What would you do if you lost everything? Me, I’d yell, cry and probably throw my last something at a wall. As much as we’d like to think we aren’t ruled by our possessions, I believe certain items like letters and photos of loved ones carry a lot of value. As these items become increasingly digital, the risk of loss increases while the perceived risk decreases. You might be thinking that your digital files are safe and nothing bad will happen to them. But, according to the video below 60 million computers will fail this year. That’s comparable to every Canadian losing their computer, finding it and then losing it again. Continue reading Backing up: Not a fool’s errand
These messages and subtext are troubling. They are routed in prejudiced thought that often shows itself in uglier ways. I’m sure the author of this piece has a few friends who are nerds, but that doesn’t excuse his dumb and prejudiced characterization of nerds.
Who do you trust more with your information: your government or corporations? Does privacy even matter or is this just how our lives need to operate now? It’s fine if you don’t mind being tracked by ad companies but I encourage you to be aware of what you are consenting to and its implications. Continue reading Someone is watching as you read this, is that fine?
The Apple Watch is poised to have a dramatic effect on mass culture as many will want the device. In fact, the predicted number of pre-orders is in the millions. As this happens we need to consider how the Apple Watch might affect our own lives. Technology is usually fairly benign on its own but how we design it and use it can be beneficial or harmful to how we live.
Recently Google released their Music service in Canada after a few years of Canadians constantly searching for why Google Play Music was unavailable north of the 49th parallel. I was one of them. I love music and I love finding new ways to enjoy and discover a myriad of sounds. With the release of Google Play Music I took it for a test drive and … Continue reading A look at Google Play Music
In recent weeks Apple has gained some poor media attention thanks to a major flaw in the iPhone’s operating system. This vulnerability meant that someone could access data from your phone if you were on an open network, like a free wifi network at your favourite coffee shop. The good news is that Apple has made a security update for their iOS and OSX operating … Continue reading Computers, phones and security
In the spring of 2011 my favourite city saw a deluge of rainfall. The grey imposition of rain clouds changed my mobile communications. Not able to handle the weather anymore my little Blackberry phone gave up. No more phoning, no more texting and most importantly, no more BBM. I switched to an Android phone, Nexus S to be specific, and I kept moving forward along … Continue reading BBM: Great Expectations
I see the best minds of my generation being destroyed By plastic backlit rectangles while peering at displays, Flicking frenetically from topic to topic. All of this brought on by the Helvetican f and co. In universities across the world, desks rumble Amid a flurry of crystalized colours Spewing from half eaten fruit. Is this the future: a 140 character generation Leading the charge of … Continue reading Dear Ginsberg
Recently Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake made a skit parodying the use of hashtags online by using them in a face-to-face conversation. Personally, I think the skit is simultaneously hilarious and nauseating. The quick cuts to their hands making hashtag signs followed by linguistic strings of one-up-manship made the general public weep for the English language. Before this hashtag hatred gets out of hand I … Continue reading Hashtags Don’t Kill Languages, People Do
For the past few weeks I have been thinking about the Internet. In particular, does it ever take a break? Do we let it take a vacation? Then, one of the few good YouTube channels, PBS Idea Channel said they were taking a two week break. Instead of writing a thorough post on the topic I decided that I might as well take a break. … Continue reading A Little Rest