The silicon chip promised to liberate the human mind. But lack of vision has turned the computer industry into a Silicon Mousetrap. Increasingly, hardware manufacturers, software publishers and content providers are collaborating for their own benefit, against the interests of the consumer. We are being tempted with tidbits of digital content, to access which we must accept ever-more-restrictive computing capabilities.
Worst of all, software publishers have utterly lost their way, failing to take advantage of the almost limitless potential of the desktop computer that still remains to be exploited, and offering no really new applications in over a decade. It’s a bit like the space program: after putting 12 men (briefly) on the moon, we decided that the rest of the cosmos just wasn’t worth the effort.
I am a computer journalist, with over 25 years experience. (My first word processor was WordStar running on a CP/M card in my Apple ][.) I’ve worked on virtually every major computing platform, played on every major games system, and interviewed not quite all, but a great many of the most significant industry luminaries.
This blog is an overflow for information (and emotion) I have left over from my day job. Areas of coverage include (but are not limited to) operating systems, applications, games, Internet services, freedom of speech and intellectual property issues.
I’m available for writing and research, speaking engagements, consultation, pontification and character assassination. I cannot be bought, but I can be rented by the hour. If you want to contact me, leave a comment.