The Digital Campfire: Sleep right with f.lux

The Digital Campfire is a collection of stories about technology. The protagonists are (fictional) Brown students. The problems they face, however, are very real— a stolen phone, a hacked account, an accidentally deleted folder. How do our intrepid heroes deal with these digital hiccups? Read the column to find out. 

Rahul stopped and stared. “Bill, you look like a zombie. And a filthy one at that! Even a horror movie director wouldn’t want to hire you.”

“I didn’t sleep at all last night,” Bill said, rubbing his eyes.

“Oh that explains it — an all-nighter. Did you have a philosophy paper to write?”

“No; it wasn’t work. I finished everything by 11. I just couldn’t go to sleep. I stayed awake the whole night and finally gave up and got out of bed to shower at 5 a.m.” Rahul shuddered; the thought of waking up at 5 made him feel weak.

“Hmm… that’s strange. Wait. Were you using your laptop or phone before you went to bed?”

“Well, actually I was browsing through Facebook and watching the highlights from last night’s basketball game..” But Rahul didn’t let him finish his sentence:

“I know your problem and just how to solve it.”

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The Digital Campfire: How to make your laptop thief-proof

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The Digital Campfire is a collection of stories about technology. The protagonists are (fictional) Brown students. The problems they face, however, are very real— a stolen phone, a hacked account, an accidentally deleted folder. How do our intrepid heroes deal with these digital hiccups? Read the column to find out. 

Josh knew something was wrong the moment he walked into his room. His bag was not where he had left it before lunch. Nothing made Josh more mad then someone messing around with his stuff. “David really should stick to his side of the room,” he muttered under his breath, blaming his affable roommate. He reached out to put his bag in its right place. And that was when it struck him — his laptop was missing.

While other students might have panicked in this situation, Josh knew exactly what to do. He hurriedly locked the door, and ran.

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The Digital Campfire: The Bismarck Plan

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The Digital Campfire is a collection of stories about technology. The protagonists are (fictional) Brown students. The problems they face, however, are very real— a stolen phone, a hacked account, an accidentally deleted folder. How do our intrepid heroes deal with these digital hiccups? Read the column to find out. 

Max was scared. He had just clicked a few buttons on Joe’s laptop but the damage was colossal. He had managed to delete the entire ‘My Documents’ folder.

His brother’s entire digital life had been wiped out in seconds. All his pictures, his entire Pink Floyd music collection, his stories for Fiction I ( judiciously speaking—not that much of a loss really) and his beloved PCB designs.

I’m so dead, Max thought. His brother had specifically warned him to stay away from the laptop. Of course, Joe had barely left when Max had rushed to the laptop. He clicked the ‘Delete’ button by mistake. Such a big folder didn’t even pass through the interim ‘Recycle Bin’; it simply got erased. Bits and bytes rearranged themselves, returning to their original form. It was the digital equivalent of a blank page.

Soon enough, Joe re-entered his room. Max’s original plan of denial was discarded for a more natural reaction — he blurted it all out. Joe looked thoughtful. Secretly he was relieved — there was nothing broken. His files were gone, true, but he knew how to handle that. Max walked out of the room, relieved. That was close, he thought.

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The Digital Campfire: Constructing a digital fortress

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The Digital Campfire is a collection of stories about technology. The protagonists are (fictional) Brown students. The problems they face, however, are very real— a stolen phone, a hacked account, an accidentally deleted folder. How do our intrepid heroes deal with these digital hiccups? Read the column to find out. 

It was 2 p.m. and the sun was blazing. Sam had just finished with classes for the day and was heading back towards Keeney Quad. As he walked along the path, he whistled tunelessly to himself. While Sam appeared outwardly relaxed, his brain was churning furiously. His mind was consumed by a single thought, one that sprang from a deep primeval urge that millions of years of evolution hadn’t managed to eradicate. “How do I save myself?” he wondered.

Sam replayed the day’s events in his mind. David, the college soccer team’s captain, had been more restless than usual during Math class. When Sam saw him furtively slip into the SciLi, he instinctively followed him. David hated libraries as much as Napoleon detested Moscow; only a dire emergency could make him go there. Sam found him haphazardly browsing through the ‘Computers and Technology’ section in a dark corner of the library. When confronted David told him everything, glad to find a sympathetic listener. “Someone f***ing hacked into my Facebook account,” he said. Sam understood immediately, like any other teenager he found it an horrible intrusion. In fact it was nothing short of an invasion into a digital shrine. And this shrine, according to David, was now being defiled by status updates that were either prurient or ludicrous and messages to friends that were simply nasty. The hacker had even posted a status praising Chelsea FC David fumed, for him this was the last straw. Worried sick, he had hoped to combat this cyber sorcery by finding a book on computer security. But the library didn’t have any. Hacker – 1 : David – 0. He cracked his knuckles, as was his habit when angry, and walked out of the SciLi. Continue Reading