Posts tagged "Technology"

I remember we used to forget

I remember we used to forget. We’d forget facts and phone numbers, who wrote a certain book, how to convert centimeters to inches, who won the Super Bowl in a given year. We forgot a lot of things and had no easy way of finding them out quickly. There was no Google or even Alta... Read more »

The average Internet user

The average Internet user
I am the average Internet user. I want the content and applications I love, but I don’t want to pay for them or to see any ads. I am the average Internet user. I don’t want to pay for shipping or sales tax ever. EVER. I am the average Internet user. I get angry when... Read more »

HTTPS does not mean your data is safe

More and more websites are using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) by default. Recently, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) declared that all public-facing websites for U.S. government agencies will use HTTPS by the end of 2016. The increased use of HTTPS instead of unencrypted HTTP is great news for data security... Read more »
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Valentine's Day cards for infosec geeks

Information security specialists are not just people who nag you about strong passwords and not clicking on strange things. We are also people. People with hearts. People with hearts that love. I’ve made some Valentine’s Day cards for my fellow infosec geeks. Enjoy. You have my permission to save, print, and share these valentines with those... Read more »

Learning to code is NOT the new literacy

People keep promoting the need for everyone from kids to mid-career professionals to learn how to write computer code. The argument is that in the very near future (if we aren’t there already) learning how to code will be as important as learning to read and write. An article in Mother Jones asked, “Is Coding... Read more »

3 classic scary stories ruined by modern twists

What if some classic, short scary stories were given modern twists? I updated three short scary stories that are classics for campfires and slumber parties. First, I’ll list spoiler-filled reminders of the original scary stories. Of course, these classic spooky tales always change slightly depending who is telling them, but here are the general ideas:... Read more »
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Book review: The Circle by Dave Eggers made me want to puke (in a good way)

Reading The Circle by Dave Eggers made me want to puke. My nausea was not induced by graphic violence or other gross descriptions. I was sickened by Eggers’ detailed descriptions of a dystopia that felt too real. The Circle is not about your typical dystopia where water, gas, and other resources are scarce and people kill... Read more »

What would the Internet be like without net neutrality?

What would the Internet be like without net neutrality?
They used to burn books. Now they throttle bandwidth. I remember when the entire Internet used to be slow. Not just parts. Or at least it felt slow as its bits and bytes and packets tried to squeeze through a loudly beeping 2400 baud modem. When I got my first 56K modem it seemed lightning fast. I was... Read more »

STEM education for girls: Too little, too late, too pink

STEM education for girls: Too little, too late, too pink
Girls are underrepresented in STEM fields, but how can we get more girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math? To date many STEM education initiatives have taken the sex ed approach. Girls are isolated from the boys and given their own, gender-specific, introduction to coding, building, and problem solving. The intentions are good, but... Read more »
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Mad Men finale: Online streaming saved me from spoilers

This Mad Men finale post doesn’t contain any spoilers. If you are looking for a plot recap of the Mad Men finale for season 6 “In Care Of” there are plenty of other places you can look. (Of course, I especially recommend you read Tom & Lorenzo’s Mad Style post on Wednesday.) This is not a... Read more »