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    • In Defense of Technology Lock-In

      In Defense of Technology Lock-In

      I’m going to do the unthinkable. I am going to actually defend the practice that many consider “anti-competitive”, the practice of so called “vendor lock-in” often employed by technology companies such as Apple and Microsoft. In a nutshell the practice of lock-in involves building pieces of technology that work only in certain predefined circumstances and

    • 10 Ways Facebook Subtly Changes Your Behavior

      10 Ways Facebook Subtly Changes Your Behavior

      Facebook continues to be the most popular social network, and has basically become as ubiquitous as telephones and televisions once were, almost as if a basic utility. Some actually find it strange when they find someone who isn’t on Facebook. But all that’s pretty obvious. What might not be as immediately obvious is just how

    • Why Everyone Should Use a VPN

      Why Everyone Should Use a VPN

      VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, connects computers and other devices using an encrypted connection. This means that all data travelling through such a network is unreadable to anyone who might intercept the data stream, making it as private as it would be if all of the connected devices resided within the walls of a

    • 7 Green Gadgets That Will Save You Money

      7 Green Gadgets That Will Save You Money

      Do you ever wish you could find even more, easy ways to go green and still save money? Thanks to modern technology, you can. We scouted around for some of the best new contraptions out there and found lots of nifty gadgets that will help both the planet and your wallet. Here’s a listing of

    • 5 Signs You Don’t Need a PC Anymore

      5 Signs You Don’t Need a PC Anymore

      Photo by kitschweb PCs are generally powerful, fast, and pretty comfortable to use, but they can also be expensive and burdensome to maintain compared to their nimbler mobile counterparts. This isn’t a yet another “PCs are dead” post. We recognize that there is a sizeable chunk of working populace who still need them for one

    • People Who Changed the World – Without Formal Education

      People Who Changed the World – Without Formal Education

      Famous scientists and inventors who dropped out of school changed the way we understand and perceive reality. They proved that imagination, hard work, and trusting your hunches are more important than formal education. Their inventions gave recreation and work to millions of people around the world. These famous scientists and tech people donated to charitable

    • IT Certifications vs. College Degrees

      IT Certifications vs. College Degrees

      Which is more valuable, an IT certification or a college degree?  While the answer to that question depends upon many factors, we can learn a great deal by examining the specifics. Obviously, not all IT certifications are the same and not all college degrees are the same. The most common IT certificate is the MCSE

    • 15 Sites That Show You The World in Real Time

      15 Sites That Show You The World in Real Time

      What if you could see the whole world as it is right this moment? It would certainly put things in perspective. Once you see the world through the lenses of these web sites you’ll realize just how vibrant and alive it is every single nanosecond. The statistics of it are amazing, and seeing them actually

    • 10 Ways a “Dumb” Phone is Better Than a Smartphone

      10 Ways a “Dumb” Phone is Better Than a Smartphone

      When we shop for a mobile phone these days most of us will probably look for a smartphone with a big shiny touch screen, and a bazillion apps ready to go from the app store. Carriers and mobile shops as well as the tech media are certainly helping this trend. Everybody talks about smartphones and

    • 12 More Projects That Could Change The World

      12 More Projects That Could Change The World

      This is a follow up to 10 Projects That Are Building The Future, published over six months ago, showcasing another 12 projects that could change the world in various ways. Some are potentially revolutionary, and others represent a logical, but significant, evolution. Some offer a promise of a better future, while others might be downright

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