BIG Plans

Every couple of weekends, the four year old and I make a trip to the library to pick out a fresh batch of books while his little brother stays at…

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The Problem with Tablets

With just a day left until Apple’s special event the company scheduled for January 27th, speculation on the expected-to-be-announced Apple Tablet (or whatever the official name turns out to be) has reached a fevered pitch. I don’t think any rumored Apple product – iPhone included – has garnered so much coverage by bloggers and the press. And the unofficial claim by Steve Jobs that the device is the most important thing he’s ever done doesn’t serve to dampen expectations, either.
Invite for Apple's January 27 2009 event

And while you can be sure I’ll be tracking Wednesday’s event coverage on GDGT Live and TWIT Live, I’m skeptical that Apple’s tablet device – or any tablet for that matter – will be a commercial success. Not necessarily because they’ll make a dud (possible, but unlikely), but because the very idea of a tablet computer seems unnecessary.

Still – I can’t wait to see what Apple has made.


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The View From My Window

I've been a regular reader of Andrew Sullivan's blog for a few years now. His political analysis is top-notch, and I find Andrew's discussion with readers to be consistently thought-provoking…

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Google Public DNS and FUD

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Yesterday Google announced the release of Google Public DNS, the company’s free domain name resolution service (if you’re unfamiliar with DNS, it’s the system that translates the human-friendly domain to the computer-friendly This news came as a surprise to everyone, and has generated a ton of coverage by technology bloggers and journalists as a result. Unfortunately, lots of it is utter crap, and gets the story all wrong while instead propagating endless fear, uncertainty, and doubt.


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Quicken Online and Mint

A few weeks ago, online personal finance site Mint announced that it was being acquired by its main competitor, Intuit (maker of Quicken, QuickBooks, and TurboTax). Since then, the online…

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Britney in Grand Forks

Last Saturday night Casey and I attended the Britney Spears Circus tour at its stop in Grand Forks. It was quite the experience, and easily one of the city's biggest events…

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