We Are All Made of Star Wars

Happy birthday, Star Wars! As they say: “May the 4th (get it?) be with you!” Yep. 35 years ago, the original Star Wars movie premiered and changed the face of science fiction forever. I’ve made it pretty clear on many occasions that I wasn’t too impressed with the prequel trilogy, but the first three movies were a big part of shaping who I was in childhood — and it even continues to move me today.

Here are some of the things on LockerGnome.com and in our live YouTube stream that we chatted about today.

Why I Love Star Wars

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the original Star Wars film. “It’s an epic of heroes and villains and aliens from a thousand worlds,” proclaimed the 1976 trailer. Those words painted the picture of a romantic swashbuckling adventure set in ‘a galaxy far, far away…’; it truly was a mind-bending film that thrived on imaginative storytelling. Still, it is a tale that borrows its ideas from the primordial human aspirations such as coming of age. Luke Skywalker embodies all of our dreams of flying spaceships, fighting with lightsabers, and traveling a shoreless galaxy. As they’re saying all over the Galaxy today: “May the 4th be with you!”

How to Tell if Your Teen is Being Bullied Online

We’ve written about online bullying before, and addressed the severity of the issue and its direct correlation with teen suicide. Teenagers at the height of their adolescence are especially sensitive to the type of mental and sometimes physical abuse associated with bullying. With the advent of the Internet, a child can no longer leave this problem at school. It follows them home. Thanks to the permanent memory of the Internet, the lasting impact of even a single incident can dwell for quite some time. Now more than ever, teens are facing pressures and influences that reach far beyond the school cafeteria and into virtually every aspect of their lives. Here’s how to tell if your teen is being bullied online.

What is the Future of Social Media?

Social media is a buzzword used to describe a wide variety of online sites and services. Pretty much anything that allows the end user to contribute comments or content would qualify as a form of social media. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+ are just some of these examples. At first, the idea of having as many followers and/or friends on these networks as possible appeared to be the way to go. Like many things, more appeared to be better. With the upside of having a longer list of contacts comes a number of downsides that users are beginning to feel in force. Knowing this, what is the future of social media?

Is It Safe to Share Your Android?

Privacy. It’s such a potent concept, provoking some level of discomfort when mentioned in just about any context. For many of us, the term is defined as a right for every citizen to have; for others the term is more negotiable, particularly as it relates to national security concerns. Within the context of personal computing, the right to privacy is a topic of continuous and often contentious debate; even a simple discussion about monitoring a teen’s activity on the Internet irritates as much as it informs. But knowing how customizable modern operating systems can be — even ones that run smartphones — you might very well wonder if it’s even safe to share your Android.

Growing Up with the Web

LockerGnome’s Eddie Ringle will be 18 years of age tomorrow (happy birthday, Eddie)! As he approaches the threshold of legal adulthood, he ponders his generation’s luck at being the first to truly come of age with the technologies that the Internet has given us. For those of us who clearly remember what life was like before this convenience that many of us take for granted appeared, it’s interesting to see the perspective of someone who grew up with it in stride.

KegDroid: Google’s Answer to the Self-serve Beer Dispenser

Over the years, Google has used its technology to change the way that we perceive the future. As a result, it seems that Google, with its introduction of new technology and experiments in futuristic ideas, is constantly finding itself newsworthy. Enter Google’s KegDroid, which is basically an automated beer dispenser that works by identifying you through an ID card system of your choosing. The beer dispenser operates using the Google Android OS and comes complete with a Xoom tablet system.

Five Differences Between Windows 7 and Windows 8

As Windows 8 comes closer to its release date, there are still several people unsure of whether or not they should upgrade from Windows 7. One of the most frequently asked question regarding Windows 8 is: How is Windows 8 different from Windows 7? Well, here is a list of five new features in Windows 8 that may help you make up your mind.

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