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February 23, 2015

A Geezer in the Industry of Babies

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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.


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When used with regards to the web, the term cookie is widely accepted but narrowly understood. What exactly is a cookie?

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 20, 2015

Barcode Scanning

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What is that thing, that weird design? You see them all over, but in fact the marketing drones are using them less and less. They’ve become pass√© in some circles, like the Comic Sans font (which is another story).

February 18, 2015

A Fouled Up Font

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Before the GUI, no one cared about fonts. Then along came the Mac and Windows and suddenly the word font was more than just a snooty way to refer to a fountain.

February 16, 2015

New Thoughts on the Robot Uprising

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Upon rumination, I’ve decided to no longer call it the Robot Revolution. No, I’m now referring to the looming peril for humanity, when our silicon children turn on us, as the Robot Uprising. It shall be a Titanic-Olympic type of rebellion.

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.

February 13, 2015

Microsoft Xenix

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The other day I imagined myself working at Microsoft. No, it wasn’t a nightmare. My job was to produce an operating system for professional PC users and hobbyists. I was head of the revived Xenix division.

February 12, 2015

Bricking the Phone Works

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:28 am

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After a year, statistics have proved that the phone-bricking feature greatly reduces the number of iPhone thefts. It works! So why did the manufacturers and cellular providers fight this move for so long?

February 11, 2015

And Now, This Unwanted Message

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:03 am


The evil geniuses at Samsung (with the emphasis on evil) have devised a way to slip a commercial into your streaming content video. This intrusion happens without any support from the streaming app. Yes, it’s pure evil, and it’s something Samsung needs to explain.

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