The Weekly Squeak — 5GTechritory, Y2K, BitTorrent, and Monopoly

In this issue I interview Laszlo Toth, Nikolai Astrup, and Dr. Suncheol Gweon from the recent 5GTechritory about the current state, and future promise of 5G.

Also in this issue, the Y2K panic, incentivising BitTorrent, Monopoly, tech sexism, and so much more.

xx Chinch

Podcast version

Listen to the issue, with interviews from Laszlo Toth, Nikolai Astrup, and Dr. Suncheol Gweon below:

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The weird, wonderful world of Y2K survival guides: A look backwww.fastcompany.com

The strange, and book-filled world of 20 years ago, and a bug that nearly bought the world to a stand still. And then didn’t.

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The PC was supposed to die a decade ago. Instead, this happenedwww.zdnet.com
Not all that long ago, tech pundits were convinced that by 2020 the personal computer as we know it would be extinct. You can even mark the date and time of the PC’s death: January 27, 2010, at 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time, when Steve Jobs stepped onto a San Francisco stage to unveil the iPad.

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Yay! Tech has got its sexism backwww.zdnet.com

We were doing better, and then we got worse again, ho hum 😩

Twenty tech trends for 2020

www.theguardian.com

An interesting mix of obvious, and not so obvious.

For the first time in 15 years, I voted in-person in the UK elections!
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What if BitTorrent had a token?medium.com

Long before Blockchain there was another incentivised, decentralised, peer-to-peer network. What could it have learned from Bitcoin, Ethereum et al?

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Physics explains why you can never open a plane door mid-flightwww.wired.co.uk
It’s the nightmare of travellers sitting near the emergency exit and the inevitable fate of bad guys tussling on a plane with James Bond — the door erupting open mid flight, sucking them into the cold blue and white.

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Monopoly Was Invented to Demonstrate the Evils of Capitalismgetpocket.com

More than 100 years later, how does the iconic board game compare to its original version? Is it any better? Will there be less arguments?

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Jack Dorsey wants to decentralize Twitterdecrypt.co
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has revealed he wants to create an open standard for decentralized social media. And the goal will be to have Twitter conform to that standard.

Voting system parliament

This is what the general election results would have looked like if we used a PR systemwww.independent.co.uk
Boris Johnson would have been denied a majority in parliament if the UK had used the voting system adopted for European parliament polls at the general election, new research shows.

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What Happens After Prisoners Learn to Code?www.theatlantic.com
Jesse Aguirre’s workday at Slack starts with a standard engineering meeting — programmers call them “standups” — where he and his co-workers plan the day’s agenda. Around the circle stand graduates from Silicon Valley’s top companies and the nation’s top universities.

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I explain cool tech to the World. I am a Technical Writer and blogger. I have crazy projects in progress and will speak to anyone who listens.