Tech Tips

How Tech Became Hip

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Randy Shaw: Once upon a time not so long ago, the best minds of the younger generation left college to join nonprofit organizations working to improve communities, nations and the world. Today, the idealistic techie hipster is heading toward tech.

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: 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 The latest new-shiny makes outmoded and outdated the formerly-new-shiny with which one is currently saddled.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.

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 [...]

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