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Geek In The New Year

It’s almost 2014. We are finishing our holiday shopping, planning New Year’s events and getting ready to feast on all the good food of the season. I’m no Isaac Asimov–his predictions for 2014 were remarkably accurate and his writing was incredible–but I’ve got a few predictions of my own for 2014 and beyond. Some trends to […]

DNA Storage: Life as Knowledge

500 KB double sided double density mini floppies, 3×5 hard disks, flash drives, usb drives, magnetic tape, removable hard drives…oh, the many and the fallen! History, littered with the remains of digital storage devices. College kids today have never seen a floppy disk. For them it’s flash drives: lipstick-tube sized devices left in a computer, […]

Icon Contests are Crowdsourcing

Back to crowdsourcing! The fact is crowdsourcing is more common and easier than we often think.  In a nutshell, crowdsourcing is the idea of putting a task into the hands of an army of pieceworkers who may do a great job — or a downright lousy job — with that task.  Some of the leaders […]

The Dawning of the Age of Etsy

“I spent the morning reorganizing my board on pinterest. I feel like I really accomplished something.” Those are the words of  the social media customer, your next customer. These are the sentiments of the socially plugged-in mass marketplace of micro-manufacturing, the small one-crafter operation or even the massive disaggregated team of micro-manufacturers working for a […]

Geek Ethicist: Moral Shortcuts and Property Rights

“Dear Geek Ethicist, Do apps that promote ethical behavior diminish our ability to make just decisions? Signed- Librarian At Large” Dear LAL, Yes.  They do. But no more than any other form of moral shortcut. Rigid, thoughtless adherence to a trendy set of norms of any particular fad is not ethical decision making at all […]

Amazon CloudFront Review

Amazon CloudFront: Everything a Cloud-Based CDN Should Be In the world of content delivery, there are plenty of options that guarantee you the maximum in performance, delivery, and security. However, no technological front is pushing more boundaries than that of peer-to-peer, cloud-based content delivery. No other service can offer half as much scalability, server load […]

Top 10 Android Apps for College Students

Do you have everything you need to finish out the semester?  Notebooks, pencils, pens, that messenger bag you saw that looked like it could hold half your textbooks and your laptop and not drag you down.  But what about all those other things designed to make your life much easier that weren’t around when your […]

Internet Discount Clubs: A New Way to Save

In the current economy, everyone is searching for new ways to save a few dollars wherever they go. From websites like Groupon and Living Social that offer gift-cards to various local merchants at a highly discounted price, to Amazon Subscribe and Save which helps you save money on gas by sending items you use a […]

Top Apps for Blackberry Smartphones

Blackberry smartphones are used by millions of people. Even with the Apple iPhone and all other Android phones being released, there is still a significant number of people who are simply devoted to their Blackberries. For that purpose, we will discuss some of the best apps for you to use with your Blackberry. While the […]

A Race to the Top: Streaming Video Services Battle for Top Place

Recently, it appears that the entire race has been with streaming video as an entertainment choice for most tech-savvy people on the planet. Netflix has been the trusty old friend who was always available, adding multitudes of new content every month while also shipping DVDs to your home, usually by the next day, for those […]

How the Kindle Fire is a Catch-all Reflection of Current Web Trends

Do you know what’s one wonderful thing about history?  At any moment in time society is caught up in countless evolving trends that will be fascinating some day to the historian.  While you’re living in them, though, they can be difficult to see.  This is not a bad thing.  It’s by all of us “enjoying […]

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