My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

October 11, 2014 3:07 pm
What Is Gamergate, and Why? An Explainer for Non-Geeks

What Is Gamergate, and Why? An Explainer for Non-Geeks

I’ve seen few headlines regarding this before now and am not too surprised to learn what is going on. There are both great and terrible effects that the internet has on society, this unfortunately is an example of the latter.

2:54 pm
Google Testing A New 'Talk To A Doctor' Service In Google Search

Google Testing A New ‘Talk To A Doctor’ Service In Google Search

I don’t know how much I trust this given the article’s source, but it would certainly be useful.

September 4, 2014 11:58 pm July 22, 2014 10:28 am
Spotify, MTV/VH1/CMT Announce Major Partnership | hypebot


Reposted from on July 22, 2014 at 10:07AM

If winning the battle for streaming music supremacy is about partnerships, Spotify scored a major victory today. MTV,VH1,and CMT today announced a significant marketing deal that makes Spotify the preferred streaming music service…

I can see a lot of bad coming from this.

May 24, 2014 1:24 pm

#SaturdaySadStat: any time we see increased revenues paralleling increased net losses, we start wondering about the viability of the business model…


#SaturdaySadStat: any time we see increased revenues paralleling increased net losses, we start wondering about the viability of the business model…

1:31 am
"The internet I grew up on and still rather cherish on was one of weird flashing Geocities pages; strange usenet groups devoted to arcane fandoms; long, maudlin posts about people’s depression illustrated by ASCII art tableaus. It was text-based MUDs that elaborated on fantasy games before HBO was adapting them for our pleasure. There was no Twitter, no Facebook, but also no parents, few real names, and relatively little fear of surveillance. And the animating spirit was scrappy in a way that you can tell is gone because it is so hard to describe, standing here all the way down the line."

Do You Ever Miss the “Old Internet”? (via caro)

What’s kind of ironic is when you get past the more physical parts of this description, the content doesn’t sound all that different from the modern internet, at least not tumblr.

(via emergentfutures)

November 12, 2013 11:51 pm August 28, 2013 8:23 pm July 21, 2013 11:25 pm
10 Rules of Internet - by Anil Dash


In my years working in technology, I have learned a few things. These lessons have become oft-repeated refrains when speaking to people, so I thought I’d collect them so I have a link to send folks when needed.

  1. Given enough time, any object which can generate musical notes will be used to play the Super Mario Brothers theme on YouTube.
  2. Judging by their response, the meanest thing you can do to people on the Internet is to give them really good software for free.
  3. Three things never work: Voice chat, printers and projectors.
  4. Once a web community has decided to dislike a person, topic, or idea, the conversation will shift from criticizing the idea to become a competition about who can be most scathing in their condemnation. (See The Law of Fail.)
  5. Any new form of electronic communication will first be dismissed as trivial and worthless until it produces a profound result, after which it will be described as obvious and boring.
  6. If your website’s full of assholes, it’s your fault. (See the post on this topic.)
  7. Most websites treat “I like it” and “This is good” as the same thing, leading to most people on the Internet refusing to distinguish between “I don’t like it” and “It’s not good”.
  8. When a company or industry is facing changes to its business due to technology, it will argue against the need for change based on the moral importance of its work, rather than trying to understand the social underpinnings.
  9. People will move mountains to earn a gold star by their name on the Internet.
  10. The only way to get useful feedback from people on the Internet is to ask questions that are actually answerable, instead of open-ended.

I’ve disagreed with him in the past but I think Anil Dash got this one pretty right.

June 27, 2013 2:16 pm