You’ve probably heard all about Google’s continuting quest to take over the entire internet galaxy by launching of their own free internet browser, Chrome, since noon yesterday. They have a cute little comic to go along with it, typical of the "candy, beanbags" and "kindergarten esthetic of the Googleplex" that their marketers Read More
ERICA: “OH MY GAAAAAWWWWDDDD!”
Yes, I was screaming at the top of my lungs, but “Oh My God,” was all I could get out as I sat there staring at my computer screen blankly. My email program crashed. It had a heart-attack, followed by a stroke and then capped it off with an aneurism Read More
Other than a possible hiccup in the volume of telephone sex, did the revelation that the National Security Agency is bugging our phones pack much of a wallop? It did among civil libertarians and privacy fetishists, but it appears that perhaps 150 million citizens of the United States face the possibility of being tapped without Read More
“The possibility of a deal by Microsoft and AOL was first reported by The New York Post.”
(Microsoft Said to Be in Talks on Forming Link to AOL, by Saul Hansell, The New York Times, Sept. 16, 2005.)
To spare readers the sorrow, the Times held off on saying it till the eighteenth paragraph. Read More
Despite all the bubble-talk, diving into real estate might not be the best move for would-be brokers,according to Slate. While New York Magazine warned a few weeks ago about broker glut, The Times reported this weekend about the phenomenon on Long Island where you can get certified in only a week (and Read More
Bad Boy Ballmer: The Man Who Rules Microsoft , by Fredric Alan Maxwell. William Morrow, 278 pages, $26.95.
I recently caught up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in years. The afternoon winding down, I idly asked him whatever happened to his brother, a vicious little punk who ignited neighborhood cats for fun. Read More
Another Bush in the White House, another flagging stock market, another stumbling economy. And, if the mutterings and whispers from Washington, D.C., are to be believed, the West Wing crowd is engaged in another round of Greenspan grumbling.
NewsMax.com, an obscure far-right Web site (board members include Alexander Haig and Arnaud deBorchgrave), reported on Aug. Read More
Did you get your invitation? You couldn’t have missed it:
the gold-embossed wooden box, the faux Fabergé Easter egg nestled in a satin
pillow, the creamy stationery, the Pushkin passages.
And the pronouncement itself: “Paul G. Allen cordially
invites you and a guest to experience the inspiring grandeur of St. Petersburg,
Russia. Friday, August Read More
Last Sunday, on the fifth hole of the final round of the Memorial Tournament, Tiger Woods hit a shot that everyone except him knew to be impossible: a 249-yard soaring 2-iron that settled as gently as a sparrow (shortly to metamorphose into an eagle) six feet from a pin tucked behind a pond. It may Read More
By nature, I am not anti-technology. As a child, my favorite
toy was a screwdriver. I’d spend my afternoons taking apart-and putting back
together-all the telephones in our house. In college, I helped cover the cost
of tuition by working weekends rewiring tenements in the slums of Boston.
I started writing on a computer Read More