Tag Archive 'Obama'

When privacy collides with politics, privacy loses

At this point in this especially insane political season there’s still no telling who will end up winning it all next Tuesday. But it’s very clear to me who has already lost: You and me. More specifically, what little personal privacy we may once have had. The amount and scope of data collection employed by […]

Are the Feds snooping on your Skype calls?

Tap, tap, tap. I’m sorry, could you please speak up? the Federal employees playing monkey in the middle on our Skype call couldn’t quite make out what you were saying. In case you missed the headlines in the New York Times this morning, or all the me-too stories in the blogosphere cranked to varying degrees […]

Facebook socialists are bringing down the InterWebs

The problem with the Internet these days? In a word: socialism. No not that faux Obama socialism certain people like to rail against (because they’ve got to be PO’d about something). I’m talking about the real scourge of the net: social media. Now, I use social media and I (mostly) like social media. I use […]

Does Obama want to eat your privacy?

Changes to Federal Web sites may threaten your privacy — or bring our current cyber government into the 21st century.

Obama taps and other clap trap, redux

Flames are raging here in Cringeville after my post about Glenn Beck and the Obama ‘conspiracy’ to take over your computer. Here’s some more fuel for the fire.

Uncle Sam’s IT dashboard: Your tax dollars at work

US citizens have a brand new tool to gauge how well their government is performing — at least, when it comes to IT. Cringely says it’s about time.

Twit’s all, folks

When the elite tweet, you know something big has changed. Twitter has become this year’s Web 2.0 darling. Cringely wonders how long the infatuation will last.

Politics 2.0

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: […]

Obama’s CTO: Just do what, exactly?

It’s a lousy job, but somebody’s got to do it. Once we find someone who’s crazy–err, patriotic enough to take the position as our nation’s first CTO, what should he or she do? It might possibly be the worst job in the world, outside of replacing Jerry Yang as Yahoo’s CEO. Yet people seem to […]

The Once and Future Geek King

Obama has yet to fill the position of the nation’s CTO, despite plenty of help from Cringesters. Here are a few more suggestions from the land of the geeks.

Today’s forecast: Gloom followed by increasing doom?

Are we heading toward total economic collapse, riots, and a return to the Great Depression? Yes, if you believe folks like Gerald Celente and Fox News. Don’t look now, but the sky is falling. At least it is if you believe Gerald Celente, who’s making headlines today across the blogosphere with some real downer predictions. […]

Who will be king of the Geeks?

Very soon the nation will have its first chief technology officer. Whom should Obama appoint? Cringely shares some ideas.

Escape from voting machine Hell

As the presidential election finally arrives, we’re hip deep in horror stories about voting machines run amok. Here’s how to make sure your vote really counts.

Windows: Unsafe at any speed, part deux

My, my. The “Windows: Unsafe at any speed?” post last week certainly raised a few hackles -– thanks in part to a totally unexpected appearance on the New York Times web site. (Hello New Yawkers, and welcome to Geek Street USA.) I haven’t gotten this violent a reaction since I suggested the Creation Museum add […]

Obama drama or McCain pain? Techies show a clear preference

Who does the high tech world want to be our next president? How about a dark horse candidate with no skeletons in his closet and a clear tech agenda? Read on to find out who Cringely’s voting for this year.

Vote early, vote often — but above all, vote carefully

Does your vote really count? Apparently not if you use a touch-screen voting machine in West Virginia. Cringely has more details on a true vote fraud scandal.

Geek Week: Campaigns mired in sleaze, Microsoft & Google make peace

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?

Weird Spam of the Day

OK, like every human with an email account I get countless amounts of spam. Fortunately most of it is caught by the three four five spam filters that clean my inbox (my ISP has one, my web host, my email program’s, etc.).  But occasonally one or two slip through. This morning’s beauty? An email titled […]

Is would-be VP Sarah Palin a hacker?

Does the GOP VP nominee possess hidden computer skills? Can she possibly bring the White House into the 21st century, technologically at least? Cringely has a few thoughts.