I sat down last night to begin the laborious process of changing all of my passwords now that the Heartbleed bug, described in this space on Wednesday, has been discovered. Though most reputable sites have closed the hole, keeping the same password is the very definition of closing the barn door after the horse has escaped.
Then I ran into a common problem: I have too many passwords to provide different ones for every site. Read more →
This scene is no more. The most famous wallpaper in the world has been relegated to the ash heap now that Microsoft has walked away from its Windows XP operating system.
The image is called “Bliss.” Is it real? Microsoft has released this video with the answer.
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When you listen to members of Congress talk about the Internet and matters of technology, it can make your grandmother with the flashing ’12:00′ on her VCR sound like Steve Jobs. It’s not an act. Read more →
This is today’s viral video that’s racing through the pneumatic InterTubes today and it’s perfect for a Friday. Read more →
There’s been a brain drain in the non-commercial space program since we decided to leave manned spaceflight to other countries, and an ongoing debate about whether it suits our planetary needs anymore, but there’s no question that there’s still inspiration in the best and brightest who figured out solutions where no man has gone before.
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We still tinker with software, but hardware, the very infrastructure of our wired and unwired lives? Not so much. We’re generally content if something just works. Read more →
Whoever makes the final decision on who will next head NPR has a problem. The media landscape is changing and public radio, in particular, is in no position to think itself isolated from the market forces that are eating away at legacy media. But public radio is also a culture and the people in it don’t like any tinkering with the culture. Read more →
The seventh ring of hell: Internet comments. Al Shabab’s recruiting video. Why a sexual assault center in Saint Cloud is desperate. A study of grit. And the musical conductors who walk among us. Read more →