data mining

HAPPY PRIVACY DAY! At least that’s what Google is shouting to the heavens and earth. Which is a little ironic when you stop to think just how much Google itself has done to erode our privacy. This is, after all, the one year anniversary of the Snowden leaks, when we collectively learned the extent of […]

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WAS CHANNEL ONE THE TOE IN THE WATER? The step down the slippery slope? The camel’s nose under the tent? Twenty-odd years ago, in the late 80s and early 90s, Whittle Communications created a product called Channel One. Channel One brought big televisions, VCRs, and other cutting edge goodies to schools. Then, as now, schools […]

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SOMETIMES YOU REALLY WANT TO SCREAM when you run a small business. You know what you need, but the only way you can get it by being a bigger business. Then technology happens. Technology changes the way we relate to each other – and that means traditional dynamics get flipped on their heads. No, I’m […]

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COOKIES! THIS WEEK’S COOKIE TOSS-UP gives a a big win to Oreo and a Dark Ages award to the Girl Scouts. In case you don’t follow advertising trends or perhaps fell into the minority who didn’t use social media throughout SuperBowl  XLVII, Oreo scored it big when it seized an opportunity to turn the game’s […]

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Friends or Eyeballs?
25 January 2013

by tmartin on January 25, 2013

A FEW MONTHS AGO, I got an email that gave me pause. “Did you know Eggland is using you to promote itself on Facebook?” asked my correspondent. The Facebook story – so large it even spun off into a Hollywood movie – hardly needs retelling. Even the most marginally technical beings have heard about the […]

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RIGHT AFTER AN ELECTION CYCLE AND all its attendant cynicism and mudslinging, I find myself needing something to counter all the muck. Nothing like a nice techy conference to clear the air, right? Last week’s Massachusetts Digital Summit provided blissful geek-speak – and reminded me how much good work actually happens in town hall and beyond. […]

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by Teresa A Martin HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CROWDS? Me, I can get overwhelmed. Like the other week at OysterFest in Wellfleet … when this wildly popular October event turned the street into pedestrian gridlock  … and suddenly my imagination clicked into high gear and I felt like I was fleeing from the jaws of […]

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I DID SOMETHING LAST WEEK  that I haven’t done in years: I changed my browser home page. The last time I made the switch, it was from Alta Vista to Google. Anyone remember Alta Vista? It had the cleanest, most simple, and speediest search interface. Then, pressured by a need to generate revenue, it morphed into […]

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HERE’S A URL I want to share: http://www.broadbandmap.gov/nbm/speed (To navigate it well, use the menu options in the footer. By default the footer is turned off, so you’ll probably want to click on the “show footer” link at the lower right corner of page. The footer links are really pop-up menus to different ways of […]

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