Here’s a quick one: check out Cloudnymous when you get a chance. I just signed up, and I quickly gave them $50. Until December 2nd, this actually generates $100 in credit.
I don’t actually end up using VPN services all that often, but what makes this particular company unique is the very dynamic way in which it allows you to pay for service. You can pay by the day, by the month, or by the amount of traffic you want to transmit. These different scales are all tied to different servers, so you can keep the profiles configured and connect as you see fit. On mobile, for instance, you can set yourself up with a traffic paid server, while keeping others on a monthly or daily plan.
The other side to this service is that there’s a free tier, too. You can connect up to one hour per day, and while these servers are a lower tier without the same promise of bandwidth as the others, I was able to get plenty of throughput in some rather aggressive bandwidth tests.
If nothing else, it’s a good thing to have in your tech tool belt, for when you’re stuck with a public WiFi connection or a friend’s not-very-well-managed network.
Born Wet, Human Babies Are 75 Percent Water. Then Comes Drying. Mind-blowing, in a way. We start mostly as water, and death in a sense is about us drying up in the end. Definitely makes me think of Dune.
I wouldn’t categorize myself as someone who cares too much about the weather, nor do I track it all that often, though I have recently found a pretty good combination that works for most all my needs.
First up is Sky Motion, which is quite simple: it has one, five, or fifteen minute intervals at which it can tell you whether it will rain or not in your precise location over the course of the next two hours. It’s quite accurate, and is super useful for deciding how important it is to wear a jacket / bring an umbrella / etc. when dashing between transit methods.
Next is Yahoo! Weather, which is both the best looking and the most functional weather app I’ve seen to date. Everything is in one spot, in the order I would choose, with a very slick design. It even has sunrise and sunset, wind speeds, barometric pressure, and a map view.
Airbag for Cyclists. Great idea. It’s an inflatable collar that you wear instead of a helmet. The idea was also proposed in Snow Crash, a book published in 1992, and it’s wild to see that it’s coming to fruition.
Silent Circle and Lavabit launch “DarkMail Alliance” to thwart e-mail spying. Good idea. Email is one of the few federated, open systems we have left for communication, though the SMTP protocol does have some problems. The meta data collection is bad enough as it is, which is based in the fact that each server is by default not encrypted. It’ll take a while for all of this to take hold, but it’s a step in the right direction. XMPP is an interesting choice, too, which I’m thinking speaks towards more instant communication, perhaps tackling the mess that is current day instant messaging, too.
Motorola just announced what they’re calling Project Ara. It’s working with Phonebloks, which is a fabulous idea. Phones and electronics create so much waste, gluing together everything in a way that nothing can be easily upgraded or replaced. It’s why I still love having a PC. It’s going to take a bit of time for this to set in, but hopefully this will be the future.