Tech tAUk February 5, 2011 – Bowling for Tech Edition

It’s the weekend of the big major league football game with lots of overpriced ads and Sunday barbecues with extra chips and salsa and doing our best to avoid invoking NFL copyright infringement Bowl. And we head into the sports weekend in style with our own sports coverage (actually a weird analogy that we thought up in the locker room), as well as our look at how AU’s favorite neighbor, the Department of Homeland Security, is out to ruin it for everyone.

Our tech headlines this week:

We then take a look at the latest developments in web browsers via a parody of sportscasters (TSPN, anyone?) and discuss how far Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome have come in the past year.

Douglas then interviews Miranda Gale, Director of Online Operations for the AU Social Media Club, a new organization promoting the use of social media in education. They discuss a bit about how social media can be used in the classroom and in the workforce, and also discuss the Social Media Club’s “Hashtag the Campus” campaign.

Then, Josh delivers yet another round of Flunks, including an inappropriate tweet by a clothes designer, a delinquent 9-9-9 operator, and a famous inmate with a life sentence texting from prison.

Finally, we wrap up our Random Geeky Fact of the Week with a look at an obscure 1998 law attempting to protect minors on the internet, despite an obvious loophole.

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About Douglas Bell

I live in Washington, D.C., and work as a Broadcast Technician at WAMU 88.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate in the Washington metro area. My primary shift is to engineer the local feed of NPR’s Morning Edition, including local news and weather, long-form features and station breaks… and yes, the shift starts at 5 am, so I’ve got the whole quasi-nocturnal thing going on. I am also the Coordinating Producer for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie, an independently-produced podcast and public radio program. Extracurricularly, I play cello, and participate in a church choir and a handbell choir. I enjoy discovering new places, and am constantly searching for the perfect cheeseburger. I am also known as a frequent teller of puns.