Unlocking Cell Phones : Statement from the Library of Congress and the White House

I don't know if any of you have been following this ruling, and the resulting national petition, but it's a rather interesting step toward the future. Back in October 2012, the Librarian of Congress decided that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA. As of January 26, consumers are no longer able to unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after their contract has expired. But now read this from the White House . . . March 5, 2013

False Advertising ???

True or False: Designers have disappeared from the web advertising world because they're no longer needed -- who needs a designer when you can blatantly use false advertising to entrap your audience to click. Good question? Have you fallen prey to this ploy? February 23, 2013

Spectacular Vertical Gardens

I find inspiration in all sorts of places . . . even some you may not consider. How about graphic design as it is applied to a vertical landscape of color, shape and texture . . . these vertical gardens are actually paintings that affect the spaces they occupy. Is this 'design' ... you bet! Truly creative, and truly inspiring. Enjoy! February 7, 2013

nCircle predicts exploits, security threats and hacks will mutate in 2013

Lamar Bailey, Director of Security Research and Development with nCircle, has released his top five security threats to watch out for in 2013. The New Year -- and beyond -- he predicts, will be a time of highly adaptive security threats, with four main strands - cyber-criminals, cyber-terrorists, political hacktivists and rogue employees -- conspiring to create severe headaches for IT security professionals in all classes of public and private sector industries. December 22, 2012

Can you use it?

If it's there, can you use it? While I was putting together the article for Pamela Wells this month, that question presented itself once again. Searching for images of Pamela's writings and products I turned up an interesting set of images that immediately underscored the issues of SOPA and PIPA. March 1, 2012

Tangling with CraigsList scam artists

'twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, someone is getting seriously ripped off by an online scammer on Craig's List. Some experts have estimated that millions of dollars will be lost this holiday season because victims didn't immediately recognize they were being scammed. Read along as I have a little fun with this one -- and illustrate how to avoid getting trapped yourself! December 16, 2011

#187 Net Neutrality... or, The Bandwidth Wars

Big changes are afoot in the way the internet works and 'net neutrality' is a conundrum with so much misinformation, confusion and media lip service floating around that no one seems to really know what's going on. Two things are for sure: it is NOT going away, and it IS going to be a media feeding frenzy. July 16, 2006

Pump-n-Dump #2

Here's a follow-up to our January article on the Pump & Dump stock scams now barraging everyone's email boxes ... February 5, 2006