Truths and other things learned online

Two more instances of activities in the digital world that reinforce a number of my standing “truths” about the Internet:   Truth: What’s posted online stays online Thanks to the ongoing controversy over Hillary Clinton’s email server, you may have heard about the unique website Archive.is (www.archive.is). It’s a service that allows you to take and preserve digital […]

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Ten websites worth visiting

From the useful to the useless, here are 10 websites you will want to visit when you have a spare moment or two. GeoGuesser http://www.geoguessr.com Using Google maps, you’re dropped into a random location somewhere in the world. Your task: Figure out where you are. Clues are often in the scenery in the 360-degree views, […]

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Digital attackers can target 911 system

I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again: The more society relies upon the digital world for everyday needs and services, the more exposed society becomes to hackers, anarchists, terrorists and a host of others with angry agendas. Just last week, we learned the nation’s 911 emergency call system can be hacked […]

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Happy music makes happy workers

Want people to cooperate more? Play upbeat music. Happy tunes produce happy workers. At least, that’s what two studies out of Cornell University in New York have concluded. Researchers created small teams where each team member received tokens that could either be contributed to the team’s value or kept to build personal value. When happy, […]

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Digital practices may change nature of pledge drives

Prairie Public TV recently rebroadcasted a concert featuring the Highwaymen — a country super group that was made up of Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and the late Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. The event was used as a membership drive, meaning the program was interrupted several times by hosts asking for contributions to support public broadcasting. […]

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More Internet Truths In Action

Here are a few more of my “Internet truths” in action, drawn from the digital lessons learned by online users: “Assume when you post something online, it will be available to the world forever.” Country singer Blake Shelton learned about this last week, when some inappropriate tweets he sent in 2009 were found and shared […]

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Password practices do more harm

A number of studies seem to suggest the current practice of mandatory password changes several times a year does more harm than good. Researchers are uncovering what most people who deal with multiple passwords and multiple password changes already know: The process pushes people to find the least path of resistance in managing their passwords. […]

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Don’t fall for vanity scam

Emails offering questionable services aimed at businesses are once again making the rounds in the Bismarck-Mandan region. The most prominent one is an email indicating you’ve won an award. It is apparently from a site called www.awardconnect.org, stating you’ve won a Best of Bismarck award (not to be confused with the legitimate Bismarck Tribune “Best […]

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Chilled beer, Bitcoin and hacks

It’s a popular video on the Internet, something perfect for the time of year and crazy fun at a party: chilling a bottle of beer or pop in seconds. It’s also questionable as to whether or not it actually works. It all started with an article on FoxNews.com identifying “Seven essential boozy hacks to help you chill out […]

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Pokemon Go Continues To Grow

So, what’s been happening since we last visited about the Pokemon Go craze last week? Let see…  Apple reports Pokemon Go broke the App Store record for most downloads in a week. But Apple won’t say exactly what that number is (http://bit.ly/2a23NsZ). A Pokemon Go player claims he’s captured all the possible characters that can […]

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