Stories by Mike Elgan

Dispatch from the technology culture wars

It's an election year, so you're going to hear a lot about the "culture wars." You know: The endless battle between conservative and progressive values.

Written by Mike Elgan05 May 12 21:12

The timeline's time has come

Facebook will soon foist its new <a href="">Timeline</a> feature on users as part of its plan to update its interface.

Written by Mike Elgan14 Feb. 12 04:19

Is the 'quantified self' movement just a fad?

"Quantified self" gadgets were surprisingly hot at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- if journalists covering the event are to be believed.

Written by Mike Elgan21 Jan. 12 23:12

'Tis the season for 'ambient hangouts'

In the future, widely distributed consumer technology will enable your family and friends to be right there with you during the holidays, even if they're on the other side of the world.

Written by Mike Elgan24 Dec. 11 04:32

How to launch your career 2.0

Comedian Louis CK recently produced an "HBO special"-style show, but with a difference: HBO wasn't involved -- and neither was any other network.

Written by Mike Elgan20 Dec. 11 02:21

Inside Carrier IQ-gate

A scandal erupted this week around the discovery of secret software running on most smartphone handsets in the U.S. that tracks and logs personal activity on the phones.

Written by Mike Elgan06 Dec. 11 02:29

Has the spam problem been solved?

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in 2004 that <a href="">the problem of spam would be solved within two years</a>. It seemed unlikely at the time, and in fact 2006 came and went without so much as a dip in the crushing load of unwanted email advertising.

Written by Mike Elgan15 Nov. 11 07:33

Easy automation for Google+

Last week, I <a href="">told you</a> about a great new service called <a href="">"If This Then That"</a> (IFTTT), which lets you automate things online. I also gave instructions on how to post on <a href="">Google+</a> via email.

Written by Mike Elgan12 Oct. 11 02:43

How to automate Google+

Google+ is different things to different people. For some, it's a gallery for displaying artwork or photography. For others, it's a powerful way to promote my -- I mean their -- columns, books and blog posts. For most, it's a wordy <a href="">Twitter</a> replacement where posts are often followed by the highest quality conversations anywhere.

Written by Mike Elgan04 Oct. 11 01:45

ROBOTICS: HAL 9000 - not just in space anymore

A few years ago, the Pentagon launched a program to create a fully functional HAL 9000 -- the intelligent software robot depicted in the 1968 sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Written by Mike Elgan20 Sept. 11 04:57

Even Google hates its own 'names' policy

Google's only big blunder in the creation of its otherwise excellent Google+ social network has been a flawed policy on what users are allowed to call themselves. Everybody hates the policy. Even Google hates it.

Written by Mike Elgan16 Aug. 11 00:20