The “Segway Human Transporter” is out in the open now – Dean Kamen’s battery-powered, highly balanced scooter that caused a hubbub when some high-tech folks gushed enthusiastic and it leaked into the press. I kind of like the looks of it (here’s The New York Times article about it). […] continuedRead more
A fascinating look at technology recycling – and a sobering example of how little the assets of failed dot-coms are worth. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals is taking over Webvan’s lease on its giant Oakland warehouse and buying the software and machinery to run Webvan’s highly automated equipment.
Webvan spent twenty million dollars on equipment for high speed distribution, and one hundred million dollars developing the software to run the warehouse. […] continuedRead more
John Heilemann wrote an article for PC Magazine a few weeks ago describing some of the things that might become part of our world in the next thirty years. It’s always dangerous to predict the future, but his central point is well taken and already starting to be felt. The next wave will not be about computers, but rather about what can be accomplished with ubiquitous computing power. […] continuedRead more
One of the pieces of legislation being reviewed to deal with terrorism would permit Internet surveillance without a court order. The scope of that surveillance was debated at a Congressional committee meeting on Tuesday. The bill’s advocates argue that prosecutors should be able to intercept e-mail headers (TO: and FROM:), since it’s analogous to what they can discover about incoming and outgoing phone calls. […] continuedRead more
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat has somebody working their Business section with an anti-Microsoft grudge. The paper has been more and more bold about printing articles bashing Microsoft as if they’re straight news items. It’s confusing to people – a combination of misinformation and half-truths, with no indication that there’s another side. […] continuedRead more
I find I’m spending more and more time at Slate Magazine for news and politics. A particularly valuable daily feature is called “Today’s Papers,” which compares the front pages of the nation’s largest daily newspapers – always fascinating, sometimes eye-opening. Recommended for news junkies.[…] continued Read more
Despite past differences, you may have the impression that America has been united by this tragedy. I offer this without further comment.
According to The Washington Post and the New York Times, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson said that liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday’s terrorist attacks. […] continuedRead more
The nation is entering into a debate about the relationship between privacy and national security. Regardless of where you stand, encourage the debate to be fair, reasonable, and deeply considered. A rush to cut off privacy and anonymity may seem tempting in light of the terrorist attacks, but our liberties are built on more than an obsession with security. […] continuedRead more
The World Trade Center disaster has already generated a tremendous amount of e-mail spam and chain letters. As this article points out, you can count on a lot of hoaxes to be disseminated by e-mail in the next few weeks. Exercise a high degree of caution before you forward an e-mail message to your favorite fifty friends. […] continuedRead more
A thought-provoking commentary on the disaster and the reactions to it. You may want to hit the author, Alexander Cockburn, by the end of it (complain to him, not me), but I found it to be more interesting than most of the other coverage so far.[…] continued Read more