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.

Cisco: Yes, cosmic radiation could have caused router bug

Cisco says router bug could be result of ‘cosmic radiation’ … Seriously?

Cisco says router bug could be result of ‘cosmic radiation’ … Seriously?

A Cisco bug report addressing “partial data traffic loss” on the company’s ASR 9000 Series routers contends that a “possible trigger is cosmic radiation causing SEU soft errors.”

No phone is worth drowning over … or dying of embarrassment

No phone is worth drowning over … or dying of embarrassment

Sometimes you’re better off accepting that the phone is a goner … lest you become one yourself.

Why do people still camp out for iPhones?

Why do people still camp out for iPhones?

The ritual of camping out for the latest iPhone has become one of life's great mysteries.

Autonomous cars? How about airliners?

Autonomous cars? How about airliners?

Pilotless airliners? Far-fetched, you say. Not so, according to Tim Robinson, editor-in-chief of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s magazine Aerospace.

A satisfying tale of sleuthing, justice

A satisfying tale of sleuthing, justice

Texas-born Christian Hascheck teaches computer science in Vienna, Austria when not working on his own projects, which include a novel grading system. He's the wrong guy to scam out of $500.

Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO 5 years ago tomorrow

Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO 5 years ago tomorrow

Apple’s post-Steve Jobs leadership era began officially on Aug. 24, 2011 – five years ago tomorrow -- with the announcement of his resignation and the appointment of Tim Cook as new CEO.

My two cents about my two cents

My two cents about my two cents

Here’s a tiny personal tale about pennies that has me puzzled.

EFF: Urge your alma mater to not feed the patent trolls

EFF: Urge your alma mater to not feed the patent trolls

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is calling on the public to urge their universities to pledge that they will not sell patents generated by campus researchers to patent trolls.

H-1B visas and IT workers: Watch this 5-minute video to understand the outrage

H-1B visas and IT workers: Watch this 5-minute video to understand the outrage

Life in a capitalist society means good people will lose their jobs, most often through no fault of their own. Rarely, however, is that outcome more unfair – unconscionably so – than when IT professionals are displaced by foreign...

‘I’m a doofus’

‘I’m a doofus’

Not me, at least not in this instance. The self-described doofus here is a contributor to Reddit’s section devoted to networking, who says he acquired his doofus bona fides while troubleshooting his company’s VoIP system.

Selfie fits modern politics like a handshake

Selfie fits modern politics like a handshake

Holding or running for a political office in 2016? You had better be able to take a decent selfie, or at the very least understand your need – responsibility may not be too strong of a word – to abide by the voting public’s thirst for...

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