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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Slack: Collaboration that actually works!

Slack: Collaboration that actually works!

Getting a group of people working on a project to communicate with each other is easy; you just give ‘em all email and stand back … and what you’ll see is chaos. The explosion of messages will be immediate and the struggle to keep...

MIPS Creator CI20: Sort of a challenge to the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

MIPS Creator CI20: Sort of a challenge to the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

Is the MIPS Creator CI20 a real challenge to the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B? Performance is roughly the same but it also has WiFi and Bluetooth built-in so it's pretty much a price issue ...

10 Reasons why the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is a killer product

10 Reasons why the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is a killer product

The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B was recently released and it’s quite a step up from its predecessors. Here's ten reasons why it's a killer upgrade ...

Nomad: Mobile charging gadgets you need

Nomad: Mobile charging gadgets you need

I was impressed with the company’s NomadKey last year (they called it the "ChargeKey" back then) simply because it was so handy to have it on my keychain. In the box I received was not only their latest NomadKeys and their NomadClip...

AppFutura: How to outsource mobile development

AppFutura: How to outsource mobile development

If you’re a small company without developers or maybe a group within a large organization that can’t get any love from the corporate development team and you need a mobile app, where are you going to go? The whole process of...

OpenDocMan: How to get your documents organized

OpenDocMan: How to get your documents organized

Even under the best circumstances, document management gets messy and complicated very quickly. Documents get lost, versions get confused, and multiple people try to work on the same document at the same time usually with disastrous ...

What's in a computer name? A router by any other name would work as well ...

What's in a computer name? A router by any other name would work as well ...

Once again I find myself pondering how to name the devices connected to my network. For the last few years I’ve used characters from one of my all-time favorite books, “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,” so I have machines named...

The Neato Botvac; great but not for my house

The Neato Botvac; great but not for my house

Neato’s PR people recently asked me if I’d like to check out one of the company’s latest robot vacuum cleaners and the answer was, of course, “yes!” (they had me at “robot”). What I received was a Neato Botvac 80, a 9lb,...

Better project management (and greater client happiness) with Pivotal Tracker

Better project management (and greater client happiness) with Pivotal Tracker

I’ve recently been advising a startup and we’ve just managed to launch their new Web site. An interesting part of this launch was that we used a Web service recommended by our developers called Pivotal Tracker, an agile-style project...

Ubi: Ubiquitous, always-on, voice-activated computing

Ubi: Ubiquitous, always-on, voice-activated computing

Ubi stands for "ubiquitous"; it’s the name for a computer that is always on and voice-activated. At roughly 4.75” square by 1” thick the Ubi and directly into a wall socket but you can also remove the power adapter and connect Ubi to...

MIT researchers show you can be identified by a just few data points

MIT researchers show you can be identified by a just few data points

If you thought sparse personal metadata - random chunks of data about data - was hard to mine for the purposes of identifying individuals, think again. MIT researchers have just shown that it only requires four data points (the dates...

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