Geek In The New Year

Geek Ethicist Santa

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

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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

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“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

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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 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 […]