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

How Target can beat Amazon's free shipping

Some headlines practically require a click, such as this one from Mashable: “Target undercuts Amazon on free shipping.”

02/23/15

You broke the network. Do you confess?

You broke the network. Do you confess?

Today we’re taking a deep look into mindset of the network professional – his or her soul -- when it comes to breaking something and owning up to the mistake … or not.

02/19/15

EFF targets 'stupid' online voting patent

EFF targets 'stupid' online voting patent

It may not be as stupid as the patent issued for filming a yoga class, but this one covering the operation of an online voting contest comes darn close.

02/18/15

Amazon extends 1-hour delivery to all of Manhattan; don’t hold your breath, Boston

Amazon extends 1-hour delivery to all of Manhattan; don’t hold your breath, Boston

Don’t ask me why anyone would need paper towels or shampoo delivered within an hour, but Amazon is promising such service now to all of Manhattan. Boston not so much.

02/17/15

Siri lovelorn on this Valentine’s Day

No idea what possessed me to ask, but I did: “Siri, do you have a Valentine?”

02/14/15

Newsreel reveals that even 1946 debut of ENIAC was greeted with ‘1984’-ish suspicion

Newsreel reveals that even 1946 debut of ENIAC was greeted with ‘1984’-ish suspicion

A “today in history” post from The Poynter Institute includes an old newsreel showing that ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic computer, was also the first to raise the specter of government prying eyes.

02/13/15

Judge saves bacon of woman who smeared some on window inside police station

Judge saves bacon of woman who smeared some on window inside police station

A month ago I brought you the story of a woman who tossed meat products at a police officer working behind a glass window here in Framingham, Mass. The case against her has been resolved.

02/12/15

Developer of Snow Day Calculator weathers the storm ... again ... and again ... and again

Developer of Snow Day Calculator weathers the storm ... again ... and again ... and again

Chances are your children – or their teachers, or you -- have already discovered David Sukhin’s online Snow Day Calculator, which he built as a middle school whiz-kid and continues to maintain today while enrolled at MIT.

02/12/15

Brian Williams has never lied on Twitter

Brian Williams has never lied on Twitter

How do we know the disgraced NBC News anchor Brian Williams has never told a fib on Twitter. His 224,000 followers can vouch for him.

02/11/15

Microsoft CEO Nadella joins Ballmer and Gates in making silly predictions

Microsoft CEO Nadella joins Ballmer and Gates in making silly predictions

A year into his tenure and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has now joined both of his predecessors, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, in achieving the dubious distinction of issuing wildly unlikely predictions.

02/09/15

Facebook is not going to like Dstrux

Facebook is not going to like Dstrux

Even the founder of Dstrux, “the self-destructing file-sharing platform,” is concerned that Facebook will not like that his service now kinda-sorta supports the world’s most popular social network.

02/06/15

What to know for an entry-level interview at Amazon … and ‘The Tale of Two Packets’

What to know for an entry-level interview at Amazon … and ‘The Tale of Two Packets’

A visitor to Reddit’s section devoted to networking asks of the group: “I have an entry level Amazon interview coming up. Throw me all your interviewing questions and I'll answer them without googling.”

02/05/15

Penn & Teller talk magic and technology … today and back in 1999

Penn & Teller talk magic and technology … today and back in 1999

USA Today has a great interview with Penn & Teller this morning where the maestros of magic discuss the impact that technology has had on their craft. I did an altogether different kind of interview with them back in 1999.

02/04/15

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