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

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

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...

Sphinx: An outstanding open source documentation platform

Sphinx: An outstanding open source documentation platform

Sphinx is a free, open source platform written in Python that will (hopefully) make your developers enjoy writing documentation.

 Prelert's Anomaly Detective: Finding Black Swans in Big Data

Prelert's Anomaly Detective: Finding Black Swans in Big Data

When presented with huge amounts of otherwise indigestible Big Data, Prelert's Anomaly Detective applies analytical and statistical techniques to spot anomalies.

Michael Kors Duracell iPhone Power Case: How cool do I look now?

Michael Kors Duracell iPhone Power Case: How cool do I look now?

I have tested many, many very practical iPhone cases but I now find myself in a very different aesthetic place because I am now sporting an iPhone case from a whole different dimension: The Blingiverse. Yep, I’ve been toting around a...

Project Exergy: Using cloud computing to heat homes

Project Exergy: Using cloud computing to heat homes

Project Exergy wants to combine the largest energy consuming end use in our country, heating and cooling, with the fastest growing consumer of energy today, computation. Our goal is to eventually eliminate 2% of US electricity...

New Google Translate includes VR signage, photo and speech

New Google Translate includes VR signage, photo and speech

If you’ve ever travelled in a country where you don’t speak the language you’ll know how confusing and frustrating it can be to try to make sense of things like signs, particularly when you’re trying to find catch a plane or train....

Premises Automation: Lighting with the Philips Hue system

Premises Automation: Lighting with the Philips Hue system

The Philips Hue system is, by far, the best premises automation system for lighting I've tested so far

UK PM wants to ban unbreakable encryption! OK but only if ...

UK PM wants to ban unbreakable encryption! OK but only if ...

If Western governments want that kind of control over their citizens then it has to be symmetrical which would mean that all government activities other than those that could be proved to be truly in the national interest (how to make...

Self-repairing disk arrays: Cheaper and more reliable than RAID 6

Self-repairing disk arrays: Cheaper and more reliable than RAID 6

A group of researchers have come up with a better storage resiliency solution that gets around maintenance problems by never requiring disks to be replaced and ensuring "five nines" reliability. The authors point out that with...

Security uses social media to capture football fan for

Security uses social media to capture football fan for "thought crime"? Not!

When Jake Berlin appeared to get thrown out of a Steelers game many media outlets, both large and small, jumped on the bandwagon of “everyone is watching everyone” and concluded that what some referred to as Berlin’s “thought crime”...

Hot Tip: You've lost your only Windows 7 password, what now?

Hot Tip: You've lost your only Windows 7 password, what now?

How to perform a password reset on Windows 7 which, if you’ve lost the password to the only active account, will come in pretty handy ...

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