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April 2, 2015

Android Malware Update

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:48 pm


A frequent question I’m asked is, “What of Android malware?” Well, actually, the real question is more like, “Can I get a virus on my Android phone/tablet?” The answer is always “Yes,” but the rates of infection show that your risk is really quite low.

April 1, 2015

Internet Time Machine

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:24 am

wambooli the original

The web is just barely in its mid-20s, yet so much has changed. Back in 1997, Wambooli’s Home page looked as you see above. Other web sites — ones that have made billions — have changed their looks as well. It’s fascinating to me how something that was new and cool many years ago can look so dated today.

March 22, 2015

Windows 10 Ripped to Shreds

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:37 am


I have a few reasons to get the Windows 10 beta, most of which are that I am contracted to write a few Windows 10-related books. Still, I’ve not yet downloaded the beta or installed it on any device. No, I’m not being lazy. I’m just scared to death.

March 20, 2015

The Proto-Web

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:42 pm


Anyone remember Lycos? How about AltaVista?

AOL ring any bells? CompuServe? Prodigy?

March 16, 2015

How to Blow $10,000 in Six Months

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:29 am


If you’ve ever adopted any of Apple’s early technologies, then you know the story: You pay a premium to be the first. Then after six months or a year, you discover that you’ve been a fool. I’ve been there.

February 28, 2015

Thoughts on Net Neutrality

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:51 am


Like many controversial issues, it’s difficult to filter out the political noise from the reality. Since President Obama weighed in, the consensus is that if you’re Republican, you hate “net neutrality” and if your Democratic, you support it. Both positions are preposterous.

February 26, 2015

The Most Expensive Apple Product

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:26 am


A while back, I priced out the most expensive Apple product. It was the high-end Mac Pro, equipped with maximum storage and all the bells and whistles. The price tag was around $12,000. The current high-end Apple Product will probably be much, much smaller and more wearable than a Mac Pro.

February 23, 2015

A Geezer in the Industry of Babies

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:38 am


You know how it works: The tech industry is for the young. Imagine a Google employee and you picture someone well under 40-years-old, probably in their mid-20s. It’s not a myth, but the dark secret of the tech industry is that your services are no longer welcome — regardless of how well you code — after you reach a certain age.

February 21, 2015

Where Google Went Wrong

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:22 am


Google’s motto was once “Don’t be evil.” Or something like that. Back when Google wanted to be the fastest, briefest search engine. Remember when the Google search page was just a text box? Remember when Chrome was a super fast browser? Remember when Google’s philosophy wouldn’t require that you sign up for Google+ if you didn’t want to?

February 15, 2015

More Digital Desert

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:04 pm


Think about it: You go to work for an online “newspaper,” which is really a blog. And then they pull the plug. What happens to the millions of words written, the documentation, the history, the feeling that the publication brought? It’s all flat-out gone forever.

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