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Controlling employee digital access

Organisations of all sizes have taken to controlling what their employees can access in order to conserve computing resources, keep their employees focused 100 percent on the work they were hired to do and to make sure employees performance is high and as productive as possible (Cyberoam, n.d.).   However,…

Electronic monitoring in the workplace

Electronic monitoring is not a new thing, nor one that only affects the workplace. From closed circuit television (CCTV) in stores and down many streets, to similar surveillance in offices everywhere, we are constantly being monitored in all aspects of our lives.   Why and how employers are monitoring employees…

The Therac-25 Case Study – What Actually Happened?

The Therac-25 was a computerised medical technology radiation therapy machine produced by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in 1982.   Between 1985 and 1987, it was involved in at least six patients deaths due to incorrect radiation doses because of computer software related failure.   When the error was…

Your Responsibilities as an IT Professional

As an IT professional it is extremely important to make sure that you do not take advantage of your position on being able to introduce certain skewed characteristics into a computing system in order to gain unfair advantage to your company or client’s business. This is seen as unethical and…

New capabilities with technology

Computing technology has undoubtedly had some very prominent impact on society at large.   Of the almost countless capabilities that it has brought us, the following five core capabilities are without a doubt at the top of any compiled list on the subject: Ever increasing speed Unlimited storage potential Lack…

The Printing Press – Technology’s impact on society

It’s important to first define what the term “technology” means. Technology is “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.” (Oxford Dictionary, n.d.) The term is not reserved for computing systems, but for any field of engineering or applied sciences.   The printing press has been one…

Google Abuses Search Dominance in the European Union

The EU Commission found that Google has been favouring their very own shopping service while demoting those of their rivals as well as the placement of how they are seen in search results online. This is favoritism or preferential treatment which makes it unethical, regardless of sustainability thereof.   This…

Timing Issues in Real-time systems

What are Real-time Systems? If you look up the term “real time” in a dictionary, it will tell you that it is the actual time during which a process takes place or an event occurs (Dictionary.com, n.d.). In computing it is more often than not due to when an event…

Converting from Legacy to Client-Server or Distributed Systems

What is a legacy system? A legacy system is a computing system that has been around for a very long period of time, tends to be difficult to maintain, is prone to issues such as lack of scalability and feature additions, usually centralised in operation and is still heavily utilised…

Understanding the Risks of Commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS)

Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software can be an attractive buy in for many companies when it comes to: Purchasing an already made final software solution. Purchasing a solution that is tried, tested and trusted in the industry already. Not wanting to get a development team in to build a bespoke solution.…