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Band releases album as Linux kernel module

Not likely to be a volume mover, but …
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Wed, 04/23/14 - 11:21am.

A Seattle-based band called netcat - not to be confused with the networking tool of the same name - has perked ears in the software community by releasing its debut album as a Linux kernel module (among other more typical formats.)

Why?

From the band's Facebook page:

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Geek-Themed Meme: It’s a real pain in the neck

They all seemed like a good idea at the time
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Mon, 04/21/14 - 3:28pm.

No. 40 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series, brought to you by the Internet, addresses the inherent risks associated with having multiple screens.

Want more? Check out the "Geek-themed Meme of the Week Archive":

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Bill Buckner is the butt of painfully funny 404 error page

Redesigned Boston.com dredges up misery of 1986 World Series
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Thu, 04/17/14 - 11:13am.

Baseball fans will require no explanation to appreciate this 404 error page delivered by the newly redesigned Boston.com.

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Scam by Victoria’s Secret clerk highlights common risk

Credit-card skimmers: The identity-theft threat most of us face routinely
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Wed, 04/16/14 - 9:52am.

Headlines and the attention of IT professionals have been dominated by Heartbleed recently, yet it's a news story out of Florida that reminds us of an all-too-common identity-theft threat that most of us face on a routine basis: credit-card skimmers.

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It’s a fax

Geek-themed Meme of the Week No. 39
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Tue, 04/15/14 - 2:43pm.

No. 39 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series, plucked from the Internet, will be pertinent for many, many years to come, it says here.

Want more? Check out the "Geek-themed Meme of the Week Archive":

And if you'd like me to consider one that you've found - or created - please feel free to send it to me at buzz@nww.com.

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Preventing the scourge of double-digit tunnel syndrome

Or what the boss wants the boss gets
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Mon, 04/14/14 - 2:43pm.

Having endured a variety of carpal tunnel-like maladies over the years, I try not to make light of the typing-induced discomforts complained about by others. I try, yet sometimes I fail.

Writes an IT professional/regular Buzzblog reader who shall remain anonymous for a reason that will become obvious:

Hi Paul,

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Calling customer service could put him on hold for years

Alleged burglar should have asked a friend to fix machine
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Thu, 04/10/14 - 10:14am.

We all try to avoid calling customer service if at all possible, but some - burglars, for example - should try harder.

From a report by a New Hampshire television station:

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Drone crashes into triathlete; operator blames ‘hacker,’ victim

‘My hair was completely red with blood’
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Mon, 04/07/14 - 10:39am.

These stories are going to become as commonplace as car accidents, given how quickly the skies are filling with insufficiently regulated aerial drones.

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Saying ‘thank-you’ is nice, but beer is better

Geek-themed Meme of the Week No. 38
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Mon, 04/07/14 - 9:20am.

No. 38 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series, this one spotted on Google+, features the Actual Advice Mallard at his most wise.

He or she may prefer wine or a non-alcoholic gesture of gratitude, but the principle remains the same.

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Watch a replica of Fenway Park being built using LEGOs

Two minutes in time-lapse, it took 450 hours in real time
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Fri, 04/04/14 - 11:22am.

Not everyone loves Fenway Park, never mind the Red Sox. But most everyone loves LEGOs, so even a Yankees fan might enjoy this two-minute time-lapse video:

From the YouTube description:

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The real reason Brookstone filed for bankruptcy

Or why I saw this one coming
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Thu, 04/03/14 - 1:19pm.

Well of course Brookstone is filing for bankruptcy. What other outcome might one expect for a company that manages expenses like a drunken retailer?

I've seen the evidence myself and even tried to alert the company. From a May 20011 Buzzblog post:

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World Autism Awareness Day and my family

And a video that’s worth watching
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Wed, 04/02/14 - 11:19am.

Regular readers may know that I have 12-year-old triplets: Max, Emma and Grant. Max, in addition to being smart, funny, kind and a bit of a cut-up, is also autistic. That means Emma and Grant also live with autism every day ... and they do it with an abundance of love and maturity that words cannot begin to describe.

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Geek-themed Meme of the Week: Endless 1% Edition

Time is in the eye of the one waiting
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Tue, 04/01/14 - 4:09pm.

No. 37 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series, collected from your finer Internet sites, grinds my gears, too.

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And if you'd like me to consider one that you've found - or created - please feel free to send it to me at buzz@nww.com.

 

This is a blog post about a generic brand video

From the Department of How It’s Made
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Thu, 03/27/14 - 9:23am.

Written by Kendra Eash for McSweeney's Internet Tendency and called "This is a Generic Brand Video," it's also a plug for a company that makes this kind of thing possible, Dissolve Footage. And it's done so well that all concerned deserve a little pub.

Geek-themed Meme of the Week: Chemistry Edition

I mean who hasn’t done this on a first date?
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Wed, 03/26/14 - 1:15pm.

No. 36 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series arrives via Reddit and features the debut here of the Socially Awkward Penguin.

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Photoshop artists give Bill Belichick his wish

New England Patriots coach should have seen this one coming
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Tue, 03/25/14 - 10:15am.

"They can Photoshop me in there," said Bill Belichick in response to chatter about his being the only one of 32 NFL coaches to miss a group photo.

And with that Twitter got to work.

Here's Pirate Bill.

And here's Omnipresent Bill.

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Melissa virus turning 15 … (age of the stripper still unknown)

First email-borne macro virus caused what was then great havoc
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Tue, 03/25/14 - 9:12am.

(Note: This Buzzblog item was originally posted on March 24, 2009. It's been altered here only to reflect the passage of another five years.)

Somewhere out there in America is a stripper (or former stripper) who for 15 years has lived with the naked truth that she was David L. Smith's inspiration for naming the first widely destructive, self-propagating, network-paralyzing, e-mail-borne macro virus: W97M_Melissa.

When the 15th anniversary of Melissa's explosive debut occurs later this week, perhaps its namesake will celebrate her notoriety quietly with friends, family and/or her bigger tippers. Those IT professionals who had to deal with the fallout a decade ago are more likely to mutter an obscenity or two.

It was Friday, March 26, 1999 when Melissa first began to bring corporate and government e-mail systems to their knees. By the time all was said and done, hundreds of networks would be temporarily crippled -- including those of Microsoft and the United States Marine Corps -- an untold number of e-mail users would be affected, and an overall damage figure of $80 million bandied about. As for Smith, he would be unmasked by an Internet sleuth, arrested at his brother's house in Eatontown, N.J., eventually plead guilty and be sentenced to 20 months of jailhouse lap dances.

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Cisco to launch $1B cloud service: report

Cisco Cloud Services expected to be detailed this morning
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Mon, 03/24/14 - 8:25am.

Cisco this morning will announce a new $1 billion foray into cloud computing called Cisco Cloud Services, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Google Doodle. Agnes Martin.

Get it?
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Sat, 03/22/14 - 11:29am.

Doodle.

Who was Agnes Martin?

Painter. Minimalist.

Wikipedia page.

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Guess how many Slashdot readers are sold on Bitcoin?

Results of poll surprising no matter what you think of Bitcoin
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Wed, 03/19/14 - 9:24am.

So I asked a colleague to guess what percentage of 15,578 presumably tech-savvy Slashdot readers would have expressed a positive attitude toward Bitcoin in a poll.

"I don't know," he said, "75%?"

He really didn't know. The answer is a paltry 12%.

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