Archive for February, 2010

When cams attack; the Webcamgate plot thickens

I knew my story about the Lower Merion School District spying on its students via their Web cams would get a rise out of the Cringeville population, and I wasn’t disappointed. Since I posted the piece, however, there have been a few new developments. For one, Harriton High assistant principal Lindy Matsko has issued an [...]

Webcamgate: The principal is watching…

Sometimes even I am blown away by how mind-numbingly stupid people can be when it comes to technology. I’m not talking about people who can’t find the ‘any’ key. I’m talking about institutional stupidity, the kind you only get when you mix technophobic bureaucrats and geeks with no sense of boundaries. In case you haven’t [...]

2010: The year Google fell to Earth

So far, 2010 is shaping up to be the year Google discovered it had feet of clay — and those feet have been spending a lot of time in Google’s mouth. (Also: This blog is shaping up to be all about Google, Apple, and Microsoft. Maybe we should rename it Notes from the GoogAppSoft. Or [...]

Microsoft’s new mojo lies with Windows Phone 7

They’re baaaack. Just when you thought the dragon had been mortally wounded and sloughed off to its cave to die, it comes back spitting fire and disturbing the neighbors. At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft introduced a new mobile operating system that appears to be nothing like any OS it’s ever invented, [...]

Google = Microsoft circa 1992?

If you work at Google, your ears are surely burning right now. Google’s introduction of its Buzz social media tool this week was possibly the most disastrous product debut in the company’s 12-year history. Almost immediately Google Buzz got smacked around hard by the blogosphere and veteran journos for making it easy to access information [...]

Memo to Google: Buzz Off

I wake up each morning with the same mix of hope and dread. I hope Google will buy me for a princely sum and allow me to retire to some sandy beach where they serve mojitos 24/7. And I fear Google will simply invent a better version of me, forcing me to get a job [...]

Google’s Super Bowl ad: Knocked up in Paris

The big event has passed, now it’s time for Monday morning quarterbacking and second guessing key decisions. I’m not talking about last night’s Super Bowl; I’m talking about the advertisements. It’s an enduring testament to the cunning of Madison Avenue that the commercials interrupting the event are a much bigger story than the event itself. [...]

Wikileaks: Going down for the last time?

We have interrupted our nonstop coverage of Apple iPad mania to bring you this important word about the freedom of information. And, more specifically, Wikileaks.org. I’ve written about Wikileaks several times over the last few years, in part because it’s a classic example of why the Internet is such an extraordinary telecommunications tool. Wikileaks is [...]