Candidate Sanders has a funny 404 page

Candidate Sanders has a funny 404 page

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, newly announced Democratic candidate for president, has always seemed a grumpy sort when being interviewed on television. And that makes his campaign site’s 404 page video all the funnier.

05/27/15

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...

05/27/15

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...

05/22/15

NPR clarifies an incorrect correction

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

05/21/15

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.

05/21/15

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.

05/20/15

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.

05/19/15

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?

05/15/15

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.

05/12/15

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.

05/08/15

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...

05/07/15

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...

05/04/15

Writer rescues Verizon customer in distress

Writer rescues Verizon customer in distress

Consumer advocate helps Virginia woman out of a $2,000 find that was created by Verizon.

04/30/15

We all know the Supreme Court is important yet only 1 in 3 can answer this question

We all know the Supreme Court is important yet only 1 in 3 can answer this question

The question was posed by Pew Research to 3,147 people in a nationally representative survey: “There are nine justices on the Supreme Court of the United States. How many are women?”

04/28/15

Does this Marilyn Monroe impersonator violate RSA's ban on booth babes?

Does this Marilyn Monroe impersonator violate RSA's ban on booth babes?

RSA has banned "booth babes" from its annual security conference that was held this week. Vendors complied. However, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator was present. Fair? Foul? Loophole?

04/24/15

Sarah Palin meets the Streisand effect

Sarah Palin meets the Streisand effect

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has run into the Streisand effect by attempting to keep quiet her proposed settlement with a New Jersey newspaper over the unlicensed use of an iconic 9/11 photo.

04/22/15

A careful look inside new spam quarantine

A careful look inside new spam quarantine

A new spam filter means sifting through the quarantine every day to rescue false positives from the hundreds of pieces of actual spam. Tedious, but sometimes amusing.

04/21/15

Google seeks $19.8M tax break in Iowa

Google seeks $19.8M tax break in Iowa

Google needs a tax break like Bill Gates needs food stamps, yet that isn’t stopping the search giant from asking for $19.8 million in “economic development incentives” from Iowa.

04/17/15

43% of Slashdotters call ISPs liars

43% of Slashdotters call ISPs liars

I know what you’re thinking: Only 43%? But we’re talking here about a single question: “How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?”

04/15/15

Update: That shocking video about ESD

Update: That shocking video about ESD

Yesterday we posted a collection of anecdotes from IT pros telling of the times they have witnessed – or have claimed to have witnessed – damage done by electrostatic discharge (ESD). How could we have forgotten this video?

04/14/15

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