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.

Candidate Sanders has a funny 404 page

Fiorina calls Chinese thieving automatons

Fiorina calls Chinese thieving automatons

Former HP CEO and current GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says “... the Chinese can take a test, but what they can’t do is innovate. They’re not terribly imaginative. They’re not entrepreneurial ... that’s why they’re...

Getting my first VCR was Very Cool, Really

Getting my first VCR was Very Cool, Really

The last video store in Cambridge, Hollywood Express, is closing. I remember getting my first VCR as clearly as I do my first bicycle … and my memory of the latter has the unfair advantage of having been captured on 18-mm film by my...

NPR clarifies an incorrect correction

This is the best clarification of an incorrect correction you’ll see today.

No, I do not believe this steak was cooked by an iPhone, but I’ll bite anyway

No, I do not believe this steak was cooked by an iPhone, but I’ll bite anyway

But I couldn’t escape the attendant curiosity: What in the name of Steve Jobs might allow a marketing professional – no, make that EVEN a marketing professional -- to suggest such a preposterous feat might be possible.

Pew Research finds more Americans value their privacy in the abstract than in reality

Pew Research finds more Americans value their privacy in the abstract than in reality

The Pew Research survey results in the above graphic show Americans care plenty about privacy, but they also say a lot about how that concern rises and falls depending on the situation. And not in a good way.

John McAfee? … Influential? … This world?

John McAfee? … Influential? … This world?

International Business Times yesterday day published an essay carrying antivirus pioneer John McAfee’s byline. It makes a claim about him that is, well, laughable.

BlackBerry CEO/Twitter latecomer on how he got @JohnChen handle: ‘Beats me...very lucky’

BlackBerry CEO/Twitter latecomer on how he got @JohnChen handle: ‘Beats me...very lucky’

There are countless John Chens on Twitter, yet when Blackberry CEO John Chen started tweeting just a week ago he had somehow managed to secure the unique-among-Chens Twitter handle of @JohnChen. How?

Verizon buying AOL for $4.4B

Verizon buying AOL for $4.4B

In a move designed to bolster its content offerings – particularly in video delivered to mobile devices – Verizon is shelling out some $4.4 billion for AOL.

Racist stunt gets BBQ joint knocked offline

Edgar Antillon, owner of a Colorado barbecue joint called Rubbin’ Buttz, had a dumb idea that he says started as a “joke:” Let’s declare June 11 “White Appreciation Day,” complete with a 10% discount for white customers.

Cheating by colleagues deflates morale of failed Cisco cert candidate

Enough about underinflated footballs; let’s talk about cheating on IT certification exams. Here a contributor to Reddit’s forum devoted to networking laments his personal experience in a post headlined: “Failed my CCNA; coworkers...

Why people might believe cash was outlawed

Why people might believe cash was outlawed

The always-entertaining Snopes.com weekly newsletter tells us – particularly those who live in Louisiana – not to fret about reports that the use of cash money has been banned in that state for any transaction involving second-hand...

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