Category: Computer Geekery

Breaking: Academic Writes a Book on Social Media that Doesn’t Reflect the Real World

Breaking: Academic Writes a Book on Social Media that Doesn’t Reflect the Real World

| January 23, 2011 | 3 Replies

I suppose we’re overdue for another pronouncement from an “expert” about how the Internet will kill us all. The way in which people frantically communicate online via Twitter, Facebook and instant messaging can be seen as a form of modern madness, according to a leading American sociologist. “A behaviour that has become typical may still […]

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Breaking: Academic Writes a Book on Social Media that Doesn't Reflect the Real World

Breaking: Academic Writes a Book on Social Media that Doesn't Reflect the Real World

| January 23, 2011 | 3 Replies

I suppose we’re overdue for another pronouncement from an “expert” about how the Internet will kill us all. The way in which people frantically communicate online via Twitter, Facebook and instant messaging can be seen as a form of modern madness, according to a leading American sociologist. “A behaviour that has become typical may still […]

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Will the Internet Balkanize? Not Anytime Soon, I Don’t Think.

Will the Internet Balkanize? Not Anytime Soon, I Don’t Think.

| December 18, 2010 | 1 Reply

If you’re looking for something to ponder this weekend, let me recommend this piece in the Economist about the Internet in the modern age to you (via Melissa Clouthier’s Twitter feed). The article looks at the challenges of keeping the internet open in the face of obvious threats to national security such as WikiLeaks, reassertion […]

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Snow Leopard Without Leopard? Yes You Can!

Snow Leopard Without Leopard? Yes You Can!

| August 28, 2009 | 2 Replies

Well, isn’t this interesting? Even though Apple suggests Mac users without Leopard buy the $169 Mac box set to get Snow Leopard, anyone can purchase the $29 Snow Leopard disc and install Snow Leopard in its entirety without having already installed Leopard. This means the $29 Snow Leopard DVD isn’t an “upgrade” at all; it’s […]

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Take a “Trip” to Tehran to Help Iran

Take a “Trip” to Tehran to Help Iran

| June 24, 2009 | 1 Reply

If you’re looking for a simple way you can give a small bit of assistance to the Iranian protesters, here’s an idea I’ve seen making its way around Twitter. If you use Twitter, set your location to Tehran & your time zone to GMT +3.30. Iranian security forces are hunting for bloggers using location/timezone searches. […]

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Rolling with the Rickster, or is that Roarkester?

Rolling with the Rickster, or is that Roarkester?

| March 24, 2008 | Reply

Pity John Derbyshire this morning. He starts out writing about “rickrolling”, types “rockrolling” and barely survives a deluge of corrective geekmail. Still, he has the presence of mind to ask this: If you pulled one of these stunts to interrupt a game of rugby, would that be “ruckrolling”? Pun point to the arch New Yorker! […]

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No Love for the Mac Peoples?

No Love for the Mac Peoples?

| May 17, 2007 | 4 Replies

I’ve long been a fan of Corel’s WordPerfect and have been generally unhappy that most of the world has gone over to Microsoft Word. Corel seems ready to jump out with an interesting collaboration/organization/clip saving program called Lightning, which it has released in a free public beta test. It looks like it could be an […]

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