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Month: November 2008

Daily Links

Top 10 IT disasters of all time – Starting with an early warning system on the blink in September, 1983 (just a couple of months before the Able Archer incident), and running through such classics mix ups as the Millennium Bug and the Dell laptop battery inferno, this site lists some of biggest disasters in IT history (though omitting those which caused loss of life).

Auction Bloopers – Find some ebay bargains by looking for common misspellings of items.

Sensible Units – Afraid of the onslaught of metric? Then measure length in albatross wingspans or weigh in terms of female lions or CRT monitors with this fun little website.

Enigma – If you’ve an interest in cryptography, this little website allows you to use your very own Enigma cipher, and provides an inkling into just how complicated the mechanism can really be.

The Future of File-Sharing

Moses and the Eleventh Commandment

The war against file-sharing that currently rages primarily over the Internet will ultimately be lost. That’s my prediction. I can’t support this argument with any authority, being no expert in the fields of law, politics or technology, but instead make my statement on the basis of many years’ observation from the wilderness. But the trends all point to this being the case. File-sharing has become a mainstay of this new generation, a fact which has forced most corporations and organisations to rethink their strategies and come up with ways to stem the tide. We have already seen many changes in this direction, such as the explosion of digital content that is now available online from legitimate sources. But in addition to this carrot, the war is also being waged with a stick, as organisations set out to have legislation passed to clamp down on file-sharing activities, and new technologies are created to lock down digital content and prevent its spread. So what will the future bring?

New Domain Name

After more than two years at a temporary location, and in part to celebrate breaking the hundred post barrier (albeit almost unnoticed), this blog has ‘moved’ to a new location. Whilst the hosting remains the same, the blog can now be found under the new domain name amindatplay.eu. There may be a few broken links around the place, but everything seems to be working well so far. With the amount of work being done to release WordPress 2.7 in November, it might also be time for a bit of a clean before winter hibernation, so perhaps expect a few tweaks and perhaps an experimental new layout or two in the next few of weeks.

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