Archive for February, 2009

Tech on TV: 24

Did you happen to catch the television show “24” last night? If you’re any type of a geek I’m sure you spotted a few laughable technology incidents during the show. For me there were 2 spots where I just could not suspend reality and be entertained. There’s a scene where inside the FBI the technicians working for the secret organization manage to implement a system wide format. Yes, silly I know, but it moved the plot along. You can’t have Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) always yelling “put down the weapon!”. So according to the grand wise old television, all that is required to perform a system wide network format is a “special” I/O card, I’m guessing it was PCI, reprogram the firmware, plug the card into a server hot, without shutting or powering down, then type some command line functions and voila. System wide format. Oh and did I mention that you have to “tie the servers together”? HA!

Another issue I had was Chloe, magically recovering data of the secret list of agents stored on an “unknown media device” (which simply looked like a metal SD card or metal USB stick). And it wipes itself after one use? HA! As well Chloe manages to perform another magical data recovery after the system wide format. ZOMG! Run some data recovery software and there’s the files! A secure wipe would have taken a very long time. Sure maybe the bad guys could have performed a quick wipe but any cheap software could have saved the data files. Script writer FAIL! I guess I’m just nerding out but I have to pick on something.

Wipe phone data remotely

How many times have you left your phone somewhere or just plain had it stolen? Ever worry about all your personal data being accessed by prying eyes? Recently a Windows Mobile prototype was stolen from an executive. Nothing special there right? Except that Microsoft technicians were able to wipe the phone remotely once its theft was brought to their attention. Now that’s cool.

It definitely gives me comfort to know that this technology is on the brink of the consumer market. Probably for a fee, but well worth it if you’re walking around with a company’s customer list, contacts, emails, perhaps even a spreadsheet attachment with some financial info. It’s definitely a technology business travellers need to consider. The same principles applied to laptops need to be applied to mobile phones. More now than ever the data we used to store on computers are now showing up on Blackberries and other smart phones. Have a data shredder feature built in would go a long way to protecting mobile data as well.

I, for one, welcome our new nanobot overlords …

Are we treading down a dangerous path here? Nano technology that is. Mini robots building technology for us. next thing you know they’ll be building larger versions of themselves to take over the world! Sure they might be able to build 5 terabyte drives the size of a pack of gum but should they? I’m sure by now you know of my fear of robots taking over the world so let me right now pledge my allegiance to our nanobot overlords.

(I can be extremely useful in rounding up other humans to work in your sugar mines…)

Are SSD’s fast … over the longterm?

All the buzz has been over SSD’s (solid state drives) breaking speed barriers left and right. Of course this is fresh out of the box. However one tech site might have something to say otherwise. (link) Apparently after extended use, SSD’s don’t perform so well. In lab: fast! In the wild: fast then slow. Hmm, perhaps SSD’s still have some ways to go before one finds its way into one of my laptops.


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