For the past few weeks, one of the greatest battles of the modern age was waged.
Odds are you were blissfully unaware. Odds are even greater that you couldn’t care less.
You’ve probably never heard of Spamhaus (a European nonprofit organization that works to block spam from the Internet) or CyberBunker (the attacker).
Just to drive the point home a bit more, here are a few more factoids: Read the rest of this entry
Joining the illustrious ranks of video memes that have come before it, such as the memorable “Call Me Maybe” dubs of the summer and the downright unforgettable “Gangnam Style” barrage (also of this summer), “The Harlem Shake” is everything you expect from a video meme and more. Read the rest of this entry
In other insanity-inducing news: today I present the Internet.
Last week Newsweek’s (a permanent resident of 2WC’s kitchen table…in the market for a coffee table) cover story questioned just how the Internet (and all of the time we spend on it) impacts the health of our brains. The hypothesis being that it’s not good.
I don’t doubt that the way of life and way of thinking that often goes along with excessive use of the Internet could mess with one’s head. However, you can’t blame all craziness on this wonderful (at times) tool, and such headlines encourage such thinking.
While blaming all bad things on search engines and Twitter sounds like a wonderful way to live, I’ve got to believe that independent will is stronger than that.
Plus, if the Internet really was making us all crazy, well we’d all be crazy, not sitting around wondering if we were crazy and trying to blame it on the Internet.
Although, I could be wrong, in which case thank you for risking your mental health to visit 2WC today. We appreciate your sacrifice and if it ends badly you can always say Google drove you to do it. Godspeed.
“Does the Internet Really Make Everyone Crazy?”: TIME
“Is The Web Driving Us Mad?”: Newsweek
…some 90′s Britney!!!
Remember when pay phones were cool? Okay, well maybe not cool, but at least necessary.
There was a time when people would walk miles (after their car broke down) to use a pay phone. The sight of those beauties would bring joy and hopefully a tow truck.
Now they bring a sinking, depressing feeling and a strong desire to put them out of their misery.
But no more, thanks to a new initiative in New York City. The city has converted 10 public pay phones in three boroughs into free Wi-Fi hot spots.
Okay, so it may not be exactly like the old days, but it’s a start. Pay phones will bring new hope to those whose Internet is on the fritz. Those permanently attached to their laptops and tablets will have an alternative to the usual coffee shops and other assorted cafes.
And if your cellphone dies, help is just a short walk away…assuming you can remember anyones’ numbers.
More on the Story: NYTimes.com
…just for fun:
You made it! You’re here! Congratulations! In case you didn’t hear, you’ve narrowly avoided Internet tragedy of apocalyptic proportions.
Although given your presence online at this time, rather than cowering somewhere in fetal position praying for the Internet gods to spare you from the wrath of DNSChanger, I assume you were either unaware of the fate you narrowly escaped or are a brave, brave soul.
This bit of malware , set in place by some hoodlums who were shut down and incarcerated in November, was set to shut down hundreds of thousands of Internet users worldwide. Yes, that’s right this media-proclaimed Internet “Doomsday” was going to affect hundreds of thousands across the globe…hundreds of thousands…just over 200,000 to be exact.
Not to downplay the tragedy that being forced off the Internet would be, not to mention the drama of dealing with your service provider in the aftermath, but hundreds of thousands just isn’t what I’m looking for in a “Doomsday.”
If you’re going to call something a “Doomsday” give me at least a million affected people, at least. Still, my delayed condolences to those affected by this Internet tragedy of minimal proportions. I only hope one day you can come to grips with the trials you’ve faced these last few hours.
“No, The Internet Isn’t Shutting Down on Monday”: TIME