Beat The Cellphone Blues II

In this week’s column I wrote about how to counter cellphone rudeness. For the full text I’m afraid you’ll have to subscribe to the publications I work for (here’s the Far Eastern Economic Review version; the WSJ version will appear later today), but here’s some idea of what seems to get people going: While it’s …

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This week’s column – Visualizing Tools

This week’s Loose Wire column takes a look at programs that visualize your hard disk. ONE OF THE CRAZY THINGS about computers is that the more we use them, the more of a mystery they become. Think of all the things you’ve done with your computer: reading and writing e-mail, browsing Web sites, downloading (and …

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This week’s column – What Price Privacy?

This week’s Loose Wire column is about Gmail, Plaxo and privacy: PRIVACY IS ONE OF those things you either obsess over, or don’t see what all the fuss is about. You’re either someone who gets indignant when a shop assistant asks you for your home address at the checkout, or you’re not. You either hate …

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This week’s column – Mailbag

This week’s Loose Wire column answers readers’ questions on Bluesnarfing, the unpleasant term for the unpleasant process of remotely stealing the data from a Bluetooth-equipped cellphones, the wonders of PowerDesk and ExplorerPlus, and browser wars. Full text at the Far Eastern Economic Review (subscription required, trial available) or at WSJ.com (subscription required). Old columns at feer.com …

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This week’s column – Snarf

This week’s Loose Wire column is about Bluetooth security:  Next time you’re carrying your whiz-bang Bluetooth phone watch out: Serious flaws mean your contact numbers and other info stored in the phone could be stolen without you even knowing it. This latest threat is called Bluesnarfing.   Full text at the Far Eastern Economic Review …

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This week’s column – TheBrain

This week’s Loose Wire column is about TheBrain organizing and brainstorming software: Expand Your Mind: There’s software to help you do it. TheBrain not only aids in organizing your thoughts but could also stimulate new ideas and connections When you chat with someone who says, “My brain right this minute is 105 megabytes and there …

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This Week’s Column – Squarespace

This week’s Loose Wire column is about Squarespace: WHY, AFTER ALL THIS TIME, is it still so hard for us ordinary Joes to publish something on the Internet without having a doctorate in HTML, or having to settle for a Web site that looks like the home page of a four-year-old with a Hello Kitty …

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The Digital Fallout Of Journalistic Plagiarism and Fakery

How do you correct the Internet? All these reports of plagiarism and fakery in U.S. journalism — at least 10, according to the New York Times — raise a question I haven’t seen addressed elsewhere. What should newspapers and other publications which have carried the reports do about setting the record straight? A USA Today …

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