Many still want their software packaged

Many still want their software packaged

Motherboard has an interesting look at the somewhat surprising survival of physical software in shrink-wrapped boxes, which continues to account for roughly a third of software sales.

02/13/17

As third RSA Conference without ‘booth babes’ nears, no one seems to miss them

As third RSA Conference without ‘booth babes’ nears, no one seems to miss them

In March 2015, RSA Conference organizers made news by contractually insisting that vendors pitch their wares without the help of “booth babes,” a first such ban for the technology industry.

02/09/17

Geekiest alarm clock ever?

Geekiest alarm clock ever?

Everyone knows what to do when life gives you lemons. Well, the same can apply when technology cries wolf at four in the morning, according to a contributor to Reddit’s section devoted to systems administration.

02/08/17

Emoji and hashtag creators scoff at 17th Century pretenders

Emoji and hashtag creators scoff at 17th Century pretenders

Archivists in Slovakia have stumbled upon 17th Century examples of what the Daily Mail of London last week trumpeted as perhaps the first emoji and hashtag, claims that are being met with dismissive smiles by the actual creators of...

02/07/17

Tech leaders decry Trump’s Muslim ban

Tech leaders decry Trump’s Muslim ban

Taking to President Trump’s favored communications platform, Twitter, a who’s who of prominent technology and business leaders are speaking out against the new administration’s ban on Muslims from certain countries entering the United...

01/29/17

Tech world not immune to fake news

Tech world not immune to fake news

Yes, the term “fake news” has already been politicized to the point of near-meaninglessness, but before it is relegated to the dustbin of our lexicon, allow me to note that the practice itself has been around for eons and is no...

01/24/17

Verizon, volunteer firefighters make peace; T-Mobile’s Legere can stand down

Verizon, volunteer firefighters make peace; T-Mobile’s Legere can stand down

Verizon has doused a public-relations flare-up with the volunteer fire department that serves a small Virginia island community.

01/20/17

Tech world has changed dramatically since the White House last changed hands

Tech world has changed dramatically since the White House last changed hands

Eight years is but a blink in the grand scheme, yet so much will have changed on the technology and social-media landscape between when Barack Obama took the oath on Jan. 20, 2009 and Donald Trump does so Friday.

01/18/17

‘Found a nasty bug in my (Cisco) ASA this morning’

‘Found a nasty bug in my (Cisco) ASA this morning’

The above headline on a post to Reddit piqued my interest this afternoon because it was in that site’s section devoted to system administration and those people know a bug when they encounter one.

01/11/17

This year's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

This year's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

This is the eleventh year I’ve compiled this particular collection of trivia, which will come in handy someday if I’m ever on Jeopardy and the category is 1980s/1990s technology and related stuff.

01/09/17

T-Mobile’s Legere ‘rescues’ volunteer fire department, sticks finger in Verizon’s eye

T-Mobile’s Legere ‘rescues’ volunteer fire department, sticks finger in Verizon’s eye

Ever a social-media showman and tormenter of his competitors, T-Mobile CEO John Legere last night took to Twitter to lambaste Verizon’s decision to ding a volunteer fire company for $73,000 and offered to pick up that tab himself if...

01/06/17

Verizon’s $73K bill to volunteer fire company has community burning mad

Verizon’s $73K bill to volunteer fire company has community burning mad

A small island community is up in arms over Verizon billing its volunteer fire company $73,000 to have equipment moved off land on which the department is building a new firehouse. And then there are the ponies.

01/05/17

Help light an IPv6-enabled Christmas tree

Help light an IPv6-enabled Christmas tree

Posted to Reddit’s section devoted to networking by user felixdgniezno, this IPv6-enabled Christmas tree is garnering rave reviews.

12/15/16

Latvian developers set record with Christmas tree-lighting Rube Goldberg machine

Latvian developers set record with Christmas tree-lighting Rube Goldberg machine

A group of programmers from an ecommerce development company called Scandiweb spent two months building and testing a 412-step Rube Goldberg machine – a World Guinness Record -- that when finished with its 15 minutes of wackiness...

12/09/16

AT&T to cough up $88M for ‘cramming’ mobile customer bills

AT&T to cough up $88M for ‘cramming’ mobile customer bills

Some 2.7 million AT&T customers will share $88 million in compensation for having had unauthorized third-party charges added to their mobile bills, the Federal Trade Commission announced this morning.

12/08/16

Spooked by Trump, Internet Archive looks to make a copy of itself … in Canada

Spooked by Trump, Internet Archive looks to make a copy of itself … in Canada

The folks who run the indispensable Internet Archive Wayback Machine have seen the future of a Trump Administration and it scares them enough to spur the creation of the Internet Archive of Canada … just in case.

11/29/16

Advice for evading ATM skimmers

Advice for evading ATM skimmers

I cannot use an ATM these days without wondering if I am getting ripped off by a stealthy skimming device that has been placed inside the machine’s card slot.

11/28/16

‘Wireless security at its finest’

‘Wireless security at its finest’

The person who submitted the above photo to Reddit’s section devoted to IT rants presumably does not believe it depicts wireless security at its finest. In fact, the sarcasm oozes.

11/18/16

Need for ‘smart’ regulation of IoT security is as obvious as is it unlikely

Need for ‘smart’ regulation of IoT security is as obvious as is it unlikely

Security expert Bruce Schneier says government regulation of the internet of things is inevitable: Our choice is between smarter government involvement and stupider government involvement.”

11/10/16

$13 million: That’s an early termination fee

$13 million: That’s an early termination fee

Let’s call it a tiny little consolation prize for anyone who’s ever had to pay a carrier early-termination fee: U.S. Cellular had to pony up $13 million last quarter to buy its way out of a stadium naming rights agreement with the...

11/07/16

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