Social media search: A stalker's paradise?

Don't look now, but you're being watched. And now that I've signed up for Spokeo.com, I could be the one watching you. Spokeo is a search engine that uses email addresses to find people across the social Web. Give the site your...

WSOD: What should Obama do?

Last week I sat in on a chat with the wonks at Network World about what we'd like to see coming out of the Obama administration. My fellow chatters included Matthew Nickash (Considering Convergence), Jamie Heary (Cisco Security...

Stupid Twitter tricks and great Twitter feats

I've written a lot about Twitter lately, including how it's going to change all of our lives in ways we've only started to realize. That doesn't mean I'm a Twitter fanboy. There's still too much navel gazing and self obessiveness,...

Brooklyn camera stores: The scam stops here

If you ever bought a camera online for what seemed like a great price only to discover you've been ripped off, you'll be cheered by the following news. The State of Texas has brought charges against two of the more infamous...

If you use StickK will you get StuckK?

[UPDATE: After this post was published, Stickk.com revised its privacy policies and no longer reserves the right to share users' personal information in objectionable ways. -- editors.]It's that time of year again when I look down...

Palm: Welcome back, baby

I remember my first Palm like I remember my first date in high school. It was certainly a far greater success. (Kristi, wherever you are, I'm sorry for what happened to your dress, the car, and your dog.)After noodling around with...

CES preview: The wireless revolution is finally here

And so the madness begins.I'm not going to CES (I may have mentioned that before), but I've gotten several pre-show briefings on interesting stuff. And though I'm sworn to secrecy on many of these products until they're announced,...

Twitter phishing scams: Not so tweet

No matter how nice your Net neighborhood is, eventually the scum of the earth will move in next door. And so it goes with Twitter.The Twitteratti are all atwitter about a phishing scam that hit over the weekend. The phishing tweets...

Interview with the Geek Goddess

Is technology different for women? Christina Tynan-Wood, author of the recently published How to Be a Geek Goddess from No Starch Press, says Hell Yes. If anyone should know, it's Tynan-Wood, who is the only woman to have written...

Wikipedia wants your money

Would you give this man $6 million? Earlier this week Wikipedia's dad, Jimmy Wales, posted a personal appeal for donations to keep the encyclopedia and its staff of 23 employees going. How could anyone look into those baby blue eyes...

Was "Karl Rove's IT guru" murdered?

It sounds like the plot of the next Oliver Stone film. A Republican IT consultant is killed in a mysterious plane crash, just days before he is scheduled to testify about conservative political operatives hacking the 2004...

Who's been naughty and nice in 2008?

Why should Santa have all the fun? I've also been making a list and checking it twice to figure out who deserves treats in their stockings and who's getting a big honkin' lump of coal.Here in no particular order are my picks for the...

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. Why? Because they're fun to read, fun to write, and you can run them during the holidays so overworked writers and editors can...

Last-minute gifts for the geeks in your life

I don't know about you, but I'm still Christmas shopping. In fact, most years I'm still doing it at 8:55 pm on Xmas Eve. (But somehow my wife has yet to divorce me over it, which is one of the enduring mysteries of my life.)This year...

Macworld is dead; is CES next?

OK, technically Macworld Expo isn't dead; it's still happening next January 5 to 9 in San Francisco. And Apple will still be there -- but sans Steve Jobs. The patron saint of Cupertino has confirmed he will not be giving the keynote...

The president gets the boot(s)

Call it ShoeTube. During a press conference on his farewell tour of Iraq, President George Bush was attacked by a journalist who hurled his shoes at him from a distance of roughly 20 feet. You can see the video here: For an old guy...

Dear Chrome: Sorry Baby, You're Just Not Ready

Dear Chrome:First, this harassment has got to stop. The constant emails and IMs. Parking outside my house. Calling me at all hours of the night to tell me you've changed. Begging me to give you one more chance. It's like a chapter...

Cartoon justice: Man convicted for Simpsons porn

Here I go again, out of the frying pan and into a three-alarm fire.An Australian man has been convicted of possessing child porn for having lewd images of The Simpsons on his hard drive. Alan John McEwan has been fined A$3000 and...

The devil made me do it

I got quite a few heated responses objecting to my last blog post ("These video games have been brought to you by Satan") and my criticism of a conservative Christian investment house, the Timothy Plan, which offered up a "morals...

These video games have been brought to you by Satan

Just in time for the holiday shopping frenzy, a conservative Christian investment group called the Timothy Plan has published a report listing the worst video games in the world. They're hoping of course people will use their list...

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