Worst in Tech: Free Education, iCloud Sharing and Google’s French Connection


Many sites have their top 10 lists and “Best of Tech” but we’re going to take a slightly different approach. Every Friday we’ll review the very worst in tech from across the internet and share it with you here. To contribute your nominations for the “Worst in Tech” just email us at SpeakingInTech@gmail.com or add to the comments below. 

Read the “Worst in Tech” after the jump…


Slate: Free Online Education Is Now Illegal in Minnesota

The geniuses in charge of registering institutions of higher learning in Minnesota have decided a free online education was unacceptable:

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the state has decided to crack down on free education, notifying California-based startup Coursera that it is not allowed to offer its online courses to the state’s residents. Coursera, founded by Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, partners with top-tier universities around the world to offer certain classes online for free to anyone who wants to take them. You know, unless they happen to be from Minnesota.

MacWorld: iCloud: Sharing done wrong

File sharing made useless:

Looking at iCloud in particular, it seems that Apple’s approach to sharing is almost antithetical to the concept itself. The online service rigidly defines what you can share and how you can share it; its primary directive often seems to be to keep you inside Apple’s ecosystem.

The Verge: Google to boycott French media sites if country passes law requiring search engines to pay for news content

French media sites want Google to pay them for indexing and linking to their content. What could go wrong?:

Google is reportedly considering excluding French media sites from its search results if the country continues to move forward with a proposed law that would require search engines to pay for republishing sections of new reports.

The Next Web: How to protect your computer and data in case disaster strikes

There is good advice and then there’s really dumb advice. This is dumb advice. Dropbox is great for file sharing but it’s not a backup and recovery solution… but here it’s just Step 1 to protecting your data:

Step 1: Get a Dropbox account

There are alternatives too, but this is an easy and convenient way to set-up an online back-up archive. You won’t back up your entire life here (you could though) but we are going to use it as a base for your ‘Emergency Scenario’.

Don’t be a monkey… buy the right tool for the right job… and get real backup solution.