Monday, November 21, 2005

Politics and Geek novels

On the side of politics and e-advocacy we have a great little report from Reporters sans frontiers called "The 15 enemies of the Internet and other countries to watch". For NGOs and volunteer organisations in troubled times, here is a really useful link to NGO in a Box (Security Edition) which is a repository for organizations and NGOs.

For those who really want security you can try Tor on a USB stick, which allows any internet terminal whether it is at home, school, or a Internet cafe to create a Tor circuit connection. This connection creates an encrypted tunnel from your computer directly to a Tor exit computer, giving the appearance of having the Tor exit computer's IP. Tor is a distributed network of serversand provides Internet users with protection against "traffic analysis" which is a form of network surveillance.

From the makers of TheyWorkForYou, WriteToThem amongst others. They've gone a step further again with HearFromYourMP whose gist is get 20 of your mates and then club together to mail your MP and tell your MP will be sent a email with “20 of your constituents would like to hear what you're up to – hit reply to let them know”. Classic stuff!

On the geek novel side we have the last installment of "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth", a story by Cory Doctorow about an apocalypse that arrives on the heels of a catastrophic Internet worm. After apocalypse, the world's systems administrators are all in their sealed data-centers, and so they survive the carnage. Over at the Guardian we have the results of the poll on the top 20 geek novels.

And something that might be coming down the line (its only a prototype at the moment), we have the Airwash which uses uses compressed air, negative ions and deodorizing agents to wash clothes so no water and no drying, well laundry won't be the same.


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