Some answers to the "What has DARPA done lately?" question

In a recent post, I asked "What has DARPA accomplished in recent decades?" Responses to my questioning of this highly regarded agency generally contained more heat than light, although one thoughtful comment said:Went to the yearly...

Todd Dagres gets it

Todd Dagres has echoed my call for the Obama Adminstration to use tech industry execs and board members in troubled non-tech industries.  His specific idea of Steve Jobs isn't the best, health even aside, for the reasons Eric...

Just what has DARPA accomplished in recent decades?

DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, just called ARPA during some periods of its history), is legendary as the sponsor of what became the Internet. More generally, it has an outstanding reputation as being that great...

How should the US government stimulate job-creating innovation?

Thomas Friedman excited some discussion with a New York Times column suggesting that the government invest some of the stimulus money in leading venture firms, on standard venture fund terms and conditions. (Specifically, he...

Celebrities on Twitter

Twitter has had a chat-with-celebrities vibe from the getgo. Originally, this meant tech celebrities. Many people probably signed up for Twitter largely because Robert Scoble promised to follow everybody's tweets. Within a few weeks...

More evidence in favor of an Individual Mortgage Aftermarket

In a recent series of posts, I argued for the creation of an Individual Mortgage Aftermarket to supplement or replace that in Mortgage-Backed Securities.  My main contentions were:It's feasible.The alternatives aren't feasible.Today,...

Repairing the mortgage market (Part 3 -- Security and privacy)

This post is Part 3 of a series of 3. Part 1 gives an overview of the problems in the mortgage market, casting them in terms I think technology can go a long way toward helping to solve. Part 2 explains how and why the change I...

Repairing the mortgage market (Part 2 -- Technology overview)

This post is Part 2 of a series of 3. Part 1 gives an overview of the problems in the mortgage market, casting them in terms I think technology can go a long way toward helping to solve. Part 2 explains how and why the change I...

Repairing the mortgage market (Part 1 -- General overview)

This post is Part 1 of a series of 3. Part 1 gives an overview of the problems in the mortgage market, casting them in terms I think technology can go a long way toward helping to solve. Part 2 explains how and why the change I...

Lese Majeste most foul, in SEO-land

The Daily Telegraph asked its inhouse search engine optimization (SEO) expert to critique the British Royal Family's revamped website. He correctly pointed out a variety of SEO flaws. Indeed, the site violates quite a number of basic...

Is Joel Spolsky suffering from an Edifice Complex?

Thanks to his outstandingly written blog Joel on Software, Joel Spolsky is a popular software development guru. That makes a lot of sense. Spolsky is sometimes further perceived as an expert on the software business, to the point of...

How Obama should really use John Doerr and Chuck Phillips -- and Mitt Romney as well

One of President Obama's many economic advice councils will include John Doerr, the legendary venture capitalist from Kleiner Perkins, and Charles Phillips, president of Oracle, who before Oracle was the top stock analyst cover the...

It's tough to keep bad vendor news secret, if the potential buyer is willing to use Google

Seth Grimes has a blog post sighing that companies with good technology can have business problems, making it a bad idea to buy their products.  The post refers to unnamed "Company X" and "Company Y." Seth conceals the names so as...

Google Mail gets its missing piece

Google has just announced an offline client for Google Mail, with the option of background synchronization.  Even though this is just at the Google Labs stage for now, it's potentially huge, for several reasons: Anybody who uses...

Plinky: The microblogging apocalypse is here

I am, obviously, a huge fan of blogging, which is why I own and write five blogs in addition to writing this one. I use and occasionally say kind things about the dominant microblogging service Twitter. And of course I'm a huge fan...

An inauguration new media oopsie

From an email circulated some time before 12:30 pm Eastern time today at a nationally-known hospital:  This message is from [Name Redacted] Information Services Please Stop Streaming the Presidential Inauguration on ...

Medical privacy affects us all, and Congress keeps missing the point

The New York Times reminds us that President-Elect Obama is committed to the automation of medical records. I think that's great, as there are many reasons why electronic health records a great idea. The specific focus of the NYT...

More on the great Obama Blackberry debate

I weighed in a few days ago to the effect that incoming President Obama could and should keep his Blackberry. Discussion ensued, especially on Slashdot.  Network World also added an excellent news/analysis article on the subject.  So...

Solving Obama's Blackberry dilemma

Much is being made of the deliberations as to whether President Obama will be able to keep using his beloved Blackberry. As the New York Times reports, there are two major sets of objections:InfosecurityLegal/records retentionDeven...

From RTFM to STFW

Chad Wollenberg suggests:  We first had RTFM. Now I would like to add Search F Google First (SFGF) to the mix. I think that's a great idea, but I'd like to edit it to STFW, as inSearchTheFine ... (yeah, right)Web

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