Baguette vending machine is the greatest invention since sliced bread

Baguette vending machine is the greatest invention since sliced bread

I can’t believe this exists. I certainly can’t believe it works well. But, heck, I’d pay good money to find out that I’m wrong. And San Franciscans now have the opportunity.

07/28/16

Trump eggs on Russian email hackers. What must David Kernell think?

Trump eggs on Russian email hackers. What must David Kernell think?

Donald Trump this morning cheered Russian cybercriminals who are alleged to have hacked his Democratic opponent’s email and urged them to make public whatever they have stolen.

07/27/16

Why Belgium leads the world in IPv6 adoption

Why Belgium leads the world in IPv6 adoption

Every time you read a story about worldwide IPv6 adoption rates, sitting atop the list of highest achievers is Belgium, otherwise better known for chocolate and diamonds. Why Belgium?

07/27/16

A look at the new Verizon/Yahoo homepage

A look at the new Verizon/Yahoo homepage

With Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo being confirmed his morning, the new combined Verizon-festooned Yahoo homepage is already active.

07/25/16

Verizon unveils ‘virtual network services’

Verizon unveils ‘virtual network services’

Hard on the heels of a similar pitch from AT&T, Verizon this morning is taking the wraps off a lineup of Virtual Network Services (VNS) that it bills as a natural extension of data-center virtualization that promises enterprise WAN...

07/21/16

Plea to Cisco: ‘CCIE routing and switching written exam needs to be fixed’

Plea to Cisco: ‘CCIE routing and switching written exam needs to be fixed’

Tom Hollingsworth, author of a popular blog called “The Networking Nerd,” used that forum last week – smack in the middle of Cisco’s annual user conference -- to issue a blistering critique of the CCIE routing and switching written...

07/20/16

Pickup truck plows over ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign

Pickup truck plows over ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign

So I ask a colleague to name the most famous city “welcome” sign other than Hollywood and he answers without hesitation: “Las Vegas.”

07/19/16

Two men fall off San Diego cliff playing Pokemon Go, just as I predicted

Two men fall off San Diego cliff playing Pokemon Go, just as I predicted

On Monday, my brother who lives in San Diego sent me an email with the subject line: “Third time this week.”

07/14/16

Athletes worried about Zika can skip Olympics, but what about tech workers?

Athletes worried about Zika can skip Olympics, but what about tech workers?

Golfer Jordan Spieth announced this morning that he will not play in the Olympic Games because of concerns over the Zika virus, meaning the world’s top four players in his sport have now opted out of going to Brazil. Savannah...

07/11/16

FTC warning: The IRS does not accept payment in iTunes cards

FTC warning: The IRS does not accept payment in iTunes cards

The FTC issued a warning today about a scam that sounds ridiculous but is nonetheless surprisingly common: Con artists are convincing victims that they’re from the IRS and will accept outstanding payments in the form of iTunes cards.

07/07/16

Amazon’s amazingly wasteful packaging

Amazon’s amazingly wasteful packaging

Two days later, a box big enough to hold a DVD player lands on our doorstep carrying two tiny packages of 24 flossers, the pair wrapped tightly together in more Amazon plastic.

07/06/16

Geek-themed Meme of the Week: photo fail

I realize this meme features the advice mallard and not the confession bear, but here goes anyway: I am a lousy photographer, so I have no doubt that the following advice is spot-on.

07/05/16

‘How to get an A/C budget approved’

‘How to get an A/C budget approved’

According to one IT professional posting on Reddit’s section for systems administrators, the best way to get an air-conditioning budget approved is to turn up the heat – literally -- on the right company executives.

06/28/16

Let’s Encrypt accuses Comodo of trying to swipe its brand

Let’s Encrypt accuses Comodo of trying to swipe its brand

Let’s Encrypt, a free certificate authority launched by the Internet Security Research Group in November 2014 and backed by some of the biggest names in the industry, today revealed that rival CA Comodo is attempting to “improperly”...

06/23/16

‘Trojan horse’ stalks security conference

‘Trojan horse’ stalks security conference

The creation pictured above, dubbed “Cyber Horse,” greets attendees of the ongoing Cyber Week 2016 conference being held at Tel Aviv University.

06/22/16

Activists fighting expansion of government powers to hack private computers

Activists fighting expansion of government powers to hack private computers

Rights activists led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project are rallying similar organizations and their constituents to step up opposition to a rules change backed by the U.S. Justice Department that would grant...

06/21/16

Verizon blames ‘routing’ error for Baltimore 911 outage

Verizon blames ‘routing’ error for Baltimore 911 outage

Residents of Baltimore who dialed 911 were unable to reach emergency dispatchers for more than two hours Tuesday evening and Verizon is laying the blame on a call-routing error.

06/16/16

AT&T moves Wi-Fi calling needle forward for users of some Android devices

AT&T moves Wi-Fi calling needle forward for users of some Android devices

Having provided the option for iPhone users looking to make such international calls back in March, AT&T today announced that owners of certain Android devices will now also have access to Wi-Fi calling. So if you’re stuck in...

06/15/16

How the Internet is like the Verrazano Bridge

How the Internet is like the Verrazano Bridge

The Internet is like the Verrazano Bridge in that there are moves afoot – ill-advised moves -- to change how each entity is represented through the written word.

06/09/16

Vetting vendors via VoIP

Vetting vendors via VoIP

Who among us hasn’t set up a new and unique email account for a particular commercial transaction just so we’ll know who to blame when the account gets flooded with spam? Well, a member of Reddit’s community devoted to systems...

06/08/16

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