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No-Brainer

February 16, 2014

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Every time I get a sinus infection, I first assume it’s Bubonic Plague. And it makes no difference that the symptoms are instantly recognizable as those of the non-fatal sickness. As far as I’m concerned, I’m as good as dead. In a similar way, when my hands are cold, I do some online research and […]

What to Expect in 2014

December 29, 2013

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Predicting the future is a risky thing to do. You’re going to be wrong most of the time, and people – especially your closest friends — will happily point out how far off you were. In 1974, I said Richard Nixon would never resign. Ten years later, I announced that Walter Mondale would defeat Ronald […]

Gone, and Pretty Much Forgotten

August 7, 2013

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We’re losing things. We may not even realize it’s happening, because they’re the kinds of things we don’t pay a lot of attention to, so we fail to notice when they disappear. It’s something like when a casual acquaintance moves to Paraguay without telling us, and twelve years later we wake up and say, “Hey, […]

The Behinder I Get (Part 2)

January 24, 2013

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My struggles with technology date back to high school, when I’d sit and listen, day after day, as the other boys at the lunch table would describe in great detail the precise and elaborate arrangement of their stereo systems. I assumed that my inability to share their enthusiasm for speakers and amplifiers was somehow a […]

The Behinder I Get (Part 1)

January 16, 2013

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I’ll be the first to admit that for the past ten years or so, I’ve been wandering – lost and confused — in the jungle of emerging technology. And no matter how I hack away, the thick undergrowth of gadgets and accessories continues to coil around my wrists and ankles, pulling me down and threatening […]

Keeping in Touch

May 2, 2012

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In 1981, I read a book by someone who was extremely well-known in some obscure field. I can no longer remember his well-known name, so there’s little chance the obscure field will spring to mind. But I do recall that at one point he offered this as his theory of life: “We’re all in constant […]

Funnel Vision

April 14, 2012

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Predicting the future is a tricky business, and the results are usually less than impressive. Take, for example, all of those world’s fair exhibits that have attempted to portray life even just a couple of decades ahead. What we always get are flying cars, highways devoid of traffic jams, entire meals in a pill, and […]