Archive for the 'Life' Category

RIP Aaron Swartz (1986–2013)

Large swaths of the Internet are in mourning for Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old hacktavist who took his own life last week. I didn’t know Aaron and didn’t know much about him besides the thumbnail sketch that has now been repeated thousands of times across the Web. But it’s a heck of a thumbnail. At age [...]

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 [...]

Ed Foster – RIP (1949 – 2008)

Ed Foster’s passing is a loss for all of us, inside tech journalist and out. He was one of the rare ones.

25 Ways to Tick Off a Tech Journalist

by Dan Tynan Sure, we make jokes about PR people as we eat their cheese cubes and drink their Yuenglings, but we couldn’t do our jobs without them. I certainly couldn’t. My working life is generally made much easier thanks to the hard work of the kind folks who help connect me to the companies/products [...]

A Porn Free Internet?

The FCC may soon require bidders on a swath of the wireless spectrum to deliver a free, wireless version access to the Net — sans adult content. Is a porn-free Internet possible or even desirable? Infoworld’s Robert Cringely has some thoughts on the matter here. Tell us how you feel about it by registering your [...]

Facebook and the Illusion of Intimacy

by Dan Tynan When word got out that my wife and I were splitting up, I received several emails from long-time friends who knew us back when we were both skinny–err, dating. “I am a little heartbroken about your current relationship status,” wrote one. “What’s with the single status? Are you guys splitsky? That’s so [...]

Donate Marrow, Save a Life

(I posted this as part of my Cringely blog and below, but I thought it deserved its own item.) On a personal, non-snarky note: My friend and colleague, Emru Townsend, wants your blood bone marrow. At least, if you’re a healthy person under age 60 of West African descent he does. Emru, the founder of [...]