The Story Behind Social Security

This little story was sent to me from Mark Clower.  Neither he nor I can vouch for its accuracy, but it’s interesting reading: Here is a little history on the Social Security Program.  Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social

New Ways of Purchasing Goods

You may have heard of priceline.com, the website made famous by William Shatner.  This website allows you to participate in an electronic auction, where you offer a price that you’re willing to pay for common items such as hotel rooms… Well, it appears

The End of Car Chases?

Los Angeles is notorious for its epic police chases, but it appears that the LAPD is going to be taking a new approach to car pursuits.  A recent issue of Popular Science illustrates how the police will shoot a GPS homing

Shattered Confidence

Surprise, surprise… the folks in Michigan are losing confidence in the US auto industry.  An article in the Detroit News cites Michigan residents blaming the United Auto Workers: “It’s because of the demands of the unions that our auto industry is where it’s

Microsoft Flops

Everyone thinks of Microsoft as a company built on perfection… a recent article in ExtremeTech describes Microsoft’s Top 10 Flops: 1. Microsoft BOB: A product Microsoft released in 1995, was set to be the next-generation interface for Windows 3.1.  It

Israel & Technology

How hot is technology investment in Israel?  The tiny Middle Eastern country, with a population smaller than Manhattan’s, has become a global player in innovation, thanks to its thriving venture capital scene and many home-grown start-ups. There are now 75 Israeli

Evolution of IT Capabilities

Chris Lininger and I had a discussion today about the slow evolution of information technology that truly empowers the business end user.  We talked about all of the failed promises over the past 25 years including 4GL (4th Generation Languages),

Microsoft and George Orwell

Microsoft acknowledged Wednesday that it needs to better inform users that one of its automatically installed updates quietly checks in daily with Microsoft servers. The company said the undisclosed daily check is a safety measure designed to allow the tool, called Windows

Affirmative Action and the EEOC

An interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal discusses the planned — and subsequently cancelled — testimony before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  It appears that the bureaucratic EEOC was not interested in hearing the realities associated with affirmative action. 

Chinese Continue Theft of Intellectual Property

A prominent Chinese scientist, one of the founders of the chip manufacturing industry in China, has admitted to stealing his research. The New York Times article notes: “Chen Jin, a dean of Shanghai’s prestigious Jiaotong University and the leader of a government-funded