Stories by Paul McNamara

Here's why .pdf spam went pffft

It's no secret that spammers have informal communications channels and freely share tricks of the trade on the Internet. But what happened in August is enough to make you suspect they have an organized trade union -- or even a government -- that allo...

Three surveys say a lot ... most of it bad news

A "State of the Net" survey released last week by Consumer Reports makes clear that Americans continue to have ample cause to distrust Internet interactions ... yet many remain woefully ignorant in terms of protecting themselves - and their children ...

'Bong hits' case may reverberate online

Press attention on the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last week focused almost exclusively on free-speech issues for high school students while they're in school or involved in school activities.

Pricy 'Net names and Gates a no-go

The domain-name aftermarket -- or, if you prefer, speculation/ransom market -- eclipsed the US$100 million milestone for the first time last year, according to Zetetic, a research company. Here's a look at some of the numbers.

DEMO - Vendors make a splash

Sixty-eight companies at Network World's DEMO 07 conference last week managed to bring attention to their new products and services without shutting down a single highway, bridge or river. Not a bomb-sniffing dog in sight. No one hauled off in handcu...

Google Earth and 'collateral damage'

Sooner or later, Google is going to have to start doing a better job of coming to grips with the collateral damage created by the ever-expanding array of whiz-bang applications that have made it a worldwide phenomenon.

Battery fires, rootkits and Sony's brand

The Sony brand name was pounded into punch-line fodder last year by all the battery pyrotechnics -- aren't those videos fun to watch? -- and the rootkit debacle that had some calling for jail time for those responsible.

If one percent of the web is porn, is that a lot?

The answer to this question has apparently become relevant in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the U.S. government over the long-dormant Children's Online Protection Act.

Doing the desktop waddle

All Linux vendors need to do to break Microsoft's death grip on the desktop is unravel a few chicken-or-the-egg type mysteries.

Low price colour, at a cost? Color LaserJet 1500L

Hewlett-Packard’s lowest-priced colour laser printer ever, the Color LaserJet 1500L, offers high-quality output for small- and home-office users ready to make the leap from inkjet to laser printing. To reach that low price, however, HP had to cut som...

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