On Technology & Our World …

First published in The Cape Cod Times, December 30, 2014 As 2014 melts into 2015 let’s lift a toast to tech and sciences stories of the year. First up, a big end o’ year cheer to the international Rosetta mission and its November 12 landing of the unmanned probe Philae on a comet 310 million […]

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Inner Selfie Obsessions
18 December 2014

by tmartin on January 15, 2015

First published in The Cape Cod Times, December 16, 2014 At the end of 2013 – just one short year ago — “selfie” emerged from the tangle of social media techie slang as Oxford Dictionaries’ spotlighted Word-of-the-Year. Selfie, selfie, selfie. We all know about these self-snapped moments! In the past year it seems everyone from […]

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Hour of Code Wants YOU!
02 December 2014

by tmartin on January 15, 2015

First published in the Cape Cod Times, 02 December 2014 The hour of code is coming … and it wants you! That’s right, you. I mean the you who never gave technology a second thought. You, who say you’re too old to learn. You, who grew up with computers but never looked inside. You, whose […]

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IT SEEMED A BIT LIKE AN APRIL FOOLS joke two years ago — but on April 4 2012 Google wasn’t kidding. It really planned a wearable interface with the world. (http://www.capeeyes.com/2012/04/googleglass/) Back in that time of ancient history, the original the concept video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9c6W4CCU9M4_ ) quickly spawned multiple spoofs, but laugh as we might the […]

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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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WAS CHANNEL ONE THE TOE IN THE WATER? The step down the slippery slope? The camel’s nose under the tent? Twenty-odd years ago, in the late 80s and early 90s, Whittle Communications created a product called Channel One. Channel One brought big televisions, VCRs, and other cutting edge goodies to schools. Then, as now, schools […]

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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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NATE SILVER STUNNED THE POLITICAL pundits in 2008 when he used statistics to correctly call the presidential election outcome in 49 of the 50 states – as well as predicting winners in all 35 US Senate races. In short order, he was everywhere as an electoral and political analyst. The established players, with mouths gaping […]

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Nesting, In Home Smart Home
31 Jan 2014

by tmartin on January 31, 2014

MY SMOKE DETECTOR MAKES ME CRY. This detector isn’t a depot-cheapo. The electrician who installed it charged, well, a real bill for it. I like the idea of fire safety. If only! On a regular basis, this creature screams about frying bacon, seared pork chops, and stir fried vegetables with a shrill and ceaseless tone. […]

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