One Step Closer to Being A Mall

Another big part of New York’s long music legacy was lost to the history books this past weekend when CBGB OMFUG (Country BlueGrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers is the long version of the name) unceremoniously closed its doors. And now, NYC is one big step closer to being a homogeneous plastic concrete Mall of America. I’m not going to claim to be anything close to a punk rocker, and I sadly never …

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Neon Museum

Vegas is the undisputed capitol of gaudy neon signs of all shapes and sizes. But where do the neon signs go when their time on “The Strip” have run their course? I’m glad you asked. The letters appear here in the outdoor “boneyard” of the Neon Museum, just past a time-rubbed Aladdin’s lamp and a shattered signature of tubed glass that once heralded the Liberace Museum. A boneyard is an outdoor graveyard for discarded hardware …

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Social Engineering WalMart

Every year at the Defcon Conference, a gathering of hackers of all shapes and sizes, they hold a “Capture the Flag” contest where a random hacker is given a list of “flags” or data points that they need to acquire from an unsuspecting employee in a top company. Past victims include UPS, Verizon, FedEx, Shell Oil, HP and others. This year, WalMart was Defcon’s victim: A Wal-Mart store manager in a small military town in …

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Go Patriots! (George Mason I mean)

I’ve been watching college hoops…geez, sports even…for a long time, and I have seen some amazing games, amazing performances, and witnessed some amazing runs in the NCAA Tournament. But what the George Mason University basketball team has pulled off this month to advance to the 2006 Final Four is just a story that transcends sports and will last for a long, long time. This goes well beyond college basketball. Its a nod to the underdog, …

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There’s A Dongle For That

The annual tech pilgrimage to Vegas for CES has come and gone. As usual, Apple was not present – they never have a booth – but they have been known to have a big presence in terms of buzz, apps, and other items within the Mac ecosystem. Apparently, according to ReCode, this year there was one big area of “innovation” within the Mac ecosystem: The large iProducts section of the convention hall boasted the usual …

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