Drudge's Website Broke Clinton Sex Scandal 5 Years Ago

On Jan 17, 1998, maverick webmaster Matt Drudge broke the Monica Lewinsky story on his weblog. (Actually, Jorn Barger coined the term “weblog” only a few weeks earlier, so I doubt anybody used that term for Drudge’s website back then.) Drudge has posted an understandbly self-congratulatory piece about his website. To refresh your memory, here’s part of what he wrote: “At the last minute, at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening,…

Robots that Suck

“When humans use a personal computer, we enter into the computer’s world. If it can’t do something, or if it crashes, too bad; we have to deal. But a robot enters into our world. If floors are uneven, if legs get in the way, if lighting conditions change, the robot has to deal.” George Musser‘s review of the Roomba robot vaccuum cleaner explains why Robot armies haven’t taken over the…

Why Shakespeare is for All Time

“[T]he promise of a pill for every ill remains, as it always will, unfulfilled. Anyone who had read his Shakespeare would not have been surprised by this disappointment. When Macbeth asks a physician: Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, Raze out the written troubles of the brain, And with some sweet oblivious antidote Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff…

Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Extension

“Hundreds of thousands of books, movies and songs were close to being released into the public domain when Congress extended the copyright by 20 years in 1998…. [That] would have cost entertainment giants like the Walt Disney Co. and AOL Time Warner hundreds of millions of dollars. AOL Time Warner had said that would threaten copyrights for such movies as Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind.”…