Earlier this year, smack in the middle of a typical Monday afternoon, my vision started to blur and cloud like someone had thrown an exposure slider for my eyes all the way to the right. I tried to blink my way through it, but it was no use. So I shut my laptop, briefly panicked, and then walked away and slept for an…
Blustery days like today are a good reminder that when the power goes out and you’re at home in the dark, the loneliness creeps in fast. And when you’re lonely, nothing makes you feel better (and worse) than Logging On.
Technology—the breaker of chains, the breaker of backs. It is everything both right and wrong with humanity today. But today, I want to focus on the good side of things, specifically the small things developers might have put into a product that, if you dig around long enough, turn out to be surprisingly useful.
After a mind-numbing election cycle and a distressing car accident, I dramatically deleted Twitter from my phone early last year, giving my brain a break from the creeping sense of exhaustion that was building up over the holidays. And when I finally did it, a fellow Twitter user offered a prescient, super obvious…
We all do it. We text our partners when they’re in the next room. We take an elevator for just one floor. And we FaceTime with the stovetop to make sure water isn’t boiling over while we watch TV in the other room.
We’ve all seen it—someone hands you their phone and you notice that it’s called “Bob.” Or you see a list of possible devices you can connect to and every single one has a weird name. Or you’re the one scrambling to explain why you’ve renamed your work computer “Big Bad Caesar.”
I have a lot of sympathy for web designers and programmers. Although they slave away to create incredible software used by millions (or, at least, the good ones do), no-one ever really appreciates their work. Easter eggs are just a tiny portal into their world.
So... first week of 2016 was pretty sweet, right? Supposedly there was some big convention this week in Vegas that got busted by the feds. Heard of any cool new apps?
HAPPY NEW YEARS!
Welcome to the future! The past? Timezones are confusing. It’s 2016 somewhere, so come join the party. What are you futuristic hopes and dreams for the coming year? What are you happy to leave behind? Grab a drink, pull up a keyboard, and join the New Year’s Eve open channel.
Your fave can be a nonfiction book, or a fictional narrative where technology plays a big role. What should we be reading?
Today a kid in college told me he was debating whether to major in CS or not. How would you settle that debate?
It’s the last day at Gizmodo for our beloved EIC Annalee Newitz, and this can only mean one thing: GIF party.
Thanksgiving is here! What are you up to?
I will admit, I have never even heard of “the meat sweats” until I saw them mentioned on that one Progressive commercial. It’s a little-studied struggle that apparently strikes carnivores after a gratuitously meaty meal. Is it a legit scientific phenomenon, and if so, what happens to your body?
Phone booths are disappearing. Kids nowadays don’t even know what it is when they are looking at one. But this booth in Prairie Grove, Arkansas is one of the last remaining specimens of a passing era, and just has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. When’s the last time you’ve used one of these…
Today the work chat program Slack suffered intermittent outage for hours, becoming a trending topic on Twitter as workers fought to remember alternative routes for communication. How did you survive without Slack?
This week, we learned that the 2015 El Niño may end up being most powerful on record, eclipsing three other major El Niño years over the past century. So....why doesn’t this beast of a weather phenomenon have a goddamn name yet?