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 [...]
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By bribes or brute force, Microsoft is attempting to foist its latest browser upon the world. Better watch out, it could happen to you too.
Yesterday, President George Bush was attacked by an Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at him. Thanks to the power of YouTube, footage of the attack may be what some people remember most about his administration. Call it ShoeTube. During a press conference on his farewell tour of Iraq, President George Bush was attacked by [...]
Social networks are starting to censor their edgier content — and some folks want to apply the same rules to video games.
YouTube and Ning are trying to shed adult-oriented content to appeal to mainstream advertisers. Will it work, or will people just go elsewhere to satisfy their prurient desires? After a wild and passionate youth, YouTube and Ning have both announced they’re adopting a policy of abstinence. Heck, they might even join a convent. Why? Money, [...]
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 [...]
The Internet has changed presidential politics forever – and mostly for the better As I write this column, the U.S. presidential race is still tighter than a pair of $2 shoes. But this time around, it might not be hanging chads or hockey moms that determine who wins. It might just be the Internet. [Note: [...]
Politics is infecting everything these days, from YouTube to email to, yes, Cringely’s blog. Thank god Microsoft and Google finally decided to get along. Right?
Embarrassing Photo #10: Then We Ordered Another Bottle of Tequila, and When I Woke Up One of My Kidneys Was Missing
It was a vacation she’d probably rather forget. When Janet Dudley-Eshbach, president of Salisbury University in Maryland, created an album of her family’s trip to Mexico on Facebook in October 2007, she didn’t expect a local TV station to broadcast the photos to the world, or to have a Wikipedia entry covering the mini-scandal. The [...]
Quick, what’s more stupid–driving 140 mph or filming yourself while driving 140 mph? How about filming yourself driving 140 mph and then posting the evidence on YouTube? That was only the tip of the dunce-berg for 23-year-old Andrew Kellett of Leeds, England. He posted more than 80 videos of himself driving recklessly, stealing gasoline, using [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
From Jon Newton at P2Pnet comes this report: A group apparently acting as a proxy for the Church (ahem) of Scientology has issued 4000 takedown notices to YouTube for any videos relating to CoS — including things like city commission meetings for the city of Clearwater, Florida (where CoS has its HQ). To wit: The [...]
You can’t force anything to ‘go viral’ on the Internet, but that didn’t stop these 10 companies from giving it a big, dumb try. Guess who topped the list. (This post originally appeared on PCworld.com) Sure, it looks easy enough. Post a video of yourself wiggling your butt on Wii Fit, dancing your way across [...]
After years of terrorizing its best customers, the RIAA may soon be brought to its knees — by a handful of angry moms. Would you mess with them? Cringely advises against it.
(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) So a New York judge last week ordered Google to hand over 12 terabytes of YouTube user information to Viacom. Yes, we know what you watched last summer, or at least Viacom’s attorneys soon will. The owners of Comedy Central and VH1 are attempting [...]
Over the last 24 hours this blog has been hit with hundreds of comment spams, all trying to drive people to the same site. (Thank god for Akismet, which trapped all but one of them.) I had over 100 in less than a day. The spam tries to drive you to a porn version of [...]
(Note: An edited/augmented version of this piece appeared on Infoworld.com.) Sure, you may know all about the garage where Apple was born, Michael Dell’s dorm room, or Bill Gates’ youthful indiscretions. But that’s all so 1997. The old guard of the PC revolution are giving way to the young Web 2.0 turks redefining technology for [...]