Alleged computer hacker McKinnon avoids extradition

Gary McKinnon the supposed computer hacker of many US military and NASA computers in 2002 has evaded extradition to the US.

Image Courtesy of the Scottish Herald

By Rebecca Leggott

Gary McKinnon a Scottish systems administrator was suspected to have been the hacker of US military and NASA computers in 2002. He was subjected to be extradited to the US for these crimes however in recent events this has been declined.

McKinnon had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome which on some level has aided the decision to not extradite him, as there was the possibility of McKinnon self harming. If McKinnon had been extradited and charged there was the probability of facing around 60 years in prison.

There have been legal proceedings lasting the course of the past 10 years debating McKinnon’s future. The extradition order was issued in July 2006 about 4 years after he was suspected. This was under the 2003 Extradition Act. It was down to Home Secretary Theresa May who withdrew the extradition.

Gary McKinnon who is now a free man had lots of support from family and friends. There was even a blog website named ‘’ which was created to help gather more support for his case. McKinnon’s reason for hacking was apparently to find information about UFO’s.


Roger Moore says Connery was best Bond

One of the longest running film series Bond has cast 6 actors playing the role of James Bond, one of them being Roger Moore who has recently stated that Sean Connery was in fact the best bond.

James Bond code name 007 is a fictional character originating from the novel series created in 1953 by Ian Fleming. The novel has been adapted into televison, radio, comics, films and video games.

In films Bond the British Secret Service Agent has been played by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. There is a current total of 23 Bond films out so far.

Adele sings new Bond theme!

This is an image of British singer Adele singing the new theme song for the upcoming new James Bond film. The song is called ‘Skyfall‘. The song was co-written with Adele’s ‘Rolling in the deep’ collaborator Paul Epworth. Adele is a Grammy award-winning singer with two albums and has been in the billboard charts for nearly two years. Adele wasn’t sure about being involved with the James Bond theme song but she came round after reading the script. It is going to be the 23rd James Bond film and marks the 50th anniversary. Past theme songs for the James Bond franchise have failed to produce a note worthy anthem however Adele’s song looks promising. 


Today we looked at exposure. I took various images experimenting with the exposure it was interesting to see the difference in the image depending on the settings I used. In the first few images I tried changing the point of focus in the image to see what effect it had on the overall image. The first image I tried to get the cup in focus and the background out of focus. This seemed to emphasize the cup making everything else invisable.
In another image I was trying to get the cup in focus and the bottle out of focus but it ended up the other way round. I experimented with this further correcting the settings to get the focus right.
On every image I had the same settings. It worked better on some more than others but I should really have changed them slightly to get a better result. For some of the images I used manual focus which seemed to fail in some cases. The first few images worked well on the selected settings showing the correct exposure.


Joseph Nicéphore Niépce
French InventorNiépce is believed to have created the first world’s known fixed permanent photograph using a process he named as ‘heliography’ which means ‘sun writing’.

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre
French artist and physicist Daguerre is the famous inventor of the ‘daguerreotype’ process of photography.

William Henry Fox Talbot
British inventor and pioneer of photography Talbot is known for inventing the ‘calotype’ process a photogenic drawing process.

Frederick Scott Archer
Inventor and sculptor Archer is primarily known for his invention of the photographic collodion process.

André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri
French photographer Disdéri is famous for his version of the ‘carte de visite’ which is a piece of card with a small photographic image mounted on it. Disdéri actually began his photographic career as a daguerreotypist.

James Clerk Maxwell
Mathematical physicist Maxwell showed the first colored photograph.

Louis Arthur Ducos Du Hauron
French photographer Hauron is an established well known color photographer.

Richard Maddox
English photographer and physician Maddox is well known for inventing lightweight gelatin negative plates.

Eadweard Muybridge
English photographer Muybridge is recognized for his important contribution to photography which is his studies of motion and in motion picture projection. One of his most famous pieces of work was the high speed demonstration of a moving horse.

Louis Le Prince
Inventor Prince was the first person to shoot pictures on film using a single lens camera. His most famous piece is the ‘roundhay garden scene’.

William Kennedy Dickson
French-born Scot inventor Dickson is known for inventing an early motion picture camera. It has been said that he made it whilst under the employment of Thomas Edison.

Auguste and Louis Lumière
The two brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière are said to be the earliest filmmakers in history.

André Kertész
Hungarian-born photographer Kertész is known for his revolutionary contribution to photographic composition and the photo essay.

Jerry Spagnoli
Photographer Spagnoli has worked with the daguerreotype process which is what he is well known for. He has a series entitled “The Last Great Daguerreian Survey of the 20th Century” which has been in motion since 1995.

Chuck Close
American painter and photographer Close is known as a photorealist because of his massive scale portraits. He has also collaborated with Jerry Spagnoli on the daguerreotype process.


Abelardo Morell
Boston based photographer Morell is famous for creating camera obscura images projected in rooms around the world then photographing them.

UK Riots in August 2011

Riots break loose all over UK the blame put on The Metropolitan Police. Social media making matters worse.

By Rebecca Leggott and Amy Mccafferty

Image courtesy of ‘The UK Debt Help Bureau’

The Metropolitan Police shot dead Mark Duggan alleged drug dealer on the 4th August 2011. The police had stated that officers were trying to arrest Mark Duggan. According to the Metropolitan Police he had a gun in his possession. Following his death his family and local residents went to Tottenham Police Station with the intention of gaining information from them about Mark Duggan’s death. In this time a 16 year old girl supposedly threw a missile at the police during the protest which led to members of the waiting crowd attacking two nearby police cars setting them on fire. This eventually spread to other areas of London and throughout England.

News of the riots spread through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter causing it to be an up raw across the internet. Facebook statuses and tweets were used throughout the riots keeping people up to date, escalating the problem further and involving more people. Blackberry Messenger (BBM) also contributed to this playing a vital role in the riots. There were organised crimes planned on BBM. The involvement of these sites and services made the riots worse. Without the involvement of social media the story wouldn’t have grown into a media frenzy and possibly wouldn’t have resulted in so much crime and outrage.