Before the Internet came into its own, finding something to do to cure boredom was a task in and of itself. At work, you could count the holes in the ceiling, crumple pieces of paper and practice your cubicle hook shot, or get lost in a game of Minesweeper, all the while hoping your boss wouldn't wander by.
Note: This article was originally featured in our Holiday 2013 issue of the magazine.
Even the engineers at Intel aren't immune to the latest Internet trends.
Oh Internet, are there no bounds to your silliness? It sure doesn't appear that way, with the newest fad sweeping through cyberspace being the Harlem Shake. Variations of the meme are racking up millions of hits on YouTube, and everyone seems to be doing it, possibly even your grandmother. Intel uploaded its own version of the Harlem Shake featuring an engineer in full costume and a dude with a horse head who comically strolls casually by as if it's just another day in Santa Clara.
“Do a barrel roll!” a virtual dogfighting rabbit screamed into a virtual dogfighting fox’s ear in Starfox 64 and BAM! 14 years later, a Google Easter egg was born. Dorky? Sure. Awesome? Yep. And that’s not even getting into the ironic fact that Peppy Hare – an old male rabbit with a grown daughter – has somehow changed genders and is now laying Easter eggs of his own. Peppy may be surprised from the sudden turn of events, but we’re not: Google has a long, storied history of dropping arcane, geektastic tidbits in the dark corners of its products. And we’re here to show them to you!
Like most, we're big fans of the Cheezburger Network, which is best known for its weblog of lolcats and other animals, as well as its Fail Blog spinoff and other amusing memes. There's always that fear that something awesome (and free) will up and vanish one day, like what almost happened with the Xmarks project, but it's safe to say that's not going to happen here.
The Cheezburger Network has just secured $30 million in funding, most of which comes from Foundry Group, the venture capitalists that helped bankroll Zynga and Gist. Other investors throwing some cheese at CN include Madrona Venture Group, Avalon Ventures, and SoftBank Capital.
"I have been a rabid fan of Ben and the Cheezburger team for years. It’s incredible what they’ve built with a small, dedicated team," said Greg Gottesman, managing director of Madrona Venture Group. "As an investor, this one is as fun as it gets. We’re working with a great team, helping them grow an already massive audience, and testing new and exciting ways to monetize the funniest collection of sites on the Internet."
The Cheezburger team said it plans to use the funds to hire more employees (engineers, product managers, advertising salespeople, social media coordinators, and other positions) and fund other marketing and growth initiatives, the specifics of which are not yet known. If you want to apply, you can do so at http://jobs.cheezburger.com.
Everyone, from your dad to your boss to Mama Microsoft, tells you “back up your files.” But what’s the best way to protect your collection of digital music, photos, videos, downloads – and your operating system? To answer that question, we ventured out on a long, test-heavy trail to find the “Ultimate Backup.” Here’s what we found.