Stories by Robert X. Cringely

Google's China problem (and ours)

Well, that was the biggest news bombshell to land in quite a while. Google reveals that it's been hacked by Chinese cyber attackers and says it will no longer play along with China's repressive Internet rules.

The 10 dumbest tech moves of 2009

It's that time of year again -- time to look back and offer my 2009 awards for the most malicious, obnoxious, offensive, or nonsensical behavior in technology. The 10 winners this year include some of the best-known companies on the planet, as well as some obscure but worthy candidates.

Google phone mania hits the heartland

Would you buy a gPhone? That's the question I posed last week, as rumors, news, and speculation about a new Google-branded Nexus One handset washed over the Webosphere. I got some interesting answers.

2009: The year your data died

For a while there it looked like 2009 would be remembered as the Year of the Dead Celebrity. But Michael, Farrah, Walter, Ed, and all the rest may have to move over. This is rapidly becoming the Year the Data Died.

Twitter is dead

It is my sad news this morning to report the demise of the world's most famous microblog. Twitter, we hardly knew ye.

'New' travel search rules just won't fly

The Obama administration clarified its rules about border searches of laptops and other digital gear. Bottom line: If you care about your data, leave the laptop at home.

Thinking about upgrading to IE8? Think twice

I find it's best to live by a few simple rules. I don't micturate into the wind. I don't mix tequila with red wine (not any more, anyway). I never get into arm-wrestling matches with fat guys named "Tiny."

Microsoft to tour Europe sans browsers

Ah, those wacky Europeans. They think nothing of stripping down and jumping into the Mediterranean in the altogether or, at most, those skimpy man sacks they call swimsuits.

China censorship

Don't look now, but China is messing with the Interwebs again.

Has Twitter replaced sex?

One of the many luminaries I follow on Twitter is PornStarTweet. (I make these sacrifices just for you, I hope you realize that.) Earlier Friday he/she/them tweeted the following:

Pirate Bay crew gets the hook

Despite big fines and prison time, the Pirate Bay four remain defiant. And even if Hollywood manages to sink these Bit Torrent trackers, there's an entire fleet waiting to take their place.

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