Katrina's IT Legacy
This week marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. In case there was any danger of forgetting the ability of Mother Nature to wreak unspeakable havoc, she highlighted the date by bringing forth Hurricanes Ernesto and John.
TV, TV Everywhere
While editing this week's personal tech story about all the ways you can get video on your mobile device, I was surprised. I knew mobile TV was moving forward by leaps and bounds, but I had no idea there were so many different options available right now.
Perpetually Restructuring Sun May Have It Right This Time
If you work as a reporter covering technology long enough, you begin to see that certain companies seem to remain in a perpetual state of recovery, reorganization, and rebirth. Sun Microsystems has been one of those businesses. I've lost count how many "new Sun" stories have been written by me and others over the past five or six years. However, revenue numbers published by IDC on Wednesday indicate that Sun
Tools Rule! Make Mine A Hammer, Please
I'm thinking this can be an Olympic-style event at the next Black Hat. One recent year, I hear tell, some of the conference attendees headed out to the desert to skeet-shoot those discs a certain annoying Internet service provider insists on sending to 3 million of its closest friends.
Laptops: Do We Really Need 'Em?
Ask business travelers if they're willing to do without their laptop computers, and they'll say "No."
Unless they're from New York or Philadelphia, in which case the "no" is preceded by a string of expletives that'll blister the paint off a Chevy Camaro.
Business travelers believe they need their laptops to get work done on the road. Ask a business traveler which they'd prefer--cut off a hand or give up the laptop--and most business travelers would go for the hand. After all, t
Laptops: Are We Forever Attached At The Hip?
Countless travel and business plans have been thrown into disarray with the recent terror plot disruption. While the worst of the security clampdown may be over, now it looks like it was just a glimpse of things to come, and sooner or later, a lot of us may be traveling without our laptops.
I don't know about you, but I can barely imagine hiking through Logan airport or O'Hare without that computer bag slun
Are Apple's New Open Source Efforts Enough?
During the week of WWDC, Apple announced a handful of initiatives at revitalizing their open source development efforts. In particular, the company stated that Darwin on Intel would be released as open source (something the company had thus far refused to do), and also said that Apple would be putting up a hosting system for Mac open source projects. This follows on the fairly public breakdown between Ap
A Glimpse Into The 'Web 3.0'
In the very near future, your PC will learn what you want by tracking your online activities and what you do at your computer, then use the Internet and the interests of other people like you to try to fulfill all your wishes.
Limited glimpses into that future are possible now. One example that came to my attention today is a new service called Tourb.us ("Tourbus" using the URL http://tourb.us).
Steve Jobs Lives!
In the days following Steve Jobs' keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, a number of online publications expressed concern that Steve Jobs was sick.
This isn't simply wild speculation brought on by lack of a world-shaking product announcement: Two years ago, Jobs
The number of blogs has increased 100-fold since 2003 to 50 million. In addition, the total has doubled every six months for about two years, according to a new report quantifying the blogosphere by Technorati. In July alone, there were 1.6 million blog postings daily, or 18.6 per second. Two blogs were created each second of each day.
Ad-Blocking Using Apple's Web Clip
Among the many intriguing features of Mac OS X Leopard that Apple previewed on Monday, Web Clip is the most subversive. Web Clip allows anyone to create an Apple Dashboard widget--essentially a small application--that displays a portion of any Web page.
As demonstrated, a user can select a specific area of any given Web page, such as a video feed from a Web cam, without showing any other part of the originating Web
Summertime DRM Blues
Last week I got around to perusing across my local library's newsletter and read that they would be offering "downloadable eAudiobooks." I was thrilled at the new prospect for doing some summer "reading," or what passes for such in my busy household. At least I was thrilled, until I read the fine print.
Net Neutrality Hyperbole Stumbles On
I'm sitting here listening to the steady drone of machines digging holes so that Verizon can install fiber optic cables in my neighborhood. It's not bothering me directly, but it reminds me of another cacophony that's got me ruffled.
Cell Phones Dirtier Than Toilets
An article appearing in the UK newspaper, The Daily Mail, points out that cell phones are a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria, and typically have "tens of thousands of microbes living on each square inch."
The reason is that they come in constant contact with our hands, faces and mouths -- in fact are exposed to more bodily bacteria than toilet seats -- and then are kept warm by the