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New look

Maybe it’s the season, or maybe I just got sick of the old look, but I spent the last day or so redesigning the site. I’ve changed the entire concept of navigation to one that’s based on topic rather than time. Makes more sense to me, anyway.

I hope y’all like it!

Down time

If anyone had trouble accessing the site recently, that was because the server it’s on (not this site) was the victim of a distributed denial of service attack.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but we’re back in business now.

Look for an new Tech Watch podcast from guest host Steven soon.

90ways.com!!

This is shameless self-promotion, but another website for which I write has recently launched. 90ways.com is a “dailyodical,” focussing on essays, criticism, fiction, science and weather. I write science stuff.

I’d like it even if I weren’t involved, so give it a look-see. There are lots of invisible links, so use your tab key or mouse over and check it out. Especially the about Lester Buckets link.

Introduction

According to Wikipedia, a golden hammer is “a tool, technology, paradigm, snake oil, buzzword or similar where its proponents enthusiastically sing its praises, predicting that it will solve multiple problems, including some obviously not amenable to the proposed solution”. In other words, something folks get crazy-go-nuts excited about, perhaps a little prematurely.

It seems to me that an awful lot of new technologies fall into this category. I remember hearing that computers were going to create a paperless office, that the Segway would make cars obsolete and how the Internet would bring about world peace with its inclusion of the diversity of ideas and cultures and so forth. Some folks probably still espouse these kinds of beliefs about their favourite technologies.

There’s nothing wrong with striving for the best and offering solutions to significant problems. The trouble is that people can make any claim they want to about new technology, and other people seem to swallow it hook line and sinker.

We, in the northwestern world, love our new gadgets (physical and ethereal). Whether or not they deliver on their promises. Whether or not they really are useful. I think this can be a problem, and I’m going to use these pages to explore some of the philosophical aspects of current and future technology.

Check out the latest.

About the Author

Darusha Wehm

The Golden Hammer is written by Darusha Wehm. She is a word geek who has been working and fighting with technology since back in the day, and is now combining those two data points into the posts in this blog.

She does a lot of other things, including a little freelance editing and writing on the side. Visit her main website at http://www.darusha.ca, where you can find out about all the other things she does.

You can check out what she’s doing in not quite real time on her status page.

If you want to get in touch with Darusha, check out all the options on the contact page.