Category: Technology

Tech essays and other views of modern technology

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Facebook’s News Feed Algorithms

Facebook is at it again, violating users’ privacy in new and bizarre ways. This time it’s a psychological experiment, performed on some. 700,000 users, to see if positive statuses can invoke negative feelings and...

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The Future of Android

Android is the most popular operating system for phones and tablets. It might not seem that way when your hanging out at Starbucks, but Android beats out Apple’s iOS in terms of sheer numbers....

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Old Computer Hardware I Don’t Miss

I’ve been a computer nerd for most of my life, and while it’s easy to get nostalgic about vintage computers, it’s also good to remember just how far we’ve come. A few months ago,...

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Outrage, Trolling and Hashtag Activists

Last week, one of my favorite comedians, Stephen Colbert, did a segment on the Colbert Report making fun of the racist name of the Washington Redskins. He did so with his own racist impression...

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Windows XP: The OS That Refuses to Die

Microsoft is terminating support for Windows XP this spring, 13 years after the operating system first came out. To put that in perspective, it would be like MS-DOS 4.01 (released in 1988) still being...

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PC/Computing Magazine

I was a pretty big nerd as a kid, to put it mildly. After getting a Tandy computer for my 10th birthday, I became a big computer geek throughout my teenage years. Some time...

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The Broken Dreams of Google Plus

I remember when Google Plus first came out. I was excited about it, so excited that I started emailing my programmer friends just to see if anyone had an invitation to the then-limited system....

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Upworthy and Terrible Headlines

Despite all its annoyances, I’m still a heavy Facebook user, since it’s still the best place to interact with my friends and share funny links on the Internet. For the most part, my friends...

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Crappy Old Software

Having grown up with computers, I am nostalgic for the good old days of DOS and Windows and vintage Macs. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to use these kinds of vintage computers...

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Marissa Mayer and the New Yahoo Logo

Yahoo is one of the oldest Internet companies still alive and kicking. So many other 1990s-era dot-coms have fallen to the wayside, but Yahoo has managed to hang on. But over the years, their...