On Broadband …

HAPPY PRIVACY DAY! At least that’s what Google is shouting to the heavens and earth. Which is a little ironic when you stop to think just how much Google itself has done to erode our privacy. This is, after all, the one year anniversary of the Snowden leaks, when we collectively learned the extent of […]

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Net Neutrality: The Musical!
21 May 2014

by tmartin on May 21, 2014

SO MANY WORDS, SO LITTLE TIME! That’s what the heated debate over net neutrality feels like, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its proposals bump heads with Internet proponents, entrepreneurs, and social activists, all mixing it up with Big Telecom and Gargantuan Cable. But I’m awfully glad we’re talking about it and that enough […]

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THE LEADERBOARD LIGHTS UP! It’s 12 for Ionic, 5 for Doric, and 1 each for Corinthian and Rams Horn. And the answer is … Ionic! As the correct response flashes on the smartboard, cheers arise from Miss Cattabriga‘s seventh grade classroom at Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis, MA. Fingers fly across iPads and the next […]

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25 Wonderful Webby Years
14 March 2014

by tmartin on March 14, 2014

YOU BLINK FOR A SECOND and looks what happens – 25 years go by! That’s right, this month marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web and the 20th anniversary of the creation of the W3C, the standards organization that helped create this universal environment … the very environment that has become part of […]

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Broadband … with Meaning
17 December 2013

by tmartin on December 17, 2013

JUST UNDER 30 YEAR AGO my grandmother asked for help. Handing me a bill from “the phone company,” she asked if I had any idea what it meant. There it sat in my hand, invoice spaghetti, the product of the 1984 AT&T break up that left normal people in unglamorous locations with the primary benefit […]

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How Big is Big, How Fast is Fast?
28 February 2013

by tmartin on February 28, 2013

EVERY DISCIPLINE HAS ITS OWN vocabulary. Medicine, cooking, automotive repair, computer science … you name it, and it has its own word world. But there’s one kind of vocabulary that stretches across disciplines, and where its extremes seem to reached in the applications of science and technology: the vocabulary of measurement. How much? How fast? […]

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If you don’t give it a try, you don’t know what will happen. That’s why I have to applaud the Town of Barnstable for taking a stab at something new. Or at least something new for this technically conservative region of the country. Earlier this month the town unveiled Barnstable iForum (http://www.barnstableiforum.com/), an interactive space […]

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I LOVE MY FOOD, so when I hear the word sopa on a gray November day I think: mmmm, warm, soup, good. But this week’s political definition of SOPA is giving me the chills. SOPA, for those of you who don’t live in a world of technology or politics, stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA, the […]

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YOU KNOW SPRING  has sprung when your schedule is, once again, defined by softball. As in, driving your child to various fields and practice venues. Yeah rah rah spring! On the plus side, it pushes me into new territories, outside my natural comfort zone. That’s a good thing. And it’s how it happened that I […]

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HERE’S A URL I want to share: http://www.broadbandmap.gov/nbm/speed (To navigate it well, use the menu options in the footer. By default the footer is turned off, so you’ll probably want to click on the “show footer” link at the lower right corner of page. The footer links are really pop-up menus to different ways of […]

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