Author Archives: Mitch

5 Reasons for Ethernet Switch Vendors to Worry

5 Reasons for Ethernet Switch Vendors to Worry. “2014 is going to make people cry.”

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I see the Republicans are revving up the Benghazi machine again

Because that worked so well for them in 2012.  There are actually legitimate questions about the White House handling of Benghazi. The recent Carney memo is disturbing. But it’s by no means the smoking gun the Republicans think it is.  … Continue reading

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A PR person asked for a response on their pitch. Here’s what I said.

The pitch had the subject line: “Don’t you hate it when people pitch you story ideas, Mitch.” The first line was: “Well, I too have a PR pitch for you, but before you hit the spam button and move onto the … Continue reading

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Comcast plans 8 million Wi-Fi hotspots by year end.

Comcast plans 8 million Wi-Fi hotspots by year end.

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The IP Transition’s Real-World Impact | Light Reading

What the transition to IP carrier networks means to thee and me..

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1965 review of “tiny TV sets” from Popular Mechanics

Nope, having a six-pound TV hanging from a cord around your neck would not be at all dorky or awkward.  Also, here’s a TV built for the back seat of a car — love the rooftop antenna. “1965: Tiny TV … Continue reading

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“How Piketty’s Bombshell Book Blows Up Libertarian Fantasies”

“How Piketty’s Bombshell Book Blows Up Libertarian Fantasies” I haven’t read the Pikkety book, but based on reviews and articles his thesis seems to boil down to this: Throughout much of history, most of the wealth in most societies was locked … Continue reading

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“I knew I couldn’t live in America and I wasn’t ready to move to Europe so I moved to an island off the coast of America — New York City.”‘ — Spalding Gray, as quoted on my Museum of the … Continue reading

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Welcome to 1969: Lush photo gallery of Mad Men sets

WELCOME TO 1969: MAD MEN’S AWARD-WINNING SET DESIGN

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How do you exercise your dog in bad weather?

With temps over 90 around here, we don’t want to subject Minnie’s paws to hot pavement, which means we’re skipping our one-hour brisk walk in the afternoon. I’m just going solo on that. What do you do to exercise your … Continue reading

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Alcatel-Lucent discloses which apps are worst-behaved on the network

I was surprised to see Google Search at the top of the list. I would have thought it wasn’t much of a drain on the network. Search results are just text, with maybe some thumbnail images, right? Alcatel-Lucent Puts Apps … Continue reading

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RIP Bob Hoskins

BBC News – Bob Hoskins dies of pneumonia aged 71.

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AppStorm gives the Notebooks app a thumbs-up review

Notebooks: A Flexible and Powerful Note App in Beta This is a review of the January 2013 beta, but it looks pretty similar to the final version. Notebooks seems to be developed by one guy, and it’s a complex app, so … Continue reading

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This looks like it could be a good read: “Valour and Vanity,” by Mary Robinette Kowal

The elevator pitch for Valour and Vanity is pretty simple, “Jane Austen writes Ocean’s Eleven. With magic.” So it’s a Regency-era heist novel of manners.

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1991 New York Times article about the discovery of a manuscript for Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain’s own hand

“The only thing comparable to it I can think of would be an original Shakespeare manuscript,” Paul Needham, head of Sotheby’s books and manuscripts department, told the Times.  Mr. Needham said the voluminous corrections and changes — many of them … Continue reading

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I’m fooling around with the Notebooks app.

It’s a writing app for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac. It has a Windows version too. I think it might be the ideal app for me for nearly all my writing. That includes my professional journalism, personal blogging, creative writing, … Continue reading

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Google removes deceptive anti-abortion ads

Ads for “Free Abortion Clinics” directed to anti- abortion counseling services. Google’s move is “ridiculous,” says Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life. “Pregnancy resource centers offer free services to women who aren’t sure what kind of help they … Continue reading

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I’m not seeing Twitter’s declining growth rate as necessarily bad

So Twitter is a niche product? Lots of niche products are profitable and valuable. Getting Wall Street to go along with that is the problem. Twitter Adds More Users, but Wall Street Wants More | Re/code.

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Sprint Says HD Voice Now in 100 Markets

7 octaves rather than 4 supported by many smartphones. Can you hear me n– oh, wait, those are the other guys. Sprint Says HD Voice Now in 100 Markets | Light Reading.

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Attorney: Tech advances make courtroom cellphone ban unconstitutional

The pencil and pad of yesterday has been replaced by the iPhone and iPad of today…. By the state court banning the modern tools of the First Amendment, this case would be similar to one where a state court bans … Continue reading

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Archeologists found a 9,000-year-old hunting camp under Lake Huron

At the time, lake levels were 250 feet lower, exposing a narrow bridge of land running from one side of Lake Huron to another. Scuba-diving researchers discovered an elaborate network of hunting blinds and animal-herding structures. Ancient hunting camp found … Continue reading

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Firefox 29 is a complete overhaul. Worth trying?

Firefox and Flux: A New, Beautiful Browser is Coming

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The original Star Wars cast is returning for Episode VII

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. But what about James Earl Jones? Darth Vader is dead. And Chewbacca? And the guy who appeared onscreen as Vader? Directed by J.J. Abrams, which does not … Continue reading

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New leadership at Google+ suggests it’ll be integrated into other Google services

That’s just my gut feeling based on the background of Dave Besbris, who replaces Vic Gundotra at the top. Besbris has an engineering background, rather than marketing or management, suggesting he’ll be in charge of integrating and building rather than evangelizing. … Continue reading

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Of course the US is an oligarchy – we keep electing rich people

Why do the rich and business keep getting their way in public policy, even when their views conflict with what the vast majority of Americans want? One reason is because most of our elected officials are rich.  Millionaires make up … Continue reading

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