It’s 2020! Looking back at recent years, we thought we’d share articles we wish we’d written – some of the most fascinating and most thought-provoking technology pieces from across the internet.
1. “… Close to a fifth of the entire world’s shipping capacity, was dead in the water”
- Surely a Hollywood movie waiting to be made. Couriered by hand from Ghana to London, how one last hardcopy backup saved a $55 billion coporate empire from total destruction.
NotPetya – The story of how Ransomware nearly destroyed Maersk Shipping – WIRED
2. “… The Millennium Bug was Real.”
- Twenty years on, the Guardian looks back at 100-year video rental fines, power cuts in Istanbul, and the little-known efforts of software developers worldwide to avert Y2K.
The Millenium Bug was Real, and 20 years later we face the same threats – Guardian
3. “… Microsoft was never really sure if it wanted to beat the iPhone, Android, or both.”
- Colourful designs, a good name in tech, and the soul of Nokia. But where did it all go so wrong? The Rise and Fall of Windows Phone
Windows Phone was a Glorious Failure – The Verge
4. “… everyone has different lifestyles and levels of paranoia”
- A scorched earth strategy against data-hungry Google is more possible than you might imagine: with some handy tools from Google themselves to eliminate your account piece by piece.
How to set your Google Data to Self-Destruct – NY Times
5. “… I stared at the cursor. Eventually, I typed “nytimes.com” and hit enter. Like a freaking dad.”
- New York Times Magazine laments the creeping homogenisation of online communities, in: I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore
I Dont Know How to Waste Time on the Internet any more – NY Times Mag.
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