October 14, 2011
October 10, 2011
Have questions about why we do the things we do or when we do them?Please feel free to send me an email or leave a comment and keep an eye on our blog. Boring technical details about what we'll be doing this Saturday below the break. Here's the breakdown of how we'll be spending our time this Saturday. Note that all time are approximate - they... Read More
October 6, 2011
September 30, 2011
Facebook recently rolled out an updated version of their interface and while much of the focus has been on how useful or pointless the new interface is and how it may or may not have been influenced by one of their competitors, what ended up getting buried was yet another Facebook feature that can potentially violate your privacy.
Freaky. Image by Wikimedia Commons user Maxo.
More exposition after the break. "Enumerating badness" is a term borrowed from the information security world used to describe an approach to security that ended up not working. The most well-known example of this is anti-virus software, which used a static list of...Read More
September 27, 2011
As we've previously discussed, we've been here a while. Some longer than others. In January of 1978, Paul Hubbard, a freshman at the time, took a job with the Data Processing department and worked with punch cards for our IBM System/370 Model 125.
The System/370 had four hard drives that stored a whopping 70MBs each. For those of you too young to know what a megabyte is, a gigabyte is 1024 megabytes and a...Read More
September 26, 2011
With an Academic Commons Open House coming up this Thursday, I figured this would be a good time to formally introduce the folks who have been inundating you with blog entries and mass emails about network emergencies.
What NOS stands for and other facts you would likely have been better off not knowing after the break.
Networking, Operations and Systems
That's what NOS stands for. There's...Read More
September 22, 2011
September 21, 2011
It seems that if you're already using your phone's ability to know where it is in the world, there should be a way to get the phone to tell you where it is if you were to lose it. Right?
It's easier than you think and costs nothing. Instructions after the break.
Got an iPhone?
Apple offers an app and associated service called Find my iPhone which does pretty much...Read More
September 21, 2011
If you were to ask Facebook how many users they had, they would tell you that as of 21 Sep 2011, there are 750 million active users and 70% of them are outside of the United States. That means 225 million users in the United States - amost 75% of the national population - is using Facebook. It's easy to see, then, why so many folks find it easy to disregard the naysayers and find a sense of safety and comfort in the fact that they are just small fish in a very, very big pond. But is it really as safe and anonymous as the numbers seem to suggest? Spoiler alert: It isn't.... Read More
September 15, 2011