100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

Stumbled across a great article on the Wired website today, and thought it would be worth linking to for your enjoyment.

There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this week’s 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moore’s Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks.

That is, of course, unless we tell them all about the good old days of modems and typewriters, slide rules and encyclopedias

    Computers and Videogaming

  1. Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long
  2. The scream of a modem connecting.
  3. The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
  4. 5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.
  5. Using jumpers to set IRQs.
  6. DOS.
  7. Terminals accessing the mainframe.
  8. Screens being just green (or orange) on black.

Click here to read the full article.

GeekDad

British Airways IT Security Awareness Fail

I recently stumbled across a British Airways given at the ENISA Conference on the 19th June 2009. You can find the presentation BA-IT-Security-Awareness-presentation if your interested in having a read, its actually a good presentation for the intended audience.

I did learn from this presentation something new (every day is a school day after all), that an alternative for the standard CTRL+ALT+DEL and then pressing ENTER to lock your workstation is to press the WINDOWS KEY + L to instantly locking your machine (I think this may be XP and above).

So BA created an excellent poster to share this information, and to encourage people to lock the workstation when they step away for a cuppa. One small problem, from the imagery they want you to press the G key??? I assume this is an accidental mistake, and I have contacted BA to hopefully help them save some face, however its is a funny fail.

Please vote for my fail finding to appear on the Fail Blog.

BAFail

LinkedIn Certificate Expires…. Someone forgot to pay the bill.

Those of you that use LinkedIn may have noticed that your getting a certificate verification issue with trying to authenticate yourself. Seems someone at LinkedIn forgot to set a reminder and pay the bill as the cert expired 06/07/2009 @ 17:14:16 PM GMT.

So all aboard the Fail bus for those guys today. Its an easy mistake to make I guess, but you would have hoped for something abit better.

LinkedIn

For when it hits the crapper. At work or out and about.

We all know things get messy when the shit hits the fan. Well now you can travel prepared.

crapper

I found this on Firebox today, and it made me laugh so much. Its just great, check it out here.

Flat-packed, the Shit Box pops open to become a rigid but comfy loo into which you can drop your fudge, again and again, without making a mess or gassing everyone within a 5 mile radius. That’s because it comes with 10 biodegradable poo bags. Genius! Simply pop one inside, lay your cable, remove the whole shebang, tie up the bag and shove it in your best mate’s sleeping bag… sorry, we mean dispose of it responsibly.

Women Drivers…heh

Ok its not big, and its not cleaver, and its not even security related, but it is funny. Enjoy :)

You might want to mute the music though!