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Secret desires

Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
Who's going to win the election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 2010

Home sweet studio

Drums in the living room, control room in the foyer, and guitar amps isolated in separate corners of the dining room — this is the shape of the modern low-budget studio.
The latest on DIY recording
By JACK MILLS  |  May 28, 2010

Apple loses its cool

Sheez, they’re getting awfully touchy out in Cupertino.
Once the underdog cult darling battling the evil empire, Apple is fighting an image problem — and critics, who say it’s betrayed the digital revolution
By WEN STEPHENSON  |  May 14, 2010

Is genius immortal?

No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010

Birth of a museum

Nobody starts an art museum. Most of the art museums in America were founded in the later 19th century, when esthetics became part of the larger cultural language — the Portland Museum was started in 1882.
A push in Portsmouth
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 05, 2010

Review: Brooklyn’s Finest

Somebody must have drawn up a computer program on Crash -like multi-narrative screenplays, because it's infected the system and won't go away.
Tango and Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010


Holy Scrollers!

It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010

Tilting at Windows

Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous wit
Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009

Hacking pact

On an unheralded fall weekend right before Thanksgiving, a roomful of amateur hackers and Web rock stars gathered in East Cambridge for a historic convention that could dramatically reshape the way we get our music.
With big record companies willingly bucking technology, musicians and software types gathered in Cambridge to revolutionize the industry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2009

Easy Ed strikes again

It’s always easy for Ed. That’s “Easy Ed” Achorn, the Other Paper’s deputy editorial pages editor who is the equivalent of a right-wing P&J.
More propaganda from Achorn. Plus, legislative musings and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 13, 2009

Inside the term-paper machine

It’s never been easier for college students to hire someone else to write their term papers for them.
The black market of term papers exposed
By COLMAN HERMAN  |  November 06, 2009


Hacking into pie

John Duksta's latest bit of high-tech wizardry — a machine that would aid in the creation of circuit boards — fell a bit short.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 11, 2009

Knowledge in a flash

Jake Rolan sat at Starbucks on Thayer Street one day last month, busy on both his laptop and iPhone, seemingly no different from the other students who had carved out an itinerant workspace there, cursing out the wireless network that seemed to fade in
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  August 14, 2009


Last year, a co-worker (who shall remain nameless to save her from additional embarrassment) discovered a bug bite on her leg. It was slightly different than a typical mosquito bite; it was more bruise-like, and a bit painful to the touch. Not having a
Online health info can make you crazy
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 24, 2009
goose list

Shudder to think

With the tools available to electronic musicians — software and limitless collaborators available through the Internet — the only limiting agents are ambition and work ethic. Well, talent, too, but that can be as easily wasted as ever if you don’t know h
Chill out this summer with Goose Bumps, Vol. 3
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 10, 2009

Drawn together

Boston needs more superheroes. Not because our metropolis is gripped by an unprecedented crime spree, but, says Dave Kender, because our comics are perhaps not muscular enough for their own good.
Comic Koffeeklatsch
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 05, 2009


With the accent on computer

" Pardon ?"
Say What?
By JULIA THROOP  |  May 22, 2009

God is dead

One of the biggest mysteries of the video-game marketplace is why the PC seems to lag so far behind consoles as a gaming platform. After all, Windows computers have the kind of market penetration that Sony and Nintendo can only dream of.
Demigod can't resurrect PC gaming
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 08, 2009

Bytes of knowledge

Once upon a time, we thought it was novel to be able to buy books in our bathrobes.
Getting the most from an online education
By CLEA SIMON  |  May 01, 2009

Keepin' it real . . . sort of

The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival (April 24–May 10) includes a handful of shows that focus on computer-simulated environments, both real and imaginary.
Virtual reality at the Boston Cyberarts Festival
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 17, 2009

Can the geeks save Rhode Island?

The tech sector offers promise for the economic future, but a small labor pool and other hurdles must be overcome
The tech sector offers promise for the economic future, but a small labor pool and other hurdles must be overcome
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 04, 2009

Going green: Ghostbusters

My monthly rent payment includes heat and electricity, a luxury I'm still getting used to at the new apartment I moved into this summer.
Reducing phantom loads
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 28, 2009

Smooth operators

The year in Auto-Tune
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 23, 2008

Year in Games: Where it's at

This was a strange year for video games.
Succeeding on the strenghts of their settings
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 22, 2008

A moral dilemma

We need serious action and strong leadership — and a public trust that is unlikely to be given.
State and local politics is paralyzed by fear
By EDITORIAL  |  November 25, 2008

The Big Hurt: The week in digital mishaps

Say what you will about Kid Rock, but I will not allow you to deny that the man is a fucking artiste .  
Internets threaten Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, and sexy bits
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 15, 2008

Crossword: ''You can look it up''

Eight entries from eight decades of the OED.
By MATT JONES  |  October 01, 2008

Will FairPoint run out of money?

Wall Street’s melt down could burn consumers throughout Northern New England — especially those in Maine.
Land-line woes
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 17, 2008

Out of this world

The worlds Rosenbaum creates feel less like a separate or “alternate” reality and more like a colorful, if complicated, extension of the one we know.
Benjamin Rosenbaum’s The Ant King
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  August 26, 2008

Schmaltz Coney Island Lagers

The latest offerings from New York’s Schmaltz Brewing Co. celebrate — as Elvis Costello once put it — the “other side of summer.”
Freaking delicious
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008