On Government …

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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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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JUST BEFORE THANKSGIVING I was Out & About to the Park Plaza in Boston. Ahh, who doesn’t love that wonderful old hotel, especially when its curved wooden banisters and classic lobby gleam with timeless holiday decorations? Such a welcome change from the generic and sterile event venues! But I digress. This column is about technology, […]

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YOU’VE BEEN HERE, HAVEN’T YOU?  You know, where you sit bolt awake for no particular reason at 2 am, sleep but a fleeting memory. You don’t feel like playing a computer game, there’s nothing on the tube but offers to buy cubic zirconium or to repent your sins, and you’ve read every single book on […]

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AS THE POLITICAL SEASON in the US goes into its final screaming weeks, it is hard not to get body-slammed by some wall of anger hurled across the room, usually in digital form. Online comments bubble over with mindless rants from anonymous Tea Party know-nothings. The inbox is inundated with angry emails from Move-On zealots […]

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INCENDIARY LANGUAGE FIRED BETWEEN COMBATANTS, clandestine meetings, highly-charged rhetoric … who knew that dry ole’ telecomm policy making could be so dramatic? Over the past few months, the normally bureaucratic Federal Communications Commission keeps taking a starring turn at the center of public debate and corporate wrangling in moments like these: The April federal appeals […]

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TIME TO VISIT broadband again! I’ve been watching all the back and forth with legal debates and policy setting and general jockeying for position and the one thing that strikes me is this: the train has left the station. And the local regions are driving. I like to think that our very own OpenCape project […]

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“Where’s the bus?” That should be an easy question to answer, thought Chris Dempsey, Director of Innovation at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Heh. Think again. Where’s the bus? The answer had eluded transit authorities since, well, probably since the first bus rolled away from the first bus stop. It was a simple, yet […]

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SATURDAY WAS THE FIRST really nice day this year. Sunny, warm, birds chirping, bits of green pushing up from the snow-melted earth … And where was I during this delightful day? Cleaning the garden? Taking a nice walk on the beach? Nooo, I was proving that the inner geek is taking up with the inner […]

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