Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Posted August 26, 2015in Tech Talk

We’re all Internet victims sitting in wait

The Internet can be the ugliest place in the world. Anonymous online posting is the No. 1 plague of the 21st century. The list of horrible things people can do on the Internet reads like a rap sheet for aliens to exterminate our species: hacking, child pornography, revenge-porn, hate speech,

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Posted August 19, 2015in Tech Talk

Goodbye, Google; we hardly knew you

There are big companies like Ford or 3M, and then there are massive companies like General Electric or ExxonMobil. Now, Ford generates more revenue than General Electric, but G.E. is a more diverse company that makes it seem like it might own half the planet. In technology, an easy equivalent

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Posted August 12, 2015in Tech Talk

Windows latest upgrade, a downgrade

One of the worst sins in rock and roll is singing your band’s name in a song. Nothing rings more lame or inauthentic, which is bizarre because in hip-hop, rappers are constantly saying their name. In fact, some of the biggest rappers of all-time made a name for themselves by

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Posted August 05, 2015in Tech Talk

Online video killing the TV star

Every generation has something that puzzles the preceding generations, be it gay marriage, Twitter, blogs, computers, hip-hop, video games, punk rock, etc. While this list only spans recent history, I’m willing to bet the trend extends all the way back to the discovery of fire and the creation of the

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Posted July 29, 2015in Tech Talk

When words fail, there’s always an emoji

The Internet is not immune to embarrassing trends. Whether we’re talking America Online chat rooms or keeping a Friendster profile well past 2004, there are dozens of shifts in online communication that, in hindsight, were just silly. Today, we don’t need hindsight to understand that the ridiculous web-enabled discourse of

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Posted July 22, 2015in Tech Talk

Law, order and tech fighting to change air travel

The airline industry is one of the most treacherous. Dozens of airlines have gone under or declared bankruptcy, and few of them run what can be deemed admirable operations. Case in point, on July 1, the United States Justice Department announced it was investigating the four largest domestic airlines for

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Posted July 15, 2015in Tech Talk

The blessing and curse of HDR

When exactly does good enough become too good? Most of us have the memory of coming home from a night of trick-or-treating on Halloween and gorging ourselves on sugary treasures. At first it’s delicious, but eventually it becomes sickening. Just as hard as it is to stop devouring unlimited chocolate

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Posted July 08, 2015in Tech Talk

The sky is (not) falling from Mobilegeddon

If you happen to be a website administrator, the last few months have probably driven you to drink. You’ve spent years building up recognition as a source of quality content or a website with a specific utility, and then the winds of web change blew, and everything you’ve worked so

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Posted July 01, 2015in Tech Talk

5G does not deserve a headline

When cell phone technology first made its public debut in the early 1980s, the technology was revolutionary. Sure, there had been mobile two-way radios, but nothing like the ability to walk down the street with a cordless phone in your hand and make a cross-planet call. But as with all

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Posted June 24, 2015in Tech Talk

Tinker with tomorrow in Maker culture

No need to adjust your television, it’s true — technology is improving at what seems to be an impossible rate. And, truthfully, that pace will only keep accelerating. Since the worldwide web first became a public tool in the early 1990s, technology has proliferated and become refined in virtually every

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