Go read the speech

Michael Powell: Broadband Migration III: New Directions in Wireless Policy The tip-off that this is important is the title. The Digital Broadband Migration series is Powell’s favorite set of speeches. And his thinking has evolved in the right direction over the past year. He nows says that “Sound spectrum policy is a central component of the great digital migration for all Americans.” It gets better: “Modern technology has fundamentally changed ...

Into the Matrix

Brad DeLong: “Perhaps the most interesting thing shown by the ‘components’ figure is that the 1990s–the decade that saw the steepest decline in the prices of computers–saw a tremendous growth not in the share of spending on computers but on computers’ complement, software.” The good news is that as computing becomes a commodity, more of the value shifts from hardware to software. Software is generally more flexible than hardware, and ...

Progress on the WiFi security front?

Infoworld: ” THE WIRELESS ETHERNET Compatibility Alliance (WECA), which certifies IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN products with the WiFi label, on Thursday will announce a new set of mechanisms to combat the security problem that has plagued wireless LANs.”

Utility computing goes mainstream

New York Times: “a speech in New York yesterday at the start of a costly and quirky marketing campaign, Samuel J. Palmisano, I.B.M.’s chief executive, declared his company was making a $10-billion bet on a strategic shift toward what it calls ‘on-demand computing.’” I know, I know… everyone else is working on the same thing, and it’s an idea that has been around for a few decades. But don’t dimiss ...

USA Today: Powell Takes

USA Today: Powell Takes Path to Free Up Airwaves

So I'm trying to

So I’m trying to get from Philadelphia to Boston in two weeks for a meeting. Two major cities in the Northeast, 300 miles apart. All the flight options are over $600 (though according to Expedia, I can get from Philly to Providence, RI for the low, low price of $430… by connecting in Chicago, South Bend, *and* Cincinnati! No thanks.). The Acela train is “only” $315, but takes five hours ...

The half-full glass

Brad DeLong: "Real computer investment today is higher than at any time in history–6.1% above its previous all-time high reached at the peak of the late-1990s boom and bubble." On the other hand, nominal investment (actual dollars, vs. constant “real” dollars) is down 24% from the peak values reach in 2000.

Brad DeLong, commenting on the

Brad DeLong, commenting on the New York Times article about AOL Time Warner that I mentioned earlier, invokes the Coase Theorem: “The big place where the economy is threatening to fail to attain its efficient frontier today is in the intellectual property wars: consumers want a lot of high-quality entertainment and information cheap, but one set of producers makes money by selling bandwidth and another set of producers makes money ...

A new home media device

Rafe Needleman: “[Prismiq] is building a relatively inexpensive box that sucks audio, video, and some Internet functions from a household PC and routes them to one or more televisions.” This bears a resemblance to the Intel device Marc Canter recently wrote about. We’re starting to see the next generation of home media devices.

Latest fun predictions from InStat:

Latest fun predictions from InStat: “Worldwide annual Wi-Fi node shipments will be 33 million in 2006, up from the approximately 6 million nodes expected to ship out in 2002.”