As might be expected, keeping ISIS militants off the Internet is easier said than done

As might be expected, keeping ISIS militants off the Internet is easier said than done

Reuters this morning has an interesting story about ongoing efforts in Iraq to keep Islamic State militants from using the Internet to recruit supporters. How? By keeping them off the Internet entirely.

02/04/16

He’s sitting on a stack of sweet, sweet IPv4 addresses … and needs some advice

“ISP wants a /24 back, what’s it worth?” The question comes from a user of the Reddit section devoted to networking … and I’m afraid the answer eventually boils down to “it depends.”

02/03/16

Dear Prudence weighs in on … SSIDs?

Dear Prudence weighs in on … SSIDs?

Slate's advice columnist tackles a topic one doesn't normally associate with advice columns. (Caution: contains a vulgarity.)

02/02/16

Latest Facebook hoax hard to swallow

Latest Facebook hoax hard to swallow

No, Wegmans isn't giving away $200 worth of groceries.

02/01/16

Geek-Themed Meme of the Week: Dear Apple

In our latest installment of the Geek-Themed Meme of the Week, Bill Lumbergh speaks for many iPhone users when admonishing Apple:

01/29/16

30 years later: Challenger disaster offered a glimpse of media world to come

30 years later: Challenger disaster offered a glimpse of media world to come

This morning the Washington Post takes a look back at one piece of its next-day coverage of the Challenger disaster and offers how it gave us a glimpse of a media world to come.

01/28/16

Don’t apologize for keeping your landline

Don’t apologize for keeping your landline

You shouldn’t have to explain why you still have a landline, either, though I will do so in a moment because explaining such things is part of what we do here.

01/26/16

Nice software-as-a-service?

Nice software-as-a-service?

Louis Gray, who took and tweeted the picture writes: “Spotted on the rear of one of the dads here in Palo Alto: ‘Nice SAAS.’ Silicon Valley for you.”

01/25/16

Why trolls do what they do

Why trolls do what they do

Amusing, largely obvious, yet illuminating in a few spots, this video by AsapScience is worth the three minutes.

01/22/16

Ukranian hacker who tried to frame security expert now facing jail time

Ukranian hacker who tried to frame security expert now facing jail time

Several years ago, Brian Krebs also incurred the wrath of a Ukrainian hacker, Sergey Vovnenko, who responded to the unwanted publicity Krebs provided him by trying to frame the journalist for heroin possession.

01/21/16

Can you be president if you don’t use email?

Can you be president if you don’t use email?

It turns out that one of the Republican candidates for president does not use email, which begs the question: How is that possible?

01/19/16

A huuuuge reason the public is turning online to get its news: TV’s Trump obsession

A huuuuge reason the public is turning online to get its news: TV’s Trump obsession

Here are some statistics that illustrate as well as anything why so many people of all political stripes have abandoned television network newscasts in favor of the Internet.

01/15/16

Want to know how to get around Wi-Fi throttling? … What’s it worth to you?

Want to know how to get around Wi-Fi throttling? … What’s it worth to you?

The specifics of the workaround are comically beyond my technical expertise, but more interesting anyway is the disagreement as to whether the effort involved even makes sense.

01/12/16

Callous snow-plow-blade thieves violate first rule of security cameras

Callous snow-plow-blade thieves violate first rule of security cameras

Not that much is expected of your garden-variety thieves, but stealing a 500-pound snow plow blade from a fire department in the dead of winter requires an elevated level of disregard for the wellbeing of your fellow citizens.

01/07/16

140 not enough? Twitter reportedly will allow longer tweets – much longer

140 not enough? Twitter reportedly will allow longer tweets – much longer

Is it possible to not like an idea yet still believe it makes sense? I hope so because that’s where I’m at on the reported news that Twitter is about to expand its iconic 140-character tweet limit to, oh, let’s say 10,000 or so.

01/05/16

Targeted advertising fails to account for a change of circumstances

Targeted advertising fails to account for a change of circumstances

“Start snow blower” – as in make sure the snow blower starts – had been on my to-do list since before Thanksgiving, but it took an inch of slush on the driveway to get me off my backside.

01/04/16

Apple’s autocorrection of lardass doesn’t make any Kardashian the butt of a crude joke

Apple’s autocorrection of lardass doesn’t make any Kardashian the butt of a crude joke

When I first read that Apple devices autocorrect the pejorative lardass to the name Kardashian I, like many, thought, “Oh, man, some smartass at Apple is going to get so fired over this.”

12/17/15

‘Our Christmas tree at the office’

‘Our Christmas tree at the office’

Because who hasn’t wanted to make a Christmas tree out of wireless access points?

12/16/15

How to use this newfangled rotary phone

How to use this newfangled rotary phone

Even the youngest of you reading this post will at least be familiar with the rotary dial telephone and I’m going to guess that in a pinch you could operate one. In 1950, however, such was not necessarily the case for everyone.

12/14/15

If only this abandoned AT&T microwave tower could talk …

If only this abandoned AT&T microwave tower could talk …

A writer for The Atlantic has taken up the task of piecing together -- as best as possible -- the story behind an abandoned AT&T microwave tower in Kansas.

12/10/15

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