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April 23, 2014

"‘The Dread Obodai’: Content Farmer From Hell"

Funny and alarming at the same time

Any website’s comments section — even our fancy new one — gets its share of scam artists, luring in clicks with promises of work-from-home schemes or miracle diets. They seem so easy to spot and resist, it’s a wonder how they can possibly work. The answer might be, as always, to innovate. Consider the case of Austin Obodai, an accused con artist who, before he was arrested, found a way to use the comments section to sue big Internet media companies for millions. According to prosecutors, Obodai came up with a novel method of exploiting intellectual-property law to invent a new type of fraud. You could call him a copyright troll — or, as Google's lawyers did, "the Dread Obodai."

April 15, 2014

"Top 10 Google Products You Forgot All About"

I can recommend both Google Alerts and Google Book Search

April 07, 2014

Three on Roku

"REVIEW: The New Roku Streaming Stick Is Awesome And Costs Half The Price Of The Apple TV".

"​Why Roku Matters More Than Ever".

"The Improbable Rise Of Roku".

As I believe I've noted before, I'm quite happy with mine.

March 31, 2014

"Made in the U.S.A. (Again)"

Here's good news.

(But we need our government to encourage, rather than discourage, energy production and we need our schools to keep up with all this technology.)

March 27, 2014

"Why wait for Google? Gigabit Internet coming to Raleigh soon"

There may be two gigabit Net services in Raleigh soon. Bring it on!

(Typo fixed. Thanks, Cheesetrader.)

March 10, 2014

"Choosing Secure Passwords"

Short essay that seems to tell you everything you need to know

March 08, 2014


From CoolTools:

I’m always interested in free software and web tools that allow community members to become digital storytellers. If you have the skill to send an email file attachment (by choosing a file on your computer), you have the skill to create a YouTube video — for free — by marrying an image file and an audio file of your choosing. The web site I use for this is called

February 24, 2014

"Google Just Revealed A Bunch Of New Cities That Might Get Google Fiber, The Ultra-Fast Internet"

And Raleigh NC is on the list! I'm not sure what I'd do with a gig per second, but I'll figure it out. Bring it on. 

(And, supposedly, Google's service is better.)

January 27, 2014

"Microsoft Is Going To Try And Save The Imploding PC Market With Another New Version Of Windows"

Win 8 = Vista? Win 9 = improved Win 7??

January 15, 2014

"How To Get Broadband On Planes--And Everywhere Else

Competition, baby

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