The Network Rockstar Challenge

By Brian Boyko Contributor, [GAS] For too long, network administrators, engineers, and architects have longed for a way to determine dominance within the IT pack. Unfortunately, those efforts have been stymied without a quick and convenient way to determine IT knowledge on a quantitative scale, leading to unsatisfying substitutes like Guitar Hero or Halo tournaments. […]

Dot Com Time Capsule: The Oldest Domains

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] TG Daily brings us a list of the 100 oldest .com, .org, .net, and .edu domains. The first,, was registered 24 years ago this month. Some unsurprising names also topping the list are,, and is 25th, but it looks like the science fiction fans […]

Likaholix: new recommendation engine enters private beta

Two former Google employees, Bindu Reddy and Arvind Sundararajan, have launched a private beta of a new recommendation site named likaholix.  You can request a beta account from the site.  It took 14 minutes for my invitation to hit my GMail account. The sign up process was quick and easy, and the site is pretty […]

How Twitter’s spectacular growth is being driven by unexpected uses

In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.

Microsoft introduces ultra-secure web browser

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] You must be wondering how you entered a parallel universe in which a [GAS] headline can include the words “Microsoft”, “browser”, and “secure” — without the words “not”, “disaster”, or “joke”.  And given the history of security flaws in Internet Explorer over the years, the folks at Redmond need […]

Facebook Still Owns You

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] You’ve probably heard about the recent Facebook TOS debacle and subsequent backpeddling. After a few quiet changes to the terms, a bunch of users of the social networking site revolted, followed by preparation to file a formal complaint by the Electronic Privacy Information Center to the FTC. So Facebook […]

Lunascape5 releases beta version of multi-engine browser

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] Justin James alerted me to the beta release of Lunascape5 Genesis, the three-headed browser from Japan whose alpha version I reviewed back in November. One of the concerns I had at that time was if you intend to use Lunascape for cross-browser testing, you should be aware that […]

Apple Stores Block Facebook (Except Not)

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] After reports that Apple retail stores had all blocked Facebook to discourage customers from “wasting time” (i.e., hogging the computers so that people who actually wanted to buy something couldn’t try out the software), a CNET writer checked it out for herself, and found out that the answer was… […]

Are you bypassing your company’s IT policies?

While reading the paper version of ComputerWorld this morning, I stumbled an article reporting that more than half of Gen Y employees regularly bypass corporate IT usage policies at their workplace, and a quarter of them face no repercussions for doing so. These results came out of a study performed by Toronto-based research firm Harris/Decima, […]

YouTube’s “Fair Use Massacre”

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Thanks to a breakdown in a previous licensing agreement between YouTube and Warner Music, last month there was something of a witch hunt for any videos containing any songs from Warner’s library. However, whereas most of the time when YouTube deletes videos due to a DMCA takedown notice, these […]

A Blogging Experiment

It takes real guts to work several years to build a top 50 blog, then turn it over to anyone and everyone, but that’s what’s happened at Neatorama. Alex has instituted a new feature called the Upcoming Queue. It’s like a submission, only the submitter writes the post with links and graphics. Then the public […]

I Can Has Cookie?

The problem with the little candy message hearts you see around Valentines Day is that they are tiny. And they don’t particularly taste good. And they don’t say what you really want to say. Sometimes you can’t even decipher what they are supposed to say! So …make your own! Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories baked up […]