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Merry Christmas from the team at Iceni

Merry Christmas to all, from the team at Iceni!




7 Facts about the Computer Mouse



Today, January 30th, marks 51 years since the first prototype of a computer mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute, and where would we all be today without a mouse to guide the pointy arrow around the screen….well, probably all using touch screens, but that’s not the point. The humble computer mouse has long been an indespensible part of our computing equipment, and we didn’t want to see this anniversary go past without a closer look

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Merry Christmas!


Wishing all of our readers and customers both past and future a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014!

The Infix Team @ Iceni

Believe it or not…

This month recognises international Guinness World Record Day on November 16th, and as we all know, the Guinness World Record collection is home to some of the wackiest and funniest ideas that have broken records the world over. We’ve compiled our top 4 in the computing and software sectors for us to amaze at today

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Programmers’ Day


Today is Programmers’ Day, a day that celebrates programmers and the clever work they do in developing new and ingenious software that helps the modern world go round. Programmers’ Day is internationally recognised by many programming firms and technology companies across the world. Officially recognised in Russia, Programmers’ Day is also observed by a whole host of other countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Celebrating the Lefties

Today is officially Left Handers Day – all Lefties stand up and be counted! The majority of us are right handed and don’t always appreciate the issues being a leftie can cause even in our everyday lives, so we’ve decided today to highlight 4 great office inventions designed to help left handers do their jobs easier.


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7 Fun Uses for an Obsolete Floppy Disc Drive

Yesterday, July 16th, marked the 107th birthday of Reynold B. Johnson, known worldwide in most circles as “the Father of the disk drive”.


Born in America in 1906, Johnson was a pioneer in the computing world; during his long career with IBM, he invented not disk drive storage technology, but also gained over 90 patents for inventions such as automatic test scoring equipment, micro phonograph technology and the videocassette tape.


The work Reynold put in on the disk drive hit the computing world by storm, and from this a variety of drives were developed and used, including hard disks, floppy discs and various optical disc drives. The times have moved on since these early models came out, and replacements such as USB sticks and CDs are now more widely used (although modern laptops and mainframes still use hard disc drives, albeit a lot more technically advanced), but in honour of Johnson’s birthday, we’ve had a look at how we can still aim to integrate floppy disc drives into our world today.



What better than a floppy disc to protect your desk or table from mug stains? A typical floppy disc with casing measures 3mm thick, so more than adequate to take the heat from a mug without transferring it through to the surface underneath. Additionally, the casings on these discs can easily be decorated to add a bit of colour, especially the standard grey versions, although these might fit into a corporate environment quite well.


Art Deco
Why not buy a selection of coloured floppies and arrange them in an artistic manner to lend a splash of flair to an office or study. Later floppy discs were made to appeal to all generations, so you can get a range including neon orange, green and pink.


On a warm Summer’s day, a game of Floppy-Frisbee might be just the thing to wake you up after lunch. If you have an outdoor area, throwing a floppy around is good fun, and the loser definitely has to make the tea round for the office afterwards.
NB Iceni accept no responsibility for any accidents caused during the game of Floppy-Frisbee


Posh Pen Holder

A floppy disc with the centre removed leaves a fair sized hole to help stand your pens upright, perfect especially for any posh ones in your collection. You’ll have to tape a few discs together to make it tall enough though, but the end result will look great on your desk.


Compact Mirror
A must for any ladies out there, why not remove the centre of the disc and replace with a small mirror to keep in your handbag as a handy compact. This way, you can check your appearance on the go and still keep the retro love alive.


Sticky Note Holder

Ever had too many sticky notes and nothing to stick them on? Why not use an old floppy disc to stick them onto, and keep it on your desk to see easily. Perfect storage and memo in one!


Plant Pots
We all like having a plant on our desk, but need a pot to put the container into, for decoration and also to stop mud going everywhere. Here’s where floppy discs come in – arrange 5 in a square with a bottom but no top, and sellotape together; you could even use coloured ones for an extra effect. Place plant in and job done :)!

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6 Ways to Embrace Your Geekness

Today is “Embrace your Geekness Day” in America, and, being quite geeky ourselves (we are software designers after all!) we wanted in on a piece of the action, so we’ve come up with a few ideas for how to embrace the geekness within!


Take a look at your clothing. Does it scream “geek” to you? If it doesn’t, then you need to make some changes. Find a pocket protractor and, well, pocket it. Add a calculator for good measure. Tie big bows in your shoelaces. You’ll look geeky in no time at all.


Accessorise again
It’s not only clothing you can mod up. You should think about buying a man bag, or if that’s a bit too cool for school, how about a backpack with big pockets and a laptop poking out of one corner. Just be sure to padlock to the zip for safekeeping!


Talk in tongues
Programming language is a wonderful invention (some more than others). Not only can you create great programs with it, you can also use it in everyday speech to really confuse those around you, except your fellow geeks. Try asking an XMLHttpRequest of someone, or writing someone a letter about your favourite book, complete with rel=Author markup – that’ll get them!


Use computer accessories in everyday life
What better use for an old floppy disc than as a tea coaster, or even a scratched CD (we all have them lurking around!). Hanging your old, finally beaten PS/2 rollerball mouse on the wall instead of a picture is perfectly acceptable, and why shouldn’t you use your old desktop shell as a storage unit for all your paperwork. Some of us have even built desk ornaments from old keyboard keys, and card castles from storage cassette holders – the possibilities are endless!


Keep in touch with your inner child
Nothing spells out a geek more than he who knows all the old tricks and cheats to complete Pac-Man or Pong. Nothing spells out Ultimate Geek more than knowing how to code a clone game yourself to amuse the kids or your work colleagues, so let your inner geek and child mix.
PS – completing Pac-Man is technically impossible due to bugs in the game – so don’t try this at home.


Encourage others to embrace their inner geek, too
Sharing is caring and we think that it’s important that everyone with an inner geek (and let’s face it, that’s most of us), should feel free to stand up and express it, not only on defined days but whenever they feel like it. So spread the word, spread this post, and lets all stand up in geek unity on Embrace Your Geekness Day!

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