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440,000 Sony VAIO Recall

September 04th, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
Comcast tells FCC to pound salt. Sony VAIO 440,000 machine recall. Yikes. New Tivo to have a terabyte. Yay. Hard disks down to $189 for a terabyte. Michael on Facebook. Better than a blog? Or no? The little Dell laptop is out for $349. Huge patch Tuesday coming next week. CNBC doing a deal with LinkedIn and we can now expect content on LinkedIn. Chrome has weird security issue. Beware. tech5
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Microsoft Surface Surfaces

August 13th, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
Apple has huge fire in Cupertino. Social networking sites going global. I’m not a big user and need to comment on the topic someday. Perhaps the Russians are not responsible to Georgian cyber-attacks. 26 patches from Microsoft this last Tuesday. Too many. People now reporting on daily sales of the iPhone as if anyone cares. Microsoft Surface surfaces. Salon magazine says McCain is a computer dunce. Nortel getting into SIP and buys developer of protocol. Liberty Media wants the AOL dial-up business. Why? tech5
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Is Ancient Greek Computer a PR Stunt for Olympics?

July 31st, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
Scrabulous returns as Wordscraper. Netflix working with LG only for downloads? NASA looking for water on Mars. The Greek computer stories I am now convinced is a BS PR stunt. Yahoo exec makes Yuil search engine to show up Cuil. EDS to be part of HP. Microsoft redoes the search engine yet again. IE beta up for grabs. Madden out on Aug. 11, the game that is. Make a computer from spare parts for no money. China limiting web access during Olympics. Why? tech5
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India to Develop $10 Laptop!?! What?

July 29th, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
Facebook ditches Scrabulous. Adobe releases 64-bit Photoshop Lightroom 2. Microsoft shows off new spherical display device. Get your own jetpack for $100,000. Dell bringing out mini-desktop, perhaps a smart phone and Wal-Mart laptops. 70-percent of Government laptops are stupidly unencrypted. DS piracy rampant in Japan. India going to develop a $10 Laptop. Will Android merge with Symbian. China to clone Blu-ray with new standard. tech5
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The Mouse is Dead. Long Live the Mouse.

July 21st, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
Intel cuts chip prices. This means cheaper computers for everyone. Interesting lawsuits over Facebook clones. iPhone 3G sold oil. Mac now number three in the race to make the most computers. They passed Acer. One-fifth of all retail spending now online. Total Internet reaches 1.5 billion users. Amazon S3 outage questions the cloud. Computer mouse not dying. CNET harping on email. Carl Icahn saga continues. tech5
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I deem desiring followers “the small p3n1s” “big truck” compensator of the internet…

June 12th, 2008 | Category: blogging,friends,life,plurk,qik,social network,twitter

It would seem I’m a dope. Well, I’m sure many out there are going, “duh”.

I thought it would be fun to join a social network breakfast in my city today, (heard about it by following Robert Scoble). Here is the kicker, (yes dumb on my part), I missed it, it was yesterday.

This is how it came about. I noticed Robert was qiking the 1st Startbucks (only a short walk from my house)… so, I decided to plurk and twitter him using ping.fm to find out why he did not make his presence better known to his followers.

In my curiosity, I was lead to a plurk on his page inviting us “his followers” to a S.N. breakfast “Thursday morning”. My problem, I got Thursday stuck in my head.

So, when I went to the facebook invite I failed to notice that it said “Wednesday June 11th, 2008″… “WEDNESDAY”, not Thursday, and just skimmed down to the time and place. :(

Yes, my bad for not paying “total” attention. But, a desire to be liked “high-school and popular type” was probably a heavy mis-director.

When we were young we all desired to be liked. When we grew up, we desired the same, (that feeling never really goes away). For kids, it’s spending your allowance on stupid things to share, candy, toys, whatever. For adults, it’s maxing your C.C. to buy a big truck, or a fancy purse, etc., to impress and be liked.

On the internet, it’s “being followed” or to get “eye balls” in marketing terms. You want AS MANY followers that you can get. Why, so you appear to be popular. I admit, it works for some, they have some interesting candy to share, or fancy truck, and, well… I fell for it again (like when I was younger).

Not really catching on to the psychological regress of “wanting to be popular” until this post, I too wanted all kinds of followers, (at first psychological assumption), to beat Leo Laporte and those up there in that similar industry. ;)

What’s worse than just missing the event and feeling emotionally stupid, the realization I’ve come to… that even when I plurked and twittered using ping.fm about my silly faux pas, I additionally received “nothing”, not a drop of “haha” or “silly man” to even boost the idea that those that follow me might be interested in what I have to say “like me”, AND… I plan to plurk and twitter this post on ping.fm to see if it gets any readers. Sad. :( Desire is an addiction!

Being followed is not all that, in fact, I deem, desiring followers “the small p3n1s” “big truck” compensator of the internet!”

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