Mark Gibbs

Contributing Editor

Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has advised on and developed product and service marketing for many businesses and he has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at http://gibbs.com/mgbio

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Yepzon: Tracking your stuff in the real world has just become affordable

Yepzon: Tracking your stuff in the real world has just become affordable

Keeping track of your stuff is hard enough when it’s in your office or your home but when it’s running around in the real world and you want to track it in real time it’s next to impossible, at least, next to impossible at a...

Using Aylien intelligence to analyze your data

Using Aylien intelligence to analyze your data

As you massage your piles of Big Data, particularly when the data comes from social media, you'll often come across tasks such as extracting “clean” text from HTML content, summarizing content, extracting concepts and entities,...

Image Conscious: Why your PNG images look terrible

Image Conscious: Why your PNG images look terrible

A friend of mine asked me a question that may have puzzled many of you: Why are the images in my blog post kind of crappy looking? My friend initially blamed the image format for the fuzziness but that wasn't the culprit.

import.io: How to get the data import monkey off your back

import.io: How to get the data import monkey off your back

In the age of Big Data one of the things we all do over and over again is mine the Web for content we need to repurpose. While finding the stuff you want can be a big job, trying to get that content into a usable and useful format all...

Seven killer Linux apps that will change how you work

Seven killer Linux apps that will change how you work

Here are seven killer Linux office productivity apps you may not know about.

Qwerty Card: A lo-tech solution to managing hi-tech passwords

Qwerty Card: A lo-tech solution to managing hi-tech passwords

For a few years I’ve used a password system that’s been really successful and it's based on a simple formula ... but if that's too much for you check out Qwerty Card ...

Users plus passwords equals disaster

Users plus passwords equals disaster

Lost productivity, lousy security, and serious financial risk are the results of poor password management. Do you really need any more reasons to do something about your users and their passwords?

Interactive Hello Barbie might work for the NSA ...

Interactive Hello Barbie might work for the NSA ...

Hello Barbie, a version of Mattel’s iconic toy that adds audio capture and response to the doll. The way the doll will work is when your child presses the button on a Hello Barbie doll, whatever they next say will be recorded and...

Have you been pwned?!

Have you been pwned?!

One of the first indications you have a serious security issue, sometimes before a breached organization admits anything has happened, occurs online when hackers pretty often leak the data publicly. If you think this is something you...

Home Automation: Top marks for Nortek GoControl Garage Door Controller

Home Automation: Top marks for Nortek GoControl Garage Door Controller

Late last year I installed the competing GoControl Garage Door Controller from Nortek Security & Control (formerly Linear LLC) that integrates with Z-Wave networks such as the Nexia Home Automation system and I'm really impressed.

Excelling at Excel number base conversions

Excelling at Excel number base conversions

I recently needed to convert decimal numbers into base 36 in an Excel for Mac 2011 spreadsheet. Now Windows Excel has the Radix function, which converts base 10 numbers into any base between 2 and 36 inclusive, there’s no such beast...

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