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Anarcho-Tyranny Redux: ‘I Am Meredith Graves’

Friday, January 6th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

The other day, I linked to John Derbyshire’s post at the Corner on Britain’s state of “anarcho-tyranny:” The late Sam Francis gave us the invaluable term “anarcho-tyranny” to describe that state of society in which “we refuse to control real criminals (that’s the anarchy) so we control the innocent (that’s the tyranny).” Britain is far […]

A 21st Century Recessional

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

Back in late 2005, Mark Steyn’s best-selling America Alone was preceded by his magnum opus article, “It’s the Demography, Stupid” in the New Criterion (and quickly republished in the Wall Street Journal, because, if I’m remembering correctly, the New Criterion’s server was blown offline by the perfect storm of an Insta-Drudge-NRO-Freeper-lanche.) This month in the […]

Personal Computer Pioneer Ed Roberts Passes Away

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Roberts invented the Altair 8800, pictured above, which was the PC I cut my teeth on, when a math teacher at St. Mary’s purchased one, hooked it up to a used teletypewriter as its I/O device and started my school’s first computer club in the mid-1970s. Oh, the epic battles of Wumpus, Star Trek, and […]

Any Sufficiently Advanced Prediction Newsweek Gets Right Is Indistinguishable From Magic

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

In his brilliant and frequently-updated non-fiction book, Profiles of the Future, Arthur C. Clarke famously quotes a remark attributed to William Henry Preece, the chief engineer of the British Post Office, when he was told in 1877 that the Americans had stumbled across a then-bleeding edge communications technology: “The Americans have need of the Telephone […]

The Debt Star Has Cleared The Planet

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Betsy Newmark writes that flexibility and Obama are mutually exclusive terms — he definitely stays on target no matter what the damage his plans may cause; arguably because collateral damage to the economy is a feature, not a bug in his mind (reference his bankrupting the coal industry rhetoric): Nina Eason makes the point that […]

Getting Webbie With It

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

The weekend prior to my recent trip to Alaska, I had planned to purchase a Flip Mino HD or Creative Lab Vado HD  after reading the review of the two tiny video cameras by Skye at her Midnight Blue Weblog. However, since Best Buy was out of both cameras, but had a Sony MHS-PM1 “Webbie” […]

Happy Birthday, YouTube

Friday, April 24th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Found via Greg Pollowitz, the Penn Station of video hosts turns four years old today. Here’s my early “Army of Davids”-style look at the benefits of the site at Tech Central Station from February of 2006. As for its downside, here’s my firsthand report at the drawback of relying upon the site as your sole […]

All The News That Fits In Your Pocket

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Sensing the future is just around the corner, the New York Times experiments dilligently with a smaller, more portable, pocket-sized edition of its newspaper. But I’m not sure if they have the technology quite worked out just yet…. (And yes, it’s still April 1st on the West Coast for another 20 minutes as I write […]

“Americans Spend Eight Hours A Day On Screens”

Friday, March 27th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Only eight? Slackers. Update: “The Dangers of Living Online.” Meanwhile, “OMG, OnStar May Soon Let You Twitter From Your Car!” (That last item found here, naturally enough. Though some in the comments are declaring it an early April’s Fools prank. If so, sorry for the unintended mellow enharshening.)

“Can Twitter Survive What is About to Happen to It?”

Sunday, March 15th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Hey, it’s survived me being on there, so I’m guessing it’s somewhat bulletproof. But still, Nova Spivack has some interesting questions about Twitter’s future. In my “All You Need Is Tweet” video, I compared Twitter to a combination police scanner and Internet chatroom; Spivack has an equally viable analogy: Twitter reminds me of CB radio […]

New Silicon Graffiti Video: “All You Need Is Tweet!”

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

After all of the recent political and media bias Silicon Graffiti videos, I wanted to do something in a lighter vein, so here’s (hopefully) a fun overview of Twitter. No doubt, hard care power Tweeters (yes, it’s supposed to sound silly) will chide me for leaving out whatever this week’s killer app of the century […]

Your Cat Wants Steak

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Dialing For Sushi

Monday, October 15th, 2007 - by Ed Driscoll

The Future Of Videogames

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 - by Ed Driscoll

News From 1980

Monday, August 27th, 2007 - by Ed Driscoll

Strange Tribal Rituals Observed

Friday, June 29th, 2007 - by Ed Driscoll

Original Star Trek Props Anchor Home Theater

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 - by Ed Driscoll

The Laptop From 2015

Friday, June 15th, 2007 - by Ed Driscoll

Fill My Eyes With That Double Vision

Sunday, May 27th, 2007 - by Ed Driscoll

The Home Of The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

Sunday, March 25th, 2007 - by Ed Driscoll