Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




Facebook Conducts Massive Psychology Experiment on Users, and You May Have Been a Subject


A group of scientists from Facebook, the University of California, San Francisco, and Cornell University has conducted a study, Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks, on nearly 700,000 unwitting Facebook users. This study shows that: emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions […]

What Does Your Email Address Say About You?


Joe Kissell has written an excellent article over at TidBITS discussing email addresses and what they mean. Your email address actually says a lot about you, and about your technical capabilities. This may not matter to some people, but if you work in any modern industry, this is an important article to read. I, of […]

Review: Tooway Satellite Broadband from Avonline


Update, April 4, 2014: Tooway satellite performance has degraded substantially in recent weeks. At peak times, I’m lucky to get 50 K/sec downloads. It seems that they have way too many users, and their network is saturated. The slowdowns I mention in the article, such as from the iTunes Store, have become the norm, in […]

When Tweeters Tweet Too Much


I like Twitter, and I use my account, @mcelhearn, to share articles I’ve written, info about my books, and varied things that interest me. This may include music I like, books I’m reading, movies I’ve seen and more. I follow about 300 Twitter accounts. Some are friends, others colleagues (fellow Mac writers), and others are […]

UK Prime Minister Announces Useless Plan to Block Porn


Here in England, it’s the hottest day in seven years, and the Duchess of Cambridge is currently in labour. The world currently awaits news of the royal baby. But in other news, prime minister David Cameron announced that ISPs in the UK will have to start blocking pornography. According to this plan – or “scheme,” […]

What if Twitter Locks Out Third-Party Apps?


A recent announcement from Twitter highlights the fact that the company is seeking to make more money from its service. This is certainly not a surprise; Twitter is widely used, yet there is little advertising, other than sponsored tweets and accounts, and the company needs to monetize its user base. But developers are worrying about […]