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.


Why did Ellison apologize? He’s not sorry

Why did Ellison apologize? He’s not sorry

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison issued a classic non-apology apology yesterday at his company’s OpenWorld conference.

3 … 2 … 1 … That’s all for Lotus 1-2-3

Today Lotus 1-2-3 breathed its last, at least symbolically, as we have reached IBM’s previously announced date for discontinuing support for this iconic spreadsheet software.

‘Free’ Wi-Fi for first born? … Well, about that

‘Free’ Wi-Fi for first born? … Well, about that

The press is having a field day with a report that a half-dozen Londoners unwittingly agreed to give up their first-born child in exchange for otherwise free Wi-Fi access.

Web developer has a dirty little secret

I could say that a co-worker pointed me to this one – and in this case that would be true – but the fact is that I quite often read Dear Prudence on Slate. Not very often, however, does the advice column have an IT angle.

Internet scammers posing as Internet cops

Most people may not be familiar with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) but their ears are likely to perk when told it’s an operation sponsored by the FBI. And it’s the specter of being targeted by the FBI that makes this...

Vegas to NY to San Diego … for $19,422?

Vegas to NY to San Diego … for $19,422?

These glitches – I’m assuming it’s a glitch -- are a lot more fun when people get pricey flights for pennies on the dollar, but this one’s a doozy nonetheless.

How to tell robot handwriting from the human kind … and how I react to the former

How to tell robot handwriting from the human kind … and how I react to the former

Journalist Clive Thompson has published an enlightening piece at Medium.com that shows us how we can tell the difference between a snail-mail letter that has been written by a robot and one that has been written by an actual human...

Hear an iPhone scream when dropped

Now if you drop your iPhone you will not be the only one screaming; your phone will, too, provided jailbroken and carries this funny tweak being touted on Reddit.

Ex-Cisco employee pleads guilty to second-degree murder in ‘Google Maps case’

Ex-Cisco employee pleads guilty to second-degree murder in ‘Google Maps case’

Ex-Cisco engineer Brad Cooper, whose first-degree murder conviction for the 2008 strangulation slaying of his wife Nancy was overturned last year based on disputed Google Maps-related evidence, today pleaded guilty to second-degree...

FTC shuts down $11M online diploma mill

FTC shuts down $11M online diploma mill

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday pulled the plug on an online high school diploma mill that allegedly raked in $11 million since opening its virtual doors in 2006.

Yes, Twitter should do text

Dave Winer, he of RSS fame and a blogger since the beginning of time, has issued a plea to Twitter this morning that makes so much sense it should be reality by this afternoon. His headline: “It wouldn’t kill Twitter to do text.”

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