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.

Many still want their software packaged

As third RSA Conference without ‘booth babes’ nears, no one seems to miss them

As third RSA Conference without ‘booth babes’ nears, no one seems to miss them

In March 2015, RSA Conference organizers made news by contractually insisting that vendors pitch their wares without the help of “booth babes,” a first such ban for the technology industry.

Geekiest alarm clock ever?

Geekiest alarm clock ever?

Everyone knows what to do when life gives you lemons. Well, the same can apply when technology cries wolf at four in the morning, according to a contributor to Reddit’s section devoted to systems administration.

Emoji and hashtag creators scoff at 17th Century pretenders

Emoji and hashtag creators scoff at 17th Century pretenders

Archivists in Slovakia have stumbled upon 17th Century examples of what the Daily Mail of London last week trumpeted as perhaps the first emoji and hashtag, claims that are being met with dismissive smiles by the actual creators of...

Tech leaders decry Trump’s Muslim ban

Tech leaders decry Trump’s Muslim ban

Taking to President Trump’s favored communications platform, Twitter, a who’s who of prominent technology and business leaders are speaking out against the new administration’s ban on Muslims from certain countries entering the United...

Tech world not immune to fake news

Tech world not immune to fake news

Yes, the term “fake news” has already been politicized to the point of near-meaninglessness, but before it is relegated to the dustbin of our lexicon, allow me to note that the practice itself has been around for eons and is no...

Verizon, volunteer firefighters make peace; T-Mobile’s Legere can stand down

Verizon, volunteer firefighters make peace; T-Mobile’s Legere can stand down

Verizon has doused a public-relations flare-up with the volunteer fire department that serves a small Virginia island community.

Tech world has changed dramatically since the White House last changed hands

Tech world has changed dramatically since the White House last changed hands

Eight years is but a blink in the grand scheme, yet so much will have changed on the technology and social-media landscape between when Barack Obama took the oath on Jan. 20, 2009 and Donald Trump does so Friday.

‘Found a nasty bug in my (Cisco) ASA this morning’

‘Found a nasty bug in my (Cisco) ASA this morning’

The above headline on a post to Reddit piqued my interest this afternoon because it was in that site’s section devoted to system administration and those people know a bug when they encounter one.

This year's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

This year's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

This is the eleventh year I’ve compiled this particular collection of trivia, which will come in handy someday if I’m ever on Jeopardy and the category is 1980s/1990s technology and related stuff.

2017’s 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

2017’s 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

A look back at the most memorable tech-related happenings of 1992.

T-Mobile’s Legere ‘rescues’ volunteer fire department, sticks finger in Verizon’s eye

T-Mobile’s Legere ‘rescues’ volunteer fire department, sticks finger in Verizon’s eye

Ever a social-media showman and tormenter of his competitors, T-Mobile CEO John Legere last night took to Twitter to lambaste Verizon’s decision to ding a volunteer fire company for $73,000 and offered to pick up that tab himself if...

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