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Stories by Mark Gibbs

  • AT&T DSL: Getting What I Pay For?

    So, here in <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/community/toolshed/diagnosing-dsl-again">Gearhead last week</a> I discussed the problems AT&amp;T has been having in providing me with a reliable DSL service and it seems a significant number of you feel my pain.

  • Giving up your iPhone

    The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.

  • Diagnosing DSL. Again.

    In the last 11 years I have moved house three times. Each time I have purchased Internet service from AT&amp;T and each time AT&amp;T has managed to make establishing service an epic struggle that consumes hours of my time, leaves me without service for days or weeks, and drives me to the edge of homicidal despair.

  • H.R. 1981, the jaws of law will eat your Internet rights

    You remember in "Jaws" where a girl is swimming in the ocean and the music starts playing ("dun-dun, dun-dun, dun-dun ...")? You know what's going to happen ... at the last moment she sees the shark's dorsal fin slicing through the water and, "eeeekkkkkkkkk!" ... too late! CHOMP!

  • NeuroSky MindWave: Fun with Brainwaves

    In <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/community/toolshed/smart-hat-monitors-brain-waves-watch-fatigue-levels">last week's Gearhead</a> I discussed, in part, the science of electroencephalography or EEG … the detection and measurement of the neurological activity of the brain via electrodes attached to a subject's scalp.

  • Goodbye e-books, hello apps

    "It doesn't matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don't read anymore ... Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year."

  • Smart hat monitors brain waves to watch fatigue levels

    I just read <a href="http://m.gizmag.com/article/21271/">an interesting article</a> in <a href="http://m.gizmag.com/">Gizmag</a>, an online technology newsletter, about an unreleased product called the <a href="http://www.smartcap.com.au/">SmartCap</a> from Australian company EdanSafe. The SmartCap is worn as a cap and analyzes brainwaves to ascertain fatigue levels, one obvious use case being to monitor commercial drivers to reduce road accidents.

  • The real reasons why SOPA and PIPA are real bad

    Following <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2012/012012-backspin.html">last week's Backspin</a>, reader Alex Gonzales (Sweetwater, Texas) wrote to me: "Just read your SOPA article and I guess I'm just not seeing the big picture. If the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) could put an end to online piracy and stop a lot of those damn viruses, maybe even stop hackers -- what's bad about that? You say bad for business, bad for Internet -- but how? How is stopping/policing the bad stuff on the Internet bad? Give me some real reasons as to why [SOPA/PIPA] is bad. And don't tell me to go read the SOPA/PIPA bills in their entirety."

  • AirPrint to almost any printer

    Back when I was young printing was complicated. Printer drivers were a nightmare of options and standards were rare. Now there are all sorts of standards for printing but the nightmare still continues. Even printers that sell for $50 have multiple drivers, often support various printing protocols, have multiple driver updates, and then there is the printer installation software.

  • Your identity up for grabs

    Security was a big issue in 2011 with more sophisticated and a wider range of threats than ever before wasting even more of everyone's time at a cost of billions of dollars.

  • A tablet for under a Benjamin?

    Product names are tricky, there's no doubt about it. If you're not going to use a meaningless string of characters such as "X77-P73" then you've got your work cut out for you because it's hard to find a good name that isn't already taken by some other company. Even internal project names have to be researched, checked that they are OK to use and vetted by lawyers for liability.

  • 2012 Outlook: The end of everything?

    Welcome to 2012, the year the world ends. Yes, in case you haven't been following the eschatologists out there (and most of them are definitely "out there"), 2012 will be "it" for humanity. The "last hurrah". Fini. Au revoir.