Internet

Word of Mouth
11:26 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Here's What's Awesome

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Here's What's Awesome:

Facebook's big, mean email switcheroo...

The Oatmeal v. A Lawyer...

Clay Shirky's take on the lack of innovation this election cycle...

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Word of Mouth
9:36 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Here's What's Awesome...

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Here's What's Awesome...

EHarmony and LinkedIn passwords hacked

Facebook's attempt at democracy...

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Word of Mouth
1:12 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

So, how'd it go?

Earlier this week, we talked to our go-to internet guy about a switch to be flipped on a whole new version of the internet. Yesterday was World IPV6 Day, and as tech decoder Rob Fleischman explained, converting to the new web protocol was designed to solve the impending problem of the internet running out of IP addresses…those are the numerical codes designating the addresses of websites, pages, computers and hardware on networks. Well, Wednesday passed…the conversion happened…and our computers are still working.

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Word of Mouth
10:27 am
Tue June 5, 2012

A Shiny New Internet

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Tomorrow will bring a long-awaiting moment for the internet…it’s IPV6 Day, when a whole new version of the web will officially go live. But don’t worry, says our next guest, there should be no change in the way most of us use the internet…as long as everything goes as planned. Here to explain IPV6 and a few other tech stories bubbling up is Rob Fleischman. He’s a web developer and entrepreneur, CTO of Xerocole, and Word of Mouth’s explainer of all things wired. 

 

Rob explains some challenges for developers when IPV6 goes live:

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Word of Mouth
11:31 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Here's What's Awesome...

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Here's What's Awesome...

Plagiarism doesn't work.

Science suggests consuming organic food has an effect on our morals.

What's Internet Explorer? Chrome becomes number one browser!

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Word of Mouth
11:45 am
Wed May 9, 2012

From Keg-Stands to Start-up

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Produced by Jonathan Lynch

In the 1980s classic comedy revenge of the nerds, there was a clear cut boundary between the titular nerds and the preppy, popular frat boys that sought to humiliate them. A recent culture trend in Silicon Valley is looking to completely upend that convention by fusing the two. A new breed of software engineers is on the horizon, and they are just as likely to fine tune code as they are to lift weights and party on the weekend.

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Word of Mouth
9:43 am
Mon May 7, 2012

The Cyber Writer’s Bête Noire

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Raw Story Executive Editor Megan Carpentier joins us to discuss the ever retrievable well of internet content and provides some helpful hints for would-be web writers, based on the lessons of a few who took some pretty wrong turns.    

 

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Word of Mouth
11:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Here's What's Awesome...

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Here's What's Awesome...

Defending "awesome."  Seriously..."awesome" is, well, awesome.

Facebook: a new place for organ donors to connect to those who need them? Or another way for Zuck to mine our personal (and internal!) data???

How French tweeters used WWII code to get around election law.

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All Things Considered
5:43 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

People With Autism Speak Out Through "Loud Hands"

April is Autism Awareness Month, and we thought it would be a good time to talk about a multimedia project in which people with autism are sharing their stories and perspectives.

It’s called the Loud Hands Project  - and it’s being spearheaded by our guest, Julia Bascom. She also writes about autism and people with disabilities on the blog Just Stimming. She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the project.

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Digital Life
6:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

In Noisy Digital Era, 'Elegant' Internet Still Thrives

Many computer users today use tools like Facebook MySpace to connect online. But some computer hobbyists still use pre-Web technologies to interact.
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Before Facebook and MySpace transformed how we interact virtually, there was another kind of Internet — a 1980s network, where users connected via phone lines and communicated through simple lines of text.

And while that may sound outdated, that version of the Internet is still very much alive.

'A Lot More Elegant'

Pat McNameeking, a college student in Concord, N.H., is one champion of this throwback social network known as SDF, or Super Dimensional Fortress.

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Here's What's Awesome
10:55 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Friday Is For Memes: Texts From Hillary

A 3am text message is sort of like a 3am phone call.

She's been Secretary of State, a US Senator, First Lady, the world's most admired woman... and now she's gone viral. Hillary Clinton is a meme, thanks to the Texts from Hillary Tumblog.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:53 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

"Screenshots of Despair" Remind Us That On the Web, You Surf Alone

AND YOU NEVER WILL, EITHER. Man, the web is one uncaring place sometimes.

As I write today's entry for "Here's What's Awesome," I'm listening to a tune by Richard and Linda Thompson called "Lonely Hearts." The chorus speaks of lonely hearts in "an ocean of loneliness" and "a shipwreck of pain." As if that wasn't sunny enough, along comes this cheerful verse:

No-one needs a friend, no-one cares no more
They'll look hard at you but they won't take the chain off the door
O they work and slave, keep their conscience clean
They come home at night and they talk to an empty screen

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Word of Mouth - Segment
1:30 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

With the Right to Google, Comes Great Responsibility

The notion that technology equals freedom is a frequent trope, and was used frequently in the early days of the Arab Spring. As the Egyptian Google exec- slash Facebook activist Wael Ghomin put it “if you want to liberate a society, just give them the internet.” How the digital realm is governed, accessed, and controlled is one of the issues addressed in consent of the networked, a new book by longtime reporter Rebecca Mackinnon. For more than a decade, she’s been active in evolving debates about how the internet will affect democracy, privacy and individual liberties.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:41 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Here's What's Awesome...

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NHPR's All Things Considered host and Word of Mouth Internet Sherpa Brady Carlson joins us for his latest round up of what's viral on the web.

Brady's awesome links:

African voices respond to the hype over the KONY2012 film.

Just one of the criticisms of the campaign.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
2:02 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

A Web With No Off-Button

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Vents in Egypt and Tunisia prove that although the internet can’t be destroyed per se, it can be more or less “turned off” – a fact that has some digital-rights activists questioning the centralized, top-down organization of internet service providers.  Julian Dibbell is a tech journalist and author of The Shadow Web, an article in the March issue of Scientific American outlining growing efforts to provi

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:22 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Online Security Threatens the Offline World

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“Critical infrastructure” once referred to things like roads, bridges and power plants. But today, the term includes the unseen digital networks that control our visible world. An easy way to protect this infrastructure from hackers is to simply keep it disconnected from the internet, but it turns out many of those systems indeed are connected to the web, unbeknownst to the people that operate them. Joining me to talk about this is Kim Zetter, senior writer for Wired.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:17 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Piracy: The Modern Scroll of Historic Salvation

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Despite the spectacular congressional flop that was SOPA and PIPA, “piracy” is still a dirty word to most, with file-sharing sites like the Pirate Bay remaining in the eye of the storm and, of course, that made-for-TV takedown of Megaupload making international headlines a few weeks ago. It’s fair to predict we should expect more battles in the name of copyright protection  in the near future, but computer historian and writer Benj Edwards has a somewhat different take.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:36 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Here's What's Awesome!

NHPR's Brady Carlson, host of All Things Considered provides us with brain food from the Internet buffet - including the censorship of Twitter.  

 

Beats so fresh, they aren't even born yet.

VERMIN SUPREME!

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Here's What's Awesome
10:36 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Friday is for Memes: Sad Packers Fan

The Green Bay Packers are not going to repeat as Super Bowl Champions this year. That you surely already know. But it's not because Eli Manning and the New York Giants managed to contain the Packers' offense or outplay the Pack's defense. It's because of some sparkly nail polish and an Aaron Rodgers jersey that sat at home, unworn, during the most important playoff game of the year.

So explains our senior sports analyst, Sad Packer Fan:

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:55 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

This segment was produced without Wikipedia

 The Stop Online Piracy Act now in front of Congress – and its Senate counterpart bill, the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, are both stirring up vigorous debates in political, media and  IT circles.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:23 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Crossing the BLVD

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Archie Bunker wouldn’t recognize the Queens of today, where cultures normally  thousands of miles apart live on the same block, and 138 languages can come together in a classroom. On the streets of Queens, passers by might hear Albanian hip-hop wafting from a market stall, or a  gypsy punk riff sill out of a café.  The diverse colors, accents and clothing illustrate “globalization” and “multiculturalism” in a way that corporate strategists cannot. Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer are finely attuned to these sounds.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:32 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Meet the blogger behind Gwarlingo

Gwarlingo's Michelle Aldredge

Somewhere on the list of why making a radio show is so fun would be this:  surfing the internet is part of the job. In other office pods, people have to Google on the sly. We consider following links and electronic crumbs rather productive. You never know when you might accidentally stumble onto your next guest.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:17 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

The YouTube Celebrity in You

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In 2007, Tay Zonday uploaded his video, “Chocolate Rain” to YouTube.  Before the rain soaked the ground, it became a viral sensation. Unlike many VH1 one-hit-wonders, Zonda’s career continues to thrive more than five years after the chocolate storm ran its course.  For musicians, finding a label was been traditionally been the way to stardom. For aspiring actors, heading to Hollywood has been the well-trod, yet equally unreliable gateway. Would-be YouTube celebrities can come from anywhere.

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Here's What's Awesome
1:53 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Friday is for Memes: Wikipedia "Please Read" Banners Remixed

Please read: a special remix of an urgent appeal by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales.

We all go to Wikipedia, which means we've all seen those banners. "Please Read: A Message from Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales." Where the "face of Wikipedia" has his face all over Wikipedia, asking for donations to keep the system running.

That alone was meme fodder, but then the late 2011 drive included new faces along with Jimmy's - programmers, server managers and other staff. All of which led to a sometimes disturbing but sometimes very funny series of revisions to the "please read" banner ads.

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Here's What's Awesome
1:35 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Friday is for Memes: The North Korean Hearse

Keyboard Cat somehow gets mixed up in a North Korean funeral procession. Remix culture strikes again.

Kim Jong Il's funeral was probably not intended to give birth to any memes, but when the hearse in the military procession featured a giant picture frame, the Photoshoppers' eyes got wide and the ideas started to flow.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:21 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Hockey Announcer Don Cherry is the Greatest Invisible Piano Player in Canada

If you're a hockey fan, you know Don Cherry, or at the very least you've seen his amazing collection of suit jackets.

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Here's What's Awesome
1:14 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Kim Jong Il Didn't Just Look at Things, Says the Web

The famous Tumblog Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things has already updated its "about" section to read in the past tense - it now says "the dear leader liked to look at things." Now the remixers have found a whole new side of the North Korean leader - as a DJ. Check out Kim Jong-Il Dropping the Bass to see him in action.

[via Cifanic]

Word of Mouth - Segment
11:42 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Here's What's Awesome: 2011!

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Awesomator Brady Carlson runs down his top ten awesomest online moments of the year.  

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Here's What's Awesome
12:21 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Friday is for Memes: Misleading Doctor

Misleading Doctor does it again.

From this Friday forward, Here's What's Awesome will bring you a fresh meme from the depths of web culture. This week, Misleading Doctor - who sets you up with a little news at the top of the image, only to turn that news on its head at the bottom of the image.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Bit Coins for Black Markets

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Our guest Sabrina Rubin Erdely describes her journey down the Silk Road, an underground website where hack-savvy browsers can buy virtually anything, assuming it's illegal.

LINKS

Sabrina's article about the Silk Road

Sabrina's website about other stuff

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