Stories by Christopher Null

How small businesses can mine big data

As buzzwords go, big data is currently one of the most powerful--and one of the most perplexing. It sounds like something only multinational conglomerates can afford. But the concept of analyzing very large amounts of data and looking within it for p...

The 5 Best Online Marketplaces for Selling Handmade Goods

Once upon a time, it was considered insane to compete against eBay. If you sold custom-made goods like clothes or jewelry, you sold at flea markets on weekends, and eBay the rest of the time. The idea that anyone would shop anywhere else for your han...

Live your entire life through Facebook

We'll concede the average Facebook user is doing nothing productive with their day, likely burning hours on end playing Mob Wars or agonising over the finer points of a “25 More Things You Didn’t Know About Me” note. Or perhaps goad...

How to survive the worst PC disasters

When it comes to computers, sometimes things go south ... and sometimes they go to Antarctica. If your computer won’t boot or your data’s gone astray, panic is soon to follow, and you might find yourself making things worse in your haste ...

The 50 most important people on the Web

Despite what Time magazine would have you believe, you are not the most powerful or influential person on the Web. At PC World we love online personals, social networks, and videos of people falling on their keisters as much as the next person, but w...

The 15 Best Places to Waste Time on the Web

It's first thing in the morning and you're at the office. You're sipping your coffee and sifting through e-mail, but you're not quite ready to delve into the real work of the day. So what are you gonna do? Fire up your Web browser and distract yourse...

14 things to do with a thumb drive

Once known as simple little gizmos that were basically just modern replacements for floppy discs, USB flash drives have suddenly grown up. You can now replicate your desktop environment, encrypt files on the fly and even rescue your PC with one of th...

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