Several years ago (possibly even before the turn of the millennium), my brother told me that books would soon be a thing of the past and that everyone would be reading eBooks. Is it possible? Could eReaders and eBooks replace paperbacks and hardcovers the way cars replaced the horse and buggy, the way portable audio… Continue reading Can eReaders replace books?
Add one more to the tech journalism hall of shame. From PC World‘s “Google’s Chrome OS May Fail Even as It Changes Computing Forever”: First, Google will compete with another operating system, Linux, that has tried fruitlessly to replace Windows on consumer PCs. The Linux camp will give it another go with a Linux variant… Continue reading Google Chrome OS isn’t Linux?
Most comment spam is pretty easy to identify and avoid. I almost got tricked by a recent one, though. Just a tip for y’all. If you want your comment to stay and be taken seriously, it’s generally a good idea not to have your comment’s website be a porn website, even if you write a… Continue reading The spammers are getting clever
Just spotted this “article” on ZDNet called Ubuntu allies with Amazon and Dell. It opens The next Ubuntu release, dubbed Karmic Koala (k is the 10th letter of the alphabet and this is officially release 9.10) is drawing attention for its support for clouds and its improved desktop. [Emphasis added] And apparently Dana Blankenhorn has… Continue reading Tech “journalism” – smacks forehead
I’m always appreciative of comments on my blog, even from those who disagree with me (as long as people can be civil about it). It’s one thing to know “X visits have been made to your blog,” but it’s another to know what people actually think (I agree / I disagree / I sort of… Continue reading Whom do blog spammers think they’re fooling?
Right now I’m reading Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters by Jessica Valenti, and I have to say, with a few rough bumps along the way, it’s an impressive piece of literature. Most of the feminist works I’ve read—while rationally argued, fully annotated, and well-written—are dry and too academic for… Continue reading Full Frontal Feminism Indeed
Overcorrection. It’s a natural human inclination. If you throw me a heavy ball I catch in my right hand and then throw me a heavy ball I catch in my left hand, I will lean right, lean left, and then balance myself to the middle eventually. There was a time (I want to say it… Continue reading Sometimes so-and-so and me is okay.
The English language changes. It’s a fact of life. Much as grammarians and pedants would love for it to stay the same, it changes. I understand that change is inevitable—I don’t have to like the change, though. I have finally embraced the verb impact, and I still cringe when someone says something was [insert adverb]… Continue reading The noun disconnect
Through various times in my education, I was taught to not use the first person and to use an “objective” voice in my writing. When I became an English teacher, I taught my students a similar principle, except I called it “the illusion of objectivity.” Objectivity is an interesting concept, but I do believe it… Continue reading Owning Subjectivity
I just deleted a comment that Akismet thought was spam. I wasn’t 100% sure it was, but I erred on the side of caution. I like comments. I liked the comment from someone saying Just posting to let you know people do read your blog, even if they don’t always comment. It may be a… Continue reading Blog comments and spam