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Mark Gibbs

For more than 25 years, Mark Gibbs has done just about everything in the networking business short of hacking into NORAD. He worked as an executive in various companies, has created companies, and has consulted on product and service development for many businesses. As an author he has written four books and numerous articles about networking and computer technology. Gibbs has been a regular contributor to Network World since 1995 and pens (well, keyboards) the weekly Backspin and Gearhead columns and he's also a blogger for Forbes.

Recent articles by Mark Gibbs

Backspin has moved

November 05, 2013

Looking for Mark Gibbs' latest musings? Head on over to Gearhead. Same wit, same site, different platform.

Gearhead has moved

November 05, 2013

Looking for Mark Gibbs' latest musings? Head on over to Gearhead blog. Same wit, same site, different platform.

Three tools for getting organized: Looking for 'The One'

July 01, 2013

Getting organized isn't something you do once and then forget about. Oh no. Organization needs constant polishing and review and, in short, is a total pain in the butt. I've always wished I were one of those hyper-organized people who has a place for everything and everything always has its place, but alas, that apparently isn't in my genetic makeup.

How you invade your own privacy

June 26, 2013

A new study from consulting firm Infosys shows consumers globally are far more relaxed about sharing their private data than we knew and far more relaxed than they should be

WordPress plugins leave you vulnerable to attack, and new devices 'protect you' from cellphone radiation

June 24, 2013

First up this week, a white paper or report or ... I have no idea what these things should be called any more ... maybe a "glorified press release"? Whatever. Let's call it "a study" from Checkmarx, a company that specializes in automated security code review, titled "The Security State of WordPress' top 50 Plugins."

Neatly naming network nodes

June 24, 2013

Gibbs ponders how to name machines on a network

Lying, prying and spying: Is the NSA worth it?

June 14, 2013

Is the NSA defending their intellectual property with more success than they protect our country?

A cool USB hub, a sweet Mini WiFi Router, and how to find Paul Revere through social analysis

June 12, 2013

Gibbs reviews two products from Satechi and is impressed by a paper that explains the power of social network analysis

US government collects Verizon customers' phone metadata ... So what?

June 07, 2013

A top secret NSA program to collect ALL Verizon customers' call data isn't at all surprising

Zooka, a neat iPad Bluetooth speaker, and a review of tools for wire-framing user interfaces

June 05, 2013

This week, a collection of goodies. First up for all of you iPad aficionados, a neat wireless Bluetooth speaker called Zooka from Carbon Audio that fits onto the edge of your tablet and boosts your audio volume by about five times (turned up full, that's a sound pressure of 80dB at 1 meter). There's also a built-in microphone so you can take calls if you've paired the Zooka with your iPhone.