Four short links: 11 Mar 2009

Four ETech-related links, from your humble author who is following the action from afar:

  1. Criminals Are “Targeting Basic Blocks of the Internet” (Guardian) — writeup of Alex Stamos‘s talk. “Basic infrastructure failure is what we’re going to see over the next few years,” he said. “The most interesting research is either taking things that we thought were unexploitable and exploiting them, and also the breaking of the basic building blocks of the internet from the 1970s and 1980s.” For another “we’re all so boned” moment on Internet security, read Peter Gutmann‘s overview of the commercial malware industry.
  2. Phil Gyford’s ETech 09 Posts — Phil takes notes and attends a lot of the sessions I’d have wanted to be in, like Tim’s “Work on Stuff that Matters”.
  3. Mary Lou Jepsen’s Talk (Guardian) — interesting bit for me was a low powered television set that can display high definition video but can run without being plugged in. “We’ve had a lot of pull,” she said. “People want TV even if they don’t have power… an HDTV that’s under 10W and can be human-powered. We’ve figured out a way to do that.” Not that I’m in love with television, but the technology that gets mass-produced for cud-chewing couch-butts gets cheaper for the likes of you and me. See her new company, Pixel Qi.
  4. ETech on Hashtags — see the latest tweets tagged with “#etech”. E.g., @fortunebird‘s Rebecca Allegar: Don’t predict the future, design it., and @Technomadia‘s We just controlled a chocolate lab live via iPhone. Now.. we eat more chocolate! I like this presentation lots!
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