Archive for the 'Lists' Category

What will absolutely, positively happen in 2013

Well, looks like we made it through the Mayan apocalypse after all. That means we’re faced with another year – and more predictions about what that year may hold in store. As faithful readers may recall, last year I successfully predicted the Facebook IPO (and subsequent face plant), that Windows Phone would become the third [...]

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 [...]

49 and a half reasons to give thanks

What do retired billionaires, supermodels, search engines, supervillains, energy drinks, whacked-out actors and fried breakfast pastries have in common? They’re some of the things I’m thankful for this year. If I’m conscious, I’m usually complaining about something. But because it’s almost Thanksgiving I’ve decided to list some of the things I’m grateful for, in and [...]

Greatest gadgets of the last five years (and maybe of all time)

The best gadgets are simple, elegant, and change your life in ways you don’t expect Five years ago my Gadget Freak column began with a simple mission. To explore brave new technologies, to seek out new gizmos and gear, and to boldly go where no gadget column had gone before. Now that mission is over. [...]

Embarrassing Photo #5: Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

What do you do with a drunken pirate? Throw her in the brig–or, if you’re Millersville University, deny her a teaching degree. That’s what happened to Stacey Snyder, a then-27-year-old student teacher who posted a self portrait to her MySpace page under the caption "drunk pirate," even though it was not clear from the photo [...]

Embarrassing Photo #4: Vending machine leads tennis teen, 40 – love

British tennis phenoms Naomi Broady and David Rice are no longer feeling the love from the UK’s Lawn Tennis Association. The LTA nixed its sponsorship of the teens in October 2007 after discovering photos of Broady and Rice on social networking site Bebo showing them drunk, getting intimate with condom dispensers in public restrooms, and [...]

Embarrassing Photo #3: Muscle bound or muscle brained?

What is it about firehouses that makes people want to take off their clothes? In this case, Boston fireman Alberto Arroyo got in trouble for stripping down to take part in a body-building competition last May. (He finished eighth in the 2008 Pro Natural American Championships, by the way.) There’s nothing wrong with fire fighters [...]

Embarrassing Photo #1 – Hey Kevin, Tinker Belle wants her outfit back

It’s bad enough to dress up like you’re about to slip a dollar under some toothless child’s pillow. But former intern Kevin Colvin made it much worse by asking his boss at Anglo Irish Bank if he could take time off for a “family emergency in New York,” then flitting off to a Halloween party [...]

Clutter Cutters: Six Ways to Get Organized

(A slightly different version of this article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Home magazine.) Papers, Post it notes, business cards and assorted bric a brac can make your home office a living Museum of Disorganization – and the clutter usually spills over into other rooms of your house. Clean up the mess by [...]

Five reasons to ditch your cable box or satellite

Why spend $50 to $100 a month for video entertainment when there’s so much good, free stuff on the Web? Good-bye, couch potato, and hello, mouse potato. (This post originally appeared on PCworld.com.) Dan Tynan Lost lost me a long time ago. I’m sick to death of all doctor shows (but especially Grey’s Anatomy). And [...]

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 [...]

Top five myths about Steve Jobs

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) In case you’ve been living in a cave, today marks the first day of the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference and Steve Jobs’ keynote, which Apple watchers have declared will be the venue where Jobs unveils iPhone 2.0 — a 3G broadband, GPS-enabled model of [...]

Five Ways to Make Your Office Virtual

Running a virtual business is easier (and cheaper) than ever, if you have the right tools (An edited version of this story originally appeared on PCworld.com.) by Dan Tynan When it comes to running a business, our feet are firmly on the ground but our data and software are increasingly in the cloud. At our [...]

Six Technologies That Will Change Your Life

In the next decade, we might not whiz around in jet cars or own personal robot servants, but we will whiz around in 3D virtual worlds and have access to the Internet from everywhere. (A version of this story appeared in the March/April issue of Consumer Digest magazine, which has no real online presence – [...]

25 Ways to Reward Employees (Without Spending a Dime)

(This one ran a while back on HRworld.com, but what the heck — it’s all still good.) By Dan Tynan Your firm’s employees work hard (well, most of them). And in a world where corporations like to boast about running “lean and mean,” it may seem nearly impossible to compensate employees for doing good work [...]