512 posts categorized "Web/Tech"

January 04, 2012

SOPA and PIPA are Bipartisan Bad Policy, Really Bad Policy

In China you can't get to some Internet sites: no Facebook, no YouTube, no Twitter. More...

September 13, 2011

Irene Lesson #3: Critical Data Belongs in the Cloud, Not Under It

"As flood waters from Tropical Storm Irene swamped the Waterbury state office complex, seven employees from the Vermont Agency of Human Services rushed inside to rescue computer servers that are critical for processing welfare checks and keeping track of paroled prisoners living around the s More...

July 19, 2011

Small Screen as Swiss Army Knife


Somewhere in the dark grass beyond the lights of the wedding tent our granddaughter had lost her shoe. She cried in her mother's arms to let us know it was past her bed time. "I think there's a flashlight in my bag in the car," Mary said. The More...

July 12, 2011

Business Card with QR Code

That funny black and white pattern on the top of my new business card is called a QR (Quick Retrieval) code. Think of it as a two dimensional succe More...

July 05, 2011

The Empress’ New iPad

Update: I was sloppy in my debugging and wrong to blame Safari on the iPad for problems we had viewing web pages on that device in my post below. Although iPad, as is well known, doesn't support Flash, the problems I was seeing were caused by settings on the two WiFi routers I use; More...

May 10, 2011

Pulse Interviews Me on MSFT Skype Deal

Got a Facebook message this morning asking me to appear on the Pulse in 30 minutes to discuss Microsoft and Skype. Quickly put a shirt on and did the interview, appropriately, on Skype running on my Windows 7 PC.



April 20, 2011

Verizon Wireless Aims Salvo at Residential Landline Market

The banner in the window of the Verizon Wireless (VZW) store in Montpelier was a declaration of war on local landline providers. "Save on your home phone service," it said; "Unlimited [nb. US] calling for $19.99/month." This is particularly interesting here in Northern New Eng More...

April 11, 2011

DVR Dies; Wii and Netflix to the Rescue

"If rebooting doesn't work, call customer service" is what the diagnostic on the blue screen says. Rebooting doesn't revive the DVR, so I call. Mary and I have already settled into More...

April 07, 2011

Cutting the Cord; Dismounting the Dish

A young friend and his family just disconnected their FairPoint landline, which they had been using for voice and DSL, and took down their Directv satellite dish; total gross savings: over $100/month. They replaced all of this with a Verizon cell phone he bought at the VZW store, which came with More...

March 29, 2011

Moore’s Law and the Economics of Abundance

Moore's Law explains why the price of everything electronic keeps going down; but now Moore's Law is starting to have an effect on much more than technology prices The costs of energy, medicine, law, education, financial transactions, and government itself are falling because of Moore' More...

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