By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] I have been a big George Orwell fan ever since I first read “1984” and “Animal Farm” at school. Who hasn’t heard of the slogans “Big Brother is watching us” and “war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength”? These are slogans which are now part of […]
By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] This blog post by David Risley kind of hit a raw nerve today because it is a problem that all bloggers face sooner or later. Blogging is a sedentary occupation. I personally sit in my chair for 12 hours or more, 6 days a week. Yes, I have breaks […]
By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] If you blog for a living like I do, you’ll know that some days the words just don’t come. For hours, you’ll sit there looking for stories or you’ll try to make the words come out to no avail. Or you’ll simply not be bothered, give up and watch […]
By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] First it was Chinese and Iranian bloggers getting the boot in from their government, then a Russian blogger received a suspended prison sentence for saying nasty things on his blog about the local police. Now the Memphis Police Department (MPD) in the good ol’ US of A is attempting […]
Green technology is the way of the future, no doubt about it. Nothing fuels mind-boggling innovation like the possibility of the world being totally destroyed if we don’t clean up our act. So, it’s an exciting time to be a geek right now – there’s so much cool green tech out there, you can hardly […]
In a world with more than 100 million blogs, do you find it difficult to find new and interesting things to read? How do you sift through all of the noise to find blogs that you might like? Would you like a simple way to find good content? Maybe Toluu will save the day for […]
Let’s be clear about something. Despite the attractive woman in the logo, this site is about geek-tech first and sexiness second. Or is it the other way around? Well, it doesn’t really matter. But this article is NOT going to be about the Miley Cyrus shower pictures that have given the World Wide Web a […]
By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
It dismays me sometimes when I see some bloggers and the stuff they write. Only this morning, I was looking at someone’s blog and he was talking about a security hole that he had discovered in Gmail. He had found a vulnerability where he could see everyone’s Gmail address which is obviously a spammer’s wet dream.
Now in this case, the responsible course of action would be to not go into specific detail on his blog but to instead say “I’m going to contact Gmail now” and then do so. He could contact Google, tell them what he has found, and help them plug the hole. He would then earn serious brownie points with Google and maybe feel good about himself in the process.
But does he do this? Of course not. Instead, he gleefully details step by step what he has found and he details in process how you can find it too. By doing so, he has put at risk every Gmail account out there and the only people who will be happy with this jerk today will be the spammers. To add insult to injury, his blog is hosted on Google’s Blogspot!