Stories by Mark Gibbs

In Pictures: 12 Bluetooth gadgets for geeks

Bluetooth, the short range wireless data communications technology, is in a huge range of products these days, and not just computers and phones.

In Pictures: Top 10 security tools in Kali Linux 1.0.6

Kali Linux 1.0.6

Backspin has moved

Looking for Mark Gibbs' latest musings? Head on over to Gearhead. Same wit, same site, different platform.

Gearhead has moved

Looking for Mark Gibbs' latest musings? Head on over to Gearhead blog. Same wit, same site, different platform.

In Pictures: 12 crazy good iOS photography apps

An Apple iPhone ad that aired in April claimed, "Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera", and I can believe it. Not only are there are a boatload of iPhones in the wild, there are a huge number of apps that enhance and improve on Apple's default camera app making photography more accessible, more creative, and more social. This is a collection of some of the best and most interesting apps available.

Three tools for getting organized: Looking for 'The One'

Getting organized isn't something you do once and then forget about. Oh no. Organization needs constant polishing and review and, in short, is a total pain in the butt. I've always wished I were one of those hyper-organized people who has a place for everything and everything always has its place, but alas, that apparently isn't in my genetic makeup.

How you invade your own privacy

A new study from consulting firm Infosys shows consumers globally are far more relaxed about sharing their private data than we knew and far more relaxed than they should be

Neatly naming network nodes

On one of my favorite lists, we just had an amusing discussion about naming computers. It seems that unless someone is running a server farm or hosting facility, where logical organization is de rigeur and computers are numbered according to some strict plan, then anyone with any poetry in their soul feels they must find "good" names with some kind of consistency for their hardware.

WordPress plugins leave you vulnerable to attack, and new devices 'protect you' from cellphone radiation

First up this week, a white paper or report or ... I have no idea what these things should be called any more ... maybe a "glorified press release"? Whatever. Let's call it "a study" from Checkmarx, a company that specializes in automated security code review, titled "The Security State of WordPress' top 50 Plugins."

Lying, prying and spying: Is the NSA worth it?

Is the NSA defending their intellectual property with more success than they protect our country?

A cool USB hub, a sweet Mini WiFi Router, and how to find Paul Revere through social analysis

Gibbs reviews two products from Satechi and is impressed by a paper that explains the power of social network analysis

US government collects Verizon customers' phone metadata ... So what?

A top secret NSA program to collect ALL Verizon customers' call data isn't at all surprising

Zooka, a neat iPad Bluetooth speaker, and a review of tools to wire-framing user interfaces

This week, a collection of goodies. First up for all of you iPad aficionados, a neat wireless Bluetooth speaker called Zooka from Carbon Audio that fits onto the edge of your tablet and boosts your audio volume by about five times (turned up full, that's a sound pressure of 80dB at 1 meter). There's also a built-in microphone so you can take calls if you've paired the Zooka with your iPhone.

10 surprising things from my 20 years with Network World

Yep, I've been writing for Network World for 20 years and a lot has happened in that time ... here are 10 of the most surprising

Gearhead's 2013 Summer Reading List

As I note in Backspin, as of the 24th of this month, I've been writing for Network World for 20 years and 6 days. And my first Gearhead column published a mere 17 years, 4 months and 5 days ago (see page 52). I'm going to leave the peering into the rearview mirror to see how we got here to Backspin and, instead, do as I always do: Talk about cool, geeky stuff you need. Today, I have your summer reading assignments.

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