I haven’t been twittering much for a while. Most of last week I was at sea on the conference which was not conducive to regular Twittering or anything else on the Internet. But since then I have been catching up on blog reading and other things and I have a few interesting and hopefully useful links to share today.
Fun training against phishing scams http://phishguru.org/ I wonder if teachers need this as much (or more?) than their students? This is from a research project at Carnegie Mellon and I have blogged about it before but it deserves to be brought up again.
One of the things I have in my queue to watch when things settle down this week is this Introduction to F# on Channel 9's 10-4 show. If you are at all interested in functional languages you may want to check it out. There are a lot of useful F# links at that page as well.
64 things a geek should know I know quite a few of them but nowhere near all 64. You? How about your students? Anything you think should be on this list? Or dropped from it?
I found an interesting post titled Attracting Young Women and Minorities To Computing on the CSTA blog this week as well. Looks like regional CSTA chapters are starting to spring up and one of them is in southern New Jersey. There is a list of chapters at the CSTA web site. Anyone interested in getting one going in New Hampshire or Massachusetts? I’d love to help.
I also recommended the the Are You Certifiable web site during the week.
My friend Hilary Pike blogged about 10 Programming Proverbs Every Software Student Should Know. Compare that with my series on programming proverbs I wrote some time ago. Looking at things from a different angle is often a good thing. I’m sure that Hilary would welcome your comments there as much as I welcome them here. Hilary is also on twitter at @HilaryP.
I'm really not impressed with that list. It comes across as something written by someone who's trying to sound smarter than they are, frankly.
(2) "Reset" RAM? I did roll my eyes as they said, but not because it's easy. As someone who uses all three major operating systems, I've never, ever needed to do that on any of them. On all three I've had to find apps taking up almost all of the memory and kill them, but "download this application you've never heard of to defragment your RAM" is not a good tech trick.
(3) Is useful, but most "good" keyloggers these days are software-based.
(6) Had me intrigued, until I realized how absurdly foolish it was. The way to find someone's IP on AIM? Get them to direct-connect to you!
(13) Is a link to a cell phone forum.
(16) What about iTunes DRM?
(18) This is a pet peeve of mine! People seem to think that finding a server's IP is some secret hacker trick. Any blocking worth its salt would also block the IP, and if you can connect by IP but not hostname, many sites are virtual hosts that won't work. Furthermore, the command they give is syntactically invalid: "ping http://www.website.com/" ??
(19) See #18. May work in some cases, but won't work in many. A pointer to #4 would be more useful.
(35) Doesn't work on all but the newest PCs, and then, often doesn't work well.
(64) One word: Etherkiller. http://www.fiftythree.org/etherkiller/
Err, I neglected to mention that I was referring to the list of 64 things. Your list is good, theirs is not.