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December 2004
Wave of Change: How to Build a Global Internet Tsunami Warning System in a Month
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Getting Real: Yes, Virginia, There Is Life After Visual Basic
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Between an xBox and a Hard Place: When Microsoft Turns on Its Hardware OEMs and Even Dell Must Die, Will IBM Play the Savior?
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The China Syndrome: If You Want to Understand IBM Selling Its PC Division, Just Look East
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Wishing for Audrey: Now That the World Is Finally Ready for Internet Appliances, Where Are They?
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November 2004
Land Grab: What If Wal-Mart Got in the WiMax Business?
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Turn Your Head and Cough: It Isn't That Microsoft Is So Healthy That They Have an Advantage in Healthcare IT, It's That the Current Players Are So Sick
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Changing of the Guard: This Time, Microsoft's the Good Guy
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Bob Don't Know Diddy: Post-Election Reflections on Polls and Other Stuff
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October 2004
Come to Daddy: How Ken Schaffer's TV2ME (or Something Just Like It, But Cheaper) Will Change Television Forever
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The Diddy Factor: Why We Probably Shouldn't Put Too Much Faith in Presidential Tracking Polls
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The Ears Have It: How Yelp!, Which Launched This Week, Could Change Both Local Searching and Local Business Forever
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The Chris Phillips Deal: Did Microsoft Lie to the Department of Justice? Maybe So
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September 2004
The Limits of SpongeBob SquarePants: One Canadian's Wireless Neighborhood Network Could Someday Serve Us All
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The S-Word: How Microsoft Hopes Its New Emphasis on Security Will Lead to Global Domination
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Go to the Back of the Bus: How Microsoft Plans to Use a New USB Standard to Cripple Linux
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'Cause Backing-up is Hard to Do: Introducing Baxter, a Peer-to-Peer Backup Network
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A Hurricane Named Sinatra: How to Take Your Data With You in an Evacuation, and How Apple Is Quietly Undermining the RIAA
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August 2004
Out of School: Doug Engelbart's Experience Shows That Even the Best Technology Can Be Ignored If It Is Difficult to Classify
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Now What?: Google, Finally a Public Company, Faces Huge Challenges, So of Course Bob Tells Them What to Do
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Fred Nold's Legacy: Why We Send So Many Americans to Prison and Probably Shouldn't
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The Big Picture: Rolltronics Display Backplane Technology Could Put a Holodeck in Your Bedroom
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July 2004
WhyFlying: It's Pretty Darned Close to Free Aerial Broadband
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Open and Shut: Does Sveasoft (Or Anyone Else) Have the Right to Make a Living From Open Source Software?
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War Flying: Bob wants to put WiFi in the Sky
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Take Two and Call Me in the Morning: One Bob's Search for Reliable Internet Service in a Colonial City
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TV Oaxaca: How Narrowband Streaming Video Could Serve 90 Million Stranded Americans
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June 2004
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Big Old Stupid Telephone Companies Are Throwing Away Their Only Real Asset
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Clueless in Seattle: Can There Be Some Psychological Basis to Microsoft Court Behavior?
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Together at Last: Maybe the Best Use for Web Logging Is to Teach Us More About Ourselves
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Engines of Change: When It Comes to the Application of Disruptive Consumer Electronic Technologies, We Probably Have Napster (the Old One) to Thank
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May 2004
The Little Engine That Could: How Linux is Inadvertently Poised to Remake the Telephone and Internet Markets
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Divide and Conquer: Why Apple Has an iPod Division
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The Wild Ones: The Best Way to Protect Sales of Virtual Goods Can Be Found Inside the Game, Itself
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PayAcquaintance: When It Comes to Selling Virtual Property, PayPal Isn't Always Your Pal
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April 2004
Speed Bump: While Moore's Law Isn't About to be Repealed Soon, We Might See It Slowing Down a Little
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Do What I Mean: If Web Searches Are Going to Get More Accurate, It Might Require a Technology Like MeaningMaster, Which Was 20 Years in the Making
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Shake Your Groove Thing: The Only Way to Beat Microsoft is by Ignoring Microsoft
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The Once and Future King: Now the Only Way Microsoft Can Die is by Suicide
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Timing is Everything: Look at Anti-Trust Law as a Digital Design and -- Guess What -- Microsoft Wins
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March 2004
Conscientious Objector: The U.S. Military is Busily Outsourcing Its Core IT Services, but Would a Really Disciplined Outfit Like Wal-Mart Do the Same?
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A Lose-Lose Situation: Sometimes IT Integration Just Isn't Worth the Trouble
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Prints of Darkness: A Year Into the E-voting Crisis, Shouldn't We Have Noticed the Printer That's Already Built into Each Diebold Voting Machine?
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The Curse of the Hundred Bagger: Why Venture Capitalists Are Paralyzed and Our Economy is Stagnant
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February 2004
Making Waves: How to Turn Around the U.S. Tech Economy in One Week With No New Laws, Regulations, or Tax Breaks Required and Without Moving to India
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Misinterpretation: If .NET is Such a Security Nightmare (It Is), Why Isn't Everybody Fighting to Own the Obvious and Fairly Simple Solution?
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Crazy After All These Years: Does the Key to Microsoft’s Plan for Global Media Domination Involve Driving Judges Insane?
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Now Hear This: If We’re in Trouble, Its Probably Because People No Longer Really Listen
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January 2004
Our Own Damned Fault: When It Comes to Understanding Why Government Doesn't Understand High-Tech and Why Financial Markets Seem to be Working Against Our Own Interests, Well, We Did It to Ourselves
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Thick as a (Campaign) Plank: U.S. Leaders Either Don't Understand or Prefer Not to Understand the IT Outsourcing Crisis, So Here's the Cliff Notes Version
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Whyfi Not?: Bob Defends His Wireless Networking Idea
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For love not money: How WhyFi can turn hotspots into a real industry
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