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.

House passes cellphone unlocking bill that now only needs Obama's signature

Educator’s plagiarism only part of the story

The school superintendent in Newton, Mass. will lose a week’s pay because he lifted five sentences from a speech by the state’s governor and integrated them unattributed into a graduation speech. How the story came to light is...

Friday is SysAdmin Appreciation Day: Here’s one way to make sure you’re appreciated

Friday is SysAdmin Appreciation Day: Here’s one way to make sure you’re appreciated

Friday is the 15th annual SysAdmin Appreciation Day. Last year the IT department of the Launch Federal Credit Union, which serves Florida’s Cape Canaveral region, did not feel as though they were sufficiently appreciated. This year...

Kickstarter project turning ‘Alice in Wonderland’ into world’s largest tattoo chain

Kickstarter project turning ‘Alice in Wonderland’ into world’s largest tattoo chain

Seems the Internet enjoys funding whimsy: Last week it was potato salad; this week a record-breaking chain of temporary literary tattoos featuring every word of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Internet of Things spawns horde of imitators

Internet of Things spawns horde of imitators

This was inevitable: Endless hype about the Internet of Things has produced an endless string of imitators; the Internets of This, That and Whatever. Here are a few examples.

Oh, no, my ‘Account Apple’ has been frozen

Oh, no, my ‘Account Apple’ has been frozen

Some phishing attempts are easier to spot than others.

Microsoft trots out tired euphemisms for ‘18,000 people are losing their jobs’

Microsoft trots out tired euphemisms for ‘18,000 people are losing their jobs’

When weighed against the fact that 18,000 human beings are going to lose their Microsoft paychecks – two-thirds of them from Nokia -- the gobbledygook of euphemisms used by CEO Satya Nadella to describe the carnage is of little...

Would Jobs have made IBM deal? Not in ‘95

Would Jobs have made IBM deal? Not in ‘95

How might Steve Jobs have viewed the major enterprise partnership announced yesterday by Apple and IBM? A clip for a 1995 interview indicates he might not have been enthusiastic, at least back then.

‘Six Californias’ lunacy looks headed for ballot

‘Six Californias’ lunacy looks headed for ballot

Congress will never agree to split California into six states. It will never happen, yet an inexplicably wasteful effort led by billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, dubbed “Six Californias,” is reported to have collected the...

Looking for movie times? Bing beats Google

Looking for movie times? Bing beats Google

Need to know what times that movie you're dying to see are showing at the local cinema? Bing may get you that info faster than Google, according to one side-by-side survey.

Y2K bug resurfaces and sends draft notices to 14,000 men born in the 1800s

Y2K bug resurfaces and sends draft notices to 14,000 men born in the 1800s

That Y2K bug that made life miserable for so many IT professionals in the late 1990s has proven to be problematic just recently for the next of kin of some 14,000 men who were born in the 1800’s.

NSA Data Center photo set free for all to use

NSA Data Center photo set free for all to use

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a copyright-free photograph of the NSA's sprawling Utah Data Center facility. The EFF says its intent is to make easier discussion of the government's mass surveillance program by giving

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