Archive for December, 2009

10 years later: What will the tech world look like in 2020?

It’s kind of hard to believe the first decade of the third millennium is almost over. Seems like only yesterday we were pulling out our hair worrying about Y2K; now we worry about whether enough total strangers are following the minutiae of our lives on Twitter and Facebook. The last ten years have been dominated […]

The 10 Dumbest Tech Moves of 2009

What do Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and AT&T all have in common? They’re all winners of Cringely’s awards for bringing low comedy to high tech.

The Web 2009: Read, Copy, Repeat as Needed

Stop me if you’ve read this one before. Actually, stop me if you’ve read anything at all original on the Web over the last year. Odds are whatever you did read was copied or repeated from someone else, who took it from someone else, who took it… and so on and so on. Is it […]

The Google phone — God’s gift to handsets?

Would you buy a gPhone? That’s the question I posed earlier last week, as rumors, news, and speculation about a new Google-branded “Nexus One” handset washed over the Webosphere. I got some interesting answers. Reader A. S. says he loves his Apple iPhone 3GS, but would still happily buy the Nexus One. First of all, […]

Is AT&T able to take a choke?

My post last week about how AT&T treats its customers like losers got quite a rise out of readers. It even provoked a response from AT&T itself. Per company spokeshuman Seth Bloom, that “You’re a loser” text underneath the image on their online sweepstakes was a “regrettable mistake” and has been changed. (I checked, and […]

Google’s Nexus Phone — better than Viagra?

Google Phone mania has hit the Webberlands. If the rumors are to be believed, Google is on the verge of introducing its own handset called the Nexus One. It will be be built by HTC, use Android 2.x, be available for use with any US-based GSM network (like T-Mobile or AT&T’s), and be sold directly […]

AT&T: Losers only need apply

On the heels of AT&T’s disastrous attempts to fight back against Verizon’s clever “there’s a map for that” ad campaign (Luke Wilson? Is that all you got?) comes more bad news for those who’ve hitched their smart phones to Ma Bell’s wagon. In a speech to a tech conference this week, AT&T suit Ralph de […]

Web tablet magic? That JooJoo that you do so well…

Just when you thought the CrunchPad was dead (or that Michael Arrington might actually shut up for five minutes) comes news of its revival, only this time it’s got a new name and a new daddy. In an effort to “tell their side of the story,” erstwhile CrunchPad manufacturers Fusion Garage held a press event […]

The spy that lives inside your pocket

Location, location, location. It’s not merely the key to success in retail. It’s also the key to your privacy — or what little is left of it. And that too is rapidly disappearing, thanks to that wondrous gizmo you probably carry with you at all times: the cell phone. Earlier this week, security researcher and […]

Accidental downloads can land you in the slammer

Child porn is the third rail of the Internet: Come anywhere near that topic and you’re very likely to get jolted. As with terrorism, many otherwise rational people lose all reason when it comes to this topic. Question the tactics of those who oppose it, and you may be misconstrued as supporting it. So, for […]

A rainbow coalition of death screens

The Windows “Black Screen of Death” is striking terror across the Web. But whether it’s actually striking any machines is debatable. Cringely suggests other colors we might consider.

Can Google News be fixed?

Dan Lyons, perhaps better known to residents of Cringeville as the evil genius behind the Fake Steve Jobs blog, has a curious piece in the current issue of Newsweek talking about the rivalry between Google and Microsoft. It’s curious, because Lyons — who usually seems like a pretty sharp guy — doesn’t seem to understand […]