For those of the inclination to watch such things, the Secret Life of Machines can be watched here. It brings back memories of dismantling washing machines and TV when I was a child. While others enjoyed playing football, for me the fun was in taking things apart to see how they worked.
Recently I registered as a user on a site that required me to create a password. The password I chose was rejected as the site required specific characters to be numeric; the position in the sequence was being defined. Furthermore two characters had to be “symbols”. The result was a password that I could not remember, so it is written on a postit note attached to my monitor at work. Fortunately the site is for technical support and if anyone were to use the password the worse they could do is raise a lot of support tickets in my name. This cartoon summarises the problem.
An interesting paper by Steve Furber and Andrew Brown. The SpiNNacker project – a step on the way to a supercomputer to understand the answer to life, the universe and everything.