm is threatening the same. Trouble is, if you are a zombie you almost certainly aren't aware of it and so can't take preventive action in the way you would if you knew. And stopping malware coming to you?

Google has a solution to pop-ups. Go to www. google.

com. Select Services & Tools. Scroll down to Google Toolbar and click on the download bar.Google collects the sites you visit in order to enable advanced features, but you can avoid the one by not having the latter. And it does add another toolbar to your browser. You might care to try it out and let me know: I'm doing a trial now.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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