Top ten things we wish the Conficker worm would do (but it won't)

On April 1st, the infamous Conficker worm will unveil the full extent of its power. The virus, which has squirrelled away inside something like 15 million PCs, will ‘activate’ by receiving instructions from a mysterious central server.

It could spam, begin DDOS attacks, or just access all your files for identity theft purposes. But those are boring. Let’s have a look at what else it could do. Click through to the full post to begin.

Make St. Patrick's Day extra memorable with our top 10 drinking gadgets…

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and although that probably has some great significance to many, in my experience it’s mainly an annual excuse for people to drink heavily and wear green.

But that doesn’t mean you have to forget about tech for the day – no siree! Before you go out to celebrate one of Ireland’s patron Saints, be prepared for anything with our top 10 drinking gadgets! We’ve scoured the web for the most inventive, unusual, fun and simply baffling devices to help the day go off with a bang.

So sit back, grab a brew and click the frosty pint below to begin the tour…

Alan Martin

20 years of the internet: 10 sites that changed my life


The internet is 20 years old today, and that fact made me start thinking about what the internet has given me over the years. I’m not going to get too gushy on you, I promise, but here’s ten websites that have completely changed my life.

What are the internet applications that have changed your life? Our comments box isn’t working at the moment, but you can drop us an email or a Tweet sharing your favourite sites, past and present. Please do, I’d love to hear your stories. Now, without further ado, let’s begin the in-no-particular-order list. Click on the big Hotmail logo to begin.

Top 10 tech Oscar winners of all time


The red carpet was awash with make-up, jewelry and false modesty in small hours of this morning as a large troop of Britons waltzed into LA to pick up most of the important Academy Awards. So, on a day like today, it seems appropriate to look back through the history at those honoured with Hollywood’s highest accolade and line up the top 10 greatest Oscar winners of all time – well, the tech version anyway.

10.) 11001 Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

10 reasons why Brits love Twitter


So it is official, Brits absolutely love the microblogging (no, I don’t know what that means either) service Twitter. According to online trend watchers Hitwise UK, internet traffic to Twitter has increased 10-fold over last 12 months.

UK Internet traffic to the website has increased by a staggering 974% over this period. Hitwise also admits that Twitter is probably even more popular than its numbers imply, as Hitwise is only measuring traffic to the main Twitter website, not access via mobile (it’s big on the iPhone, I can tell you) or third party applications like Twitterrific and Tweetdeck.

So why is this? It is obvious why Twitter is growing on the other side of The Pond:

1. The Yanks invented it
2. Culturally, Americans are not afraid of…

Top 10 Tuesday: Ways to spend Valentine's Day with your partner in World of Warcraft


If you don’t play World of Warcraft, or a similar MMORPG, then you might not want to read this. You’re going to thin. But there’s actually a lot of fun to be had playing World of Warcraft with a significant other, especially if circumstances mean that you’re unable to be in the same place on the special day.

Of course, World of Warcraft holds its own “Love is in the Air” event, but we’re not just going to limit ourselves to that, oh no. There’s a whole world to see, so we’ll pick out some of the nicest spots. Click into the post to begin the countdown.

Top 10 Tuesday/Wednesday: 10 things to look for in a mobile phone


The launch of the very tasty Toshiba GT01 has got me thinking. What is it I’m after in the perfect phone? Well, what with the choice of handsets these days being about more than having polyphonic ringtones, and section 2 subcategory B of Sod’s Law stating that you can’t have everything, I thought it might be a good time to prioritise, especially with MWC 2009 just around the corner.

So, here we go then. The Tech Digest top 10 features to look for in a mobile phone as according to me and with all the subjectivity and bias I can muster. In reverse order…

TOP 10 TUESDAY: Barack Obama novelty gadgets

Come on. How was I going to let today's Top 10 Tuesday pass without theming it President Elect Barack Obama style? Now, I was considering a top 10 ways of how to follow it all but I've a feeling it'd be damn near impossible to avoid it. So, instead I've gone straight to the point and to the most important part of the ceremony, the part where the real difference is made – the merchandising.

Yes, what better way to celebrate the spirit of capitalism in the land of the free than by bringing you the Top 10 Barack Obama Novelty Gadgets…

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Christmas Gadgets

Welcome to Top 10 Tuesday's Best Christmas Gadgets. I know it's Wednesday but I forgot to post this yesterday and I couldn't sit on a red hot feature like this for another six days.

So, a little unconventionally is TD's TTT of all the best kit to make the festive period as brilliant and ludicrously techie as it can possibly be.

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Mice Ever


The computer mouse is 40 years old. Mine isn’t, it’s more like one, but the original concept prototype as built in 1968 by Doug Engelbart and his team from the Stanford Research Institute in California certainly is.

Sadly, Doug never struck it rich. His patent ran out just before Apple popularised the little gizmos but he did receive the National Medal of Technology from Bill Clinton. Not sure how much they’re worth and I’d imagine Steve Jobs has probably got 12 of his own but one thing that the Apple dictator doesn’t have is his own inspired Top 10 Tuesday…