RSA Conference bans ‘booth babes’

RSA Conference bans ‘booth babes’

In what may be a first for the technology industry, RSA Conference 2015 next month apparently will be bereft of a long-controversial trade-show attraction: “booth babes.”

03/26/15

Taking a moment to thank the Internet, Google and Howard Johnson’s

Taking a moment to thank the Internet, Google and Howard Johnson’s

Every now and then I feel a need to thank the Internet and Google for doing what they do best: finding answers to questions that would otherwise nag me no end.

03/25/15

‘When will IPv4 become obsolete?’

‘When will IPv4 become obsolete?’

The question was posed to Reddit's forum devoted to networking. Here are a few of the replies, both serious and not so much.

03/24/15

Walker campaign buys Twitter spotlight out from under Ted Cruz

Walker campaign buys Twitter spotlight out from under Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., has Twitter all abuzz this afternoon following his announcement this morning that he will run for president. But another candidate's social media team crashed his party.

03/23/15

Amazon’s drone ‘win’ will prove fleeting

Amazon’s drone ‘win’ will prove fleeting

Late last week the FAA gave Amazon permission to move ahead with its experiments to develop a drone-driven package-delivery system. Good luck with that.

03/23/15

Yahoo’s reported willingness to pay $11M for ‘insurance’ was the real March Madness

Yahoo’s reported willingness to pay $11M for ‘insurance’ was the real March Madness

Remember last year's Billion-Dollar Bracket Challenge, sponsored by Yahoo, Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans? Well, Yahoo is being sued over it by a company that says it should have been paid $11 million to insure against the virtually...

03/20/15

Aussies betting on Microsoft’s new browser

Aussies betting on Microsoft’s new browser

Kudos to Australia for building such a civilized society that citizens are allowed to wager on matters of such little import, namely guessing the name Microsoft will choose for its new Web browser, currently code-named Spartan.

03/19/15

Musk needs to tap the brakes a bit

Musk needs to tap the brakes a bit

Oh, that Elon Musk. Always saying the most provocative things, such as yesterday when he suggested that driverless cars will someday bring about a ban on the human-driven kind.

03/18/15

Yes, I still have an answering machine

Yes, I still have an answering machine

This morning I mentioned my telephone answering machine in passing and a colleague reacted as though I had just confessed to still having an 8-track in my car.

03/17/15

Oldest dot-com address sits sadly underused 30 years after its historic registration

Oldest dot-com address sits sadly underused 30 years after its historic registration

On March 15, 1985, Lisp computer maker Symbolics, Inc., registered the Internet’s first dot-com address: Symbolics.com. Thirty years later it's not a pretty site.

03/13/15

Krebs: Why Apple Pay is a fraudster’s friend

Krebs: Why Apple Pay is a fraudster’s friend

Security expert Brian Krebs has an enlightening and rather frightening new post headlined: “Apple Pay: Bridging Online and Big Box Fraud.”

03/12/15

Apple stores redefining mall economics

Apple stores redefining mall economics

An Apple store alone can boost overall mall sales by 10%, says one research firm, and Apple is using that clout to its advantage

03/11/15

Google urges students to do their laundry

Google urges students to do their laundry

A Reddit user reports recently: “Google did a tech talk at my school yesterday and gave us laundry bags as swag.”

03/09/15

Could AWS possibly be worth $50 billion?

One analyst firm has pegged the value of a standalone Amazon Web Services at between $40 billion and $50 billion.

03/05/15

A question about Clinton’s ‘homegrown’ email

A question about Clinton’s ‘homegrown’ email

Let’s say that you received an email from hdr22@clintonemail.com between 2009 and 2013. What would you do?

03/04/15

Funniest video about Boston winter -- e-vah -- gets booted off YouTube; maker ‘bummed’

Funniest video about Boston winter -- e-vah -- gets booted off YouTube; maker ‘bummed’

At this point you’ll have to take my word that it was the funniest video about Boston's #snowpocalypse ever.

03/03/15

Funniest video about Boston winter e-vah

Funniest video about Boston winter e-vah

I’d pay good money to watch Ken Burns watch this hilarious YouTube video: “Facebook Statuses About the Boston Snowstorm With Sad Civil War Fiddle Music.” (Some NSFW language.)

02/27/15

Reminder that the Internet, too, could have saved Coca-Cola from ‘New Coke’ debacle

Reminder that the Internet, too, could have saved Coca-Cola from ‘New Coke’ debacle

Don Keough, the retired COO of Coca-Cola who died Tuesday, is credited with helping the company recover from its 1985 “New Coke” disaster. The Internet might have prevented it altogether.

02/26/15

Electronic payments haven’t hurt cash a bit

Electronic payments haven’t hurt cash a bit

Here’s another data point to support the notion that e-wallets are unlikely to replace the leather kind: The United States government is still printing money like it grows on trees.

02/25/15

Minus 8 degrees is pretty nippy for these parts

Minus 8 degrees is pretty nippy for these parts

Now I understand that a temperature reading of eight degrees below zero is called Tuesday where some of you folks live. I do get that. But ...

02/24/15

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