Google’s new approach to China

Big news today for free speech on the internet! Google has announced that they will no longer censor search results on  Here’s Google’s official announcement on their blog, and a NY Times story covering it.  While Google is not the most popular search engine in China, it certainly is the leader among American providers. … [Read more…]

Selfish WiFi Sharing

I’d like to share my internet connection over WiFi, but there are a couple reasons I don’t. I don’t want it to impact the bandwidth I have when I’m using my connection. I don’t want them to use it in such a way that it triggers my ISP to throttle my connection. I don’t want … [Read more…]

iTunes 9 + Win 7 Play Nicely

I’m running the Windows 7 Release Candidate, and pulled down Apple’s new iTunes 9, which debuted on last Wednesday.  I noticed a little added feature: It seems iTunes 9 takes advantage of the Windows 7 taskbar enhancements and adds a back, play/pause, and forward button below the live preview.  It also adds a balloon above … [Read more…]

Ending Email Distraction

In terms of our interaction, email used to be essentially snail mail that you could send and receive instantly.  But our interaction with email has moved far beyond this simple analogue of open mailbox, get messages.  The postman comes to my house once a day; whatever letters come, that’s all there is until tomorrow.  The … [Read more…]

Windows Live Writer

The WordPress web-interface for writing blog posts is OK, but I do miss some of my favorite word-processing features. The blog-posting facility in Word 2007 didn’t impress me, but I’m on a Microsoft kick this week while trying Windows 7, so I thought I’d take Windows Live Writer for a spin. Although it presents you … [Read more…]