24 September 2004

This is classic. Don't address the substance of criticism, attack the critic's patriotism. Never mind that in a free society, questioning the party in power is one of the most patriotic things you can do.

Posted 09:19 PM

21 September 2004

IBM has figured out how to flip a single atom's magnetic spin, and how to measure the result. Spintronic data storage is the ultimate goal, but some pretty interesting science is happening along the way.

(Silicon Strategies article. Free registration required.)

Posted 10:02 AM

How do you kill a market leader with one of the strongest brands in the world? It's tough, but AT&T Wireless managed to do it.

Posted 09:54 AM

I've always been a tea drinker, but I've always thought all teas were pretty much the same. Really cheap tea bags are bitter, but beyond that it doesn't matter what you get. Then I ordered a sampler of top quality tea, mostly to see what the fuss was about. For this morning's cup I had Lion Mountain Keemun, a Chinese black tea. Wow. Was I ever wrong.

Which shouldn't surprise me, now that I think about it. I know what a difference ingredients make in cooking, and I know how much variation there is between good wines and bad ones. Why should tea be any different? Live and learn....

Posted 09:06 AM

20 September 2004

This article is a couple years old, but still a good analysis of the impact of China's technology boom, particularly on the rest of East Asia.

I'd like to credit the source where I found this, too. However, they cut and pasted the entire article to their site. That's a blatant copyright violation that publicity would only encourage.

Update: My source for this article has now edited his post to remove the article text. Thanks!

Posted 08:21 AM

19 September 2004

One of the joys of the web is its ability to make rarities accessible to people who can't visit the libraries and museums that house them in person. Images of Thomas A. Edison's papers are online at Rutgers, while the British Museum has one of Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks. Both pages may behave strangely with browsers other than Internet Explorer.

Posted 11:13 PM

A new issue of the long-neglected site newsletter is out. To read it, or subscribe, visit the newsletter information page.

Posted 05:05 PM


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