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  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    It's Finally Time to Give Up Internet Explorer for Good

    Almost exactly two years ago I wrote five reasons why you should stop using Internet Explorer. Just this week, it was reported that a security flaw was found in the browser so serious that the U.S. and U.K. governments are recommending users forgo using the Microsoft software until a patch is made a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Does Anyone Prefer Gmail E-Mail Threads? I Thought Not

    Since e-mail began, it was always sorted the same way. Every e-mail received ended up in an inbox including replies, forwards and everything else. Google has attempted to change all that by sorting emails in the form of a conversation thread. The idea is to make e-mail more like a text message conve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    CEO Beauty Contest: The Most Popular Head Honchos in America

    As income inequality has loomed larger in Americans' minds -- especially since the Great Recession -- CEOs and their pay has been a central example of what is wrong with our economy. But not everyone hates CEOs, some of them are quite popular . . . with their own employees. Here's a list of those wh ... More >>

  • News

    June 20, 2013

    Unleashing Houston's Pride: Events

    Looking for where you can unleash your pride this year? Look no further; the Houston Press has got your complete guide to the wheres and whats of Houston Pride Week.

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Nerds FTW! UH Nets a Pair of Finalists in Microsoft's Video Game Design Contest

    The video game industry is massive. Video game sales outpaced music sales years ago and they continue to grow. And Houston has been home to many a video game programmer over the years. Perhaps that's because of the success at the University of Houston. For the fourth straight year, UH is the only sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    R.I.P. Hotmail: Five Classic E-Mail Addresses to Honor a Fallen Comrade

    As of last week, Microsoft migrated all Hotmail accounts to their new platform ending a run that has lasted nearly 16 years. It was a classic. Yes, it was abandoned by most years ago. Sure, when the box wasn't filled with spam, it was filled with semi-lurid requests from porn sites and p ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2012

    The Ten Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Alternatives to Five of the Pricier Software Titles

    The Business Software Alliance announced last week that it had come to an agreement with local business Affordable Power, LP, to settle legal claims that the company pirated software titles. According to the release: As part of the settlement, Affordable Power agreed to pay $150,000 to settle legal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Top 5 Ways EDM Is Now Mainstream

    1997 provides us with an interesting cautionary tale about the pursuit of the next big thing and how it doesn't always play out the way we expect. From MTV's Year In Rock: Music fans were restless, record sales were stagant... Then, a new music emerged... one that captivated listeners, created new ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Internet Explorer Fans Bite Back

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Five Reasons You Should Quit Using Internet Explorer

    For more than ten years, I've been assisting companies in building and maintaining their Web sites and Web applications. There are lots of things that can be frustrating about this process, most of which have to do with a lack of knowledge on the part of my clients, which is not entirely their fault ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Supermodels Make Hot Supermodels: Top 10 Supermodel Children

    Last week pictures of Cindy Crawford's daughter surfaced across the intertubes. The little stunner is already following in her mother's footsteps and modeling, at the ripe age of ten! That may seem a bit young to be hitting the catwalk, but you have to admit she has a look (no discernible moles as f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    12 Music Business Predictions for 2012

    Photo by Robert Bejil​Where were we? Oh yeah, crystal ball and prophesies. You ready for this? OK. What follows is a list of events we expect to befall the music industry in 2012. Yes, these are etched in stone and should be regarded as gospel. Full prophetic titillation ahead.

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Jay-Z & Kanye's Throne Tour Stop Delayed To December 5

    Toyota Center's Web site is now listing the Houston date of rap titans Jay-Z and Kanye West's joint tour to promote their forthcoming album Watch the Throne as Monday, December 5, rather than the previously announced Wednesday, October 26. Promoter Live Nation confirmed the change, but has not se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    The Five Biggest Google Fails and Wins

    ​Google launched with much fanfare recently and, quickly, the reviews poured in. We even wrote about the things we thought Google would need to do to beat Facebook and we have since had a chance to look around inside the social networking platform. It does appear to be easier to use than Fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Top Five Most Overpaid Musicians In The World

    ​Last month Forbes released their list of the 25 highest-earning musicians of 2010, and the list contains several talents Rocks Off is happy to see keeping the lights on. No. 1 on the list, U2, is still a favorite of ours after all these years, and it's always good to see Tom Petty, Jay-Z, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Saturday: Kelly Clarkson At The Galleria

    Allison Wagoner​Kelly Clarkson The Galleria June 25, 2011 Aftermath knew that Pride weekend in Houston was going to get a little weird for us, but we didn't think our Saturday afternoon pregame ritual would be standing amongst 100 tweens singing along to "Since U Been Gone," fighting off a ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Kelly Clarkson Christening Galleria Microsoft Store Next Month

    Behind These Hazel Eyes: A big Microsoft check.​Rebecca Black turned out to be a hoax, but the Galleria might still be getting a visit from a pop star soon. According to Chronicle technology columnist and blogger Dwight Silverman's blog this afternoon, the former American Idol winner will per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Retired Space Shuttles: Will Houston Get Shut Out?

    A space shuttle on display​Discovery has landed safely, ending its last mission of a long and fruitful career. It's expected to spend its retirement at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum branch in Virginia. Two other space shuttles are retiring this year -- the Endeavour and Atlantis -- and 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Steve Jobs Absence: Huge, But How Would It Rank Against Other Big-Time CEOs?

    Steve Jobs takes a leave from Apple​Steve Jobs has once again rocked the tech world, albeit this time with his announcement that he is taking another medical leave of absence. It's huge because, to most people, Jobs is Apple, and Apple is the most hip, flexible, intuitive provider of gizmos t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    FAIL: The Entire City Of Seattle, Bachman Of BTO, The Scissor Sisters

    ​Seattle Knows How Great Music Is Made Three years after it was originally dreamed up, the Seattle Music Commission convened for the first time on Monday, featuring representatives from such musical mainstays as Starbucks, Amazon and Microsoft. There are also several record label reps on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Rid Of Me And Other Great Albums With Truly Hideous Covers

    ​MGMT's new album, Congratulations, comes out in April! We're excited. MGMT's 2008 debut album, Oracular Spectacular, was fantastic, and we can't wait to hear what they've got in store for the follow-up. We're positive it will be awesome, as those weird-ass kids are only going to get weirder as th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    What the Oughts Brought: Top 10 Innovations and Trends

    Photo by Marco VeringaMolecular gastronomy, one of ten major innovations and trends of the last decade.​What funny food trends have marked the last decade? And what innovations do we hope carry us into the middle ages of the millennium? Here are a few things that have kept our tongues wagging. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Pop Rocks: Finally Understanding, For Better Or Worse, Criminal Minds

    ​I think I finally get Criminal Minds.At first I assumed the people who watched it with any regularity were just sick freaks. Because while at first glance it isn't a lot different from the other seven hundred crime procedurals on TV any given week, what sets the show apart from the likes of Cold ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 13, 2009

    Artful Thursday: The Art Guys present Home on the Range

    Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing screen their history

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    The Continuing Follies of AutoTune

    For the past six months, the music business has been aghast and/or enthralled with the AutoTune craze. There seems to be no stopping the phenomenon, which is now crawling into the public's brain at an alarming rate. No one seems to be immune to the 'Tune, with rappers Lil' Wayne and T-Pain seemingl ... More >>

  • News

    April 16, 2009


    Generation DIY turns to self-diagnosing to save money.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    When Publicists Attack: Solarcaded

    Dana Boyce I had already drawn a bullseye on the side of my forehead and was just getting the gun out of the drawer. I'm normally not suicidal or, for that matter, the type to brood and get depressed. But as has been mentioned in these pages before, every so often a publicist just makes me wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Digitalia: Microsoft Songsmith Corrects Artists' Glaring Oversights

    Billy Idol, "White Wedding"... sort ofMicrosoft Songsmith, a music-making computer program, has already racked up plenty of Internet accolades based on its eerily terrible commercial, wherein normal, everyday people dealing with normal, everyday problems - such as being tasked to write an ad campaig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    Turning The Screw: Crew54, DJ AM & Travis Barker, G- Unit, Pharrell, Eminem, Nate Dogg, Kanye, Wu-Tang vs. UFC and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week “Lil Miss Sunshine,” Crew54 feat. Rochelle Terrell Wire To Wire Sadly, DJ AM and Travis ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    February 28, 2008

    Text Adventure: Lost Odyssey

    Words get in the way of an otherwise stellar game

  • Home Entertainment

    December 6, 2007

    Mass Effect

    Mass Effect is riveting — and a bit aggravating, too

  • Music

    November 8, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    June 7, 2007

    Halo 3

    A promising glimpse of the next Halo.

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Seattle — what happened? I remember there was once a day not too terribly long ago when you heard no more about that rainy northwestern metropolis than any other large American city. It was a city with a decent basketball team and the perpetually mediocre Seahawks and Mariners. Maybe you knew ... More >>

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Loony Zunes

    Universal Music helps Microsoft set a crappy precedent

  • Home Entertainment

    May 25, 2006

    Next Big Things

    The five biggest attention-getters at E3

  • Home Entertainment

    March 2, 2006

    Back to the Future

    The Xbox Live Arcade is a high-tech twist on the old-fashioned coin-op

  • Home Entertainment

    December 15, 2005

    Generation Next

    Microsoft's Xbox 360 fires the first shot in the next-gen console war

  • Home Entertainment

    December 15, 2005

    They've Got Game

    Barbarians, brain-eaters and beagles round out the best of 2005

  • Home Entertainment

    December 8, 2005

    Near Perfect

    Perfect Dark Zero isn't a bull's-eye, but it hits the target

  • Calendar

    December 16, 2004
  • Culture

    August 8, 2002

    Do the Math

    The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.

  • News

    July 4, 2002

    Getting Lonely at the Top

    A recycled city official comes home to roost

  • News

    July 22, 1999
  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Changing the Music Industry Bit by Bit

    More options mean more choices mean more meetings

  • Culture

    July 31, 1997

    Computer Terror

    Duane Franklet programs a cyberthriller into Houston

  • News

    December 26, 1996
  • Calendar

    November 10, 1994
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