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Last Minute Update – leaving the internet for a year?

Journalist Paul Miller from theverge.com has just started on a year long journey. This journey he will take alone as he is going to try going a whole year without using the internet or SMS. This seems like a very bold experiment and I will be very interested to see how this pans out. It’s the old story of you don’t know what you had until it is gone. Paul says he will still use his computer and has switched to a “dumb” phone but he has disabled wifi and has set up a post box so he can continue to do his work. Can we function in this day and age without being connected to the rest of the world? If there was some kind of “e-pocalypse” that wiped out the connected world would the world still work?
I have no idea but I would like to find out. You too can find out here .

The hard drives most likely to expose your data aren’t your own.

According to a UK study, 48% of 200 used hard drives picked up in local markets still had recoverable data on them and most of the data seemed to come from a corporations than from home users. This raises concerns about private information of individuals kept by companies is not securely destroyed.
This can be remedied by either employing a military-grade deletion practice (dismantling and physically shredding the drives and disposing of the waste in at least 3 separate locations), employing a really thorough disk wipe tool or by encrypting the entire drive with a tool like truecrypt.
I would really like to see statements regarding the destruction of data in corporate data privacy policies.
Check out the original Arstechnica article here.

Steve Wozniak finds his old friend Steve Jobs in… A Windows Phone?

In the beginning of Apple two friends messed about in a garage making things. From here the first Apple computer was born. Those friends were Steve Jobs and Steve “Woz” Wozniak. Jobs was clearly the guy with the business head and had an eye for product design. Woz had a passion for technology and was a good practical match for the Jobs flair.
Now Woz is well known for still having a passion for technology and carries no less than 4 phones with him (2 of them iphone 4 s). Recently he was asked about the Nokia Lumia 900 running Windows Phone 7 that he carries around.
“Just for looks and beauty, I definitely favor the Windows 7 phone over Android,” Wozniak said.
“I’m kind of shocked on every screen — much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone. So I think that what Microsoft or Nokia did is that they went to some of the key app makers and got them to deliberately make specialized beautiful ones or they put their own themes on…”
“I also surmised that Steve Jobs might have been reincarnated at MS due to a lot of what I see and feel with this phone making me think of a lot of great Apple things.”
Have a look at the full PCMag.com article here.