Category: Technology

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Nerdimus Maximus: Latin Wikipedia

There are a lot of nerds on the Internet (including me), but if I had to pick one of the nerdiest websites of all, it would have to be the Latin Wikipedia. Latinizing Modern...

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Death to Caps Lock

I’m not the first person to complain about this, and I certainly won’t be the last, but Caps Lock really needs to go. Since the advent of the Internet, typing in all caps has...

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How Wikipedia Works

Wikipedia is a marvel of the modern world. The basic idea is so insane, it’s a wonder that it works. An encyclopedia that anyone can edit? It’s an idea as ridiculous as “Abraham Lincoln:...

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Death and Faxes

Fax machines are a fascinating anachronism. A modem fax machine is just a low-quality scanner and a dial-up modem. Not Real Till It’s on Paper Faxes persist because of people who think that something’s...

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The Evolution of Twitter

When Twitter first came out, the Tweet Box said “What’s on your mind?” instead of “What’s happening?” Early Twitter was all about the narcissistic tweets, like “I just ate kumquats for breakfast.” Only later...

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Phone Wars: iPhone vs Android

A bright light casts a dark shadow. The more loyal your followers are, the more rabid your detractors will be. No company in the modern world embodies this better than Apple, Inc, a multinational...

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Facebook Rules: Third Time’s a Charm

New technology requires new etiquette. I imagine that a hundred years ago, when phones first came out, people spent a lot of time debating when to call and what to say. Then when the...

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Steve Jobs: Time Traveler

I just finished the book Replay, by Ken Grimwood. It’s the story of a 43-year-old man who dies and awakes in his college dorm room. He then lives his life over again. Only this...

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Facebook Ticker: Too Much Noise

Facebook users always seem to oppose changes to the service. But when it comes to the new Facebook Ticker, people seem more upset than usual. Looking like a “Facebook-in-a-Facebook”, the Ticker sits on the...

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Steve Jobs: 56 Years of Genius

What can I say that hasn’t been said? Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, creator of the home computer, the graphical operating system and the smart phone, is dead at the age of 56. Fifty-six...