The past year has certainly been interesting, at least as far as the technology sector goes. Nationally and globally, politics appears to have become somewhat humdrum with nothing happening from month to month, or year to year - or so it seems.
But in the tech sector, there's been month after month of security breaches, wild accusations, more information about state-sponsored cyber attacks, eyebrow-raising product launches and, um, smartphones being released in nice colours.
These, therefore, are the most read stories on V3 this year - enjoy them. Again.
Smartphones and gadgets are perennially popular on V3 - especially devices from Apple, Samsung and the other big-name vendors.
Hence, when V3 had the hot news that the Samsung Galaxy S8 was going to be coming out in Coral Blue, the site went crackers.
To be fair, it was among a number of leaks around the Galaxy S8 in the run-up to its launch but, for some reason, a cool new colour for Samsung's flagship smartphone was the story that went down best.
9. Clause in free wifi contract obliges thousands to spend 1,000 hours cleaning music festival toilets
Sh*t happens - sometimes literally.
And some festival goers could have ended up shovelling the brown stuff if the organisers of a music festival had decided to enforce the terms and conditions of their free wifi.
As the company behind the festival, Purple, blogged afterwards for a spot of well-deserved publicity: "A 'Community Service Clause' was added to our usual terms and stated: The user may be required, at Purple's discretion, to carry out 1,000 hours of community service."
The company went as far as to list what this might entail: "Cleaning festival loos, hugging stray cats and dogs, and scraping chewing gum off the streets are just some of the uninviting tasks people have agreed to in exchange for free wifi."
Fortunately, the company wasn't in the mood to enforce the Ts and Cs, despite the agreement of 22,000 festival go-ers, choosing instead to enjoy the publicity and a moralising sermon about the potential perils of agreeing to something without reading the small print first.
When engineering giant Aecom decided to outsource its entire IT department to IBM, the news - broken exclusively by V3 and its sister title Computing - wasn't exactly greeted with unconfined joy by Aecom's IT staff.
"Worked for this horrible company for a long time in its various guises. Can't wait to take the pay-off and escape!!!" was one of the milder comments posted online by staff who, by now, are probably more happily employed elsewhere.
Indeed, many weren't even confident of receiving a pay-off and squarely blamed the company's CIO, Tom Peck: "IBM is forcing relocation and is expected to lay-off people, not retain them. Aecom CIO Tom Peck is to blame for this. Not Vance [WilsonMay, senior director, global information technology] or anyone else. He drove IT into the ground and misused millions of dollars."
So, if a gentleman bearing the surname "Peck" is appointed to run IT at your organisation you know what to do: brush up your CV, re-activate your old profile on Jobsite or Indeed, and get job hunting.
As we said, V3 readers love their gadgets, especially their smartphones.
The iPhone SE, though, is the entry-level iPhone and, especially given that it's basically a reheated iPhone 5S, it's getting a bit long in the tooth. So the news that Apple is working to update its cheapy-cheap (for Apple) iPhone was warmly welcomed.
However, it's unlikely to make an appearance before around March next year at the earliest, so if you're in the market for a new smartphone and it simply has to be Apple, don't hang around - scour the January sales instead (which these days seem to start before Christmas).
6. Deloitte accused of leaving its internal Active Directory server exposed to the internet with RDP open
Everyone loves a bit of schadenfreude, so the news that Deloitte had been more than a bit careless over its own systems administration and security practices certainly hit the spot.
Deloitte, an accounting firm that does an increasing amount of security consulting on the side, had left its corporate Microsoft Active Directory server on the internet with remote desktop protocol (RDP) open - making its internal email system an easy target for hackers.
And target it they certainly did!
Obviously, internet ne'er do wells aren't inclined to blab when they find an Active Directory server with the keys to a company's internal email accounts online, so it wasn't until security researcher Dan Tentler found it that Deloitte got busted.
In the interests of balance, it should be noted that the following organisations (among many others) also got busted in 2017:
- Trump Hotels (again);
- Much of the NHS;
- The US military;
- InterContinental Hotels.
And so the list goes on.
In fact, so many organisations are getting done over these days that after the GDPR is introduced in May 2018 taxes could probably be abolished and government comfortably funded by the fines alone.
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