Posts tagged "Technology"

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 »

A gallery of old technology: Do you remember TRS-80?

The first computer that my parents bought looked like this.
Old technology made big news recently when an Apple-1 computer sold for the equivalent of more than $500,000. The Apple-1 came out in 1976, which was just a few years before my parents bought our first home computer although ours was not an Apple. My first computer was a TRS-80, a computer brand from Radio... Read more »

How to be computer literate in one simple step

Although we live in a world where kids start using iPads practically from birth, there are still plenty of adults who are intimidated by computers. If you are not are one of them you likely know someone who is. A relative? A friend? Your boss? In an effort to help I am revealing the secret... Read more »
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How a typo can expose your private data

How a typo can expose your private data
Hackers need personal data to exploit for identify theft and other fraud, but sometimes a simple typing mistake can expose your private information to someone who has no reason to see it. If that happens you have to hope that the person getting access to your accounts lacks criminal tendencies. I wanted to change the... Read more »