Nov 7, 2001

Between the real and the surreal

A whiff of the absurd was in the air at the closing ceremony of the 14th Tokyo International Film Festival, held Sunday at Orchard Hall in Shibuya. It wasn’t necessarily the presenters’ hairdos and breathless patter, nor the new formal dress code imposed on ...

| Mar 7, 2001

Great Domain Robbery

I got a whiff of this story last week at Inside.com. It was in a news brief about a journalist who had floated details about a company that would soon offer new top-level domain names. It smelled good because, if the leak proved to ...

| Feb 21, 2001

Who's napping now?

As any music fan knows, the future of Napster, the biggest free lunch of MP3s on the Net, is still very much in legal limbo. Last week a San Francisco appeals court confirmed a decision made this summer: Napster is knowingly infringing the copyrights ...

| Jan 24, 2001

Back in the loop

This is not what you would call a lead per se, but indulge me for a few paragraphs. This will take some explaining. It started somewhere on my commute, about a week ago. I was scrolling through an AvantGo newsfeed on my PDA, reading ...

| Jan 10, 2001

What's it all about, IT?

2001 may well be the year of the IT revolution, but as far as I’m concerned, we’re talking about utilITy. From here on, usefulness is going to be the benchmark for information technologies. The overall state of the economy is partly responsible — take ...

| Dec 13, 2000

Next stop Wirelessland

A funny thing happened on the way to work . . About a year ago, I was doing much of my information intake on trains. I don’t know about you, but I average close to an hour a day traveling around in Tokyo’s speeding ...

| Nov 15, 2000

Whassup on the Web

It hasn’t made it into Webster’s Dictionary yet, but you already know this word. In fact, it’s already in your head. It’s that jingle, that logo, that look, that idea. It’s called a meme, and there’s a whole branch of social science devoted to ...

| Oct 18, 2000

Singing a different tune

With the Oct. 3 release of “Kid A,” Radiohead’s hotly anticipated but allegedly “difficult” album (i.e., no guitar solos, love ballads or sing-along chants), the British band accomplished quite a feat: It shot to the top of album charts worldwide, including Billboard’s U.S. album ...

| Oct 4, 2000

Who's your buddy?

Last week, AOL and DoCoMo announced a major strategic alliance, but few techno-journos were blindsided by the news. Rumors had been floating since early summer, and the potential benefits were fairly easy to digest. Savvy scribes had probably already put together rough drafts. It ...

| Sep 20, 2000

I want my RTV

While on vacation in the States, I found myself watching the finale of “Survivor,” the climax of a summer of reality TV. I could have turned it off. I could have returned to my book. But no. I had been (blissfully) ignorant of all ...