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What Einstein Didn’t Say About Social Media Users Being Idiots, Announced Over Social Media

The following images are propagating quickly this week through the social media websites Facebook and Pinterest, attributing a quote about technology, social interaction and idiocy to Albert Einstein:

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Review of Two Classroom Response Systems for Instant Student Feedback

Educators: are you looking for instant feedback from your students? Consider one of the following student response systems for your classroom. A brief description of system features is listed below:

The i>clicker interactive student response system relies upon a base unit with proprietary software and dedicated presented remote (hundreds of dollars) plus a remote-controlled “clicker” [...]

Social Media Infographic Hype Doesn't Help

This morning, a contact of mine recommended an infographic to me.

Go ahead and click on the infographic (uploaded April 2012) if you’d like to read it in detail on its original website, whitefireseo.com; I can’t find the space to post the graphic at its full size and write about it at the same time. [...]

Americans Elect: Crossing Every i, Dotting Every t for the 2012 Election

Is Americans Elect really ready to run the nation’s first ever 50-state presidential nomination, all privately carried out, all online? That’s a hefty technological feat, considering the need for an unquestionably secure and stable software platform, for voter verification and anonymity, and all in less than six months’ time. That’s right — according to the [...]

Watch The House Hearing (NOT) on Illegal FBI Surveillance… If You Can

Here’s a reminder that at 3:00 pm today, the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security will be holding a hearing on recent revelations that the FBI lied, violated the constitution and broke the law to engage in warrantless surveillance of Americans’ communications, all on an expedition to find the source of [...]

Press Release Reporting: How Should the New York Times Conduct Technology Journalism?

In the past year or so, I’ve written two posts strongly critical of the New York Times’ technology reporting. The two articles about which I wrote, both by Stephen C. Williams (5/1/2008 and 10/20/2009), included images taken directly from Apple and Motorola corporate press kits and presented no “facts” about the products beyond those offered [...]

Extraterrestrial Hacker Coming the USA, Maybe

Gary McKinnon has said that, while searching through U.S. government computers, he saw evidence that the American feds are using technology that was obtained from an extraterrestrial organization. What could that technology be? [...]

Sotomayor And The Context Of New Reading

In considering Sonia Sotomayor, I prefer, given that the position is a lifetime appointment, to see a new Justice who has the ability to comprehend the way that human interactions change as the technologies that construct their social world evolve. [...]

Nokia N810 Review: Larger and More Off-Kilter, Please

Last month I had the opportunity to test a Nokia N810 thingamabob. It’s hard to describe with one word what the Nokia N810 is, although some try with the ungainly and insufficient “internet-tablet.” I won’t even try to stick with one word, since the N810 is many things. It is a:

very small computer (about [...]

A Review of the Peek Email Mobile Device

Sending e-mails is all it can do, but for someone like me stuck without power or for someone like me who takes his kids out a lot or for someone like me who wants to occasionally blog from the scene, “only” e-mail is a lot. [...]

Bugs Are In the Air

An article about the the Delfly, a miniature robotic surveillance device that looks like a dragonfly as it flies. These devices have cameras that send signals to a remote operator sitting at a computer. [...]