Cnet Malware

Just wanted to get this on the internet.  Cnet used to be a great place to download software but no longer.  Now they bundle the downloads with a bunch of crap and make it very confusing to opt out.  

Not interested in writing a sermon here, just wanted to get the information out on the net that Cnet.com is an awful company and should be kicked off the internet.  

New Look

As you can see I’ve redesigned the blog yet again.  I no longer am interested in getting more readers.  My idea for this latest reincarnation is like an open journal for me.  

After I came out of the that eternal fog called World of Warcraft I became interested in technology again and all the new services/apps/software out there again.  I had fallen behind the times but am now thoroughly caught back up.  

The Internet

It seems that in the past year I have attended more kid parties than actual parties.  Well, I take that back, we have had a few gatherings here at our place which I would not consider a “party” as normally considered.  Rather, they were much more of a gathering.  And as it turns out everyone has kids.

This past weekend was no exception.  We attended a birthday party for a two year old and I got to talking with one of the guests who was the same age as me.  He works for a large internet company and I had actually used his software.  This lead to a discussion on the internet as a whole and I am amazed by how fast things have changed and how many years passed since we all hopped online.

It seems that in the past year I have attended more kid parties than actual parties.  Well, I take that back, we have had a few gatherings here at our place which I would not consider a “party” as normally considered.  Rather, they were much more of a gathering.  And as it turns out everyone has kids.

This past weekend was no exception.  We attended a birthday party for a two year old and I got to talking with one of the guests who was the same age as me.  He works for a large internet company and I had actually used his software.  This lead to a discussion on the internet as a whole and I am amazed by how fast things have changed and how many years passed since we all hopped online.

The Amazing Smartphone

Once again, long time no post.

Just wanted to write about how amazing the smartphone is.  Sure, there are daily news stories about this app or that but I wanted to write down my thoughts about how amazing it actually is.

To me, it is not just a phone or computer, but my link to the entirety of human knowledge.  I find it so incredible that we should all be experiencing mass hysteria but as the programs became available over the course of a few years perhaps we now just all take it for granted?

Once again, long time no post.

Just wanted to write about how amazing the smartphone is.  Sure, there are daily news stories about this app or that but I wanted to write down my thoughts about how amazing it actually is.

To me, it is not just a phone or computer, but my link to the entirety of human knowledge.  I find it so incredible that we should all be experiencing mass hysteria but as the programs became available over the course of a few years perhaps we now just all take it for granted?

Does the internet make us smart, stupid or just more informed?

There has been an ongoing debate in the past few years about what the internet does to our brains.  Some would argue that due to the sheer volume of information we consume on a daily basis we are actually becoming smarter.  While the other opinion is that we have lost the ability to concentrate due to the constant e-mails, messages and scrolling sidebars which distract us.

As far as I can tell, this issue was first really brought to light in the article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”  from The Atlantic.  Recently a counter article from the same publication argues that “Google Makes Us Cocky, Not Stupid.”

There has been an ongoing debate in the past few years about what the internet does to our brains.  Some would argue that due to the sheer volume of information we consume on a daily basis we are actually becoming smarter.  While the other opinion is that we have lost the ability to concentrate due to the constant e-mails, messages and scrolling sidebars which distract us.

As far as I can tell, this issue was first really brought to light in the article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”  from The Atlantic.  Recently a counter article from the same publication argues that “Google Makes Us Cocky, Not Stupid.”