Technology

Records could help ancestry search

By Leon Symons, December 10, 2008

Millions of records from 14 countries have been placed online this week as a result of a major link-up between two genealogical websites.

They could potentially contain information about a host of British personalities who are either Jewish or have Jewish ancestry, including David Beckham, Rachel Stevens, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Esther Rantzen, Matt Lucas and many others.

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Is it ethical to ‘hijack’ an Internet connection?

By Rabbi Harvey Belovski, August 15, 2008

We look at piggy-backing - using someone else's wireless web connection without their knowledge


In 2005, a West London man, Gregory Straszkiewicz, was fined £500 and given a 12-month conditional discharge for "hijacking a broadband connection". Using a laptop while sitting in his car, Straszkiewicz had connected to the Internet by piggy-backing on the wireless network of a local resident.

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Charedi web centre goes online

By Craig Silver, August 1, 2008

A new strictly Orthodox internet business centre has been opened in Stamford Hill, thought to be the first of its kind.

The new establishment, the Heimishe Business Centre is located on the Triangle Estate, Stamford Hill, and only allows people who are married to attend. It houses nine computers in separate sections for men and women, and costs £1.20 an hour.

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How rabbis take on the software pirates

By Rabbi Harvey Belovski, July 11, 2008

Is it permitted to copy software for personal use?

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BT shows it’s good to talk as it hosts 19 Israeli high-tech firms

By Shelly Paz, June 13, 2008

British Telecom’s warm hospitality towards 19 Israeli startup companies, on show this week at the BT Tower in Central London, may not signal a sudden end to the anti-Israel sentiment that the ambassador this week bemoaned in Britain.

But it does suggest that the UK telecoms giant has discovered the goldmine of Israeli high-tech.

Six months ago, the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour invited BT to launch a direct business channel between the two communities.

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New Glasgow-based Jewish website launched

June 6, 2008

To keep the community better informed, a jewishinglasgow.net website is about to be launched. The aim is to include details for every Jewish group in the city and a communal diary. Website originator
Richard Dover urged local organisations to make sure they were listed and invited ideas for additional content. The venture is supported by the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.

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Facebook begets Faithbook

By Dana Gloger, June 6, 2008

Faithbook, a new social-networking facility promoting interfaith dialogue, went live on the Facebook website this week.

The resource which combines images, videos and content from various faiths’ texts, was the initiative of the Reform Movement and marks the launch of its new gender-neutral
siddur.

Leaders from the nine major faiths involved have launched the site with discussions on religion in modern society, countering extremism through new media and other topics.

Facebook is the sixth most-trafficked website in the world and the second most-trafficked social-media site.

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Genizah gets £1 million grant

June 6, 2008

Cambridge University’s Genizah Unit has received a grant of more than £1 million from the Friedberg Genizah Project to help digitise the nearly 200,000 fragments of ancient Jewish manuscripts in its collection.

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He invented the YouTube-ready camera — and sold a million

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

When you next view a video on YouTube or Facebook, you may well be watching Jonathan Kaplan’s technology business expand its reach. His privately owned company, Pure Digital Technologies, has developed a new pocket-sized digital camcorder, which comes with built-in software that connects directly to a personal computer or Mac for instant video uploading.

Welcome to techno -Torah

By Rabbi Harvey Belovski, June 6, 2008

The people of the book now have a vast online resource to aid their study

A Jewish child is thinking of Moses about to receive the Torah. Moses ascends the mountain, and God’s hand reaches through the cloud and hands him not tablets of stone, but a laptop, a CD and some Hebrew keyboard stickers.

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