Category: Technology

Tech essays and other views of modern technology

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The Computer Chronicles

Regular readers of this site will know that I’m big into tech history. I was fascinated by computers as a child and a teenager, and I spend a lot of time writing about vintage...

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NextStep: The Granddaddy of iOS

If you use any modern Apple product, you’re using a computer operating system invented in the late 1980s. Here’s the story of Steve Job’s NeXTSTEP operating system, and how a piece of software once...

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LinkedIn Annoyances

Looking for a job is always hard. Sometimes it seems like there are so many opportunities, but so few options. It’s a daunting task, and there’s no shortage of websites out there purporting to...

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The Rise and Fall of OS/2

When IBM decided to get into the personal computer business, they knew they had to move quickly to get a foot in the door. Thus the makers of the original IBM PC worked outside...

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Dealing with Clickbait

Recent years have seen a rise in clickbait articles online. These clickbait articles have alluring headlines that promise to make you lose weight or regain faith in humanity. Clickbait stories tend to be “shallow”....

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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...