Justin Pot is a technology journalist based in Portland, Oregon. He loves technology, people and nature – and tries to enjoy all three whenever possible. You can chat with Justin on Twitter, right now.
Sometimes online comments can make the web better — like when they prompt great conversations, point out great tools, or make something hilarious even better.
Tesla cheated, phone users are a contradiction, Facebook is insanely popular, Instagram discovers rectangles, and John Oliver teaches geography.
We are bad at estimating time. So, let’s understand our relationship with time and see if we are investing our spare time properly.
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A sarcastic robot, with little regard for humanity, working as your personal weather forecaster? That’s interesting.
Facebook chat on Linux took a hit when Facebook shut down XMPP in April 2015, leaving Pidgin users with Facebook integration unable to chat. Here’s how to change that, with a new Pidgin plugin.
American schools are slowly phasing out cursive handwriting, which is an unambiguously good thing. Here are the worst arguments that say otherwise.
The Internet is happening; let’s watch.
Dig through your Mac’s settings and you’ll find a firewall, turned off by default. Isn’t that insecure? Why would Apple be so irresonsible?
The web is a vast network of seemingly unconnected things. You could spend all day exploring it. These five sites bring back the feeling of serendipity we had almost lost.
If you like customizing your Mac, Yosemite might be the last version of OS X that works for you. And that’s too bad.
It took someone outside Google hacking away at CSS to finally offer a decent Hangouts experience on desktops and laptops – and you can give it a shot right now if you’re a Chrome user.
LEGO has probably never been more prominent than right now. Rediscover your love of LEGO with these awesome sites.
Learn keyboard shortcuts. It sounds like a pain, but seriously, every new shortcut you learn will quickly become something you can’t live without.
Gmail offers native apps on Android and iOS, both of which blend with their operating systems. Why shouldn’t the far more powerful desktop operating systems get the same treatment?
Why not connect with people you don’t know? Get that old-school Internet feeling back with a few chat apps that might be up to the task.
Tired of your online communities being hosted by seemingly incompetent management teams, or being overrun by trolls? Avoid the problem altogether: build your own alternative to Reddit, and host it on your own server.
Also, a German court is forcing Facebook to allow pseudonyms, how the right to be forgotten might go global, and a parrot who knows what’s awesome (spoiler: it’s everything).
If you love gazing at the stars, and beautiful pictures of galaxies, the Internet has a lot to offer. Let’s learn more about the universe.
Whether you want to know what’s going on in the world of technology or quickly swipe through headlines from around the web, the right site or app makes it easier.
Blogger and WordPress are arguably the easiest two platforms for starting your own blog. But we wanted to know if there was anything easier out there. We weren’t disappointed with the options we found.
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer volume of music out there, finding a few great places that compile and play music for you is really useful.
It sounds too good to be true, but it’s perfectly possible to raise money for charities doing things you already love. Or even with your bad habits. Take a look.
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We all want to improve ourselves, and no app is going to magically make it happen. The right tools combined with commitment could be the magic bullet.
Today there’s only one reason not to learn new things: because you don’t want to. Why shouldn’t you when The Internet is there to help you acquire new skills, painlessly.