Miscellaneous


You’ve Got (a) Deal! Verizon Buys AOL for $4.4 Billion

In our never-ending quest for all things 'Net-nostalgic -- and because the 'Net isn't that old, a lot of them refer to AOL -- here is the latest: Verizon has agreed to purchase AOL lock, stock, and 5-bazillion-CD-cache, for $4.4 billion. Sounds like a ton of money, but maybe not so much when you consider AOL was at one ... More

Ding! Dong! The IE Witch Is Dead!

Word from the Internet world -- and very welcome word, I might add -- is that Microsoft is finally doing away with Internet Explorer, and replacing it with "Project Spartan".  The new browser is rumored to be something along the lines of Firefox or Chrome; in other words, a piece of software that actually works as it ... More

Dialup Internet Access — Still Alive And Kicking

This article from my web host, titled "CyberLynk Discontinues Dialup/ISDN Internet Service After 20 Years", got me to thinking about the old days of 56k and whether or not anyone still uses a phone line and a modem to access the Internet.  Turns out, they do! Although I couldn't find accurate statistics on curren... More

Net Neutrality – It’s a Good Thing

Heard about this "net neutrality" stuff? Assuming you are like the other seven hundred million Americans (or so) who use the Internet, if you haven't, you should probably make a point to familiarize yourself with it, lest you end up like Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), embarrassing yourself publicly by comparing Net Neutrality ... More

Hold Onto Your Butts!

As we're whisked back in time to 1993, when one Dennis Nedry was head programmer at a certain Park on a certain island. (Can it really have been that long ago?) If you already have figured out what I'm talking about, then you'll want to head right over to this site... www.jurassicsystems.com ...to see if you're smart ... More

Raymond Loewy: Icon of Modern Design

If you've been on Google today, you've surely noticed the futuristic train sketch replacing the usual logo, as Google honors Raymond Loewy on his 120th birthday anniversary. You may not be familiar with the name, but you are certainly familiar with the results of Loewy's lifetime of work in the design field, whether you ... More

The Battle Of The Brews: Coffee vs. Beer

Web design is one of those professions where being both creative and detail-oriented are integral to success.  How fortunate, then, that I came across an article extolling the virtues of coffee and/or beer when applied to those two traits!  We all know that coffee (that is, caffiene) can energize you, and help you ... More

Need Some Inspiration?

Feeling burned out at your job, whatever that might be?  Or just need a little inspiration to get over the mid-week hump?  Take a few moments and follow this link to check out "The Commencement Speeches You'd Wish You Heard", written for the graduating Class of 2013 by business owners, CEOs, authors, and other luminari... More

Comedy? Or Google Recruiting Video?

Doesn't really matter -- it looks funny either way!  And it has been a few years since I could say that about a movie starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.  But "No" to having a beer with the boss?  Hmmm.  That might be the deciding factor if I were ever to apply for an internship at Google... More