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Posted on: Dec 3, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Author Steve Levy explains the upsides and downsides of living with an iPod.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2002, Source: Baltimore City Paper

Joab Jackson outlines how medical marijuana moved from a fringe issue to a political buzz.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

As Microsoft-bashing has turned into a favorite sport of journalists everywhere, it's a bit disheartening to see online pioneer Steve Gibson needlessly indulge in it as well.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

The once-legendary online lode of cynical commentary Suck.com has gone on hiatus for business reasons. How ironic for an indie zine that claimed it was above the industry hubbub it so mocked.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2001, Source: AlterNet

If Marvin Minsky, the godfather of artificial intelligence (AI) research, fails to get his computers to act like humans the way he promised, he'll take humanity down with him.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The entertainment industry is scheming hard to make us forget the concept of ownership.

Posted on: May 21, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Using Linux for the last few months has turned Joab Jackson into a secret fan of Microsoft Windows.

Posted on: May 14, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

Like revelers too drunk to suss the party is over and the booze has been returned to the cabinet, New Economy magazines are diligently ignoring what time it is now.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

Pimpwar traffics in some of the worst gender and racial typecasting possible. Yet, despite the online game's bad-ass signifying, Pimpwar is essentially a numbers game. To win, you have to have the correct ratio of hos to thugs.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

Anyone in your office ever copied a software program without properly licensing it? If so, you may be the next victim of a software raid, complete with US Marshalls and steep fines.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

I know a woman who disciplines her children with PowerPoint briefing charts. What's amazing here is how effectively these presentations articulate what a smoothly family unit should be like. This is odd because PowerPoint is usually used to not communicate ideas.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

The National Security Agency -- America's premier espionage agency -- is taking an interest in Linux, the open source operating system. Programmers around the world are afraid the agency will use LINUX to spy.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

When Nike came up with an online service where you can have your name or a favorite saying stitched on the side of a pair of sneakers, Jonah Peretti asked for the word "sweatshop."

Posted on: Mar 5, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

"I love the idea of online grocery shopping because I hate actual grocery shopping. I won't lose sleep over not squeezing the fruit, or checking to see if the dead fish's eyes are clear. Still, I do have a few minor issues with Peapod, my online grocer."

Posted on: Feb 26, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

File-sharing services such as Napster threaten to shift control of entertainment and information to consumers. That sounds vague, to be sure, but it's difficult to convey how deeply subversive something like Napster really is.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

People magazine makes a mint bringing the rich and famous down to our level, enlightening us on Celine Dion's new baby or Helen Hunt's New York apartment. But if you want the inside skinny on how celebrities succumb to that greatest equalizer of all, the place to start is the Web.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

With the dotcom economy so pathetic, is it any wonder that IT -- the as-yet-undivulged invention that will supposedly "sweep over the world and change lives, cities, and ways of thinking" -- was one of the big tech stories these last few weeks?

Posted on: Jan 22, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

The idea of using simple real-world words as Web addresses initially seems appealing, just like having ice cream for every meal -- until you start figuring out the consequences.

Posted on: Jan 4, 2001, Source: Baltimore City Paper

We need a new "God game" for the New Economy, where players instead of controling empires and natural resources, players use multinational corporations to capture as much "human mindshare" as possible.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2000, Source: Baltimore City Paper

When Stephen King pulled the plug on his online serial The Plant, was it really because he was shortchanged by a cheapskate Internet audience? Or did he finally realize how people's ingrained book-buying and reading habits were?

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