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February 18, 2011

My Favorite Fictional Computers

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When I was young, I wanted computers just like the ones in Batman’s bat cave. Or like the computers on Lost In Space. Turns out, they were the same computers.

February 17, 2011

Your Job is in Danger

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Interesting editorial in the Wall Street Journal today. The economy is changing. Not actually shrinking, but thanks to technology some jobs are just no longer necessary. Are we ready for the Butlerian Jihad yet?

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February 16, 2011

Lots of Facebook Friends Equals Lots of Anxiety

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Thank God I don’t have that many Facebook friends!

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What If Our Computers Turned Into Girls? Part II

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This is the second part of an original, two-part story I wrote back in 1985 or so.

February 14, 2011

Valentine’s Day Memories

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This is an article I published in a San Diego computer magazine back in 1985. It’s copied here in its entirety.

February 11, 2011

The Dvorak Keyboard

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My last two blog posts have been about computer keyboards, and their typewriter ancestors. A question came up about the Dvorak keyboard. So this blog post I (finally) end my Keyboard tirades with a discussion of that keyboard.

February 10, 2011

End of Humanity Now Only 35 Years Away

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Forget about the Mayan Calendar. According to futurist Ray Kurzwiel, computers will grow so fast and intelligent by 2046 that they’ll basically take over. Ray sees a benevolent future of mankind living forever. I see something akin to the Butlerian Jihad that Frank Herbert wrote about. Doom! Doom! D-Doom!

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February 9, 2011

The Keyboard Legacy

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Allow me to continue my keyboard rant from Monday: Not only is the ancient keyboard layout part of our 21st Century life, but a lot of the old typewriter jargon remains as well.

February 8, 2011

Cybercheating is a Big Deal

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A majority of students cybercheat, taking information from the Internet and using it without citing the source or claiming it as their own. This is big. What’s worse, in my opinion, is that their attitude is that it’s okay because “everyone else does it.” That speaks to their character more than their academic skills.

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February 7, 2011

Your Keyboard Is Stuck In The Past

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I look at my state-of-the-art cell phone and I’ve got to shake my head: The teensy keyboard that appears on the screen is essentially the same keyboard invented in 1874. Is this modern technology or not?

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