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.

‘One-sentence stories’: An oxymoron from the New York Times for the Apple Watch

When Elvis cadged a badge from Nixon

When Elvis cadged a badge from Nixon

In announcing the 100th institutional participant in its copyright-free photo-sharing project called The Commons, Flickr last week shared a remarkable photo with an even more remarkable story behind it.

RSA Conference bans ‘booth babes’

RSA Conference bans ‘booth babes’

In what may be a first for the technology industry, RSA Conference 2015 next month apparently will be bereft of a long-controversial trade-show attraction: “booth babes.”

Taking a moment to thank the Internet, Google and Howard Johnson’s

Taking a moment to thank the Internet, Google and Howard Johnson’s

Every now and then I feel a need to thank the Internet and Google for doing what they do best: finding answers to questions that would otherwise nag me no end.

‘When will IPv4 become obsolete?’

‘When will IPv4 become obsolete?’

The question was posed to Reddit's forum devoted to networking. Here are a few of the replies, both serious and not so much.

Walker campaign buys Twitter spotlight out from under Ted Cruz

Walker campaign buys Twitter spotlight out from under Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., has Twitter all abuzz this afternoon following his announcement this morning that he will run for president. But another candidate's social media team crashed his party.

Amazon’s drone ‘win’ will prove fleeting

Amazon’s drone ‘win’ will prove fleeting

Late last week the FAA gave Amazon permission to move ahead with its experiments to develop a drone-driven package-delivery system. Good luck with that.

Yahoo’s reported willingness to pay $11M for ‘insurance’ was the real March Madness

Yahoo’s reported willingness to pay $11M for ‘insurance’ was the real March Madness

Remember last year's Billion-Dollar Bracket Challenge, sponsored by Yahoo, Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans? Well, Yahoo is being sued over it by a company that says it should have been paid $11 million to insure against the virtually...

Aussies betting on Microsoft’s new browser

Aussies betting on Microsoft’s new browser

Kudos to Australia for building such a civilized society that citizens are allowed to wager on matters of such little import, namely guessing the name Microsoft will choose for its new Web browser, currently code-named Spartan.

Musk needs to tap the brakes a bit

Musk needs to tap the brakes a bit

Oh, that Elon Musk. Always saying the most provocative things, such as yesterday when he suggested that driverless cars will someday bring about a ban on the human-driven kind.

Yes, I still have an answering machine

Yes, I still have an answering machine

This morning I mentioned my telephone answering machine in passing and a colleague reacted as though I had just confessed to still having an 8-track in my car.

Oldest dot-com address sits sadly underused 30 years after its historic registration

Oldest dot-com address sits sadly underused 30 years after its historic registration

On March 15, 1985, Lisp computer maker Symbolics, Inc., registered the Internet’s first dot-com address: Symbolics.com. Thirty years later it's not a pretty site.

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