Tech Tips

Communicating the Atomic Fart

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Atomic Fart: Anyone can secretly place the iPhone near an unsuspecting nebbish, quickly move to the other side of the room, and then wait.

Cell Phone Science

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Claude Fischer: Some interesting and perhaps unexpected findings are coming out of research into the sociology of cell phones. One finding is that, however cell phone obsessed we think we are … um, did I just hear a buzz? Is that for me? … Americans are mobile laggards.

Someone Is Watching You

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Steve Hochstadt: Right now we are being spied upon on a grand scale unimaginable a few years ago. Not by the government, but by the real Big Brother, Big Brother Computing.

Tech Tip: Wikipedia: Not an Encyclopedia, But a Community

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Robert Link: Be on the lookout for when language is being used against you, to bind you, to paint you into a corner, rather than to communicate, as with the so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act”.

Tech Tip: Occupy Sim-City

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Robert Link: As we think about the difference, say, between Irvine and Davis, both in California, it is natural to wonder if we really know enough about the different cities to understand why things unfold one way at one place but so differently at another.

Tech Tip: The Pervasive Power of the Plain

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Robert Link: Corporate software, like other consumer goods, runs largely on the principle of planned obsolescence. The latest new-shiny makes outmoded and outdated the formerly-new-shiny with which one is currently saddled.

Tech Tip Tuesday: The Cost of Hidden Complexity

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Freedom of the press means little when only the wealthy can run one. But the internet gives anyone with a dollar and a nearby internet cafe the chance to publish works that can instantly be seen by an amazingly diverse and far-flung audience worldwide.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Brown OK’s Search of Cell Phones

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Today’s Tech Tip: Don’t leave anything on your cell that you wouldn’t want to see in court. Until the law changes, erase questionable texts as soon as you have read them.

To Tweet or To Twit

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Last week, I heard that Twitter is the fastest growing online social network. Well, whoop deee doo!! I’d just gotten used to Facebook after dumping MySpace, while at the same time trying to keep up with Shelfari, Digg, and LinkedIn—and now I’m told I should be Twitting or Tweeting or whatever the new term is [...]

A Threat to Freedom

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Save the Internet – Our democracy depends on it. We urge you to learn more about Net Neutrality by clicking “Save The Internet”. It’s Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. My husband, Dick, and I are seated at our desks in the home office we share — each writing articles for tomorrow’s distribution of the LA [...]

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