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Notes from the Electronic Cottage 12/11/14

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Today, an unusual web site for those who are in biology, a few thoughts on the old expression “the exception proves the rule,” and a few highlights from “Freedom on the Net 2014,” an almost 1000 page report from Freedom House about the declining freedom available on the Internet available at freedomhouse.org.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 12/4/14

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Today, let’s look at the final steps in digitizing music from old vinyl onto our our electronic devices. And, since it’s a major shopping season, it might be worthwhile to take a look at a recent academic study on “Measuring Price Discrimination and Steering on E-commerce Web Sites.” If you’d like to read it for yourself, go to www.css.neu.edu/home/cbw/pdf/imc151-hannak.pdf.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 11/27/14

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Have a pile of vinyl recordings around that you’d like to get into digital format? It’s not really difficult, but it does pay to think before you start digitizing. Here are some thoughts to help with that process.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 11/20/14

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Got a pile of old vinyl discs lying around that you’re slightly embarrassed about having – so very retro? Well, worry no more – vinyl is back! Alas, as a recent Pew Internet survey reveals, privacy apparently is not. The report is at:
www.pewinternet.org/2014/11/12/public-privacy-perceptions/.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 11/13/14

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Today, let’s take a more detailed look at the Verizon Wireless program that is tracking and profiling and selling information about 106 million customers who are, of course, paying Verizon for the privilege of being tracked online, and what Verizon Wireless, and maybe AT&T Mobile, customers can go about it. Unfortunately, the answer is not much.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 11/6/14

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Lossy music compression such as that used for mp3 files is based on the assumption that it is okay to throw away quite a lot of information from a sound stream since humans can’t hear it anyway. But is that really true? A new research paper says maybe not.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 10/30/14

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Well, it’s Halloween week so it’s a good time to take a peek at a few digital tricks floating around cyberspace like Verizon Wireless tracking their users’ interests and selling that info to marketers or the mischief that bad people could get up to with medical devices that have all sorts of vulnerabilities. Don’t worry, there are treats on the web, too, and we’ll get to some of them next time.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 10/23/14

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Want to check out a couple of fun while still being informative web sites? Want to ponder whether Apple and Google are putting people “above the law” as FBI Director Comey claims? If so, listen up.