To remind you, I was chairing a panel on Media Hacking, and decided that I would do some â€œphysical media hackingâ€ to waken up the audience:
The experiment was planned to go something like this. Two pairs of volunteers would come forwardâ€¦ with a pair of 512mb and a pair of 1gb iPod Shuffles. They would swap over their units with each other, and take away an iPod Shuffle with a different audio mix on itâ€¦
Unfortunately 4 people came forward, all with 512mb shuffles â€“ remember Iâ€™ve not actually told the volunteers whatâ€™s going to happen yet. Now I could have done a bit more jiggery-pokery with the volunteers to get a comfortable pairing, but a mix of the Showman in me, and the evil voice of Crow in my head (sure, blame the bird â€“ Crow) led me to throw caution to the wind. I saw a box on the floor and said to myself â€˜if that box is empty, Iâ€™ll put all five iPod Shuffleâ€™s in that box, mix them up, and hand back a random unit to each person.â€™ It was empty.
And hereâ€™s the result.
The kicker? It wasnâ€™t porn on one of the shuffles, but Chris Greenâ€™s private PGP keyâ€¦