Bits is bits April 20, 2006

Information wants to be free? No, but if you can’t own something it’s hard to sell it. A follow-up to the last podcast about DRM.

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Free as in Speech and Beer March 30, 2006

Open source software is free in both senses of the word. But that’s not why it’s taking over the world.

Get open source software from SourceForge, and check out Kreg Steppe’s podcast Valid Syntax for quick reviews of cool open source projects.

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I want my wifi February 16, 2006

Who wouldn’t want free wifi?

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The Google Future February 1, 2006

Business 2.0 has a cute future history of Google, with four potential scenarios that could come to pass for the advertising/search giant, titled Google is the Media, Google is the Internet, Google is Dead and Google is God.

Of all the possibilities, I think “Google is the Internet” is the least likely, and “Google is God” is the most intersting, if fanciful. Though I’m not disputing the possibility of that scenario possibility for a second.


web 2.0 October 27, 2005

The internet is becoming more inter(active). But at what cost?

Links I mention (thanks to commandN for some of these):

Read about how some ISPs are blocking to whom you can send email.

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The key to good technology - it’s people! August 3, 2005

As products to make our lives easier get more complex, customer service becomes more important than any other aspect of the technology experience. From good information on the packaging to a decent corporate website, to the folks on the front lines of the call centres, the quality of service is becoming more important than the quality of the technology.


Slashdot and the Street July 5, 2005

The Open Source and Anti-Globalization Movements: A Comparison

There are two grassroots groups getting headlines and causing consternation among CEOs and government leaders these days - the Open Source technology movement and the anti-globalization movement. They seem to be very different groups, but lately I have begun to wonder if they influence each other, or if there is some confluence of factors in the world today that are giving rise to these very different but in many ways quite similar ideas.


Forcing Corporate (Re)Action February 16, 2005

It’s not news that some schools are experimenting with outfitting their students with RFID badges for helping confirm attendance (so they claim). And, it’s not news that some folks, including some parents of the affected students, find this objectionable. It is news that in the face of this controversy, the corporation supplying the RFID badges has backed out of the deal, leaving the school temporarily tracking-device-free.

Citizen action 1
School surveillance 0


Progress October 26, 2004

When looking at the current state of innovation in almost any area, the general tone of discussion sounds a bit like this: “Isn’t it amazing the thing they’re doing these days in computers/medicine/genetics/engineering/weapons-creation? What wonderful progress we are making!” Newer is better, regardless of any other factors. This isn’t really a new phenomenon; Erich Fromm wrote this warning of such an ideology in 1968, “Once the principle is accepted that something ought to be done because it is technically possible to do it, all other values are dethroned and technological development becomes the foundation of ethics.”


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