8 tech-related facts about bin Laden's death and its aftermath
From the significant to the interesting to the just plain sad
While the rest of the media debates the impact of Osama bin Laden's death on trivial matters such as terrorism and next year's presidential election, E! Online asks the most important question:
Sounds ridiculous, but to be fair to E! Online, that's their beat.
Just as this blog's is tech. So I've gathered up eight random tech-related facts about bin Laden's death Sunday at the hands of U.S. special forces. (Spoiler alert: The Oprah thing doesn't make the list.)
* The house in which bin Laden lived for six years until Sunday's assault had no Internet or phone connections, according to U.S. military sources. (Though the author of a book called "Surviving Off the Grid" is skeptical.)
* The special forces raid was unknowingly live-tweeted by an IT worker on vacation nearby in Pakistan.
* President Obama and White House officials were able to watch the raid -- including the actual shooting of bin Laden -- live on a large TV thanks to a wireless video camera installed on the helmet of a Navy Seal.
* Within minutes after Obama announced the news late Sunday night, cyber-scammers were hard at work trying to capitalize on interest in the story.
* There were more than 4.1 million page views per minute on news sites tracked by content delivery network Akamai after the story broke late Sunday night. That's only the 15th-highest traffic peak ever recorded by Akamai.
* A senior U.S. official told CNN that the "trove of materials collected from the compound includes 10 hard drives, five computers and more than 100 storage devices."
* All of us can spy on bin Laden's Pakistani compound and his various hideouts over the years, thanks to Google Earth and Google Maps.
* Search data from Yahoo shows that many teens have no idea who Osama bin Laden was.
Given that bin Laden's presence on Nickelodeon in recent years has been minimal, perhaps that last one really shouldn't be surprising. Nonetheless, it is a bit sad.