Mark Gibbs

Contributing Editor

Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at http://gibbs.com/mgbio


Bluedriver: Vehicle data capture for geeks

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Automatic, a dongle that plugs into your car's OBD-II connector and sends data about your car's performance and your driving via Bluetooth LE to an app on your iOS or Android smartphone.

Nova: Bluetooth flash for iPhone

There are many times when your iPhone camera flash just isn't up for the job. Either you need light from a different angle (ever notice how phone-based flashes tend to wash out the subject?) or you need a warmer or cooler flash than...

The top 10 security tools in Kali Linux 1.0.6

The top 10 security tools in Kali Linux 1.0.6

When it comes to forensics, penetration and security testing Kali Linux – which is designed for security professionals and packed with more than 300 security testing tools -- is arguably the most developed of the Linux...

Seven free, open-source video editors for Linux

Seven free, open-source video editors for Linux

One of the great things about doing multimedia work under Linux is the wide choice of free, open source tools available and the fact that they embrace just about every standard you can think of. In this round-up of FOSS...

How you invade your own privacy

A new study from consulting firm Infosys shows consumers globally are far more relaxed about sharing their private data than we knew and far more relaxed than they should be

WordPress plugins leave you vulnerable to attack, and new devices 'protect you' from cellphone radiation

First up this week, a white paper or report or ... I have no idea what these things should be called any more ... maybe a "glorified press release"? Whatever. Let's call it "a study" from Checkmarx, a company that specializes in...

Lying, prying and spying: Is the NSA worth it?

Is the NSA defending their intellectual property with more success than they protect our country?

US government collects Verizon customers' phone metadata ... So what?

A top secret NSA program to collect ALL Verizon customers' call data isn't at all surprising

10 surprising things from my 20 years with Network World

Yep, I've been writing for Network World for 20 years and a lot has happened in that time ... here are 10 of the most surprising

Directly connected to the Internet of Things

Last week here in Backspin I discussed how real-world "things" that aren't easily augmented with digital instrumentation, such as bicycles, cars and even dogs, can be indirectly connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) using physical...

Being green and the madness of crowds

Some time ago I had a call with a company that ran data centers they claimed were "green." Their argument for their greenness was they purchased power with green credits, which meant they paid a premium for electricity to fund...

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