• Published Works,  Technology Column

    Tech 13

    TECH #13 8/1/97 Is OS 8 great? It depends on who you ask, but the newest update to the Mac operating system is shaping up to be the biggest thing since sliced bread. At least according to Mac users. I talked to John Crow, president of local Apple Computer retailer Memory Bank. “The first shipment sold out before it hit the shelves,” Crow told me. “I just ordered another 50 units this morning, and they’ll be gone almost as soon as they arrive. It’s simply overwhelming.” What’s the big deal? “Well the biggest plus is actually behind the screen. We’ve got a half dozen Apple system engineers around here who…

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    Tech 01

    My legs are sore, my back is sore, and we unpacked the computer before we even turned on the refrigerator. Every single thing we own went up four flights of stairs. With that kind of chaos, why is it that I found it necessary to set up the computer desk first? Because we’re connected. Welcome to Tech. It’s a new world. We’re all wired together in an electronic village that knows no border. So what does that have to do with moving into a new apartment? Everything. That wire is the copper and glass thread that keeps us rooted in a common frame of reference. The computer has moved out…

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    Tech 08

    TECH #86/27/97 The world wide web became a bit more tangible with the recent Supreme Court decision ruling the Communications Decency Act unconstitutional. That law put a ban on the dissemination over the internet of sexually explicit material to anyone younger than 18. The high court ruled that key parts of the CDA violates free speech rights, amounting to illegal government censorship. Hey wait a minute! Isn’t it a bad thing to show pictures of naked men and women to children? That’s not the point. To listen to ultra conservative supporters of the CDA, the internet is a gutter populated with perverts trying to snatch the innocence from our children.…

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    Tech 03

    While researching this weeks column I encountered the most insidious and frustrating advance of the new age. . . The computer generated switchboard operator! The # button on my phone is slap wore out. You have been doing electronic banking for years. It’s your friendly ATM machine. Arguably not as pretty, automated teller machine terminals work exactly like on-line banking from home. The chief difference being that your home computer won’t eject $20 bills on command. Someday. Most banks offer, or plan to offer some combination of PC banking or internet banking. My own bank began their PC based program about six months ago. You’ve probably already guessed who was…