From what I have seen of Obama and the political machine around him, he will exploit existing technology if it can be used to his advantage (and he did so much better than his geriatric opponent, which isn't saying a lot), but I have never seen anything innovative or new from him. He glued together a few social networks and web sites to make donating easier, but that's hardly developing new technology.
Obama is currently being hyped as the "Internet president" and someone who will heavily drive new technology, but I sure don't see any sign of this. I don't see him on the cutting edge of innovation, or even that interested in new technology. He may be interested in how he can exploit existing technology for his own benefit, but that's all I've seen so far. People are talking like there will be a technology resurgence in education, research and development, and industry -- but I don't see any sign than this is on Obama's radar. He will let his subordinates exploit any technology that's available, but I don't see him putting his own money into developing new, innovative technologies, and I don't see him doing that with taxpayer money either.
I needed a high-capacity USB drive for backups. I was doing some price checking and went to buy.com, where I had been a long-time customer. What I saw was a sales pitch for "Rock And Roll Jesus", a new music CD. This is not simply immoral, it's...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
As a Charter Internet access customer (for a decade or more), I am nauseated by their recent news that they will begin monitoring web traffic by their customers (me!) and putting advertisements into the data stream. The implications of doing this...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
I've spent well over a year using Linux as my primary desktop operating system. The stability is amazing. Linux does not crash. I leave it up for weeks, rebooting only when there's a new kernel or something. But beyond just not crashing, Linux...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Saw a spam that pretty much is the example par excellence of how spammers lie. It all is, but this one is a case study. I got a spam e-mail that made it through the spam filter. I was curious about who these people are. I went to their web site,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Professional troll John C. Dvorak gave us this off-the-cuff provocation: "Other than [better security], I cannot see much of a difference between the Mac and PC." (Dvorak, who has nothing to do with the composer or inventor of the weird keyboard...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Few significant, landmark computer science books have been published in the past decade or two. Most of the books since the Internet revolution of the mid-1990s have been pedestrian how-to and reference volumes for computer scientists who need to...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
I've discovered a secret way to unlock the value of old software. I have found virtualbox.org, a free GNU Public License virtual machine package. It's surprisingly easy to use. I've booted up Windows 2000, the OLPC operating system, SLAX, MS-DOS,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Do you remember that IBM bought Lotus in the mid-1990s, and now owns SmartSuite, which includes the world's once most widely used, industry-standard spreadsheet, Lotus 1-2-3? IBM bought Lotus for the groupware application Lotus Notes, not for...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The one knock on Linux is that major application vendors don't support it. This is a serious issue that will only be changed when the pressure of wider adoption of Linux on the desktop wakes up application vendors to offer Linux versions....[ abbreviated | read entire ]