Mac Switchback

I’m a Mac guy. Bought my first one in 1987, replacing my trusty old Apple IIe, and stuck with the Mac through Apple’s subsequent travails. Heck, I even owned a Mac clone. Somewhere along the way, though, I gradually migrated to Windows machines. I fell in love with IBM’s sensual trackpoint, got comfortable with Microsoft’s increasing respectable operating system releases, and wondered occasionally when I’d come home again. Inertial of ...

Supernova 2005 video

Mary Hodder put together a delightful short video (Quicktime format) of highlights from Supernova 2005.

The FCC Loses its Memory

One non-Supernova event signficant enough to note here. Bob Pepper, Chief of Policy Development at the FCC and my former boss and mentor, is leaving the Commission. (He just told me the internal email went around announcing his farewell party, so that makes it official!) Pepper is irreplaceable. He’s the institutional memory of the FCC on pretty much every important policy issue. And he has been at the center of ...

Supernova 2005

Supernova 2005 starts today in San Francisco. I can’t wait. To the extent I blog during the next few days, it will be on the

The value of openness

In a New York Times article today about AOL’s future, one of its excutives makes a remarkable comment: “My biggest problem is the walled garden,” said Mr. Kelly, who runs all of AOL’s Web properties in addition to ad sales. “The world can’t see the good stuff we do every day.” This is AOL, the company that virtually defined the model of keeping information off the public Internet and available ...

Supernova 2004 video

Jonathan Marks, who attended Supernova 2004 from the Netherlands (and will be joining us again this year), put together a fantastic short video with highlights from last year’s conference. The video gives you a bit of the flavor of the event. And the fact that Jonathan put this together on his own gives you the flavor of the kind of people who attend. I like to say, “There is no ...