Followup to Adventures with a CustoMac: Installing Mac OS X Mavericks on Asus P8Z77-V PC

Last summer, I wrote about my experiences installing Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on my Asus P8Z77-V and Intel i7-2700K PC here. What I neglected to say at the time was that an alarming number of creeping instabilities led me to ultimately abandon running Mountain Lion on my PC and return to Windows 7.Continue reading “Followup to Adventures with a CustoMac: Installing Mac OS X Mavericks on Asus P8Z77-V PC”

Social Disconnection: Choosing the Online Networks that Suit My Needs without Causing Excessive Distraction

The decision to disconnect from some social networking sites is what I call social disconnection. The commitments–time, social capital, and energy–of social media can take away from real life work and personal commitments. Furthermore, there are addictive qualities to some of these networks that require energy to resist and this can create other kinds ofContinue reading “Social Disconnection: Choosing the Online Networks that Suit My Needs without Causing Excessive Distraction”

A Prime Example Why SOPA Will Endanger the Internet: Spiteful Big Corporations

The other big news this past week besides SOPA was MegaUpload.com’s MegaUpload Song on YouTube: Universal Music Group (UMG) had a conniption fit, because some of their signed artists provided testimonials for MegaUpload, a file sharing site that makes it easy to share files with others. Despite MegaUpload having every right to use the testimonialsContinue reading “A Prime Example Why SOPA Will Endanger the Internet: Spiteful Big Corporations”

Science Fiction Research Association Now on Google+, Also Connect with Us on Facebook and Twitter

Yesterday, I launched the Science Fiction Research Association’s (SFRA) Google+ page, which you can find here. Like the organization’s Facebook Page and Twitter Feed, the SFRA Google+ page is another way that we can circulate information about the organization and our annual conference (in Detroit in 2012) while also facilitating engaged discussions about research and teachingContinue reading “Science Fiction Research Association Now on Google+, Also Connect with Us on Facebook and Twitter”

Dynamic Subspace Hit Count Bump Thanks to Jules Verne’s Birthday

I was surprised yesterday to see a two-fold increase in my daily site traffic, but I quickly found the culprit for this additional traffic: Jules Verne’s birthday. In 2009, I posted a call for papers for the annual Jules Verne Society meeting here. That post received many hits from search engine result pages even though IContinue reading “Dynamic Subspace Hit Count Bump Thanks to Jules Verne’s Birthday”

At Apple, the Platform Is the Engine of Growth – NYTimes.com

Today’s New York Times has an interesting article by Steve Lohr about Apple’s ability to shift its business strategy while being a tech giant. According to Michael A. Cusumano of MIT, “Apple has hit that magical combination of gradually shifting from a product to a platform strategy” (qtd. in Lohr par. 6). There are ofContinue reading “At Apple, the Platform Is the Engine of Growth – NYTimes.com”

R2-D2 Special Edition Droid Phone by Motorola (But R2 has been with me for years)

Apparently, Motorola, Google, and Verizon have teamed up to produce the Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Special Edition Phone. You can learn about it at the official site here (if you follow @droidlanding on Twitter), or see a picture of the phone here (it looks like a flat, rectangular R2-D2). That’s cute and all, butContinue reading “R2-D2 Special Edition Droid Phone by Motorola (But R2 has been with me for years)”

Cyberspace and the New Mind

Neil Easterbrook recently sent an email to the SFRA listserve regarding The Atlantic article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr, which is available here.  Neil was using this article as a prompt for his inquiry for SF works that address the neurology of reading and how the act of reading changes the wayContinue reading “Cyberspace and the New Mind”