Tildes, octothorps find new lives through the Internet

When the Internet burst into full public consciousness back around 1995 (you know, back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and humans used dial-up access, dot matrix printers, green screens, DOS and BASIC), it represented more than just a change in technology and connectivity. It also gave new meanings to old symbols used in language and […]

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Nuggets of history found online

I learned online that today is a red letter day in history. Thanks to the daily information list at the “On This Day” website, www.onthisday.com, I found out that, on April 18: 1506: The cornerstone was laid for the current St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. 1775: Paul Revere and several others rode through towns […]

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Lessons From A Twitter Feud

The recent Azealia Banks—Sarah Palin Twitter battle (http://bit.ly/1SVk29Q) highlights four truths about the Internet: Don’t believe everything you see, think before commenting, text lacks context and anything you post lasts forever. Don’t Believe Everything You See It’s easy to digitally modify or fake images, videos, audio and text. The Web is awash in opinion, half-truths, […]

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Security is never 100 percent

So, the FBI was able to crack the Apple iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorists — and without Apple’s help. This has implications on so many levels. It dents the myth of iPhone invulnerability. Apple has long touted the powerful security features of its iPhones which, by implication, fosters the public perception […]

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