Sites of the Week: January 19, 2013

“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.”
Albert Einstein.

Factoid: College textbooks have risen in price by 812% since 1978, far outpacing even the 559% increase in tuition and fees over the same period. The average student at a 4-year college pays $655 per year for textbooks and supplies.
HuffingtonPost.com
 
Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out three security-related ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations. Yeah, I know security isn’t fun or even particularly interesting, but it is important.

MediaFire
http://www.mediafire.com/

MediaFire is a cloud storage service founded in August, 2006. All new MediaFire accounts receive 50GB of free storage with a 200 MB maximum individual file size. For as little as $1.50/month, you receive additional benefits. Up to a maximum of 1 Terabyte storage can be purchased with Professional and Business accounts. MediaFire also enables collaborative document sharing, image galleries, syncing with multiple devices, bulk downloads, and direct links to files that can be added to e-mails. MediaFire Mobile Android and iOS clients are available, too.

 
‘Bob’ Outsources Tech Job to China
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9235926

Read this amazing Computerworld story about a developer who outsourced his own job to China for a fraction of his six-figure salary. It’s just an unfortunate coincidence that the author refers to the anonymous person as Bob’.

 
Moon Hoax Not
Gizmoda

We’re constantly barraged by conspiracy theories. Did you know the latest is that the Sandy Hook shootings were faked to promote gun control? Even if you’re not among the 6% of Americans who still believe the lunar landings were faked, I think you’ll find this video interesting.It’s well presented and interesting. An added bonus for the 4-5 former Ampex co-workers who receive this newsletter is the mention of the Ampex HS-100 Magnetic Disk Recorder.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

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