How will we remember our personal past in the future?

If you’re young today, your formative years depend on auto-deleted snapchat videos, short-lived memes, stories told in computer games likely unplayable in 30 years (without emulation of complex proprietary CPUs and GPUs), and whatever happens to flutter by in a feed. I’m curious what the future of reminiscing will look like, even if all of this is saved somehow. So much to sift through, so few tangible artifacts. Even more traditional culture is less permanent: we get our music and movies from streaming services, we rent our e-books through EULA:s and consume them on devices controlled by the manufacturer. I do most of this myself - but I was young in a different era and I at least have my stacks of CD:s (including bob hund) tucked away in a safe place and shelves full of the prose and movies that shaped me.

Even brevity is artificial now. Instead of a hastily scribbled love note on a postcard, we have Twitter - run by the same execs who shut down Vine, effectively erasing a huge chunk of the collective memories of a generation: skits, music, societal commentary. Offline. Just like with Geocities. And Friendster. And, of course, all those sites that still exist but where old content has been deleted or accounts lost and can’t be reclaimed due to defunct webmail services, changes of ownership and crass business decisions.

And yet, despite these and countless other examples, we still put our faith in digital permanence. We create so many mementos we hardly have time to look at them and then we entrust them all to companies and platforms beyond our control, storing them on machines we don’t own using services that could disappear tomorrow. Will Youtube still be there in 50 years? Will Instagram and Dropbox?

Carl Svensson

BlackBerry legacy services EOL: resources

BlackBerry legacy services EOL: resources

As a reminder, the legacy services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions, will no longer be available after January 4, 2022. As of this date, devices running these legacy services and software through either carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no longer reliably function, including for data, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality.

Blackberry devices and services EOL January 4, 2022

This means that if you happen to have a BlackBerry device around (like that beautiful Passport) you will need to prepare for the incoming deluge.

What do I need to do?

  1. Turn off BlackBerry Protect on all your devices.
  2. You should have all the autoloaders for the BlackBerry device(s) you own downloaded somewhere on your computer.
  3. Make sure your devices are up to date (install the latest autoloader if needed).
  4. Setup all devices and skip the part where you enter your BlackBerry ID.
  5. If by any chance you want to still write applications for the BlackBerry 10 OS platform, you will need to download Momentics IDE now, install and run it once so it can install the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK.

Scan files for malware

Tis the season to be jolly … I mean to be catfished or malwared or even, god/allah/buddha/elon forbid, ransomed, so, what is there to be done when somebody sends you a wedding-photos.zip.exe.bin.bat.sh file and you’re not married? Maybe it is someone from the future? Or somebody is trying to get you to install some malware with scary names? Like that thing … WannaBitch or something. WannaCry, that’s the one!

Well, if you’re on Windows you can rely on Microsoft Defender. On macOS you rely on Gatekeeper, SIP and put all your faith in our holy father Tim Apple. On Linux … well … 2022 is the Year of the Linux Desktop but this is 2021 so what can you do?

I’ll tell you a little secret, you can open an amazing website in your favorite web browser (that better not be anything from Google or Microsoft, I AM WARNING YOU). The website I’m talking about is virustotal.com and it does something amazing as scanning any files you upload for malicious code using more than 40 different antiviruses. That’s more than the number of states in the USA, right? Or something like that.

Let’s do it babysteps: