This morning's events were geared more to the social side of emerging technology. Neil Gershenfeld, the Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT spoke about giving people in developing countries the means of fabricating things as a means of economic development (see Chris Jablonski's write-up as well).
CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz hosts ZDNet Government -- ZDNet's politics and policy coffeehouse -- where civics lessons meet technology, nothing is sacred, and everything is fair game.
David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.
ETech has lived up to its reputation for delivering new and interesting ideas. The morning was filled with short lightening talks (what O'Reilly calls "higher order bits) by some of the people making technology, including a talk by Danny Hillis on Applied Minds and an announcement of a new search platform, called A9, from Amazon.
I'm in San Diego at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology conference this week, and I'll be popping in here with reports from time to time. Today I went to a tutorial on RSS and Atom by Ben Hammersley.
If you lived in Orem, Utah, a town of nearly 100,000 people south of Salt Lake, you'd be able to sign up for 10Mbs symmetric broadband service from a small, local ISP, MSTAR. How did this little ISP pull off this feat?
My new 15" PowerBook arrived today. Getting it set up has been dirt simple.
A Customer interaction hub (CIH) is an integrated system that supports the customer touchpoints, such as pre-sales portals, customer service, and even warranty work, in a coordinated way.
Once a month, I host a breakfast for anyone who bothers to show up and we sit around and discuss technology. I call it the CTO Breakfast because I want it to be fairly technical and I like a product, rather than an IT focus.
In order to sell Longhorn when it launches, Microsoft has been trying to convince everyone of the importance of rich clients. Microsoft will lose its lock on the operating system if the only thing that people run on them are browsers.
Declan McCullagh has a detailed piece on the Real ID legislation that just passed the US House. The legislation would effectively force the States to meet certain requirements if they expect their driver's licenses to be used as IDs for federal purposes--like getting on an airplane.
You've no doubt been the target of phishing scams--those e-mails that claim there's some kind of problem with one of your accounts somewhere. When you click through to a legitimate-looking Web site, you're asked for personal information that can then be used by the phishers for various nefarious purposes.