The NY Times has …

The NY Times has a good article about Blogger and weblogs.

On Christmas Eve back in Michigan, I spent easily 45 minutes trying to explain to my mother what exactly it is that I do for a living. I have this exact same conversation with her every time I go back to see the family, and each time I am reminded at how complex computer technology is and how those of us who have been immersed in it tend to take what we know for granted. My older brother Craig (not Craig Barrett, the CEO of Intel) tells me he visits this site pretty regularly but admits that much of what I link to is way over his head. This from a guy who changes semi-truck tires for a living. And this gets me to thinking about how we all are going to use today’s emerging technologies in the future. For instance, I would never consider building a new house without stringing 100-BaseT between the walls to every room, yet in rural Michigan where my family lives, thousands of houses are built every year without this consideration even being talked about. I think it’s a matter of perspective. I realize the future potential of such a simple procedure because I see it from my technologically-adept point-of-view. But I also understand that such technology is slow to come to places like northern Michigan. On college campuses, administrators realized early on that wiring the dorms with ethernet was a smart move, and has raised a whole new crop of graduates who expect broadband Internet connectivity to be the norm. In places like Austin, Texas and the Bay Area, we’re seeing new apartment complexes springing up that have a broadband LAN and a fast connection to the Internet.

Posted by Cameron Barrett at December 28, 2000 09:02 PM

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