Part of the year-end retrospective reflex seems to involve
ranking everything conceivable that occurred or existed in 2005. We've done it
at TR: You can see all our top ten lists, whichinclude such things as the hottest downloads and discussions of the year.
I came across another interesting collection of top ten
items, a couple of which are IT-related, thereby giving me a pretext for includingthe collection here.
Alternet's Tai Moses put together The Ten Best Top-Ten Lists. There
are things like the top ten baby names (Emma, Aidan), worst jobs in science
(manure inspector, volcanologist), and most-wanted fugitives (their resumes are
pretty good: "Donald Eugene Webb, who is considered a career criminal and
master of assumed identities, specializes in the burglary of jewelry stores. He
is reportedly allergic to penicillin, a lover of dogs, a flashy dresser and a
big tipper."). The list also includes Merriam-Webster Online's 10 most
looked-up words, interesting because it appears to be disaster-driven. It
includes refugee, tsunami, pandemic,and levee. And oh yeah, inept.
Also included are Top 10 Most Commonly Encountered
Hoaxes and Chain Letters
Hoaxes and Chain Letters(Elf Bowling still??) and the Top 10 List of Strangest and
Funniest Data Disasters. The latter is based on reports shared by Ontrack Data
Recovery, and of course the message is that recovery is possible if you use its
services. Nevertheless, I found it slightly mollifying to compare my humdrum
catastrophic hard drive crash (see my list of top ten personal disasters nah,
I'm not going there) with things like dogs eating memory sticks and a laptop computerfull of dead cockroaches.
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior features editor for Tech Pro Research.