Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super

David Wagner, Managing Editor | 5/16/2014 | 40 comments

David Wagner
With Disney’s success with the Avengers franchise, geeks everywhere are being treated to an outrageously large number of TV shows and movies based on comic book superhero characters. For the fall season alone, we’re going to see new TV series based on The Flash, Constantine, Gotham City before Batman, and even a series featuring Captain America’s crush, Agent Carter. Comic book movies have gotten so popular that Disney actually decided to roll the dice on a Guardians of the Galaxy movie that features a talking tree and a raccoon with automatic weapons.

We’ve come a long way since Saturday morning cartoons were the only time we saw comic book characters on TV. Even then, they thought we needed a monkey and a couple of twins for comic relief, just for kids to get through it.

But all these movies and reboots mean that we’re playing around with origin stories quite a lot, and sometimes for good reason. Iron Man is a perfect example. The original Iron Man origin story takes place in Vietnam. There are obvious reasons that that story needs to be updated for a new movie that meshes with modern characters.

Sometimes, we play with origin stories for rights reasons. Marvel sold the rights to the X-Men to Sony and the Avengers to Disney. So this year, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, who were in both groups at one time, will appear in two different movies played by different actors.

Sometimes, it seems like we do it because people can’t leave well enough alone, as with the Incredible Hulk. People often forget that the Hulk actually is transformed when Bruce Banner is caught in a bomb test blast trying to save a little boy. They also forget that he was abused by his father as a child and his first “rage moment” actually came decades before he becomes the Hulk, when he retaliated against his abusive father. Instead, we’ve got boring experiment gone wrong in most of the movies.

Why do I care about the origin stories so much? Because that’s the moment when a regular person (even possibly a person who already has powers) becomes a hero. It is the best moment in every hero’s first movie. At least the good ones. There are a lot of ways to become super. Here’s a look at some of the best and worst ways to become super:

Bad
The death of your parents. This is a recurring theme. Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Superman all endure the loss of their parents before they become heroes. Interestingly enough, only one of them, Batman, doesn’t need added help. Batman goes so crazy from the loss of his parents he straps on a belt and starts knocking heads. At least the others wait to actually get super. It stinks, because even though it makes you a hero, you’re stuck with dead parents.

Exile. This is the ultimate Superman plot. But it also goes for Thor, Submariner, and Wonder Woman. Usually in this case the hero is more ordinary in his or her home, but after coming to Earth is extraordinary -- compared to us. Exile shapes the heroes' views of the world and gives them their powers. But it's the death of your parents on steroids. You lose not only your family, but your way of life and everything you know. I’ll pass.

Baby, I was born this way. In the Marvel universe, they’re called mutants. Sometimes they’re called gifted, evolved, or chosen. But every comic book universe seems to have a race of humans that is just more advanced than we are. Sounds cool, right? By the lottery of birth you are given incredible power. No deaths in the family. No loss of your planet.

The problem is that humans don’t tend to take too kindly to people who are different. You get hunted down, lose your rights, and live in seclusion or at some pretend school. Worse yet, when you discover your power the first time, you’re almost always incredibly embarrassed, like blowing your first kiss or something. Sometimes things go really bad.

Better
An experiment gone wrong. Marvel loves this one. Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and a bunch of others fall under this category. It usually involves some sort of radiation. This is a good one, because usually you have a couple things going for you here. You’re probably pretty smart, because a lot of times it is your experiment gone wrong. You don’t always have to go through emotional trauma to get your powers (though sometimes to be a hero). You do get pesky side effects though, like sometimes you can’t control the powers, or you get changed physically forever. Or there’s this guy who was probably granted the power of making flat drinks fizzy.

An experiment gone right. An even better origin is when you plan to make yourself super and the thing actually works. Captain America and his super soldier serum is the obvious choice. Even better is Ant-Man, who invented his own serum. That way you’ve got super smarts as well as super powers. The only problem with the experiment gone right is that you become someone else’s experiment. For 60 years a recurring plot around Captain America is trying to replicate the formula that has been lost to time. No one wants to be the bad guy’s guinea pig.

Making your own gadgets. Some of the best heroes are normal folks who build cool toys, like Batman, Iron Man, and Hawkeye. The smarter you are, the cooler your toys. But the problem is that, without your toys, you’re just you. That’s why the best way to get your super powers is…

Best
Gifts and artifacts. It is one thing to make your own iron suit. It is another to have an alien hand you a ring of power or to have a special hammer that only you can lift. That’s where the action is. No worries that you aren’t worthy. Some alien or god granted you the right to wield the thing. No worries about being “normal,” because alien artifacts don’t get lost as easily as special guns or bows and arrows. Take an oath and that awesome power is yours -- even if you are Ryan Reynolds.

What do you think? How would you want to become super? What powers would you choose? What would be your origin story? Comment below.

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CMTucker   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/16/2014 7:41:48 PM
My favorite origin stories
Great subject as usual! I have to go a little obscure with this one: The Monarch. Orphaned as a child and abandoned in a meadow this ginger haired lad was raised by Monarch Butterflies. Name the source for 200 Tucknologies points...
David Wagner   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/16/2014 7:46:02 PM
Re: My favorite origin stories
Venture Brothers. How do I redeem my points? :)
CMTucker   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/16/2014 10:13:59 PM
Re: My favorite origin stories
Googled it, or knew it?
impactnow   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/17/2014 1:15:56 PM
Super Me
 Dave from a market perspective I think the Super hero focus by Disney is an attempt to reach a broader market than its traditional Mickey and Princess focus. They are trying to diversify the parks to broaden the age range and demographic. The themes for the super heroes are eerily similar to the princesses' tales aren't they?

As far as super hero powers I wish I could be super fast get everything done in my day in record time so increased physical and mental strength would be my super hero wish!
Broadway   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/17/2014 11:31:55 PM
Re: Super Me
Super heroes are Harry Potter before Harry Potter. They all have to grow into their powers. Their role as savior and martyr. That's why the bad guys are the best. They say screw it.
WaqasAltaf   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/18/2014 4:45:53 AM
Re: Super Me
Broadway, determination is what makes super heroes distinct. Bad guys in all movies and stories are more powerful than the superhero but in the end they lose. That's the problem with bad guys.
DBK   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/18/2014 5:18:37 PM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
cat attacks dog
Broadway   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/19/2014 10:44:33 PM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
@DBK, that cat is my hero too. Supposedly, she is the calmest cat you could ever meet. But when her little boy was threatened by a bully --- a smelly, stupid dog to boot --- she delivered a picture-perfect hip check to send him scurrying home with his tail between his legs.
DBK   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/20/2014 10:36:59 AM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
@ Broadway - In many regards your description of the cat/hero is what makes hero's.  They live a calm life just doing their thing until someone or something threatens what the hero finds near and dear then the visceral reaction is to do whatever it takes without thought or regard for their own safety.  This simple call to action to serve and protect.  My deepest believe is that we are all here as servants and we just need to let go and be a community of hero's doing what we were made to do "Help each other" be the hero someone else needs, selflessly and without any consideration of recognition.
mitch-mitch   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/20/2014 12:14:09 PM
New Origin Story
Mitch was a young lad of 12 who knew more than a little about everything.  He couldn't get enough science and technology.  He was facinated by and read everything on the subject of innovations and inventions over history. 

A time traveler from the future ran into trouble in the past and was mortally wounded during a mission.  He made some mistakes and started a rip in the space-time continuum when his actions lead to the unintended demise of some game changing contributors to civilization.  

Being from the future, he had read about the man Mitch would become... 

His life slipping away fast, with no time to go back all the way home, and with his dials partially stuck to a very limited range of possible times and places to navigate his machine to, he had to come up with a plan fast to make things right again.  With few options, none of which he liked much or had any real hope in, he made the few setting changes he could and set down his machine in Mitch's own bedroom.

Mitch awoke to the rumblings.  With the few minutes of life that the time traveler had remaining, he gave Mitch a mission to fix things, to go back in time and secretly and tactfully share his education with people from the past to make up for the loss of knowledge that was about to destroy the future. 
zerox203   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/20/2014 1:10:51 PM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
@DBK/Broadway, basically, when we're talking about a Superhero story, we're talking about a distillation of the kind of thing that happens every day - that's the whole idea. What if there were people who could cast aside their limits and just do that kind of thing, all day every day? What if, by circumstance, they were gifted with special powers to do so? And, when you get a little deeper into it, that's where the complexity comes in - how do they act under pressure? what is the cost of doing something like that? What are they giving up that you and I get to keep? Like all entertainment, the value in it comes not from the supernatural element, but from the human element. That's what keeps us tuning in.

So yeah, Ninja Cat is probably a hero (and yes, I have seen the video. It's great). Is he a ''Super'' hero? I don't know - cats are supposed to be afraid of dogs, right? Maybe that's his super power. Maybe a genetic mutation or exposure to radioactive milk helped him gain un-cat-like courage. In any event, if the view count on that video keeps going up, I see a TV series and movie adaption in his future. Then maybe he could also be the richest cat in the world, and we could get a little bit of Iron Man and Batman-cat going on as well.
DBK   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/20/2014 2:47:39 PM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
@ Zerox203 Great distillation of the qualities of being a super hero.  The Ninja cat reference was simply timely and relevant at the moment.  However the cats conversation came from a catastrophic event, His beloved owner being bitten.  And his super catness came out as a result of the desire to protect the one he loved and used his humanness if you will to achieve that.  Not to take anything away from the core story of super hero's because your point is valid.
Broadway   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/20/2014 10:37:05 PM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
@DBK, that is a core historical argument you pose --- does humanity progress by the collective, incremental accomplishments and efforts of all of us, or do "super" individuals create progress through their leaps and bounds? I once took a history of science course in college and the final essay was essentially that question: Has science progressed because of stars, or the collective effort of many? I forget what I answered, but I didn't get a good grade ...
Zaius   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/20/2014 11:42:51 PM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
@Broadway: it looks like at the early stages of science, individual contribution was important, people like Tesla, Edison were there. Now, everything is a team effort. In many cases, many researches are interdisciplinary. 
DBK   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/21/2014 11:11:18 AM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
@ Broadway - You question/statement "does humanity progress by the collective, incremental accomplishments and efforts of all of us, or do "super" individuals create progress through their leaps and bounds?"  I believe the answer is simply "Yes".  It does take incremental baby steps and that data or experience adds to the total equation that results in a giant leap.  I don't think you can have one without the other.  And the catalyst of events that drive the need for a "Leap" is another key component.
tinym   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/21/2014 4:27:59 PM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
@DBK ninja cat is quite a hero. Do you think cat woman is upset about being upstaged by this furr ball?
DBK   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/22/2014 10:38:01 AM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
@ tinym - No I don't think that cat woman is upset I believe that it helps to elevate her visability and viability as super hero.
tinym   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/24/2014 1:58:27 PM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
@DBK you're probably right...
Anand   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/27/2014 6:42:40 AM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
Who doesn't love super hero stories? They are placed their, to give people hope and to let people know that there will always be someone to protect them incase there is any looming evil.  It is amazing how script writers are borrowing from Disney original cartoons and making them actual movies. These original movies are getting five stars rating a good example being x-men, batman, the avengers, superman, iron man and marvel. If I were to take a super hero character I would probably be Clark Kent in superman.        
Henrisha   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/27/2014 1:57:10 PM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
Personally, I'd go for Spider-Man. Or maybe that's because I just saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters and absolutely loved it. I love how some of these franchises are so rich in their back story that you understand the evolution of these characters. My first choice though would be Bruce Wayne aka Batman-- there's none other like him.
kstaron   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/31/2014 3:38:05 PM
Re: Super Me - Ninja cat you're my hero
Henrisha,

There's another superhero in the Dc universe, Green arrow I think. (There's a show on Netflix called arrow), rich billionaire, loses father, goes through some rough stuff on an island that gets him trained up for his mission on cleaning up his corrupt cit when he gets rescued. That's very much like the batman back story. But you are right the origin stories of these super heroes are spectacular. I love the detail.
SaneIT   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/19/2014 9:32:57 AM
Re: Super Me
"Sometimes, it seems like we do it because people can't leave well enough alone"

 

I see a good deal of Disney's involvement not as branching out but more related to the quote above from the blog post.  They just can't leave anything alone.  I'll use John Carter as an example.  A great story a movie done well enough not to make fans cringe but the marketing was horrible and the movie didn't do well.  It was like Disney was just looking for a movie to make and halfheartedly decided on a hero.  These movies all would have been right in my wheelhouse when I was a kid but now they seem like someone trying to draw me in with nostalgia while trying to be modern enough that my kids will fall for the characters as hard as I did.  It's not about being true to the characters or making an awesome movie it's a formula to put people in seats and they are convinced they can do it better than anyone else if they just make some changes...

 
impactnow   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/20/2014 1:14:18 PM
Re: Super Me
Sane they might do it better and fuel further interest in their parks from an older demographic and a male demographic. They might even expand on their pirate theme to keep the diversity growing.
SaneIT   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/21/2014 7:52:10 AM
Re: Super Me
My take on it is that they are aiming for the wallet.  If they can get guys my age who want their kids to think that all the things I did as a kid are cool then they just have to repackage those characters so that kids will actually look at them twice.  I do agree that it's fun at times to talk about super heroes with my kids but then I see the difference between what I grew up with and what is out there now and it all seems so much more hyped up.  
Pedro Gonzales   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/21/2014 11:16:37 AM
Re: Super Me
@ SaneIT.  I agree. Right now, they came out with Robocop and now mutant ninja turtles.  Old these characters are being revamp for current audiences.  Sometimes, I feel they should come up with new super heroes rather than keep recycling old ones over and over again.  
SaneIT   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/23/2014 7:31:20 AM
Re: Super Me
Robocop and TMNT are just a few that are being redone that really won't be any better than originals.  I don't mind some of the comic book stuff being done when it is done well but most of it seems to be done just to see what will stick.  There was a remake of Dredd a few years ago that threw away about 3/4 of the character in favor of two hours of gunfire.  Some of the movies are done much better than previous versions, the last few Batman movies for example are much better than the more campy versions we saw in the 90s but others like the GI Joe movies for example are really reaching aside from the character names there's nothing to really identify with.
stotheco   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/30/2014 12:47:31 PM
Re: Super Me
I'm with you on this one. I really think and wish that they didn't feel the need to remake those. While not bad, the originals were good as they were. They didn't really add anything substantial to the franchise.
tinym   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/21/2014 4:24:42 PM
Re: Super Me
@SaneIT it's proof we should go all out with special effect because we can. :)
SaneIT   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/23/2014 7:37:02 AM
Re: Super Me
I keep seeing clips of the new Godzilla movie with some funny special effects, it makes me cringe just watching it.  I know it's a fantasy character and that it isn't supposed to be real but it is so over done it just makes me hang my head in shame for the people who were involved in that scene.  The CGI is getting better but it is still over used and there have been quite a few movies lately that I can't stand to watch through some scenes because it is so bad.
Pedro Gonzales   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/19/2014 10:40:40 AM
Re: Super Me
I remember that a lot of people where joking around that mickey will fight spider man since they are owned by the same company.  I don't know if a comic book theme park is such a good idea.  I think in real life getting special abilities comes comes with a huge price.  There is a guy who can read many book at one time and memorize all the contents in a single read.  But, he needs someone to feed him and helps him put on clothes. I would like to be able to travel to time that way I can change my future my doing things different in the past. 
WaqasAltaf   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/18/2014 4:35:27 AM
Who ever but full time
David, whichever but I would like to become a full time super hero unlike spider man and batman who had to take off their attires at night and focus on their loved ones. A super hero should be dedicated to his mission and should never live a partial life of normal human being. It casts many weaknesses on the character.
zerox203   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/19/2014 2:22:02 PM
re: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super
There's a lot to take in when it comes to comics and superhero fiction. The modern upswell definitely has a lot to do with the fact that generations of people that grew up when it was niche are now adult consumers - not to mention directors, producers etc. Still, the sheer volume is staggering, and considering many hardcore fans have mixed feelings about these films and series it's a little mystifing just where the tipping point was, and at what point hollywood machine just started doing it's thing. You listed the 5+ super hero series that are coming on TV next fall; there was definitely a time in my life when I would have sworn fealty to anything comic-related on TV, but now that it's happening, I doubt if I will. Maybe it's good to have more choices, but I don't know, something about it feels ridiculous.

It's right to say that Origin stories are the biggest point of contention for fans, and for good reason. Some of the changes like the producers threw darts at a board to decide characters' relationships. At the same time, though, we need to remember that many of these backstories were conceived in about 30 seconds by an artist leaning back in his chair, at a time when comic stories were not taken that seriously. does it really make sense to consider them sacred?
SunitaT   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/22/2014 6:27:23 AM
Re : Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super
Interesting piece but there is one route to becoming super that you didn't mention; hard work. In this case, the storyline revolves around your average guy who decides to train hard or, say, go on a quest perhaps in order to improve his physical capabilities or learn how to use his magic (the avatar is a good example here). Even though I could definitely do without all the hard work the perfection and permanence that comes with this route is just awesome!
kstaron   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/22/2014 9:17:24 AM
Intentionally super
Somehow the 'gift' falls flat for me. Yes some being gave it to me, so what, why me? was it an accident, was i the first one he saw, the first one that didn't make him roll his super eyes?

If I was going to be super, I'd go with experiment gone right. that means it's not only my own doing but intentional. in being intentional I wouldn't be worrying about being 'normal' and if others did that kind of on them.

The death/exile origins area common theme because it works so well in story telling. you can't go running to daddy if the villain shows up with a doomsday device. It guarantees there's no one to run to for advice and that the hero (and maybe his peers) have to take on the big bad alone.

The other thing with these origin stories is  that villains get the same basic origin stories, but instead of facing the challenges and helping people they crumble and think only of themselves.
Rich Krajewski   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/22/2014 12:29:20 PM
Being super
Being super, whether for good or evil, is being able to figure out a way to get a computer to do things no one else can figure out.
SunitaT   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/22/2014 1:34:08 PM
Re : Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super
The heroes who have to go into exile to become super definitely seem to lose something in exchange for their powers. But, as in the case of superman, it is one awesome way to become super. Not only does he get to escape death from a dying planet but, at least in the modern versions of the story, also does not completely lose contact with his parents even after their demise thanks to the advance Krypton technology that allowed his father to record and store his being.
Anand   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/26/2014 11:41:45 AM
Re : Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super
It is actually not realistic to become a super hero because of the death of your parents or your loved ones. It also sounds awkward that in some movies, some characters were actually born super heroes. I find it sensible to become a super hero after going to exile because then, you learn survival the hard way and when you survive, you actually become a super hero. The movie characters who become super heroes due to gone sour experiments are also reasonable, except for the fact that they become other people's experiments. 
Henrisha   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/27/2014 1:53:33 PM
Re: Re : Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super
Add to the fact that being an orphan gives you a compelling back story and enough motivation to make you have the drive to be a super hero. With the hopes of sparing other kids the same fate.
Henrisha   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/27/2014 1:53:33 PM
Re: Re : Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super
Add to the fact that being an orphan gives you a compelling back story and enough motivation to make you have the drive to be a super hero. With the hopes of sparing other kids the same fate.
tekedge   Geekend: The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super   5/30/2014 10:29:31 PM
The Best and Worst Ways to Become Super
Nowadays following super heroes is become the geek territory and many geek shows r promoting this trend....My personal favorite Spock from Star Trek


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TGen's CIO puts the organizational mission at the heart of everything the IT staff does.
On the Case
TGen Speeding Up Biomedical Research to Save More Lives

4|5|12   |   1:59   |   6 comments


The Translational Genomics Research Institute is revamping its computing to improve speed, storage, and collaboration – and, most importantly, to save lives.
On the Case
Computing Power Helping to Save Children's Lives

3|28|12   |   2:13   |   3 comments


The Translational Genomics Institute’s partnership with Dell is enabling them to treat kids with neuroblastoma more quickly and save more lives.
Tom Nolle
The Big Reason to Use Office

3|18|14   |   02:24   |   46 comments


Office and personal productivity tools come in a first-class and coach flavor set, but what makes the difference is primarily little things that most users won't encounter. What's the big issue in using something other than Office, and can you get around it?
E2 Editors
SPONSORED: Mobile Security — A Use Case

3|4|14   |   04:27   |   16 comments


New mobile security solutions can accommodate a wide array of needs, including those of a complex university environment.
Tom Nolle
Killing Net Neutrality Might Save You Money

1|16|14   |   2:13   |   16 comments


The DC Court of Appeals voided most of the Neutrality Order, and whatever it might mean for the Internet overall, it might mean better and cheaper Internet VPNs for businesses.
Tom Nolle
The Internet of Everythinguseful

1|10|14   |   2:18   |   19 comments


We really don't want an "Internet of Everything" but even building an Internet of Everythinguseful means setting some ground rules to insure there's value in the process and that costs and risks are minimized.
Tom Nolle
Maturing Google Chrome

12|30|13   |   2.18   |   25 comments


Google's Chrome OS has a lot of potential value and a lot of recent press, but it still needs something to make it more than a thin client. It needs cloud integration, it needs extended APIs via web services, and it needs to suck it up and support a hard drive.
Sara Peters
No More Cookie-Cutter IT

12|23|13   |   03.58   |   21 comments


Creating the right combination of technology, people, and processes for your IT organization is a lot like baking Christmas cookies.
Sara Peters
Smart Wigs Not a Smart Idea

12|5|13   |   3:01   |   46 comments


Sony is seeking a patent for wigs that contain computing devices.
Tom Nolle
Cloud in the Wild

12|4|13   |   02:23   |   15 comments


On a recent African trip I saw examples of the value of the cloud in developing nations, for educational and community development programs. We could build on this, but not only in developing economies, because these same programs are often under-supported even in first-world countries.
E2 Editors
SPONSORED: Is Malware Evading Your IPS?

11|18|13   |   03:16   |   4 comments


Intrusion prevention software is supposed to detect and block malware intrusions, but clever malware authors can evade your IPS in these five main ways.
Sara Peters
Where Have All the Mentors Gone?

9|27|13   |   3:15   |   38 comments


A good professional mentor can change your life for the better... but where do you find one?
Tom Nolle
SDN Wars & You Could Win

9|17|13   |   2:10   |   5 comments


VMware's debate with Cisco on SDN might finally create a fusion between an SDN view that's all about software and another that's all about network equipment. That would be good for every enterprise considering the cloud and SDN.
Ivan Schneider
The Future of the Smart Watch

9|12|13   |   3:19   |   39 comments


Wearing a bulky, oversized watch is good training for the next phase in wristwatches: the Internet-enabled, connected watch. Why the smartphone-tethered connected watch makes sense, plus Ivan demos an entirely new concept for the "smart watch."
Tom Nolle
Cutting Your Cloud Storage Costs

9|4|13   |   2:06   |   3 comments


Cloud storage costs are determined primarily by the rate at which files are changed and the possibility of concurrent access/update. If you can structure your storage use to optimize these factors you can cut costs, perhaps to zero.
Sara Peters
Do CIOs Need an IT Background?

8|29|13   |   2:11   |   23 comments


Most of the CIOs interviewed in the How to Become a CIO series did not start their careers as IT professionals. So is an IT background essential?
Ivan Schneider
The Internet Loves Birthdays

8|27|13   |   3:25   |   69 comments


The Internet has evolved into a machine for drumming up a chorus of "Happy Birthday" messages, from family, friends, friends of friends who you added on Facebook, random people that you circled on G+, and increasingly, automated bots. Enough already.