Stories by Paul McNamara

Social networks all over the map on reliability

That Twitter had more downtime last year (84 hours) than any of 15 social network sites measured by an uptime monitoring service should surprise no one: The site's "fail whale" is so famous it was just featured in the New York Times.

Twitter limits searches on site ... why?

Two Twitter questions have been nagging at me: Why on Earth would Twitter limit the number of searches a user may conduct -- a typical, relatively new user, such as me, not some piggy third-party app or bot?

Torvalds talks about his brand new blog

We tend to think that everybody who's anybody in the tech world has a blog, right? Well, Linus Torvalds didn't have a blog, at least not until dipping his toe into the waters with this one -- "Linus' Blog" -- which launched last Thursday.

Google has gone and redefined 'beta'

The question of why so many Google products are classified "beta" -- and classified thusly for so long -- has knocked around the tech press for some time. However, no one really seemed to know the answer, at least no one outside of Google.

Fooling Google News is this easy

I did it yesterday. Not that I was trying, mind you -- honestly, I wasn't. I did, however, predict it would happen, so I'm going to take this opportunity to gloat about that.

The real sticking point with Microsoft/Yahoo!

Microsoft's desperate struggle to acquire all or part of Yahoo! has gotten hung up not on disagreement over a fair price for the latter's online advertising operations, sources say, but rather the value of Yahoo!'s iconic exclamation point.

Worst of the online retail lot for two years running

That's the uncomfortable verdict for PCMall and PCConnection rendered last week by the "ForeSee Results Top 100 Online Retail Satisfaction Index." Not only did those two outlets bring up the rear among computer and electronics sites, they brought up ...

Why is this called 'virtual kidnapping'?

The crime itself is horrific -- beyond comprehension in its cruelty -- so there's some hesitancy to complain about semantics. But this is a technology column and the underlying issue -- society's tendency to blame modern-day bad deeds on technology i...

Confessions of a caller-ID spoofer

He spoofed the HR director's work phone number, then the number of that guy's boss, before moving up to a vice president, and finally, the CEO. Says he had no choice, and that "this thing that I did is bad and should be outlawed."

Not buying Microsoft's MediaCart

The MediaCart consoles coming to a grocery carts in the US courtesy of Microsoft had better be sturdy and firmly attached or they are all but certain to suffer the same fate as that stomped-upon copier in "Office Space."

Five reasons 'virtual marriage' won't happen

Gartner analyst Adam Sarner insists that he's serious when he predicts that binding [[ArtId:939030612|"virtual marriages"]] will be a reality by 2015. He says such couples -- including those who have never met in person -- will enjoy the same propert...

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