- Published on Monday, 10 December 2012 03:24
- Written by Zacqary Adam Green
The way "media piracy" works is that one person or group purchases a work, and then shares it with millions of other people. This supposedly deprives the author or artist of those millions of people's money. One group has acquired over 50 million media items, and makes each of them available to approximately 20 million people — which must be a tremendous hit to creative professionals' wallets. This notorious institution is called the New York Public Library.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:28
Sadly, not all websites and social networks are created equal when it comes to breaking up. With some, it takes only a couple of clicks to say good-bye, and for a few sites, if you stop paying for service, the site cut ties fairly quickly. Others make you jump through more hoops than a tiger at the circus. Even after you follow all of the required steps, some of these sites never quite separate from you, but keep vestiges of your relationship around forever.
- Published on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 16:36
- Written by BC & Agencies
Google's tiny, pugnacious search rival DuckDuckGo is using advertising to warn people about advertising. It bought a billboard in L.A. for a cool $7,000 and posted this anatidaephobic ad that says, "Google tracks you. We don't."
- Published on Thursday, 16 September 2010 01:36
- Written by Adnan
- Published on Saturday, 14 January 2012 16:10
- Written by John Herrman
If you've ever used the Internet, you have an online identity. Maybe it's slight: a Hotmail account here, a comment on a news story there. Or maybe you've been more prolific, leaving a trail of usernames, accounts, messages, and profiles across the digital landscape. In any case, an active internet user owes it to himself to do a bit of self-Googling. What you'll find will be both enlightening and humbling—even worrying.
- Published on Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:28
- Written by Adnan
Check to see if the drive has a Master Boot Record partition (avoid it if possible). If so, you will need to format the drive, or else Time Machine may malfunction when 10MB of data is copied.
- Published on Tuesday, 06 September 2011 13:35
- Written by Taylor Hatmaker
Nobody wants to get hacked. But when it comes to choosing a password, there are key steps you can take to reduce your risk of data intrusions from unwanted virtual visitors. This week's edition of Upgrade Your Life will teach you how to make a strong, safe password that's easy to remember — and how to reduce your odds of being an easy target for hackers.