A New Chapter for Paul Shirey Tech

A New Chapter for Paul Shirey Tech

I started Paul Shirey Tech off in 2011 as a tech blog. I was really into blogging back then and was throwing out 3 - 4 articles a day about general tech. The blog got me a position ...

So You’re Taking a Break From Facebook?

So You’re Taking a Break From Facebook?

So... You're taking a break from Facebook? I've seen many people take breaks from Facebook in the past. Back in 2009 and 2010 this is something I myself would have found necessary ...

Technology’s Instant Gratification is Detrimental to Relationships

Technology’s Instant Gratification is Detrimental to Relationships

Here's how to kill a long distance relationship... If your peers notice that youare always talking to your significant other electronically and it gets to the point where they begi ...

When Does Communication Actually Become Communication?

When Does Communication Actually Become Communication?

Are we communicating right now? No -- I'd like to think that we're communicating, but in all reality you are simply reading the thoughts that I have transferred to a field in a PHP ...

Could Driveless Vehicles End or Minimize Snow Days?

Could Driveless Vehicles End or Minimize Snow Days?

This year has been a particularly severe winter across the US. It's February 5th and our school has already had 5 snow days. The university I will attend next year has always had s ...

Why My School Can’t Fix Cyber Bullying

Why My School Can’t Fix Cyber Bullying

Every time I hear the term "Cyber Bullying" I honestly want to throw up. While I'm not discounting the fact that there are people who may genuinely be cyber bullied, and while I'm ...

The Real World Gaps of the Emulated Digital Age

The Real World Gaps of the Emulated Digital Age

Texting while walking started off as just a joke, than cities around the world began imposing laws that banned texting while walking. Before texting while walking, serious traffic ...

A New Chapter for Paul Shirey Tech

I started Paul Shirey Tech off in 2011 as a tech blog. I was really into blogging back then and was throwing out 3 - 4 articles a day about general tech. The blog got me a position at a brand new Android blog, and later got me a position with T3KD, starting off writing and then advancing to Managing Editor as the blog expanded. During the early days of Paul Shirey Tech I still had what my friends would call ...

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So You’re Taking a Break From Facebook?

So... You're taking a break from Facebook? I've seen many people take breaks from Facebook in the past. Back in 2009 and 2010 this is something I myself would have found necessary to do. Most people who have a Facebook account tend to access it at least once a day. Since most of those people carry around a smartphone with the Facebook application and don't turn off push notifications, they are constantly co ...

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Technology’s Instant Gratification is Detrimental to Relationships

Here's how to kill a long distance relationship... If your peers notice that youare always talking to your significant other electronically and it gets to the point where they begin to tell you it's unhealthy... you're probably doing it wrong. The solid state drive on my computer has a read speed of 270 megabits per seconds, meaning that in a minute it can read approximately 2055 megabytes of data.  2055 me ...

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When Does Communication Actually Become Communication?

Are we communicating right now? No -- I'd like to think that we're communicating, but in all reality you are simply reading the thoughts that I have transferred to a field in a PHP database stored on a server in Chicago on a hard drive, delivered to your computer via many miles of fiber optic cable, eventually being processed by your computer's web browser into readable text. Why such technical jargon? Beca ...

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Could Driveless Vehicles End or Minimize Snow Days?

This year has been a particularly severe winter across the US. It's February 5th and our school has already had 5 snow days. The university I will attend next year has always had some late starts and snow days. A big reason we have snow days is because the roads are unsafe for driving. Here's the thing though, I have observed accidents caused by snow, and a lot (but not all) of them are caused by poor judge ...

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Why My School Can’t Fix Cyber Bullying

Every time I hear the term "Cyber Bullying" I honestly want to throw up. While I'm not discounting the fact that there are people who may genuinely be cyber bullied, and while I'm not discounting the fact that some people have taken their lives after being cyber bullied, the approach being taken by officials (mainly schools) is flawed. And what makes me even more angry is some schools, especially our school ...

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The Real World Gaps of the Emulated Digital Age

Texting while walking started off as just a joke, than cities around the world began imposing laws that banned texting while walking. Before texting while walking, serious traffic accidents were occurring because people were texting while driving. Suddenly this thing -- this electronic means of establishing and conducting a virtual life with virtual relationships had become something of real significance, a ...

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Has Facebook’s Own “Success” Killed It?

Back in the 3rd quarter of 2013, Facebook reported 728 million daily active users and 1.19 billion monthly active users. Those numbers are quite impressive, considering it would mean that in theory around 1 in every 7 people in the world are accessing Facebook, at the very least, on a monthly basis. However the larger that Facebook has gotten over the years, the more talk there has been about whether o ...

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IT Isn’t Dead, It’s Just Moving Along (DUH!)

Wired wrote a blog post yesterday titled The IT Department is Dead. Long Live the IT Department. Now... Even though they went on in the blog post to (thankfully) explain how the IT department wasn't actually dead, this headline still brings up an interesting discussion as to, what's the future of IT? IT has been around ever since computers have been around, and IT departments have been around ever since com ...

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Botnet Virus Taken Down (sort of) – Was Generating $2.7m Per Month For Operators

  I usually don't write about viruses, because they happen on a daily basis, but very rarely are they huge viruses of severe proportion, and very rarely are they a virus that affects me or a system I manage. Today, just that hapenned. I was doing a weekly inspection of internet usage on a network I manage through my OpenDNS account, and got an error of Botnet/Malware activity. Sure enough, someone's co ...

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