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Cyber security bill is just another gift to the content cartel

Just when you thought it was safe to go out on the Interwebs comes a new effort by Congress to put a snoop on every cell phone and two spies in every cable modem.  Contrary to what you may have read, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is not SOPA II. But in many [...]

Privacy after 9/11

Last week I was in Germany, as a guest of the IFA Berlin consumer electronics show. That means, of course, that I had to perform the airport security samba. I took off my shoes and my belt; stuffed my watch, keys, cell phone, and loose change into the pockets of my jacket; took my laptop [...]

Steve Jobs: The man and his muse

Lots of CEOs make products. Many make millions. Very few make history. Steve Jobs is one of the latter. Like Henry Ford or John D. Rockefeller, he’s left a mark on his times that goes far beyond the creation of shiny new widgets. The praise (and premature eulogies) are flowing from every direction on the [...]

Tynan’s Ten Rules for Highly Inebriated Writers

Inspired by “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers” found on Ragan.com. Note: These rules apply to people who use writing to pay the rent, not those who are grinding out that coming-of-age novel in their spare time and like to procrastinate by talking about “the creative process.” You know who you are. Highly inebriated [...]

Guilty by Google

A judge enters a courtroom. “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you are hereby instructed to ignore all technological innovations of the past 25 years. In fact, ignore everything newer than the rotary phone. No, wait, make that the telegraph. Or the printing press. Scrolls and parchment? We hereby ban goose quills. Do any of [...]

Windows 7: It’s not you, it’s us. Really.

Are journalists to blame for Vista’s failure to catch on? Will Windows 7 suffer a similar fate? Cringely tosses more gasoline on the OS fire.

The 21st Century President

Barack Obama’s national campaign used technology better than any in history. Can they drag the rest of Washington, DC — and the nation — kicking and screaming into the Web 2.0 century? Culture Crash blogger Dan Tynan has some thoughts…read more | digg story

You Don’t Know Tech: News Quiz for October 10, 2008

The world’s financial markets may be collapsing, but technology lives on — for the moment, anyway. This week the feds arrested a suspect in the Sarah Palin e-mail hacking case, and both Steve Jobs and Windows XP got yet another lease on life. Also: new e-books, virtual worlds, and some truly wacky science. Are you [...]

Live Blogging From DEMO (maybe)

And it starts with something resembling Blue Man Group — bunch of folks in black in totally dark room waving red and green lightsticks around. Where’s the cigar chomping comic and the showgirls? 8:42 am OK, the Michael Arrington joke count has begun. Chris Shipley starts it off with an oblique reference to West Side [...]

The McCracken Factor

Harry McCracken (aka Technologizer) did a great podcast with the folks over at MyMac Magazine the other day. And what’s so great about it? Because he names me as one of his favorite tech writers, that’s why. And I didn’t even have to pay him (though the check is now in the mail). The money [...]

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.

It’s the Twitter Generation….

…coming at you, feeling free. What do Twitter and Pepsi have in common? Not a theme song, that’s for sure. But something generational for sure — less to do with age and more to do with Web 2.0ishness. Anyway, if you’ve run out of people to tweet, Pro Blogger Darren Rowse has a list of [...]

Two stupid things that really pleased me

OK, readers of T.O.T. may have no interest in this, but: I am stupidly pleased by two little bits of link love that were bestowed upon this blog recently. The first is Jon Newton at P2Pnet ‘syndicating’ yet another of these posts (originally written for Infoworld.com) called “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide” (except for me [...]

Microsoft + AOL: Let no man tear them asunder

Is Microsoft about to swallow AOL, or is this just another feint in the endless struggle to conquer Yahoo and achieve mediocrity in the search marketplace? Cringely has a few ideas, as well as some key questions for all you Microsoft fans out there.

What is the most innovative tech company?

Some companies talk about being innovative, others actually do it. So I’m talking a poll. Which company do you think has done the most to push technology in interesting directions, or change how we use tech (computers, cell phones, the Internet) in our daily lives? If these four choices aren’t one of your picks, please [...]

Apple iPhone — Great or Overrated?

So the iPhone 2.0 has finally arrived last Friday, and what a friggin’ disaster it was. Apple’s servers were totally overwhelmed with traffic from people trying to activate their new phones, as well as those trying to download software from the iTunes AppStore and upgrade their iPhone 1.0 firmware. A total screaming c******f**k ensued, which [...]

Facebook: What’s originality got to do with it?

(A slightly different version of this post originally appeared on Infoworld.com.) Pity the innovators — always hounded by the jealous hordes who clamor for a sliver of their success. And so it goes with Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, though exactly who’s the innovator in this scenario is a matter of some debate. Zuckerberg is being [...]

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 [...]

You Don’t Know Tech: The News Quiz

Windows holes, Google food, aging tunesmiths, cranky billionaires, Tony Soprano, and — yes — the ghost of MicroHoo dominate this week’s quiz. Are you ready to demonstrate your geek street cred? Give yourself 10 points for correct answers and bupkis for everything else. Ready? Then let’s rock and roll. – Dan Tynan 1. Australian security [...]