Yahoo! seeks to reboot notorious company culture

There’s been much written lately about Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer pulling back workers from their home offices as if it’s an attack on telecommuting and the productivity of home-based workers. It’s neither, it’s Yahoo! trying to reboot its company culture, which has been kindly described by one observer as, “notoriously dysfunctional and disorganized.” It’s been going… Read more →

Cisco SVP hails software-defined networking as game changer for datacenters

SAN FRANCISCO – Connected devices are profoundly impacting datacenters and IT infrastructures — but they’re also presenting huge opportunities for software-defined networking, according to Christopher Young, senior vice president of Cisco’s security and government unit. READ THIS: Tapping M2M: The Internet of Things Citing Cisco’s forecast that there will be 50 billion devices connected to the… Read more →

Google’s Vint Cerf talks identifiers vs. pseudonyms online

SAN FRANCISCO – While anonymity is often employed as a security mechanism by Internet users, strong authentication and unique identifiers are more practical methods, based on comments made by Vint Cerf, chief Internet evangelist at Google. “The notion of uniqueness is incredibly powerful. It should never be given up,” asserted Cerf while speaking at the… Read more →

PC laptops and accidental damage: Best and worst warranties

Since initially writing about the subject of PC warranty repair and accidental damage coverage back in 2009, I have received numerous emails of reader horror stories when dealing with their PC vendor and trying to get their equipment repaired after an accidental damage incident. Typically, the email goes like this: “My laptop LCD screen is… Read more →

Memo warns federal workers in Canada about BlackBerry messaging

Just as the Department of Defense is working to open its networks to iOS and Android mobile devices, a new report reveals that Canadian federal workers are being warned about potential security holes on BlackBerry. See also: Symantec chief: Security about more than ‘shiny new objects’ According to, Public Safety Canada — the federal… Read more →

Sergey Brin Explains Google Glasses

James Duncan Davidson Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, on Wednesday at the $7,500-a-seat TED conference in Long Beach, Calif. Why did Google create Google Glass, its glasses with a heads-up display? To hear Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, explain it, it was to prevent social isolation. He got on stage Wednesday at the $7,500-a-seat TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., and looked… Read more →

One on One: Sugata Mitra, 2013 TED Prize Winner

James Duncan Davidson Sugata Mitra speaking on Tuesday. Are teachers keeping students from learning in the digital age? Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University, believes so. Dr. Mitra is best known for an experiment in which he carved a hole from his research center in Delhi into an adjacent slum, placing a freely accessible computer there… Read more →

Test Run: Sleepytime, a Bedtime Calculator

I’m not a morning person, not even close. Over the years, I’ve devised several systems to get myself out of bed at a reasonable hour in the morning and curb the bouts of chronic oversleeping that have plagued me since high school. But setting multiple alarms proved futile, as did programming automatic wake-up calls. I’ve tried bribing my mom and… Read more →

More Retailers at Risk of Amazon ‘Showrooming’

Target and Best Buy have made it pretty clear they are fighting back against the phenomenon of showrooming, in which customers browse for television sets and other products in stores and then buy them online from Amazon and other etailers for less. Both companies recently made their seasonal practices of matching prices at online retailers a year-round policy. A new… Read more →

Torvalds clarifies Linux’s Windows 8 Secure Boot position

No one, but no one, in the Linux community likes Microsoft’s mandated deployment of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot option in Windows 8 certified PCs. But, how Linux should handle the fixes required to deal with this problem remains a hot-button issue. Now, as the debate continues hot and heavy, Linus Torvalds,… Read more →