Minitel (1979-2012): its past and our future

2012 is the year that Europe shuts down its proto-Internets. First, the BBC announced that teletex was getting the axe and today France is shutting down the Minitel x.25 network. These technologies, both started in the late 1970s, were ahead of their times and, in many ways, may still be.

On the revisionist history of British microcomputers

Small errors of history presented in this Guardian article sum up to a government-directed, top-down history of diffusion, learning & innovation. In any history of the British adoption of microcomputers, Sinclair should earn top billing for popular influence, so why was it ignored in favor of the BBC Micro?

Catastrophic Frequencies

A longitudinal study of keyword frequencies in Section A of the New York Times between 2001 and 2008 supported the hypothesized typologies of catastrophic myths. Patterns of occurrence are consistent between natural and man-made disasters, and suggest a relationship between U.S. political elections and modern myth-creation that is worthy of further investigation.

The Great Troll Wars of 1994

How delightful! It’s troll hunting season on Dkos!We must have a large number of new users, because troll hunting is again a popular past-time. It makes me smile, it really does. I’ve been battling trolls since 1992. [Tip To All: CHILL. It’ll be ok. Really.] Join me below the fold, […]

Foreigners Teach Americans US History

We should thank the million foreigners who took to the streets on May 1st: they remember what we’ve forgotten. On May 1 1886 Chicago labor unions went on strike for the eight-hour work day. This strike precipitated the Haymarket Massacre. Every May 1st there are demonstrations and marches all around […]

Pre-Historic Rock Works

Thursday morning I had a leisurely breakfast at a little deli around the corner. Breakfast is the best deal of the day and a wonderful tradition. Now I think about it, most of my heros demanded an extended breakfast: Took the Tube to Waterloo station and caught a train to […]

Back In The Day: The BBS

Some people develop an emotional attachment to technology. For some guys it’s their trucks, when I was 12 it was the BBS. I was looking around for some old software from the Pre-Netscape era when I pulled up a May 2002 Salon.com article titled When 300 baud was the bomb. Yeah. That’ s what […]

Bert the Turtle is Back!

Don’t even think of asking “Who is Bert the Turtle?” He’s a cultural icon. […you philistine!] Bert the Trutle Redux, because the DHS has some killer designers on staff.