If you downloaded a song in the late 1990s and early 2000s, you most likely did it with Winamp. This week, the world said goodbye to the legendary media player with plenty of nostalgia, but for me, Winamp's death means the end of a very personal era. Here are some of my memories of working at Nullsoft, the company that created it.
When I first started there in 2001, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. America Online had just bought the company, and Nullsoft employees weren't thrilled with the prospect of being told what to do by a large company with a lot of rules. Many of us were young and full of "piss off" energy.
Nullsoft's story started way before I arrived. In 1996, Winamp -- short for "Windows Amplifier" -- was created and released by computer programmer Justin Frankel. He went on to start his company Nullsoft (a parody of Microsoft's name) a year later. … Read more
A couple of days ago, I received two letters from my health insurance company.
One welcomed me to its autopay system -- which was a touch odd, given that I had been in its autopay system for many years.
The second told me that I was about to have my health insurance cut off, as I hadn't paid my monthly bill.
Please forgive me, then, if I'm not bathed in admiration for the way health insurance companies do business. There is one, however, that wants me (and you) to believe it's the apogee of efficiency.
Wellmark Blue … Read more
Could online privacy one day be a thing of the past as we share more and more details about ourselves through social networks? Vint Cerf certainly believes that privacy will become much harder to ensure.
The father of the Internet spoke Tuesday about online privacy at a US Federal Trade Commission workshop called the "Internet of Things." A series of tweets posted by Adweek reporter Katy Bachman captured some of Cerf's key comments.
Alibaba Group, China's largest e-commerce company, broke single-day online sales records during the country's biggest shopping holiday.
Topping $5.75 billion, the site matched last year's online sales in the first 13 hours of the 24-hour shopping day, which was on Sunday, according to Bloomberg. Last year, Alibaba's single-day online sales record totaled $3.14 billion.
China's biggest shopping day is called "Singles' Day;" it's a similar holiday to Valentine's Day in the US. The main difference with Singles' Day is that it's geared toward shopping. The idea is that … Read more
Politics has become tiresome.
Alright, it was always tiresome, but when 24-hour cable news came along, we got to hear of every little detail and reached for extra doses of our calming medicine.
It seems, though, that one of the consequences of constant political upheaval has been to drive more people to shop online this holiday season.
A survey has been placed before my exclusive eyes. It was performed by Harris Interactive, on behalf of cloud testing company SOASTA (pronounced like "toaster", sadly, rather than like "Zoroaster").
In it, a fulsome 44 percent of people insisted … Read more
In this week's must-see rundown, we offer up an in-depth look at all of the new features in Google's latest mobile OS, Android KitKat. If you're one of the lucky users to already have it, you'll also want to check out our very handy tips for extending your phone's battery on KitKat.
Twitter officially went public earlier this week. In our latest Inside Scoop, CNET's Kara Tsuboi and senior writer Daniel Terdiman discuss the social media giant's initial public offering, what they learned from Facebook, and how they plan to turn a profit. … Read more
Feature-packed: LiveSafe is a hefty 170MB, but that's no surprise, given its many features. These include antivirus, spyware, and home-network protection, as well as a built-in firewall. Cross-device protection is available for both Android and iOS.
Beyond malware: McAfee has also packed in storage and management tools, including a password manager, a device-management console, and protective measures against phishing attacks.
Multiplatform: Once installed properly, SafeKey works across browsers, provided you have the extension installed.
Fragmentation: McAfee offers separate services and experiences without many breadcrumbs to inform users of other services' existence. Device management could have been integrated … Read more
What happens when you crunch billions of bytes of data? You can come up with some pretty good predictions.
Adobe Digital Index unveiled its crystal ball prophecies for this year's online shopping season, and it looks like it's going to be a doozy. Not only does Adobe Systems predict this year will see the highest-ever online spending during the US holiday season, but Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday will break records.
"Thanksgiving is the fastest-growing shopping day, and that's the biggest news this year. Cyber Monday will have the highest online sales in history," … Read more
News of the Helpouts launch leaked earlier today, after The Wall Street Journal received an e-mail about the product. The Web site for the service has actually been live since July so that potential experts could sign up and populate the marketplace.
How it works A user can search and browse through a number of topics on the marketplace, and connect with an … Read more