There's No Excuse for Not Backing Up Your Computer. Do It Now.

At least once a month, some friend or family member asks me how to recover data from a failed hard drive. I help them as best I can, but in my head, my answer is always the same: "go back in time and back up your computer like you know you should've." » 3/21/14 12:18pm 3/21/14 12:18pm

Hey Spotify, Just Show Me the Album I Want to Listen To

I pretty much never ever want to hear the edited version of any album. But for some reason, that 's exactly what Spotify wants me to hear. Or it least that's the way it seems. In most cases, the cleaned up version is what Spotify shows you by default, and you have to do extra work to find the real deal. C'mon, Spotify, … » 6/04/13 1:20pm 6/04/13 1:20pm

Yes, Kickstarter Is Terrible. It's Also Everything Great About…

Kickstarter is full of awful, ill conceived, downright dumb ideas. So is the internet. So is the universe. But it's also festooned with crazy-good thinking, ingenuity, and imagination. It's fun and unfettered. It's the opposite of the tech industry. » 11/10/11 5:01pm 11/10/11 5:01pm

It's Time For NPR to Get Off the Government Payroll

NPR gets about 2% of its direct funding from the U.S. government, through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For NPR's member stations, CPB funding is about 10% of their total, with other federal, state, and local government sources kicking in another 6%. » 3/09/11 12:45pm 3/09/11 12:45pm

TSA Full-Body Scanners: Protecting Passengers or Padding Pockets?

Pilots hate them. Passengers who avoid them get a groping. They're the TSA full body scanners presently deployed at airports near you. Their effectiveness is unclear. What is clear is that lobbying for them makes you a ton of money. » 11/14/10 6:00pm 11/14/10 6:00pm

iI iHate iVerizon's iNew iMarketing iCampaign

What's the only thing more annoying than a non-Apple company using Apple's trademark diminutive "i"? Companies thinking they'll really stick it to Apple by using it to mock them. The latest marketing school dropout contestant: Verizon's "iDoesn't" campaign. » 10/17/09 4:00pm 10/17/09 4:00pm

3G MicroCells: Carriers Want You to Pay Extra to Fix Their Own Failures

AT&T's network is basically a huge failure. And if you want to fix their incompetence in your area, you'll need to pay an additional $150 for a 3G MicroCell. I call bullshit. » 9/21/09 12:40pm 9/21/09 12:40pm