Net Neutrality 2 July 11, 2006

In last week’s Tech Watch, I talked about net neutrality - particularly the fear that some internet service providers might charge content providers extra to “guarantee” that their content is accessible. I didn’t mention the other boogeyman with respect to net neutrality - throttling.

Cyber Safety for Kids Act 2006 March 17, 2006

Think about the children!

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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.

Tech for 2006 (them) January 15, 2006

Slashdot pointed me to a Popular Mechanics article on 15 Tech concepts we all should be aware of for 2006. The highlights for me are IPTV, micro fuel cells and mobile VoIP. I wonder about AJAX, satellite video and SPIT.

AJAX, a web programming tool that makes web applications work more smoothly, is really very 2005. I have even started to hear some people say that they think its day in the sun is over.

web 2.0 October 27, 2005

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

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

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I admit it, I’m a geek August 19, 2005

This morning I installed ipodlinux on my first generation iPod mini. I’m no hacker - I used the OS X installer available from This is an unsupported version of ipodlinux, but it works really well.

The funny thing about linux on the iPod is that the thing it does really badly is play music. But that’s not why I installed it. I was hoping for the recording feature available with older iPods running linux, but no cigar. If I had read the documentation first, I would have known that recording doesn’t work on newer iPods yet.

IE calls home August 10, 2005

Recently, I heard a fairly well known tech personality talk about Internet Explorer 7 and its anti-phishing feature. Microsoft has built in to its new browser an option where every website a user tried to access was sent back to MS’s server and matched against a list of known phishing sites. If it matched, the user would not be allowed to visit the site.

Thoughts on the Reith Lectures April 26, 2005

I have been listening to the 2005 Reith Lectures, and can only reiterate my previous recommendation. I knew that Lord Broers was an inveterate tech booster, and his first two lectures have failed to disappoint on that front. Regular readers of GH know that I am critical of those who espouse progress for its own sake and perceive the negative impacts of technological advances as merely minor side effects. Lord Broers does fall into this category, though his responses to these very criticisms are among the most thoughtful I have encountered.

The New Boob Tube March 30, 2005

When I was a kid, I remember I had this book. It was a small saddlestitched flip book of maybe 20 pages, all of which were brightly illustrated and was written in 18 point font. It was about how you (you, being a kid at the appropriate age for this type of book) should not watch too much TV. It was general TV-will-rot-your-mind propaganda, and I distinctly recall that it advocated no more than 4 hours of the tube per week. Yes, that’s right, per week.

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