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[17 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Google and Facebook: The Face of Internet Evil?

“For the nature of man’s heart is evil from his youth,” the Bible tells us – and to that we may add, perhaps, the internet’s, too. We gave it life – and what did it give us in return? Pop-up ads, viruses, and unlimited supplies (or at least offers) of viagra.
It doesn’t even know how to say thank you:  America (not necessarily Al Gore, however) invented the internet – for defense purposes, no less – and now that same internet is being used to leak confidential cables and documents that …

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[3 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
Memories Are Made With These

The sun is out, the birds are singing, and you’re packing up the family car. Memories are made of this, as they say. But how will you remember the memories? Like most of us, you’ll take photos, record video, and if you’re on the “cutting edge,” as so many are today, you might even upload your photos and videos to a blog or your Facebook page, the better to share those memories with the rest of the world.
Naturally, you’ll need some equipment to take those memories – I mean photos …

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[20 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Music on the Go

Once there were “boomboxes,” those quaint suitcase-sized stereos that turned heads – and created headaches – whenever they were in the vicinity. Then music went “private,” as Walkmans and iPods provided walkers, runners, and bus and train riders with hours of musical enjoyment.
And now that we’re in the age of the “digital device,” the music player of choice for a new generation is – the cellphone! It’s all about “convergence,” using a single device for data, messaging, internet use, and of course, playing music and video. And because they’re …

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[19 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]
Lights, Camera, Action!

The world is full of stars these days – movie stars, that is! Thanks to the internet, everybody and his cousin can now star in their own production, using techniques straight out of the Hollywood playbook. And not just plain-vanilla Youtube videos, either; the sites I have in mind will let you assemble your video and photos into a smart-looking production, accompanied by music or voice, and interspersed with special effects. These are the kinds of videos you see at friends’ weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, the kind you’ve always wished …

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[5 May 2009 | One Comment | ]
(Wasted) Time is Money

“Monetization” is big these days. The idea of taking your spare whatever – empty web page spaces, e-mail backgrounds, Facebook profiles – and turning them into cash, is irresistible during these turbulent times. Personally, I think we should demand to be paid when we wear a “brand name” T-shirt, jacket, or other item of clothing that sports a corporate logo. Why are we giving these fat cats free advertising, anyway? But let’s leave that aside, for now. I’ve discovered a great way for you to monetize another “dead space,” …