Big fans of the cloud as we are, there's no doubt relying solely on keeping your stuff stored remotely is a risky strategy. Accounts get hacked. Companies fold. And if you don't have backups of your most precious Snapchats and Gmails, then they can disappear in a puff of data center smoke. Here's how to make sure you've got local copies of everything.
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There's a memorable gag from the (unfortunately revived) Arrested Development that goes like this: A character sees a brown paper bag labelled "dead dove, do not eat," opens the bag anyway, reacts in disgust, and then remarks, "I don't know what I expected." It's a pretty good approximation of how the bone hurting juice anti-meme that exploded in popularity over the weekend functions.
Tumblr -- the internet's preferred space for fandoms and emotional self-flagellation -- is undergoing a particularly bizarre moderation crisis. While Facebook struggles with war photography and Twitter makes limp attempts to boot trolls, Tumblr appears to be removing totally innocuous videos of pets and children.
As an American, I gotta know: Is this how the rest of the world sees Trump? Or perhaps what his true face looks like when he peels back his human mask? Is The Donald a close relative of Graham?
Yahoo released its latest earnings report today, and while there were some bright nuggets for the beleaguered company -- its reported revenue for the second quarter of this year beat analyst estimates -- there was one distinct black mark. Yahoo recorded a total goodwill impairment charge of $US482 million ($635.8 million) related to its purchase of Tumblr. Whoops!
The internet has been my gateway to a lot of confusing, upsetting, and offensive stuff. But lately the thing that's caused me the most revulsion has been a photoset of someone pouring tequila into a mason jar full of Flamin' Hot Cheetos. "How much do you have to hate yourself to do this," one of the post's replies read. Buddy, you have no idea.
The State Department released its latest Hillary Clinton email dump yesterday, and I did it. I found two mysteries in one email. The email is from the last email release on October 30..............yet it has been bizarrely silenced by the mainstream media. No longer!
We know that Silicon Valley has a women problem, and it's not just at Pied Piper. Even worse, perhaps, is what happens when these mostly-male tech companies are invited to talk about their success with other mostly-male tech companies at public events. It's not at all unusual to see seven penises onstage without a vagina in sight.
Briefly: If you're on the lookout for a good old-fashioned internet time-suck, head over to the Tumblr scienceisstrange, where one hero has scanned a great many pages of over 300 issues of SCIENCE magazine from 1950-1980. The collection is full of great ads, illustrations, and photos depicting retro-gadgetry and science in all its halftone printed glory. That's a wrap on the next few hours for me. See ya!