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Dumber Still: Yo


WC is reasonably cynical about American culture. But just when WC thinks he has set his expectations low enough, something happens that demonstrates that expectation point is still too high. In this case, it’s “Yo.” “Yo,” if you’ve been living under a rock, is a smart phone application (for a given definition of “smart”). It’s single…

The Infinite Tool


Today is the 33rd anniversary of Visicalc. Visicalc was the first spreadsheet program for a personal computer. Until Visicalc was developed by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston, primitive early personal computers like the Apple II were seen as toys. Visicalc didn’t ship as a package until October 1979, but there were copies out in the…

Is Google Evil? The Law of Unintended Consequences


The curmudgeonly Robert X. Cringely, formerly a columnist and now a blogger for Infoworld, recently bemoaned the world-wide web’s horrible quality of writing in general and journalism in particular. He points to the old journalism line: “Cheap, fast, or good. Pick two.” And then proceeds to demonstrate that the web, all to frequently, proves the…

Update on the Patent Troll


Long-time readers of WC will recall WC took multi-zillionaire Paul Allen to task for acting like a greedy patent troll. The trial judge in Allen’s case agreed. He dismissed the case because the complaint lacked specificity. Allen’s company, Interval Licensing, can re-file the complaint if it does so by December 28. And it probably will.…