Did Microsoft make an Excel mistake on its own ad?

AppleInsider caused a titter amongst Apple fanboys when it pointed out that Microsoft appears to have made a calculation error in a billboard advert.

Pear is a Linux-based OS X alternative

Pear OS is a Linux-based operating system that strives to combine an Apple OS X experience with the open source philosophy of GNU/Linux.

Ubuntu CEO says sorry to "Open Source Tea Party"

  Ubuntu's CEO Mark Shuttleworth has penned a couple of apologies to his critics in the open sauce community.

Did Netflix Finally Kill the Video Store?

I was surprised to read the news that the last Blockbuster stores were finally closing. I was only surprised because I was under the impression that except for a few stray stores here and there that Blockbuster had been completely done for some time.

Google's Flight Search: do no evil, but kill everything in your path

What the heck is happening with Google?? They've put banner ads on the main search page even though they promised never to do so. They are supposed to provide us with the best search experience possible, and it looks like they are pretty much looking to kill Expedia and the rest of the travel sites out there. Pretty soon there won't be anyone out there to channel you deals, or price comparisons, or bookings options. Just Google. That's spooky.

Apple makes OS X Mavericks upgrade free

It has been as understated as anything is on an Apple launch day, but if you upgrade to OS X Mavericks you won't have to pay a dime. The last time I did an OS X upgrade I had to pay $19. I am free of that shackle. Is this a shot across the bow of Microsoft or is it a reaction to Google's Android? 

Why you must upgrade to Windows 8.1

Microsoft's long gestating Windows 8.1 upgrade is now available for download. Designed to address the concerns of whiners and haters alike, it seems like it is one of those upgrades that is a must have now thing. And, it won't hurt one bit if it takes away the bad taste of Windows 8.

Facebook and Twitter may yield clues to preventing the spread of disease

Facebook and Twitter could provide vital clues to control infectious diseases by using mathematical models to understand how we respond socially to biological contagions.

How Instagram can ruin your dinner

Warning Instagrammers: you might want to stop taking so many pictures of your food. New research out of BYU finds that looking at too many pictures of food can actually make it less enjoyable to eat.

Microsoft releases IE 11; should have given up at IE 7

Chrome is winning the browser wars. It's doing it in a frightening way. We are all Google's bitches and there is no way to get around it. This update to a browser, that most Web app developers think of as a joke, just keeps the sad going for Microsoft. IT departments everywhere continue to experience job security as long as Redmond keeps giving them crap to install.

Google adds dictionary function to search AND Ngram Views

Type in a word and a dictionary definition on top of the search results or adjacent to it. I love this feature because it kills all those spammy dictionary websites like, Mirriam-Webster (that's right you two. I said it. You are spammy).   Why don't we all just give up and let Google do everything for us:   Google, bring me the head of Alfred Garcia Google, explain women to me

Steve Ballmer push-retiring from Microsoft within 12 months

Still worth $15 billion and unlikely to need the support of AARP in his dotage, nevertheless, Steve Ballmer leaving is worth billions in stock price uptick to Microsoft. That's got to hurt. Why? Only a billionaire could tell you why he would care, but clearly, it ain't something that Ballmer was chomping at the bit to do.  

Google has 5 minute outage: Internet traffic drops 40%

Between 23:52 and 23:57 BST on 16th August Google went down. The results put the fear of Google into every webmaster's heart.     GoSqaured, a company that has its own analytics platform, had noted in its Engineering Blog:  

Syrian Pro-Assad supporters hack major media outlets using Outbrain

The Washington Post, Time, and CNN are not only forced to use Outbrain like the rest of us traffic desperate sites, but they have also been unceremoniously attacked by people who still find time to commit massacres between keystrokes. Sad state of journalism in this country grows worse.  

Windows 8.1 will be released 4 am October 17th Redmond time

That's midnight in New Zealand where Microsoft is hoping to piggy back off of the love of the world for Hobbits to polish this turd. We can't think of any other reason. Can you?   Brandon LeBlanc, on the official Windows Blog, went all ecstatic and cheerleadery to get us to mark our calendars:  

Microsoft Outlook and other services experiencing downtime

Poor Microsoft. They can't get a break. Now, it seems, that Outlook users are suffering some downtimes. They are not just down because they are still on Microsoft products and can't get a Gmail account. No, they are, literally, down. You can check out the live updates here. The latest message is:

Is Rails losing its sex appeal

Ben Sigelman is a cool programmer and a great blogger. He thinks nobody should use Rails for anything, ever. Kick the hornets' nest baby, kick it!  

New Google feature in search results highlights in-depth content

A recent post on Google's Official Search Blog identifies a new feature that curates content for broad topic searches. It looks like it is anti-TGD and its staff of dedicated transients and former convicts. Shame on Google for neglecting the ramblings of schizophrenic Adderall users at a time when they need page impressions the most.  

Google's Chrome browser to get more touch-friendly

Google is apparently taking steps to make its flagship Chrome browser more touch friendly.

Will Twitter become a big TV screen?

New research from scholars at Columbia Business School and the University of Pittsburgh questions the sustainability of Twitter, the social network that has more than 500 million registered users. The research was recently published in the journal Marketing Science.