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Tech Work More Sensible with a Few Simple Rules

Blair Hanley Frank

April 25, 2013


Filed under OPINION

It's been a wonderful four years writing the tech column for The Pio. But all good things must come to an end. Since I'm going to be leaving campus and taking them with me, I figured I'd share my rules for understanding and contextualizing the technology industry. I've honed these from years of watch...

ASWC Has Improved, But Engagement Still Problematic

ASWC Has Improved, But Engagement Still Problematic

Blair Hanley Frank

April 18, 2013


Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

When I wrote my election season column last semester, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) was in dire straits. A disjointed communications strategy and ineffectual leadership made for a political entity that seemed distant from the students it was supposed to represent. There's good news, though. ASWC has made vast improvements since l...

Race in Tech is Still an Issue

Blair Hanley Frank

April 4, 2013


Filed under OPINION

A couple months ago, Jamelle Bouie published a piece examining why it is that so many members of the tech press are white. What he said, essentially, is that the way the tech press is structured subtly excludes people of color, especially African-Americans and Latinos. Of course, the tech industry would ...

Typewriters Next Generation of Computing

Typewriters Next Generation of Computing

Blair Hanley Frank

March 28, 2013


Filed under Humor, Jack Issue

I've thrown out my laptop. While I adored my MacBook Pro while it lasted, it's time for me to move on. Sure, it has some amazing processing power, and I love the user experience, but let's face it: Computers are too mainstream. Today, instead of my usual computing device, I'm now using a manual typewriter from the 1960s. My instrument of choice is a Royal Safari, which, i...

eSports Reach Outside the Virtual World

eSports Reach Outside the Virtual World

Blair Hanley Frank

March 23, 2013


Filed under A&E, Circuit, Front Page Slideshow

With their backs against a wall, the purple team sends one of their own with a last-second clutch play. The competitors take off their headsets and stand up from behind their computers. The crowd goes wild. Welcome to competitive video gaming, or eSports, as it is known to its enthusiasts. Week af...

Wearable Tech Must Be Relevant to Consumers

Wearable Tech Must Be Relevant to Consumers

Blair Hanley Frank

March 7, 2013


Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

To hear the pundits tell it, we should be entering the age of wearable technology. Pebble, a smart watch that was funded through Kickstarter, currently holds the site's record for most funded project with a total pledge of more than $10 million. Rumors are swirling about the potential of an Apple smar...

Is There an Echo in Here?

Is There an Echo in Here?

Blair Hanley Frank

February 27, 2013


Filed under Editors' Blog

You may be noticing something new and different about the Pioneer's website today, and it looks something like this: We're proud to announce that we're partnering with a New-York-based startup called Echoed to bring you, our readers, a new way to interact with the Pio online. Echoed is a system ...

Games Journalism Needs Better Audience

Blair Hanley Frank

February 14, 2013


Filed under OPINION

A few weeks ago, a good chunk of the game journalism world was fooled into believing a fake rumor about the future of the Xbox. An anonymous source, claiming to have inside information, sent an email out to a bunch of gaming news outlets about the X-Surface, which the source claimed was the name for...

Gun Violence Research Requires Parity to Avoid Hypocrisy

Blair Hanley Frank

February 7, 2013


Filed under OPINION

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, it seems there's one thing almost everyone in Washington can agree on: We need more research into the effects of violent video games. National Rifle Association representative Wayne LaPierre targeted games in his bizarre post-Newtown rant, and President...

Doping in Sports Can’t be Stopped by Technological Means

Blair Hanley Frank

January 24, 2013


Filed under OPINION

Many moons ago, when I asked my mother about whether or not she bought the allegations of Lance Armstrong's doping, she said she thought that you either believed Lance's claims that he didn't dope, or you didn't, and she fell into the former camp. That's about how I felt, too. Whatever last shreds...

Production Night Liveblog for November 28

Blair Hanley Frank

November 28, 2012


Filed under Editors' Blog, Production Night Blog

4:45 p.m. Rachel orders me to "commence a liveblog." And thus, we begin. 4:50 p.m. Chief Copy Editor Marisa Ikert arrives with snacks. And there was much rejoicing. 4:57 p.m. Sex Columnist Spencer Wharton arrives with chips for our salsa. 4:58 p.m. Rachel: "I should try to have a snark-free...

Multiplayer must be carefully considered to avoid making bad shooters

Multiplayer must be carefully considered to avoid making bad shooters

Blair Hanley Frank

November 8, 2012


Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

Gaming markets are oversaturated with a glut of military shooters packing lousy multiplayer modes. Every time, the story is the same: new shooter, new multiplayer, mediocre reviews. But it keeps happening over and over again. The fiscal incentives for multiplayer are obvious: Developers can charge for new weapons and map packs, and a multiplayer mode gives players an incentive ...

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