Figured I should do one of those “Stuff you might have missed posts” because a) I’ve been a bit lax at posting anything at all for the last couple of days and b) There’s a whole load of “Stuff that you might have missed”….   Luckily for you, I’ve dropped all the really rubbishy bits and kept the ones that are at least half interesting.

First up…. Two (count ’em – two) Top Tens.  The first is the top ten books that all good geeks and nerds should be reading and the second is the top ten most dangerous things to do on the Internet.  I’m pretty sure you can figure out the top of list for that one, but here they are anyway.

Top 10 Books for Geeks & Nerds as provided by Geeks Are Sexy – because of course, as we all know, they are…  My favourites would be “Wikinomics” and one that’s not listed, but you can find if you look hard enough. “The Hacker Crackdown” by Bruce Sterling – one of those books I really enjoyed in my youth.

Now – The top 10 really dangerous and stupid things to do on the Internet (apart from searching for the Hacker Crackdown…. Oh… you already did that?… ooops!). Thanks to good old Gizmodo for elightening us all with this list. If you want to know how to protect yourself from these risky ventures, then you’ll have to go and read the proper article here

  • Checking the “Keep me signed in” box on public PCs
  • Failing to update Microsoft Windows OS /Java / Adobe Reader / Adobe Flash
  • Searching for celebrity gossip, incriminating material (i.e. sex tapes)
  • Using BitTorrent to download copyrighted software/film/TV shows
  • Searching for free porn
  • Online gaming (free to play, social games on Facebook and beyond)
  • Leaving Facebook privacy settings wide open, therefore exposing personal info to all
  • Connecting to unknown wireless networks
  • Using the same password for every single online account
  • Trying to get a free iPad, PlayStation 3 or similar gadgets (scams/phishing)

On to the other stuff now….   Almost certain that you missed (because it’s momentary) Tomasz Schafernaker, the BBC’s weather man “flipping the bird” to use the parlance of our times.  It’s a moment of BBC Weather history. To be fair, Simon McCoy’s patronising tone explains it if you ask me.

Net News: and we’re about to see the connection of the 5 billionth device to the Internet. I have no idea how many of the original DARPA machines are still connected (not many I suspect) and I wonder if their addressing got released back into the pool when they were switched off… anyway…  5bn is a hell of a lot, but the researchers say this is nothing and that in 10 years time, it will be more like 20bn. Fun times.
More geeky media fun now.  If you take Justin Bieber’s new single (who? -Ed)  I know, I have no idea who this 7 year old is, but apparently he’s some sort of pop sensation in the US. Anyway, if you take his current single and slow it down by 8-times, you actually get some half decent mood-music…  I giggled. I mean, who though of that ?  Of course, if you really don’t like him, you can always just switch him off altogether.

J. BIEBZ – U SMILE 800% SLOWER by Shamantis

What I find most interesting bout this is the similarity to the story about the “Inception” soundtrack and speed of playback. I don’t want to spoil the movie for you, but if you’ve seen it already, you might want to watch this. Fascinating stuff.

It just goes to show how much planning and thought goes into a really good movie.

One last social media snippet now: http://paper.li/ enables you to create a “Newspaper” (for want of a better description) based on your twitter feed. It looks at who you follow and who follows you and what they say and creates a single page with links to photo’s and videos and stories that they’ve posted about. Interesting stuff, sort of like flipboard (but not with facebook and not as flashy looking – watch the video) is on the iPad. Here’s mine for you to take a look at: http://paper.li/golfyball

And with that, the band in next door’s garage have started up, so I’m off for a fight. Luckily tomorrow see’s me on a visit to a customer location to do some far far more interesting geek ridden consultancy with a dash of architectural design. Yet again, this is something else I miss from my former life, before I became the square peg trying to fit in the round hole (See Andrew Marr, Popperian Cosmology & Me)

Fun times…

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