Neal Vitale's Top Records of 2008 - Addenda
Political Briefs


by Craig Reynolds

Prez tech: apparently the First BlackBerry stays: The BlackBerry accord of 2009. While there seems to be a party-line divide over what constitutes modern technology: Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology and White House Already Well Wired, Bush Staffers Say (hmm "...Windows XP, BlackBerrys, Outlook..."  I don't use any of those but XP dates from 2001, BlackBerrys from 1999 and Outlook has been around since MS-DOS, how do these suggest IT modernity?) Also: Word Cloud Analysis of Obama's Inaugural Speech Compared to Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Lincoln's.

Belkin's web 2.0 payola: Belkin damages brand by paying for favorable reviews: LA company apologizes for paid online reviews, Belkin fake reviews case raises broad questions about peer ratings and Belkin Employee Sheds Light On Belkin's Supposedly Dirty Practices.

OS v. OS: Why I can't get enough of Windows 7 and Windows 7 vs. Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Apple ups the ante.

Technobits: I had a nice visit to UC Santa Cruz and spoke in their CITRIS Distinguished Lecture Series on: Crowds and Emergent Teamwork --- Payment Processor Breach May Be Largest Ever --- Michael Arrington's Minimalist Web Tablet Prototyped, Fulfills (Most) Promises --- What's with Google's new mini icon? --- Twittering idiot hoist by own petard: Be Careful What You Post.