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    Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.

    After planning a few posts ahead, I stopped cold when I learned about Microsoft Mesh. You know that scene in the Original Star Wars movie where Luke Skywalker is cleaning R2-D2 and accidentally starts the hologram of Princess Leia saying “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”? That is Microsoft Mesh. Well, not quite that advanced but it will remind you of movie special effects immediately. The technology is called Mixed Reality (MR) and combines real and digital objects. Unlike Virtual Reality (VR) goggles where all you can see are projected images, MR headsets allow you to also see through the projected image to your own immediate surroundings. Microsoft…

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    Americans and Their Cell Phones

    Mobile phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information seeking and communicating–83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone–and these devices have an impact on many aspects of their owners’ daily lives. In a nationally representative telephone survey, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that, during the 30 days preceding the interview: Cell phones are useful for quick information retrieval (so much so that their absence can cause problems) – Half of all adult cell owners (51%) had used their phone at least once to get information they needed right away. One quarter (27%) said that they experienced a situation in the previous month…

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    Electronic Pearl Harbor

    I don’t have much use for most of our politicians from Virginia – with one notable exception: Congressman Randy Forbes. He seems to share my core values, and he appears to be a “real” person. I mean anyone who rides a big bike at the head of the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day Weekend can’t be all bad. Perhaps even more importantly Forbes appears to “get it” when it comes to the Internet based threat we face from foreign powers. In a recent Newsletter Congressman Forbes wrote about an Electronic Pearl Harbor describing in interesting detail how cyber security attacks against the United States…

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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…