Paul McNamara

News Editor

In addition to my editing duties, I have written Buzzblog since January, 2006 and wrote the 'Net Buzz column in Network World's dearly departed print edition for 13 years. Feel free to e-mail me at pmcnamara@nww.com.

Wow! Facebook’s new logo doesn’t do that

What to do with tomorrow’s leap second

What to do with tomorrow’s leap second

We are being granted a leap second tomorrow so the question arises: What am I – or any of us, for that matter -- to do with the extra time? Among the possibilities that have occurred to me so far:

BBC shows folly of ‘right to be forgotten’

BBC shows folly of ‘right to be forgotten’

The insistence of European government censors that there exists a “right to be forgotten” has always been wrong-headed as a matter of principle. The BBC shows why in an archive of its stories banished from Google.

Fourth-oldest dot-com domain now relegated to serving up scareware at $400 a victim

Fourth-oldest dot-com domain now relegated to serving up scareware at $400 a victim

Founded in 1982, the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp. was the first computer research consortium. It was also the fourth organization to register a dot-com domain name, having done so 30 years ago. Today, however, that...

Question about Heinz’s QR code snafu

Question about Heinz’s QR code snafu

Heinz found itself in a bit of PR hot water last week when it was discovered that the QR code on its ketchup bottle directed the curious to a pornographic website.

FCC grants VoIP service providers equal access to telephone numbers

FCC grants VoIP service providers equal access to telephone numbers

The FCC this morning announced that going forward VoIP service providers such as Vonage will no longer be second-class citizens when it comes to the doling out of telephone numbers.

Parents more worried about online safety but doing less about it, survey finds

Parents more worried about online safety but doing less about it, survey finds

A new survey shows that more parents are worried about the safety of their children online but fewer are taking concrete steps to protect them.

Final lesson for graduating seniors: Surveillance cameras really are everywhere

Final lesson for graduating seniors: Surveillance cameras really are everywhere

A bunch of graduating high school students in Pennsylvania will never forget that surveillance cameras are everywhere. Nor will they forget that school's leaders understand that the punishment should fit the crime.

Google kicks Google+ off its homepage

Google kicks Google+ off its homepage

Nothing says you’ve fallen out of favor quite like being banished from the most exclusive and uncluttered piece of real estate on the Internet: the Google search homepage.

Overhead projector vs. ceiling fan

Overhead projector vs. ceiling fan

But let’s assume the picture is real. What could account for the decision of the projector installer to ignore the presence of the ceiling fan?

All hail the mighty sticky note

All hail the mighty sticky note

Need a bunch of busy people to do something for you, say fill out a survey form? A researcher has shown that the humble sticky note may be among your most powerful tools.

Don’t be sloppy, use a floppy

Don’t be sloppy, use a floppy

These relics apparently make great drink coasters. Who knew?

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