Yearly Archives: 2004

Done with death

Perhaps someday we can say we really are done with death. Here’s my book review of the Scientific Conquest of Death.

On defining value

Here’s my column on digital economies and the game Second Life. SL has a currency called the Linden dollar that trades against the American dollar.

Second Life Rocks!

One of the speakers at ACC04 is Cory Ondrejka, VP of Product Development for Linden Lab, creators of Second Life. Since I’m introducing him, I decided to log on at Second Life and try out the game. I *love* it. It’s as close to a different universe as we can get (drug-free, that is) at the moment.

Accelerating Change 2004

This is one of the best conferences of the entire year, and not just because I’m emceeing. Anyone who’s interested in tech and the future needs to be here.

On E-voting

Here’s my column on e-voting and why it’s humans, not the machines, that matter most.

What the results of ballot propositions say about Californians

You can read the entire column here, but the summary is this:

“California’s proposition choices paint a picture of a state that is pro-technology but could use some lessons in economics and political theory. Supporting stem cell research and opposing a new tax on telecommunications demonstrate the pro-technology bent, but plunging California into $6 billion in debt and taxing its most effective earners shows a dangerous blindness to economic reality.”

The United States of Canada?

With all the chattering about Democrats who want to move to Canada because their team lost, it didn’t take long for someone to create a new map. You can compare it to the actual red and blue states.

The “Mom test” worked

That’s right, my mother (and my liberal hairdresser) both told me before the election they thought Bush should win, and of course, he did. Talking with people outside of the regular political machines tends to be a really good way to predict elections. Way to go, Mom.

SF Mayor wants to Socialize Wireless

Yes, that’s right, Gavin Newsom wants to put government in control of all San Franciscan’s wireless service. On Thursday, he said “We will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless Internet service.” I wonder if he’s planning on giving us all free coffee to go along with that too, because we all know that if the city took over the coffee business we’d all be drinking Maxwell House. What a bad idea.

Would you get Chipped?

My TNW column today focuses on the controversy surrounding implantable RFID chips. It’s not the privacy crisis everyone thinks it is.

Answering Michael Moore

Fahrenheit 911 is considered a propaganda film by people on both the left and right, but it still had a huge impact on a number of people. Celsius41.11 is the right’s answer to Moore’s movie.

Spam and the Election

Will political spam have an impact on the election? I doubt it, but there’s a company called MailFrontier that says it could.

Lifestyle Pets!

Just when you thought you only had a choice between getting an Aibo cat or a real one that makes you sneeze, along comes science to the rescue. Allerca is a company that’s working to create the world’s first hypoallergenic cat. I love science.

Cingular Update

The FCC has approved the merger, subject to some divestiture requirements. Here’s a Computerworld story on it.