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Archive for December, 2008

Apple’s nightmare after Christmas

Apple fans weren’t so jolly when the iTunes servers went down on Christmas morning — and stayed down for several days. Cringe has the ugly details.

Ten Tech Embarrassments You Want to Avoid

The stories you are about to read are true. Some names have been changed to protect the humiliated. Call it the ‘oh-no-second’ – the interval of time that passes between pressing the send button on an intimate email and realizing you just CC’d the entire universe. But it’s not just email. Thanks to the ease, […]

How the Cringe Stole Christmas

(With apologies to the late Theodor Geisel.) by Robert X. Cringely (aka "Cringe") Every Steve Up in Redmond Liked Vista a lot But the Cringe Who lived quite south of Redmond Did NOT The Cringe hated Vista and Microsoft too Oh he had his reasons — maybe more than a few It could be that […]

Who’s been naughty and nice in 2008?

Why should Santa have all the fun? I’ve also been making a list and checking it twice to figure out who deserves treats in their stockings and who’s getting a big honkin’ lump of coal. Here in no particular order are my picks for the good/bad boys and girls of tech for 2008. Naughty: Apple […]

12 Ways Porn Has Changed the Web (for Good and Evil)

The sex industry is behind many innovations that today’s Netizens cannot live without, as well as some nasty bits we wish never existed. For an industry that many won’t admit they’ve ever patronized, pornography has had an amazing impact on virtually every new medium, from cave painting to photography. Dirty pictures have been credited with […]

My 10 top top 10 lists for 2008

It’s that time of year again, when magazines and bloggers compose top 10 lists for just about everything. Here are my favorite top 10 (or 12, or 20) lists for 2008. 10. The 10 worst political ads of the season. Ads named by professional pols as the worst of the worst: from campaign jingles gone […]

XP’s death: Slightly exaggerated — again

Yes, it’s true. XP has gotten yet another small reprieve from Microsoft. Can we forget Vista ever existed?

The Fanboys Strike Back

Are Apple fanboys out of control? Is the Pope Catholic? (And by Pope, I don’t mean Steve Jobs.) Cringely dissects the follies of fanboys.

Jobs to Macworld: Bite me

Apple and Jobs have said “later dude” to the Macworld expo — sending the blogosphere into a tizzy wondering why. Cringely suspects the real reasons are much simpler.

The president gets the boot(s)

Yesterday, President George Bush was attacked by an Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at him. Thanks to the power of YouTube, footage of the attack may be what some people remember most about his administration. Call it ShoeTube. During a press conference on his farewell tour of Iraq, President George Bush was attacked by […]

Boston Illegal: Will the RIAA finally get what it deserves?

Harvard Law School is taking on the recording industry in a case that challenges the constitutionality of their legal tactics. So long, RIAA, it’s been lousy to know ya.

Dear Chrome: Sorry Baby, You’re Just Not Ready

Google Chrome is officially out of beta. But is it any betta? Tynan doesn’t think Chrome’s ready for prime time just yet. He tries to break the news to her as gently as he can. Dear Chrome: First, this harassment has got to stop. The constant emails and IMs. Parking outside my house. Calling me […]

House Music

The Sonos System will be music to your ears   The Sonos Multi-Room Music System lets you enjoy digital music at home wherever you roam. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection, a home network router, and about 15 minutes of your time. It’s rare to find electronic devices as simple to set up […]

Sex, censorship, and the Net

There’s a war going on between wanna-be Web cops and those who like their Net unregulated. Is Internet censorship inevitable?

Cartoon justice: Man convicted for Simpsons porn

Can possessing lewd images of Lisa and Bart Simpson earn you jail time? In the land down under, the answer apparently is yes. Here I go again, out of the frying pan and into a three-alarm fire. An Australian man has been convicted of possessing child porn for having lewd images of The Simpsons on […]

Tis the season to be prudish

Social networks are starting to censor their edgier content — and some folks want to apply the same rules to video games.

These video games have been brought to you by Satan

Are the video games the devil’s playthings? A conservative investment group offers its advice on how to keep the Antichrist out of your Xbox this holiday season. Just in time for the holiday shopping frenzy, a conservative Christian investment group called the Timothy Plan has published a report listing the worst video games in the […]

Today’s Internet has been brought to you by porn

YouTube and Ning are trying to shed adult-oriented content to appeal to mainstream advertisers. Will it work, or will people just go elsewhere to satisfy their prurient desires? After a wild and passionate youth, YouTube and Ning have both announced they’re adopting a policy of abstinence. Heck, they might even join a convent. Why? Money, […]

The Julie Amero case, part II: May the farce be with you

The Julie Amero case has stirred up a lot of emotions, including some from readers who feel I was less than fair in my description of the expert witness hired by Amero’s attorney, Herb Horner. You know what? They’re right. My information came from a single source who declined to speak on the record. His […]

Web of the Living Dead

Last week it was I Want Sandy. Yesterday, Pownce. Which Web 2.0 startups will disappear tomorrow? Twitter? Facebook?? Consolidation fever has gripped the valley, and that’s not good. Last week it was IWantSandy. Yesterday, Pownce. Tomorrow, who knows? The current financial crisis is claiming a passel of Web 2.0 startups whose VC sugar daddies appear […]