History of the Internet

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Net Neutrality Debate

The net neutrality debate is festering like a tropical storm still out at sea although no-one seems to define net neutrality with FCC net neutrality legislation. Technological advancements have served to hasten distribution or both physical and intellectual goods which have provided the foundation for humanity to build their economies upon. From ‘roads of . . . → Read More: Net Neutrality Debate

Relentless Advance Of Technology

The first message to ever travel between two computers connected via the ARPANET, the computer network that would become the Internet, happened on 29 October 1969.  The Internet just turned 40.  And 40 is the new 20.  It is incredible that Al Gore, born 31 March 1948, was able to invent such an amazing series . . . → Read More: Relentless Advance Of Technology

You Will

In 1993, before the World Wide Web and before the commercial Internet, AT&T ran a set of television advertisements. They are visible on Youtube. At first blush, a lot of it sounded wide eyed and futuristic. But to people who were in the field then, everything in the ad was reasonable and incremental; merely . . . → Read More: You Will

Where is India in Internet Adoption?

Where is India in terms of usage of the Internet? One way to think about this question is to look at specific application areas. I saw two fragments of evidence today:

Online trading Writing in Hindu Business Line, Rajalakshmi Sivam has interesting information about the share of online trading on NSE:

2006 Today Number . . . → Read More: Where is India in Internet Adoption?

What Do We Know About the Neurology of Human Flourishing?

“Human flourishing is fundamentally a self-directed activity. … Flourishing does not consist in the mere possession and use of goods that might be necessary for a flourishing life. Rather, human flourishing consists in a person developing the skills, habits, judgements and virtues that will, in most cases, achieve the needed goods. The goods must, . . . → Read More: What Do We Know About the Neurology of Human Flourishing?

Improving Wireless Bandwidth

Peter Wayner has a story about a WiMax rollout in Baltimore in the US. They seem to be getting 6 Mb/s download and 1 Mb/s upload. This is termed a `4G’ network (which might just be marketing speak).

In India, Thomas K. Thomas has an article on price cuts by Airtel. My sense is . . . → Read More: Improving Wireless Bandwidth

What Makes a Planet Happy?

I find it hard to take seriously the concept of a happy planet. Is Earth happier than Mars? How would we know? It seems to me that only sentient beings can be happy, but that might just reflect the limited perspective of a sentient being. For all I know a rock might have a . . . → Read More: What Makes a Planet Happy?

Three Technologies That Don’t Impress Me Much

I am something of a technophobe. When some new technology is hyped as the latest greatest thing, nine times out of ten I am unimpressed.

1. Cell Phone Features: I want to be able to do three things with my phone; talk, text and store numbers. Beyond that I value battery life over every . . . → Read More: Three Technologies That Don’t Impress Me Much

The economics of advancing alternative energy in the United States

President Obama has made the advancement of renewable energy sources (RES-e in greenspeak) an integral part of both his environmental and economic policies, and Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens has enough belief in its potential to invest heavily in wind power. But as thirty plus years of research spending and ineffective regulations have proven, . . . → Read More: The economics of advancing alternative energy in the United States