HP Rocks the Schoolhouse

HP announced today that the Mini 100e Education Edition will be available in July for schools. The Mini 100e will be sold at a price point not to exceed $300, but each deal will be unique. I’m assuming that a school might buy 20-30 at a time to equip a computer lab (or a mobile computer lab) and spend $6,000 to $9,000, or perhaps a middle school would require that each of it’s 500 students buy a computer, and perhaps they’d get a lower price? Here’s what excites me about …

Tech Talk Tuesday: Facebook, Privacy, and Social Media

Facebook has changed their privacy settings again, and if you don’t live in a tech space you might not understand why all the geeks are screaming about the end of their illusions of privacy. What often happens in social media (as in every part of our lives) is that one person makes a valid point about best practices not being heeded, and it spirals into an Orwellian tirade about Big Brother. Which is wrong. If you hear folks yelling about Facebook breaking their trust, then please send them to me. …

Tech Talk Tuesday: I Bought My Daughter A Dot Com

Jane wants to save the oceans. She asked me if I could please make her a “dot org”. By “dot org” what Jane really meant was 501c. After a long explanation about how Mom and Dad couldn’t possibly manage the books for a non-profit, Jane was satisfied with the option of directing online donations to Ocean Futures Society. In all likelihood I’ll mask the url on a posterous or Tumblr site so that Jane can easily create posts as she deems appropriate. Jane isn’t online yet, but she will be, …

Tech Talk Tuesday: So Easy Even A Kid Can Do It

What does a tech savvy family do when their child wants a very expensive family vacation? Duh, they tell her to earn it on a website and say GO! Olivia is a kid you’ll probably want to watch. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her Mom, Julie. If Olivia has one tenth of the business acumen and laser focus that her mom has, well… buy stock in Olivia. Here’s the deal. Olivia wants a trip to Germany. Olivia has to earn a trip to Germany. Thinks I like about the …

Dear Twitter, I Love You

My friend George says that blogging is just a gateway drug. If that’s the case, then Twitter is heroin. It’s entirely possible that you got an email from me last night that looked like this: I need your help on twitter. Can you ask everyone to put #RefreshGary in their stream once every two hours. Mark H is a real life friend who is literally changing the landscape. He videos the homeless (he was once homeless) and gives them real faces. Because of what he does a lot of otherwise …