Reading about the latest hack to hit the banking community got me to thinking about my journey with computers etc. Having always had an enthusiasm for tinkering with gadgets – sometimes with disastrous results but thankfully nothing serious – I thought back to the dear old £99 spectrum that was my first intro into the as then almost secretive world of computing. I still remember that flush of excitement as I unpacked all the bits and pieces and got out the twenty pages of instructions (something you rarely get today) and began the task of assembly. As I recall it had a separate tape machine that you had to load things on then transfer to the main machine and there was a long slot in the back that took solid state game consoles. Since those heady days I have gradually progressed through a series of different computers and now spend most of my on line time on an I pad although I do occasionally make use of a Toshiba laptop – albeit a little past it now but still struggling gamely on. (Bit like the owner). Getting back to why I put this post up. As I said I was reading about the latest hacking and I really cannot understand why a school kid in his bedroom can cause such havoc and potentially shut down systems which have to all intents and purposes been set up by the so called experts. If it is that easy for a system to be hacked one must wonder why it cannot be that easy to prevent it, and are any of these anti this and that protection systems really as good as they say. Perhaps it could be said that maybe we have gone to far to fast in the pursuit of ever supposedly ways to make life easier and less stressful. As far as I am concerned the modern computers and the internet are a miracle of technology but at the same time could present us with a perhaps more serious problem in the not to distant future when you consider the massive amount of information you can get hold of if you are tech savvy. We are no doubt almost entirely reliant on computers for our every day needs and we can only hope that somewhere down the line someone is keeping an eye on things, especially in those areas where power and supplies and the military are concerned.
Here we go again. Another step backwards regarding our position about staying or leaving the EU. As someone who voted out for reasons that I considered important to me and hopefully for my children and grandchildren, I had hoped by now that a solid foundation for leaving had been laid out and that the rest of the population would have come round to the idea that brexit meant exactly that. Now from nowhere comes a small group of people who seem to me to be pontificating about how they are doing this because they believe that parliament should have a say in what happens. I have no proof of their actual intentions as to why they have thrown this spanner in the works but my gut instinct is to assume that somewhere down the line their bank balances and business dealings are what is actually driving their fervour. There has been talk of Theresa May calling a snap election if the Supreme Court agrees with the latest ruling and personally I think that may be the best way to go and get it sorted once and for all. Our standing in the world regarding our attempt to get back our freedom has no doubt become something of a joke in many parts of the world. As one of the oldest democracies in the world it saddens me to see what a mess this and previous governments have created. Hopefully it will all come to a satisfactory conclusion in the end and we as a country can get back to some normality but I fear there will be a bit of blood letting before that happens.