Charles Stross (Sci-Fi Author, his Singularity Sky is awesome) discusses Network Security in the Medium Term, 2061-2561 AD.
Pretty fascinating - Networking Needs a VMWare. Some of this stuff is on its way . . .
The future looks bright - Building a new filesystem - ReFS for Windows 8.
This reminds me so much of William Gibsons 'Bigend Books' (Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History) I had to double check it wasn't fiction - Made Better in Japan. Theres also a touch of Umberto Ecos 'Travels in Hyperreality'. Remember, people - it has to be better than the real thing !
I caught this over on Boing Boing - pretty fascinating - Bringing a 50,000-ton forging press back to Life. Makes you wonder what other wholly unique mega-gizmos exist in the world ?
In the wake of the sub-prime fiasco and subsequent bailout this makes for interesting reading - What Good is Wall Street?.
Yes, I know we're almost half way through 2011 - this interactive article has some cool stuff in the pipeline - NYTimes Top Ideas for 2010.
A couple of related articles The end of the IT Department and The rise of Shadow IT suppliers. Maintaining infrastructure is costly - more and more people are turning to innovation and service outside of in-house-IT.
A peek into the future - FutureStates TV. Brief docu-dramas about different potential futures for earth and humanity.
Nifty - 3D Strandbeests. If you've ever seen Theo Jansens creations walk across the beach you'll be pleased to see you can now print them in 3D.
Commentary at the Economist on the recent DropBox security warning - Keys to the Cloud Castle.
I seem to be predisposed to IT nostalgia - Markdown is the new Word 5.1. As a user-experience 5.1 was pretty much a pinnacle - everything since has just been fluff. I cut my 'GUI WYSIWYG teeth' on Word 3 and 4 which were also great - they were also the last versions you could run off a single 3.5" disk on a Mac (on a dual FDD disk system your OS was on one disk and your app was on the other).
Say what you like but these anachronisms just aren't going away - Mainframe dark age. A profitable niche market for some !
Would love to add these to my pencil case - These machines kill fascists. Remember the only good fascist is dead one.
Nice and simple infographic of Risk perception and actual hazards.
Its starting to look pretty definitive - Vaccines don't cause autism.
A website dedicated to documenting the tricks used by site-designers to ensnare or mis-direct web-surfers - Dark Patterns.
We all know its going to get messy - Why the IPv4 to IPv6 will be ugly. I think a lot of people out there are in denial.
Douglas Coupland is the author of cult classic 'Microserf', here he outlines his vision of the next decade - A radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years. Nice read.
The trend also manifests itself in the lomography movement - cheap film cameras that have flawed optics leading to quirky images. Lomography has also led to a resurgence in the use of medium-format film. Medium format film leads to much bigger pictures than 35mm film and allows for much more detail to be captured in a variety of sizes. Medium format cameras are now also very cheap and accessible as everyone off-loads their film cameras for digital.
I picked up a Mamiya RB67 for about $400 and a Rolleiflex for $500. This may seem a little pricey but these would have each cost a small fortune when purchased new. The RB67 takes 6cm x 7cm pictures and the Rollei takes 6cm x 6cm pictures. If you use a colour-slide film (like Velvia) you'll get a roll of developed negative from the developer you can shine a light through and project onto a wall. Its pretty darn cool.
Of the two I prefer the Rollei, its easier to carry, has a built in light-meter and the square 6 x 6 images look great. The Mamiya is a beast of a camera, it really needs a tripod and it will hurt your back carting it around (it weighs about 2.5kg!) - although when you see the sharpness of the pictures you will find the weight bearable.
Digital medium and large format photography also exists - but the cost is generally prohibitive. Getting a medium sized digital sensor camera package is going to set you back the equivalent of a mortgage down-payment on a house.
I'm a sucker for cool stationary - Paper and envelopes that look like icons.
Handy - Creating Active Directory Taskpads. Looks pretty straightforward.
All it takes is a little thought - Space Saving Furniture. Amazing stuff.
Impressive - SeaMicro - 512 servers in 10U.
Brilliant - Toronto subway etiquette posters.
Nice chart - Stages of a Photographer. I think I'm at the 'Everything I shoot is rubbish' stage.
Charles Stross writes about the recent Adobe/Apple Flash spat - The Real Reason Steve Jobs Hates Flash.
ArsTechnica does a rather nice review of Ubuntu 10.04. As of v 7 or 8 its actually been pretty usable by a mere mortal (ie your parents).
All sorts of things are falling under Microsofts new 'Forefront' banner (ISA is probably the most well known) - now their meta-directory product is coming under the same brand Forefront Identity Lifecycle Manager. It still seems overly expensive but the feature-set does look enticing.
Nifty - Why you can't work at work. My most productive time is probably from 7 to 9am - after that my day becomes primarily interrupt driven.
The art of writing is starting to disappear - I'm not a great writer by any means but proof-reading colleagues written work does make me wonder what happened to the education system in the five to ten years I between my schooling and theirs. Writing well, creatively and with humour appears to be a niche Clothing for Correspondence are happy to fill - you send them an item of clothing and they'll write something for you. Their samples are great - particularly the references !
Fantastic (if a little grim) - World Press Photo Competition Winners 2010
Infographic - which health supplements are actually beneficial - Snake Oil Supplements.
Why most people no longer care about the file-system - /the/path/of/most/resistance. Very very true - at a home-user level the apps are now infinitely more important than where stuff is stored - just leave iPhoto/iTunes to look after itself and forget about where it puts things.
The scale is truly impressive - How Many Servers Can One Admin Manage?.
Another reason why Americans and their privitised healthcare are completely insane - The Cost of Care.
Nifty online presentation tool - Prezi. Put a new spin on your visuals.
I've got to rebuild my PC - still running the RC of Windows 7 - some of these tools look useful though - Windows 7 Helper Applications.
Apart form the terrible colour the new Pogoplug Mk2 looks like a remarkably cool gizmo.