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Remember the 1960s Connie Francis song that sang, “Lipstick on your collar told a tale on you. … Lipstick on your collar said you were untrue”?

That was then. Technology is now. Just ask Tiger what told the tale on him.

The great American information diet

The typical American Internet diet includes a healthy helping of gigabytes and a voracious serving of zettabytes, with a little extra exabytes on the side. And for dessert? A scoop of petabytes. Yummy!

And the appetite for blogging …

I recently switched to WordPress after Google’s Blogger unceremoniously dumped my three-year-old, 2000-post blog from their server without warning or explanation. I’ve since discovered that WordPress has more features and greater flexibility. While noodling around on WordPress’ own blogsite, I found the site’s total stats for November. Pretty amazing numbers!

  • 509,048 blogs were created
  • 6,380,052 posts were published
  • 483,127 new users joined
  • 7,245,509 file uploads
  • 4,728 gigabytes of new files
  • 865 terabytes of content transferred from WordPress’ datacenters
  • 1,720,604 comments
  • 7,516,584 logins
  • 1,390,120,928 pageviews on WordPress.com, and another 1,491,289,510 on self-hosted blogs (2,881,410,438 total across all WordPress blogs tracked)
  • 2,385,255 active blogs and 25,596,165 active posts, where “active” means they got a human visitor
  • 1,526,632,774 words.

It’s a sign of the times

As technology expands our ability to communicate with more people, we’ve never been more connected. Or addicted. Or distracted.

Doping out Snopes

Named for a notorious family in a series of novels by William Faulkner, Snopes has evolved from initially focusing on Disney-related rumors, to now focusing around 85 percent on political issues. An interesting look at the origin of Snopes and its inventors.

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

  • Learn about the computer, the Internet and various software programs as well as money, math, literacy and other topics at Learn Free. Learn what you want, when you want, regardless of your circumstances.
  • “How’s your citizenship knowledge?” is a quiz is made up of 20 questions that were used on the actual citizenship test. They’ve also added a few curveballs. The last 10 questions may be a bit harder, but a score of around 24 out of 30 is considered a passing grade. I scored 23! How will you do?
  • Here’s another way to test your political knowledge with 12 questions. Can you beat my score of 10?

‘Editor and Publisher’ is shutting down

After 108 years, it was shuttered last week by its parent company, The Nielsen Co.

“E&P,” the bible of the print-media world, focused on the print media. Evidently so many newspapers and magazines have collapsed recently that their “bible” is now collapsing with them.

But the wave of the future is already here with Andrew Breitbart’s Bigs.

Hooked on a hook

If Americans are addicted to Twitter, the microblogging site appears to be the laid-back journalist’s crack cocaine. Check out this site, looking for the laziest journalists on the Internet.

Blogger mistrial

Would you think making death threats against three federal judges in Chicago because they wrote a ruling supporting gun control could get you imprisoned?

There’s an app for that

Apps take wing! Got a craving for some hot wings? Fire up your handheld device and fly Kluckr!

Amazon’s digital book spawns competition

Say goodbye to ink-stained fingers. Soon you’ll read your daily newspaper or magazine or even a comic book wherever you are. Portability with digital devices that go beyond the scope of Amazon’s Kindle will be coming on the market any minute now, eventually making the traditional paper product obsolete.

Facebook fine-tunes members’ privacy settings. Is it a con?

Last Wednesday, Facebook members saw a screen that asked them to review new privacy controls before continuing with their normal activities. Members are being asked to check off whether they want to keep revealing info like birthday, workplace, email address and other personal information.

But is it what it’s cracked up to be? At least one tech writer says, “It may well be a disaster in the making.”

Twitter, Facebook selling-power effective

If you’re doing your Christmas shopping online this year, you might be among 28 percent of shoppers who were influenced by social media. Thirteen percent said they were influenced to buy a product by reading an online consumer-generated review. And six percent were influenced by a friend’s status update on Facebook, while three percent said they followed the advice of a Twitter tweet.

Fun and games!

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Now playing at the Princess Theater

Congratulations to WorldNetDaily reader Russell Dobbyn of Gulfport, Miss., who correctly guessed last week’s trivia-quiz movie, “In Harm’s Way.”

The 1965 film, which stars John Wayne, includes the famous line spoken by Kirk Douglas as the character Capt. Paul Eddington: “Lieutenant, I don’t know the situation between you and your father, but let me tell you this: bums like your friend Owynn are with us always, like bad weather. But sailors like your old man only happen once in a while.”

The Oscar-nominated film “In Harm’s Way” depicts the story of a naval officer who, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.

This week’s movie trivia quiz fits perfectly for the times in which we live. Name the movie, the character and the portraying actor who said:

“Profit? Fiscal year? Tsk! Tsk! Tsk! Beware, my dear Zilkov. The virus of capitalism is highly infectious. Soon you’ll be lending money out at interest!”

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