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Going phishing – with a twist
Friday, 2 Mar, 2012 – 11:16 | Comments Off
Going phishing – with a twist

I run Norton’s regularly, I don’t click on strange links, and I’m the first to Google suspicious emails and post what I discover on Facebook in hopes it will help someone else.
Yet, despite all that,  …

A SWAT for getting all a-Twitter about nothing
Thursday, 1 Mar, 2012 – 17:13 | Comments Off
A SWAT for getting all a-Twitter about nothing

I know the folks who are all verklempt because NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski was tweeting Monday night while the Daytona 500 was red-flagged.
There the same ones who were wringing their hands once upon a time …

I need a new phone. Or do I?
Thursday, 11 Aug, 2011 – 12:07 | Comments Off
I need a new phone. Or do I?

Twenty-nine months after it came into my life, the relationship is ending.
I’d hoped to eek another few months out of it my 2009 Blackberry, even though I’ve been eligible for an upgrade since the …

Forcing myself into little circles
Thursday, 21 Jul, 2011 – 11:57 | 2 Comments
Forcing myself into little circles

I’ve come to the conclusion recently that my perfect friend would be a geeky food-allergic liberal with quirky sense of humor, an obsessive interest in education issues and a tolerance for cute crap my kids …

I can remember. I simply choose not to
Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2011 – 17:00 | Comments Off
I can remember. I simply choose not to

There’s a 30-year-old fishing tackle box on top of my refrigerator that I keep moving from house to house, though for the life of me I don’t know why. It’s covered with a thick layer …

Venting should not be socially accepted
Wednesday, 16 Feb, 2011 – 16:12 | Comments Off
Venting should not be socially accepted

I’ll admit to occasionally rolling my eyes at someone’s back after a frustrating conversation.
I’ll cop to longing for a voodoo doll so I could return the torture an annoying person was inflicting on me.
But those …

Hoping for an end to the green pastures on the content farm
Monday, 14 Feb, 2011 – 19:21 | Comments Off
Hoping for an end to the green pastures on the content farm

The latest out of Mountain View is news good enough to make me consider switching to Chrome.
According to Forbes, Google is creating an extension to its browser that would let users block sites from their …

Just because the rant’s legal doesn’t make it right
Thursday, 3 Feb, 2011 – 17:23 | One Comment
Just because the rant’s legal doesn’t make it right

It’s a classic case of the cliche about two wrongs not making a right. Make it three wrongs in this case.
A California high school student, who, according to Mashable was upset over his homework load, …

3 million reasons you should care about Net Neutrality
Wednesday, 2 Feb, 2011 – 16:39 | Comments Off
3 million reasons you should care about Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality. Are you asleep yet?
You’re not alone if the mere mention of the words makes you drowsy. A lot of people don’t even understand what it is, including a conservative blogger I ran across …

It’s not the price of news. It’s the price of everything else online
Monday, 24 Jan, 2011 – 17:29 | One Comment
It’s not the price of news. It’s the price of everything else online

It  sounds frivolous to compare the New York Times to a children’s Web site and instant movie access, but those are the economic facts at my house.
Club Penguin: $12 a month – $6 per kid. …

You can’t beat ‘em so might as well join ‘em
Sunday, 23 Jan, 2011 – 19:44 | Comments Off
You can’t beat ‘em so might as well join ‘em

Looking for a social media strategist? There’s one particular group that recently did an exceptional job of compiling the important information, explaining without talking down, laying out policies and backing them up with salient case …

You spent six months unplugged and you did WHAT?!
Wednesday, 19 Jan, 2011 – 17:11 | 3 Comments
You spent six months unplugged and you did WHAT?!

It’s an event almost as foreseeable as predicting that someone this week will call today’s kids “the dumbest generation”:
A family will “unplug” – shed all electronics for an arbitrary period. Let’s say, oh, six months. …

Moderate the Internet? Best of luck on that one
Tuesday, 2 Nov, 2010 – 21:25 | Comments Off
Moderate the Internet? Best of luck on that one

I’ve never tried to moderate the entire Internet, though I once took a stab at sorting out spats on one small corner of it.
My days were filled with complaints about “inaccurate opinions,” and my nights …

A SWAT for taking memories away from fans
Thursday, 21 Oct, 2010 – 19:19 | Comments Off
A SWAT for taking memories away from fans

It’s stunning how an organization with enough digital savvy to tweet contests during a game and offer an iPhone app can blow it when it comes to something so basic that most fans would want …

It’s not about the Net. It’s about decency
Friday, 1 Oct, 2010 – 17:04 | 2 Comments
It’s not about the Net. It’s about decency

I knew it was coming the second I heard that the Internet was tangentially connect to Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi’s suicide.
Yes, tangentially. The Internet did not kill Clementi. It wasn’t even a weapon in …

If a warning label falls in the forest and no one reads it …
Wednesday, 22 Sep, 2010 – 22:11 | Comments Off
If a warning label falls in the forest and no one reads it …

I thought I was as shocked as I could possibly be by a warning label last fall, when I bought a pack of lip balm that included a five-line disclaimer.
That was before I was fixing …

For some of us, digital IS the down time
Friday, 27 Aug, 2010 – 14:34 | Comments Off
For some of us, digital IS the down time

I have a new nightly routine of late, mainly because the old one wasn’t working.
Use to be, I’d tuck the guys in and then toss fitfully in an attempt to doze off. I’d eventually give …

The First Amendment right to freebies
Thursday, 29 Apr, 2010 – 23:01 | Comments Off
The First Amendment right to freebies

It’s based on a couple of laughably wrong assumptions, but at least paranoid bloggers have support in  their “everyone is out to get us” theory.
The “evidence,” flimsy though it is, is in a new Harvard …

It’s not the medium. It’s what you put out there
Monday, 26 Apr, 2010 – 21:32 | One Comment
It’s not the medium. It’s what you put out there

Note to California State Sen. Ellen Corbett: Social networking sites do not post personal information about minors. The minors themselves do that.
That’s why Corbett’s bill, which The Sacramento Bee says would ban sites from posting …

Yes, let’s look at mobile, cloud privacy. But don’t stop there
Tuesday, 30 Mar, 2010 – 19:51 | Comments Off
Yes, let’s look at mobile, cloud privacy. But don’t stop there

The most important point to come out of a diverse coalition that’s callings for tighter electronic privacy laws: Officials should be able to access “communications that are not readily accessible to the public only with …

OMG! They’re putting information on the Internet!
Monday, 29 Mar, 2010 – 20:03 | Comments Off
OMG! They’re putting information on the Internet!

Your personal information posted online!
It’s 411 for pedophiles – a major security risk!
It’s called Spokeo – a name parodied two years ago as Spookey, the Big Brother of Social Networking sites.
And, in the end, it’s …

Internet cons try to co-opt patriotism
Sunday, 28 Mar, 2010 – 19:28 | 2 Comments
Internet cons try to co-opt patriotism

The next “soldiers” you meet could be close relatives of  your Nigerian uncle – if you’re not careful, that is.
It seems that the latest stunt from the set that’s sent us emails from Australian barristers …

Paywall anyone?
Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010 – 18:41 | Comments Off
Paywall anyone?

The worst news for the newspaper industry out of today’s the Pew Internet and American Life Project report was not that 82 percent of those polled said they’d go to another site rather than pay …

During deployment, the smart phone is smart again
Monday, 15 Mar, 2010 – 10:57 | Comments Off
During deployment, the smart phone is smart again

Yeah, we have all the toys: Digital audio recorder for capturing bedtime stories, digital video recorders (yes, plural) for reliving sports and school programs, a digital still camera for everything in between and a scanner …

How to avoid turning OpSec into OopsSec
Sunday, 14 Mar, 2010 – 17:59 | 2 Comments
How to avoid turning OpSec into OopsSec

It was a blunder so classically moronic that you wonder how the person who posted it was deemed intelligent enough to serve in the military – any country’s military, including countries with mandatory service.
“On Wednesday, …

I know what I want – I just don’t see it yet
Friday, 5 Mar, 2010 – 20:13 | Comments Off
I know what I want – I just don’t see it yet

I pay $65 a month for satellite TV service, and that’s way too much considering that we regularly watch only  Nickelodeon, ESPN and the local FOX affiliate. The package includes 200 channels, many of which …

A SWAT for trying to impose values from afar
Thursday, 25 Feb, 2010 – 19:30 | Comments Off
A SWAT for trying to impose values from afar

What’s worse than a YouTube video showing a developmentally disabled boy being bullied?
A court verdict in Italy that finds Google executives guilty of invasion of privacy because the video was posted to begin with – …

Part of the digital divide will never be bridged – so be it
Wednesday, 24 Feb, 2010 – 19:26 | Comments Off
Part of the digital divide will never be bridged – so be it

Two contradictory tidbits from a CNet story this morning about an Federal Communications Commission report on expanding broadband Internet access to more parts of the country:

A third of adults who don’t have broadband at home …