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Jamillah Knowles | 10:50 UK time, Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Hello Outriders!

This week on the podcast  I have been learning about the re-creation of arguably one of the world's most important machines, I've been chatting about the parallels between our real lives and digital habits and found out how part of the internet may in fact be just as nice in book form.

First up, news from the National Computing Museum . The engineers there have been toiling hard to recreate the Tunny machine. For those of you who are cypher freaks you'll already know that it was one of the machines that helped to decipher coded messages during World War Two. So what's it like to try and build one from scratch? Well, who better to ask than one of the chaps who did this - John Whetter.

From recreating the past to recreating our physical habits in our digital lives. Are you fond of salvaging things that others throw away, maybe you're a Womble, or maybe you can see treasure in another person's trash? Well what about your computer's recycling bin?
Justin Blinder has created a way to trade your digital trash can contents with others and has some surprising results. He told me all about Dumpster Drive

Dumpster diving can clearly cross the boundaries between the physical and the digital worlds, but does the social web work as well on paper? The creators of Social Memories  think so. They provide a way for you to summarise your Facebook activity, in a real papery book. I talked to Juergen Motz about the project.

If you have something to share about your web habits or you're working on something we should all know about, then you know what to do. Drop me a line at Outriders at BBC dot co dot uk, tweet at us on twitter where we are BBC underscore Outriders, or do a little search for Outriders on Facebook and you can find updates to add to your weekly facebook feed.

Until next week! ~ Jamillah



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