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.
Whether you’re looking to buy a new netbook computer or find a nice hotel for your next vacation, or anywhere in between, there’s probably a website or blog out there with reviews about the particular type of product or service.
How can the venerable daily newspaper survive, even thrive, in the age of the Internet? It wasn’t long ago that even mid-size cities had at least two competing papers, with large cities having a half dozen or more.
Whether you’re overseeing the Web operations of a multinational corporation, building and maintaining a website yourself for a nonprofit organization, or putting out a small personalized site about a hobby, you want to satisfy the people who visit.
With personal computers, smart phones, and other digital technology products, the emphasis is almost always on the new — the latest and greatest. It’s thus refreshing, and curious, to see products stand the test of time and survive well beyond their expected lifespan.