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Ian Watson
Lives in Auckland, New Zealand
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10 tips to keep XP safe plus a review of XP from 2001...
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Help us with a new display for the IBM 5080 CAD terminal...
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Croudfunding for a computer history display - IBM 5080
The Computer Science Department at The University of Auckland maintains displays on the history of computing that are open for public viewing . This is not an activity that a University would normally fund out of its budget, which is for teaching and resear...
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Use your iPad to teach your kids to code...
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Free public lectures in Auckland on computer security...
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Keeping Secrets: Privacy and Security in the Information Age
As our wonderful Indian Summer draws to an end it's time to welcome winter, and for me one of its highlights are the annual series of free public Gibbons Lectures . With the Heartbleed Bug recently in the news alongside the US government mass surveillance o...
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Farewell to Microsoft XP
You probably heard that this week Microsoft ceased supporting their venerable old operating system XP - if you haven't, and you run XP, you need to be aware that your old workhorse may be increasingly vulnerable to hackers. The general advice is to now cons...
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A new open source programming language made and used by Facebook...
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Assoc. Prof. of Artificial Intelligence
Basic Information
Author, computer scientist & blogger
I've just written my 3rd book, called The Universal Machine, a popular science history of Alan Turing's universal machine  - the computer. I'm also a regular contributor to NetGuide magazine and I'm a keen blogger. I research in Artificial Intelligence and currently my team is working on memory-based approaches to Game AI. 
I cook, have dogs, read avidly and love my friends and exploring New Zealand.

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I never check luggage. I recently spent 2 months in Europe with less than 7kg of stuff.
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Auckland, New Zealand
Poole, Dorset, UK - Manchester, Liverpool, New York, Plymouth, Colchester
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The Universal Machine

The Universal Machine. I believe that the computer is an invention like no other in our history. Computers, as Alan Turing realised are &quo

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We've stayed here twice, once for a friends wedding, and it's rally hard to fault. Sure it's not cheap but the service is excellent, very friendly and relaxed; the ambience is beautiful with lovely tropical gardens, and the restaurants and bar are all great. They have several 2-for-1 Happy Hours during the day, which keep your bar tab down and if you really "must" do something you can snorkel or kayak in front. Across the road is a convenient superette, cafe/takeaway and a bottle shop. The bus stop is right our front and the resort is quite close to town and the airport (but not under the flight path). A really lovely place and we're planning to go back again.
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