Search has become so ubiquitous as a technology today that we rarely stop to think where it applies, or how. Search has become the de facto means through which we navigate the web. Without it the massive amount of information locked up in websites and online documents is next to useless.
Ten years ago Joss Whedon’s Firefly lit up TV screens and opened the door to a universe that has never completely left our affections. Its cancellation is the single, strongest confirmation of William Goldman’s assertion that “in show business no one knows anything.”
With days to go before the launch of the iPhone 5 the Apple brand was is surfing on a wave of publicity that has truly reached a new record. From those camping, for eight days, outside stores in order to buy it to those who wonder aloud why they should fork out good money for a design that’s hardly changed from the 2007 original, it has become hard to live in most places on planet Earth and not know it is coming. And that is the marketing genius of Apple.
Money makes things happen, always. From the moment the first click took place and a transaction was made the online and offline world have embarked on two individuals paths with the same destination: the checkout.
In 2009 United Airlines gain social media infamy by throwing around Dave Carroll’s guitar, breaking it and then putting him through a year-long session of hoop jumping as he tried to get to the bottom of it.
Neil Armstrong’s taken the final step that any man is ever capable of taking. His passing at age 82 reminds many of us of the achievements clocked up in the last century.
The Cloud is the latest in-thing about computing. From hosting services which make use of Cloud servers to deliver 100% uptime and totally scaleable bandwidth to bookmarks and apps (like Evernote) which keep in the cloud your private data, likes, preferences, notes and web clips and, browsers, like Chrome, which simply synch everything.
Two major stories making the news at the moment centre around a subject that may help to redefine writing as a discipline: plagiarism.
I am breaking one of my cardinal rules. I am writing feeling giddy. I will not apologise.
We like to pretend that social networks are something new. They’re not. Long before we even had anything resembling digital, we had communities and networks which operated within them and outside them powered by the human need to connect and impose order on the unruliness of the world.