I know; it's cruel to lure you in with such an attention grabbing headline. But it does represent a Wordle-like representation of the most popular posts this year that you have read, helped share and contributed to.
Last year, quite possibly the most attention grabbing headline should have been "Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Book of Soduku", but it wasn't. Instead, after collating together the top posts of this year, I present you with yet another obligatory look over the past twelve months.
My job here is to cover the ground of the Generation Y, the younger generation of IT and technology users. Along the way I deviate on occasion and cover seemingly unrelated to the usual beat, But as demographics go, there's pretty much nothing that doesn't come under the iGeneration umbrella. We're the next big thing, after all.
So take a second and look at what you have contributed to the technology world. Because without you, as readers, real-world experts and our accountability, this site let alone these crazy student ramblings would just not exist.
The least likely, but still the most popular post this year »
Believe it or not, this most recent piece was the most popular post of the year. The reason that it was picked up incredibly quickly on Facebook and received over 5,000 'likes' across the social network, proving that social media is an effective platform for sharing blog posts and other media.
Nevertheless, this was an important, up-to-the-minute post which helped out a great deal of people who were suffering the consequences of this application worm. It seems since the post, the problem has escalated and the social network is in nearly one-fifth of all posts.
This little bit of breaking news caused quite a stir. A virus hit the University of Exeter's computer network, only affecting Vista machines because a security patch was not installed. It took days to recover from and many students were struggling to cope in the meantime.
Only weeks after installing the new operating system, as many other universities did too due to a upgrade license being issued to update the ageing Windows XP operating system, this crippled an entire network of tens of thousands of students.
Thankfully one internal member of staff put their own job on the line to send in the news as it was happening, otherwise we may never have heard about it.
Another hit for the iGeneration, the discovery that Facebook does not erase server-side content that users have uploaded, even after it tells the user that it has. Annoyingly, partly because this was a massively popular post, Facebook got in there pretty sharpish and deleted the content directly. It lasted for long enough to prove a point, though.
The Tango MP4 video is still downloadable after all this time, even after I deleted it. So not all was lost.
It is so important for users to remember that once you upload something onto Facebook, and most other sites for that matter, it is very difficult - almost impossible, to have that content removed again. In most cases the terms and conditions mean that your intellectual property and copyright rights are handed over to them, allowing them to use your photos for their advertising.
My argument is simple enough. The iPad is as much of a revolutionary device is as the square wheel was when Archimedes slightly unbalanced brother discovered it when playing around with his alphabetty spaghetti. If that doesn't make sense, then the iPad certainly won't.
Surprisingly, this one was massively popular. During the time that Office 2010 was highly anticipated and very little detail had been announced (besides the new logo and user interface by yours truly), I discovered that a dedicated academic edition of the upcoming Office suite was to be released.
For once it gave me something nice to say about Microsoft, especially considering their long track record of not particularly listening to the wants and needs of their customers for upcoming product releases.
At first this felt like a massive deal, but after using the updated version of Chrome for quite some time now, it has barely made a difference. Websites encrypted by a secure socket still displays the https:// symbol as you would expect, but in the end the readers were right. It had very little impact.
If you were directly typing in an address, which I occasionally do when reaching the behind-the-scenes access here, you must type the full https:// otherwise it will presume you are using non-secured HTTP and throw up an error. But how often do you really do that?
But with nearly 400 comments, it was clear that many were still for the operating system, a relic of the past they were happy to hold onto. Many others advocated the use of open-source alternatives like Ubuntu, a worthy product for sure, and it is free which may grab the attention of the younger readers.
Regardless of what you or someone is accused of, is it still your right not to disclose your password to a computer which might incriminate you? The law of the land in England said so, with one teenager sent to prison for 16 weeks for not disclosing the key which decrypts his computer.
Anthropologically and sociologically speaking, it was interesting for me to see the responses, as it is like seeing two cultures with various disparities and oddities to one another trying to interpret the other. Similarly in how Western democracies trying to understand and empathise with the laws and the religious rule of many Gulf and Middle Eastern countries, for example, interesting to me at least.
Another pro-Ubuntu story to keep the open-source fans happy. I ventured into a world of Ubuntu only, with only software I could download and install which ran on the Debian/Linux platform for two full days. It wasn't as much of a challenge as I first thought, in hindsight, but I was glad to be back to my normal Windows comfort zone.