In sunny Redmond this week for the annual Microsoft MVP Summit. This is my 10th Summit and I’m just as excited for this one as if it was my first.

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

Massive Admissions Scandal

Having worked in higher education for a handful of years, none of this information is shocking to me. The most shocking part is that any official investigation was done, and indictments handed down. I truly hope this marks a turning point for our college education system.

 

Philadelphia just banned cashless stores. Will other cities follow?

One of the key benefits touted by cryptocurrency advocates is “access for everyone.” Well, the City of Brotherly Love disagrees with that viewpoint. The poor have cash, but not phones. Good for Philly to take a stand and make certain stores remain available to everyone.

 

Facebook explains its worst outage as 3 million users head to Telegram

A bad server configuration? That’s the explanation? Hey, Facebook, if you need help tracking server configurations, let me know. I can help you be back up and running in less than 15 hours.

 

Your old router is an absolute goldmine for troublesome hackers

Included for those that need reminding, don’t use the default settings for the hardware you buy off the shelf (or the internet). I don’t understand why there isn’t a default standard setup that forces a user to choose a new password, seems like an easy step to help end users stay safe.

 

Why CAPTCHAs have gotten so difficult

Because computers are getting better at pretending to be human. You would think that computers would also be better at recognizing a robot when they see one, and not bother me with trying to pick out all the images that contain a signpost or whatever silly thing CAPTCHAs  are doing this week.

 

The Need for Post-Capitalism

Buried deep in this post is the comment about a future currency based upon social capital. You may recall that China is currently using such a system. Last week, I thought that was crazy. This week, I think that maybe China is cutting edge, and trying to help get humanity to a better place.

 

The World Wide Web at 30: We got the free and open internet we deserve

“We were promised instant access to the whole of humanity's knowledge. What we got was fake news in our Facebook feeds.” Yep, that about sums up 30 years of the web.

 

Ever feel as if you are the dumbest person in the room? That's me at MVP Summit for 4 days: