The Grand Tour

Episode 0

Fetch your headphone to USB-C dongle! Episode 0 of Two Hundred OK is out now - a weekly podcast of views, trues, and a few bits of news from the world of the web.

In this weeks episode the guys discuss the benefits of Amazon Prime in the final days leading up to Christmas, the scientific breakthrough (and ensuing app) that’s emerged from Fiji, the potential risks of poor IoT security and the benefit of throw away email.

Notes

InstaCharge

InstaCharge, the thermodynamic-defying mobile app from Fiji, has been written about by several media outlets, including this article from The Guardian. This is not to be confused with instacharge.me.uk, who’ve developed a onetime disposable and recyclable charger for phones.

If you want to download other incredible apps there’s always Amazing X-Ray FX ² LITE of course, which’ll provide hours of pure unadulterated fun and jollity. Or for those who harness a need for instant reflection at the touch of a button be sure to check out Mirror (or a mirror).

Scott Jenson’s 2012 presentation about the zombie apocalypse of smart devices used to be hosted on Vimeo, but it no longer available. That’s a shame! Fortunately, Scott’s also written a short article and blog post about it. Although we don’t really explore this further in the episode, it’s definitely worth a read.

Mirai

The Mirai botnet has a Wikipedia entry, and has been widely discussed across the web, including this article “The Botnet That Broke the Internet Isn’t Going Away”. Brian Krebs (who was subjected to an attack from Mirai) is an American journalist and investigative reporter best known for his coverage of profit-seeking cybercriminals. Brian’s website is krebsonsecurity.com.

shodan.io is a search engine for internet-connected devices “used around the world by researchers, security professionals, large enterprises, CERTs and everybody in between”.

The blog post “Progressively Enhancing the IoT” references this article from The Next Web about an automated IoT pet feeder that [you could say] is too reliant on an available internet connection.

The Wayback Machine

In the aftermath of the US presidential election some organisations (including the Internet Archive) are planning to move their data abroad. This was reported by The Next Web on 30th November after the IA’s own blog post announced their intentions the day before (“Help Us Keep the Archive Free, Accessible, and Reader Private”).

Throw Away Mail

throwawaymail.com and Have I been pwned? are the two services worth checking out.

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