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It's a Little Too Cozy in the Blogosphere

What began as the ultimate outsider activity — a way to break the newspaper and TV stranglehold on the gathering and dissemination of information — is turning into the same insider’s game played by the old establishment media the bloggerati love to critique. The more blogs you read and the more often you read them, the more obvious it is: They’ve fallen in love with themselves, each other and the…

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Professor Zork

The good text adventures had more than a series of puzzles to solve; they had as much atmosphere and clever writing as a good novel, and I decided in Grade 8 that I was going to merge my love of writing and computers to become a writer of interactive fiction. I set my sights on getting a job at Infocom, the company that made the best text adventures. | Then…

Hello, will you be my friend?

As delegates arrived at the meeting, they were handed an intelligent tag the size and weight of a PDA to wear around their necks. Called an nTag, each delegate’s device was pre-programmed with the conference schedule, which could be displayed on a small screen on the front of the tag, as well as with personal information supplied earlier to the organisers. This included the wearer’s contact details, employment history, their…

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Consumed by Work

“Americans work more hours by far than any other workers in the [industrialized] world,” said Benjamin Balak, who teaches economic history at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. “If you want to be a high-income wage earner, you have to work like a dog. If you want leisure in today’s economy, you’ll be stuck in a low-income job. It’s income or leisure.“…. Hourly workers, who must by law be paid…