Remember when phrases like "intelligence gathering" and "national security" conjured up images of James Bond rappelling his way into an inactive volcano, jumping over piranhas, and disarming missiles? As inflated as these fictional spy vs. spy scenarios were, at least there was a thread of humanity to the whole thing.
Today, it's all ones and zeros. It's cyber attacks and data mining. It's banks of computers analyzing questionably begotten e-mails and phone calls. And as boring as it may sound, the scope of it all, along with the coldly calculating computers behind it, … Read more
I am an unapologetic cheapskate. In fact, I got into this whole technology journalism thing as a way to feed my gadget lust without spending a dime to play with the latest tech.
I won't lie, it's a great gig. But just like any "kid in a candy shop" scenario, you gain a different perspective when you actually work in the candy shop.
There are a lot of good things to say about technology, and the high-tech age we currently live in. But it is also true that technology has provided a number of new and … Read more
As we all rush to embrace this month's newest, hottest technology, it's easy to forget about the old technology that's being pushed aside. Who among you is holding vigil for the portable CD player or the CRT computer monitor?
Yet, I'm old enough now to remember a time when I couldn't wait to make the jump from my creaky, old Walkman to a shiny, thin portable CD player. In the grand scheme of things, that day was not so very long ago.
Following that same logic, there are hundreds of modern technologies around us today … Read more