IT Disasters

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of Otakon 2014's spectacular pre-registration badge pickup system failure, we discuss how to identify, mitigate, and entirely avoid IT disasters. We've both seen our share of them (from incorrectly configured servers to mystery Ethernet drops, disabled iptables to ENABLED selinux). Learn why your procedures should never involve "copying the /opt directory." In the news, Yahoo is rolling out browser-to-browser email encryption and Google is claiming to uprank search results for encrypted sites.

Performance Profiling

Tonight on GeekNights, we cover the high level of performance profiling. It's a complex problem that requires an understanding of programming and profilers, but also hardware and statistics. In the news, Orkut is finally dying the true death, right alongside freshmeat.net. ConnectiCon is happening NEXT WEEKEND!

Old Computers

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about old computers (e.g., the Apple II GS, the Amiga, and the humble 486), why they're different from modern computers, and what they can be used for today. Primarily, we mean museum pieces, teaching tools, awesome hacks, and guaranteed non-compromised encryption key generators. In the news, TrueCrypt was shut down under extremely dubious circumstances, raising fears that that project received a National Security Letter or had other government woes and other heavy speculation. Also, Apple Day brought many minor Apple announcements, though SWIFT is what you should be paying attention to.

ConnectiCon is just around the corner in July, and it has a pretty amazing panel/workshop/lecture schedule. Join us there! Also join us in the GeekNights Forums!

Search Technology

Tonight on GeekNights, after doing a show on Dentistry and Dentistry, we discuss how to search for things. In the news, Netflix pays out to Comcast to keep movies streaming (see peering and tiered networks), and Microsoft Killed my Pappy.

USB

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk some USB. In the news, 3D printing got a lot more colorful, and India is on the road to eradicating Polio, reminding us that the application of existing technology more widely will have far greater effect than anything at the bleeding edge.

The next book club book is Wool, now that the previous book - Idoru - is ready for our discussion. There's also some new GeekNights Presents on the way, and we're more regularly streaming our versus gaming (like Nidhogg and Divekick)!

Motherboards

Tonight on GeekNights, back from PAX and getting rolling again, we lethargically talk about motherboards, which are far less interesting than they used to be (at least, if you're building a PC). In the news, the tech sector is still pretty sexist, Bitcoin block chains can be subjected to interesting analysis, and Photoshop is now only $10/month.

The Levels of Protecting Your Privacy

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of recent non-revelations about the activities of the NSA, we discuss how you can protect yourself, your associations, and your communication. It comes down to the levels of inconvenience with which you are willing to deal. But first, Rym reviews Citibike in New York, and how quickmeme was taken out.

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Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
  • GPG Voip
Level 6 Level 7
  • Burner Laptops
  • Ridiculous Spy Bullshit
  • Preternatural Forethought

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