Top 10 Buzzblog posts of 2013

As chosen by you, the readers

The Buzzblog year in review

The Buzzblog year in review

The approaching end of 2013 will mark seven years (or so) since Buzzblog was born. This year’s batch of 10 most-read items is an eclectic bunch, including such topics as the Obama Administration’s embrace of cell-phone unlocking, a court’s impatience with a patent troll’s non-employee dubbed “Mr. Sham,” the death of Cisco’s first CCIE, and the impact of mathematics on a potential zombie apocalypse.

No. 10: Research buries Microsoft’s Bing-vs.-Google claim

Research buries Microsoft’s Bing-vs.-Google claim

“Microsoft's claim that people prefer Bing over Google by a 2-to-1 margin in blind taste tests always smelled fishy, but now a Yale professor and his students have shown it to be pure marketing malarkey by conducting their own survey ... and they did it using Microsoft's tool of choice.” Full post here.

No. 9: Stuart Biggs, first Cisco CCIE, dies at age 53

Stuart Biggs, first Cisco CCIE, dies at age 53

“Stuart Biggs, who in 1993 led a team that created the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert program and was the first to be awarded a CCIE number, has died at age 53.” Full post here.

No. 8: Video about ESD both shocking and funny

Video about ESD both shocking and funny

“You've heard the Mythbusters say it a thousand times: Do not try this at home. But such words to the wise are nowhere near as effective as actually showing what could go wrong.” Full post here.

No. 7: White House urges reversal of ban on cell-phone unlocking

White House urges reversal of ban on cell-phone unlocking

“In a dramatic call for action directly prompted by 114,000 signatures on a ‘We the People’ petition, the Obama Administration moments ago pledged to overturn a federal regulatory decision that had rendered the act of unlocking a cell phone illegal.” Full post here.

No. 6: Judge orders patent troll to explain its ‘Mr. Sham’ to jury

Judge orders patent troll to explain its ‘Mr. Sham’ to jury

“Patent troll Network Protection Sciences (NPS) first wanted to sue security vendor Fortinet in Texas because such litigants are as welcome there as the oil industry, yet even Texas wanted no part of this particular stinker so the case got booted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.” Full post here.

No. 5: You learn something new about Google every day

You learn something new about Google every day

“So I saw this tweet about the Google homepage from Keith Snyder, a New York City-based writer:” Full post here.

How that ‘extra 9’ could ward off a Zombie Apocalypse

“The questioner on Quora asks: ‘When is the difference between 99% accuracy and 99.9% accuracy very important?’ And the most popular answer cites an example familiar to all of you: service level agreements.” Full post here.

No. 3: Steve Jobs ordered Apple ads off Fox News

Steve Jobs ordered Apple ads off Fox News

“Add another one to the man's list of prudent business decisions.” Full post here.

No. 2: Press, bloggers fall for iPhone cup holder ‘joke’

Press, bloggers fall for iPhone cup holder ‘joke’

“Hate to say I told you so ... No, wait, I'm fine with saying I told you so: That combination cup holder/iPhone case that was mocked here on Friday is indeed a joke, or a publicity stunt if you prefer (and I do), according to the Dutch marketing firm that pitched it to reporters and the crowdsourcing site Indiegogo.” Full post here.

Electric car owner arrested for ‘stealing’ 5 cents of power

Electric car owner arrested for ‘stealing’ 5 cents of power

“Not since Arlo Guthrie found himself behind bars in the Alice's Restaurant Massacree’ has an alleged miscreant been locked up over so little: Demonstrating a shocking lack of common sense, police in Georgia recently arrested a man for ‘stealing’ electricity from a school where he plugged his car in for 20 minutes during his son's tennis match.” Full post here.