S: Techtime - Apr. 2011
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3: Cyber-Awareness Security is an important part of the world today. With the invention of viruses, it became much easier to commit identity theft. In a classroom survey of 12 and 13-year-olds, more replied “no” than “yes” to “Have you ever been hacked?”. This means the world is training their children to be cyber-secure, but what about giving your information to a trusted company? Say, Google? THE Google, you say? That’s right, THE Google. Google currently has a program called Doodle4Google that allows children to design Google’s logo. In order to enter this program, you must fill out a form. This form includes things like town of birth, DOB, and the last 4 digits of your social security number. Using the given info, it is easy to guess the first three digits, thereby providing your full social security number. Information like this can get an identity thief Credit cards, bank accounts, and many other things. In YOUR name! Google claims there was no | malicious intent, but what if there was a legitimate company like Google, gone corrupt? A situation like this could compromise the security of millions of people. So the question is, what will the world do in a situation like this? It seems like with such a magnitude of loss, it would be hopeless to try to restore it all. I suppose we won’t know until it happens.
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6: A Biography of Steve Wozniak | Until the 1970’s, it was not common for anyone to own a computer. The closest thing to a computer anyone owned was a calculator. Even large companies had just started using computers. But this all changed when Stephen Wozniak came along. As a young boy, he and his peers used to be involved with electronics. In elementary and junior high school they used to invent things like P2P intercoms between houses. They would head down to Sunnyvale Electronics to purchase materials, and then string things like this up. He even got a HAM radio license in 6th grade. Eventually, all of his hard work payed off, when | he recieved a job at Hewlett Packard, as a calculator designer. After working with them for awhile, he came to the realization that calculators are computers too, just with smaller, inexpensive processors. Deciding he could afford the parts, he set off building a computer, inspired by a typewriter and a television. This idea eventually evolved into the Apple I, At his hometown homebrew club, this idea was a huge hit, although laughed at by major companies like IBM. This is when, in 1970, he was introduced to the now-infamous Steve Jobs. They built 50 original boards, and although the chances of being sucessfull were slim, they had fun and lived
7: under the philosophy "Even if we lose our money, at least we had a company”. In 1976, “The Woz” quit his job at HP, and went full time as the Vice President of Apple Computing Inc. They finally finished development of their first computers, the Apple I, which was generally compared to the Altair 8800, the first commercial personal-use computer. The main difference was that Apple I was not expandable, and was purely for hobby use, like games and calculations. These computers (or circuit boards for better term) were sold to Paul Terrell, the owner of a small business computer shop. In February of 1981 Steve crashed his Beechcraft Bonanza, and | suffered memory loss from it, however when he inquired of his girlfriend what happened, she informed him of his accident and his memory was restored. It wasn’t until 1983 he returned to Apple, and only wanted to be an engineer. In 1987 he terminated his full time employment with Apple. He still remains an employee, with a paycheck, and a shareholder and withholds connections with Steve Jobs. Since then he has maintained a few other, much smaller companies, and appeared on a few shows, such as The Big Bang Theory.
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10: Teen spies, Terrorists, and Evil Space Hotel Owners | Those are the three words that best describe Ark Angel, the 6th book of the Alex Rider series. Yes, if spies, realistic fiction, or suspense is your thing, then Ark Angel, and the rest of the Alex Rider series are great books for you. Lying in a hospital, recovering after an assassination attempt in Scorpia, Alex makes the decision to get involved with the attempted kidnapping of Paul Drevin the son of multi-billionaire Nikolai Drevin, thus | getting him involved in a whole new world of terrorism. And in the world of spies, everything is not as it seems. What is seemingly a loving father on top, can really be a sadist criminal with resources and money. What can seem to be the criminal’s assistant can really be your night in shining armour, ready to save the day. And what seems like an amazing advance in space tourism, can turn out to be the military’s worst nightmare. I know I was entertained by this book. I just couldn't put
11: it down! I recommend Ark Angel to anyone who is into Sherlock Holmes, Hardy Boys, or even Twilight! Ark Angel was a great, page turning book, and I think you will really enjoy it.
12: Penny Auctions: A new way to purchase products? All of us have seen an auction once or twice in our lives. You know, the loud man on the stage, yelling “Going once, going twice, sold!” Or perhaps you have bid on something on eBay, a quieter, easier way to obtain used items. But what if there was a new way to participate in an auction, where the items are new and the prices are cheaper? Thanks to the Internet and some innovative developers, such sites now exist. There are many sites that use this form of auctioning, and most operate in a similar way. one IThe will be describing in this article is called BigDeal. Other sites, such as QuiBids and BeeZid work the same way. So, now that we’re past the introductions, let’s get on to how it works. What happens is: The websites purchase many items of consumer interest from their retailers, and hold them in storage. Then, consumers purchase credits to | add into their account. This is where the sites make their money, because credits are not always cheap. Then, the consumers find an item they would like, and click “Bid” to add one cent to the final price, and 30 seconds to the clock. Then, someone else does the same thing, and 30 seconds are added again. This goes on until the clock reaches the 30 second mark, which could take awhile because many items last awhile. At this point, people wait until the clock reaches 8 seconds or so, and then they bid to make it 30 seconds again. Eventually, at a random interval, the auction ends, and the last bidder gets the item for a reduced price. But, are these sites trustworthy? I have done some research, and found many complaints. Many
13: people say that “Bots” or programs bid on an item so much that it jacks the price up and people waste their bids, or pay a large price for the item. This results in them not getting a deal at all. But, there is a plus. In many sites, for people who planned to purchase the item anyway and just wanted a deal, you can use the total cost of your used bids on the item as credit for purchasing it at full price. In sites where bids aren’t as cheap, this can really help. In my opinion, you should try to stick to normal auction sites like eBay when looking for a deal, and only go to penny auctions when you are prepared to pay for an item at full price. | In such a case, QuiBids is a good, legitimate site to visit, as they allow you to use your bids as credit. Just be sure you know the site is 100% legit before giving them your credit card information. A simple google search can determine that. The Internet is a great place to find a deal on an item, but also a fabulous place to get scammed. Stay careful. | "Many people complain that bots, or automatic programs jack up the price of an item"
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