Digital divide or mental divide?

When talking about the spread of information and communication technologies, I often hear well-intentioned objections to the generalised use and inception of these technologies. “The newspaper will soon be dead”; “everyone will be using iPhones/iPads/insert-shiny-gadget”; “everyone should have broadband”. These general statements undoubtedly require caveats, not everyone in the world Read more…

Of love and spambots

As with any good xkcd, this one has a serious point behind it. Spambots and other autonomous agents are becoming increasingly sophisticated. There may be a time soon when captchas and Turing tests may be a requirement for any sort of online interaction.

Microsoft Live

I am testing Microsoft Live, Redmond’s answer to Google’s Internet domination. Microsoft Live offers a search engine, picture folder, blog hosting, Map editor and a convenient WYSIWYG text editor that allows you to edit blog posts offline, and separate from the clunky Blogger editor. The editor reads your blog’s style, so you will really know Read more…