Steve Jobs Best Documentaries

These are 5 of the best Steve Jobs online documentaries you cannot miss.

The documentaries part biographical and part a history of Apple portray the life of the humble-arrogant genius that change the world by fusing taste in design and engineering to create the world’s most revolutionary products. Here are his best documentaries that describe his genius in leadership, technology, marketing, design and innovation.

Here are 5 free full documentaries of Steve Jobs found in Youtube, check them down below.

  1. iGenius, How Steve Jobs Changed the World 2011 Steve Jobs the Billion Dollar Hippy
  2. Steve Jobs Lost Interview
  3. Steve Jobs Building NexT
  4. One Last Thing
  5. Steve Jobs at D1 the First D All Things Digital Conference with Walt Mossberg

iGenius, How Steve Jobs Changed the World 2011

Steve Jobs the Billion Dollar Hippy

Steve Jobs Lost Interview

Steve Jobs Building NexT

One Last Thing

Steve Jobs at D1 the First D All Things Digital Conference with Walt Mossberg

Coin, all your cards in one

I don’t know how I bump into weird stuff all the time. When checking the Twitter timeline of Ainste a minimalist wallet startup from whom I bought one of their wallets I saw a mention about @coin. I visited their website and encounter their product, which is still on pre-release stage. Coin is a credit card that serves as a digital wallet, basically the gadget clones your credit and bank cards so you can conveniently use all of them with one card. The Coin card works with almost any credit and bank swipe card except the RFID cards with ID chip inside. It can hold up to 8 cards and you can switch between cards using a button and a small digital screen.

coin-all-in-one-credit-card

The Coin card is one of those amazing products that can cram a lot of technology in a small sleek design. The great achievement was to integrate in a credit card a digital screen, button, bluetooth, memory, battery and micro processor.

Cloning your cards, amazing and scary

Quite amazing and scary that your credit card info can be so easily cloned and transfered to another card. Is this even legal?

Coin uses an iOS app and a swipe reader to store all your credit card info and then transfer it through bluetooth to the Coin card. Having your credit card data moving around devices and then through air, and cloned on a black card makes me wonder about all the security risks and vulnerabilities this gadget can be exposed to.

I do not really know the details of how secure Coin is, but this seems pretty real, this company is already accepting orders online from their website where you can get your Coin card for $60 and it will be shipped in Summer 2014.

Personally I think it is a great idea however with its risks I’d get mine after I am sure this device has been put to the test in the consumer market.

Here is the promotional video of Coin with more than 8 million views. How did they manage to get all those views in less than a year, I ask.  The answer check their Press page, they have been featured every where even this blog!

The Internet Kill Switch and Solar Storms

The Internet has proven to be the most important instrument for communications nowadays.  For example, during the Tsunami catastrophe in Japan after all the phone lines and cellular networks collapsed, the Internet remained as the most reliable way of communication.  Skype immediately allowed users within Japan to dial land lines for free, Twitter and Facebook were the main source of news updates for most of the people during the whole catastrophe.

What if there hadn’t been any Internet during the catastrophe?  That is not an easy question, however one thing is certain, communication would have been much more complicated.

But the Internet has not only proven its effectiveness in natural catastrophes but also in mobilizing a revolution.  Such is the case of the Egyptian Revolution where several Facebook groups and Twitter accounts sparked the revolutionary fire and called hundreds of thousands of people to protest on the streets of Cairo.  In the past people accomplished this using pamphlets and radio nowadays it is with Twitter and Facebook.  The Internet’s ability to reach anyone anywhere in the world in milliseconds is the most powerful catalyzer in igniting modern revolutions, it is the super anti-government pamphlet.

The Egyptian Revolution became the first example of the powerful impact modern communications can have in society.  For this reason President Mubarak in Egypt shutdown the Internet immediately, in the attempt of halting the riots and protests of thousands in the street, but it was too late, the Egyptians had already amassed and where decided in overthrowing the Egyptian government.

Egypt’s Internet Kill Switch

In order to control the mass flow of information and news calling for demonstrations on the streets, the government decides to pull the plug on the Internet throughout most of Egypt.  Although an unprecedented event in the history of the Internet, in the case of Egypt the government’s strong control over the Internet providers forcing them to pull the plug at once and blacking out all the main Egyptian networks.  In the case of the United States it would be more difficult to pull the plug at once due to the vast number of Internet providers and routes the Internet can travel that shutting it down would be a challenging task.  This would involve the control over all the physical LAN, telephone, cellular networks, and even satellite communications.

Since most of this is handled by private companies, the government would have to deal with every company independently and force them to shut down the service.  Therefore a  shutdown in a country like the United States is not as plausible as in Egypt.  However, there is always a possibility of using other methods like massive cyber attacks to the servers, and service provider networks, or an EMP Electro Magnetic Pulse attack that could physically destroy all the electronic equipment in the area the EM attack is directed. As plausible as it sounds a man made kill switch of the global Internet communications is not as easy as it sounds and the system has grown so complex it would require a grand master plan and the coordination of many elements to achieve  it. However, there is another threat and a much more plausible, a threat caused by nature in the form of a potent Solar Storm.

solar-storm

The Solar Storm of 1859

On September 1859 the most potent solar geomagnetic storm recorded in history hit the globe.  This massive solar explosion showered the planet with vast amounts of solar radiation and high electromagnetic energy which harmed most radio and electric equipment.  

Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases even shocking telegraph operators.[6] Telegraph pylons threw sparks and telegraph paper spontaneously caught fire.[7] Some telegraph systems appeared to continue to send and receive messages despite having been disconnected from their power supplies.[8]

Back in the 19th century the telegraph was like the Internet, the most effective means of communication, it reached almost every corner of the world.  In 1857 the world connected the American continent with Europe with the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, the equivalent of world wide web nowadays, this network was almost destroyed during the solar storm event.  In spite of all the global damage, the world quickly recovered and reinstated the communication system.

atlantic telegraph cable
The Atlantic Telegraph Cable was the equivalent of the World Wide Web of the 19th Century

But are we ready today to experience an event like this and see all our communications and data systems down?

 

The digital dependence

Nowadays, compared to the 19th century we try to stay digital, avoid the use of paper and recently try to keep everything on the cloud.  We feel safe by having all our email stored on the cloud, our documents on the cloud and our bank records on the bank cloud or server.  But, what if another solar storm hits the Earth and all those bits erase or those HDD catch flames.  As far as I know the current PC technology does not shield its equipment against high electromagnetic energy or high electromagnetic pulse.  The Internet is full of videos of military electromagnetic technology  capable of damaging your digital equipment and even shutting down your car and render it useless.  The truth is, we are not ready for an event like the one in 1859, and the worst part is that the extent of the damage of this type of event is still unclear.  One thing is for sure the following list of equipment would be at high risk.

  • Electronic equipment
  • Electric and communications cabling
  • Data storage systems

The data on your email or bank account is not carved in stone, it is registered in electromagnetic code, an unusual event like the Solar Storm of 1859 could put at risk your history and financial future, unless you have already some shielded backup.  In my case I dont really care about my bank records, there is not much to lose, but losing my email or Facebook data and pics which I have kept for many years would be a reset of part of my history.  In that case, what will you do?

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Egyptian_revolution

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/28/day-part-internet-died-egypt-goes-dark/

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/02/egypts-revolutionary-fire/

http://communication.howstuffworks.com/convergence/ip-convergence2.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transatlantic_telegraph_cable

http://tapemonkeyblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/will-solar-storms-destroy-civilization.html