It’s no secret that you can find some of the best and the worst in human nature in online discussions, whether in Yahoo Groups or Google Groups discussion lists, company Web forums, personal blogs, online communities, or elsewhere on the Internet.
One of the most interesting dynamics in the digital world is the interplay between goods and services that you pay for and those you get for free. We’ve seen free PCs, free software, free Internet access and free Web sites.
In an industry with a wealth of quirks, eccentricities, and oddities, Linux (pronounced LIN-uhks in American English) is right at home. This computer operating system is celebrating its 20th anniversary in August 2011.
The recent release of upgrades to the world’s three most popular Web browsers, Windows Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, makes it a good time to consider whether to explore a change.
You may have seen the TV commercials. A nervous-looking young woman has a date with a man she met over the Internet. She wants to make sure that he’s not an ax murderer. To learn more about him, all she has to do is sign up with a service that provides background checks, for a fee.
The Internet has ushered in considerable advances over the past decade. We’ve witnessed an explosion in Internet video and audio entertainment, mobile access, and multifaceted social networking, among other things.
Depending on your perspective, emoticons may be one of the most charming aspects of online communication or one of the most annoying. Though Internet veterans and texting aficionados may think emoticons are old hat, the linguistics behind them is interesting.