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October 16, 2014


Super Mondays – North East Tech Tickets

Eventbrite - SuperMondays - North East Tech

This month we are giving local tech companies the chance to stand up and tell us what they are up to. Just one condition, it must be interesting to us the Super Mondays audience.

We already have speaker signed up to talk about their accelerator startups by looking back and saying what worked and what did not, and speakers from larger companies taking about some of their products and the industry.

We still have some slots remaining so if you If you would like to present and/or pitch on the 27th then please get in touch.

Eventbrite - SuperMondays - North East Tech

Also if you would like to see how our local accelerator teams are going then consider attending our friend’s Ignite 100 showcase.

by supermondays at October 16, 2014 10:40 AM

October 15, 2014

Community IT Academy

Workshops: How can you keep your data safe?

Workshops: How can you keep your data safe?

CITA is running a series of workshops on data security at locations across the North East.

The IT industry has taken a few knocks recently with regard to security breaches, loss of data and virus attack (Twitter, Paypal, iCloud, Internet Explorer etc.). People are rightly concerned if their data is secure, especially with a third party cloud provider. It is true to say that no system is 100% secure and that the weakest element is often the human element, but how safe is your data, and from what and whom do you need to protect it?

To answer these questions, we are running a series of workshops for voluntary and community organisations in the North East of England. The workshops are aimed at chief executives, senior managers and anyone with responsibility for managing IT in a voluntary and community organisation.

The workshops aim to help you understand the risks, whether you store documents on your desktop computer or online 'in the cloud'. We will suggest steps you can take to protect your organisation's data - covering topics such as passwords, malware, hardware failure, public wifi and hacking.

The workshops expand on the topics in our recent guide: How safe is my data? (PDF 243kB)

See below for a list workshop dates and locations. Please book a place via the contact listed.

These workshops are supported by the Northern Rock Foundation.



This workshop has been cancelled.

Date: Tuesday 21 October

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: VCA Sunderland, 8 Frederick Street, Sunderland SR1 1NA

Contact: Leigh Ann Thomson on 0191 565 1566



Date: Tuesday 18 November

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Location: Wansbeck CVS, 107 & 109 Station Road, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 8RS

Cost: free

Contact: Marc Johnson on 01670 858 688 or

This workshop is supported by Ashington Town Council.


Newcastle upon Tyne

Date: Wednesday 26 November

Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: Newcastle CVS, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AF

Cost: free

Book online: How safe is your data? (Newcastle)


North Tyneside

Date: Thursday 27 November

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: North Tyneside VODA, Shiremoor Centre, Earsdon Road, North Tyneside NE27 0HJ

Cost: £10

Book online: How safe is your data? (North Tyneside)

Contact: Emma Raynor on 0191 643 2628 or


If you would like to discuss data security or any other aspect of your organisation’s IT please call Lewis Atkinson on 07958 482 509.

by (William Mortada) at October 15, 2014 02:54 PM

October 14, 2014

Jason Judge

Great Sources of Free Stock Photos

First, this one seems to aggregate a tonne of free stock sources:

A list I will add to over time:


by Jason Judge at October 14, 2014 12:37 PM

October 07, 2014


Super Mondays – North East Tech

This month we are giving local tech companies just a few minutes each to tell us what they are up to. Just one condition, it must be interesting to the Super Mondays community.

If you want people to know you exist, if you want to find more users, if you are expanding and need to find people to join your team, or you just want to shout about what you have been up to then this is your opportunity. Small startup or long term heritage company all are welcome.

If you are one of the startup companies who have pitched at a Super Mondays over the last 5 years then we would love you to come back and let us know how things had been going. It does not matter if you succeeded or not.

If you would like to present and/or pitch on the 27th then please email Alistair.

by supermondays at October 07, 2014 09:50 AM

October 03, 2014

Community IT Academy

What you need to know about the Shellshock bug

What you need to know about the Shellshock bug

A major bug has been discovered in one of the key programs that powers Linux and Mac computers.

The bug, which has been dubbed 'Shellshock', is a vulnerability in Bash, one of the core programs in Unix-based operating systems. The vulnerability could enable an attacker to obtain unauthorized access to a computer system. The bug has been compared to the Heartbleed bug, reported in April, in terms of prevalence and severity.

We recommend that Mac and Linux users ensure that they have applied the latest security updates.

What is the risk?

The main risk is to public facing servers, such as web servers, as many of these run on Linux and so could be vulnerable. Embedded devices such as routers and NAS boxes may also be vulnerable as the majority of these run Linux.

The Windows operating system is not affected by this bug so the majority of desktop computers are unlikely to be at risk. Mac and Linux desktops are vulnerable, but the risk is low unless you run a web server or other public services from your machine.

What should I do?

Patches which fix the bug have been released by most vendors now, so if your desktop computer runs Mac OS X or Linux you should install the latest security updates. Similarly Mac and Linux servers should be updated.

If possible you should also update the software on your router, NAS box and other embedded devices. However, this is not always easy and in some cases may not be possible.

If you have a website you should ensure that the web server has been patched. We would expect most reputable hosting companies to have updated their servers by now, but it doesn't hurt to confirm this with them. We have checked with the hosting company that we use for the majority of our websites and they have confirmed that their servers have indeed been patched.

For more information read this article in the Guardian: What is the Shellshock bug?

For more technical details have a look at this article on Wikipedia: Shellshock software bug

If you have any questions about IT security in your organisation call Lewis Atkinson on 07958 482 509.

by (William Mortada) at October 03, 2014 09:22 AM

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