Monthly Archives: May 2004

WiFi on the Mall

May 4, 2004
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I’m talking about the National Mall, in Washington, D.C. It now has a wireless access point. So, next time you’re there you’ll know why all those geeky-looking people with laptops are gathered behind the Capitol — most likely a violation of the Patriot Act.

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Gotta love those lawsuits

May 4, 2004
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Joe Adams, Florida’s numero uno open-records guru, shares the oft-told advice that there’s no telling what you can unearth by poking around in the local courthouse’s civil lawsuit files. For instance: Documents obtained by Ray Parker of the Naples Daily News reveal the Collier County School District once hired a private investigator to spy...

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The annoyance that amuses

May 4, 2004
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I’m speaking, of course, of the beloved Banned for Life list, where new nominees arrived this morning. A fave: “Friends and family are searching for answers tonight after Wile E. Coyote was crushed by a falling anvil.” Thanks to Charley Stough of BONG Bull fame for sending fresh hellishness our way.

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Leave them to their grief, please

May 3, 2004
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A second-day story in the St. Pete Times opens with a description of a man breaking down because he’s arrived at the place where his 16-year-old daughter died the day before when her SUV swerved out of control, flipped and hit a tree. TAMPA – Kyle Tidwell wanted to see the exact spot where...

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Went to a Giants game

May 2, 2004
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Results, with pictures, here. First thing I noticed was that even if you wanted to use the wireless network at SBC park, you’d never want to take your laptop along to the ballgame. Well, if you expected to enjoy the game, that is. Fans are always coming and going, it’s really crowded in the...

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Google IPO skepticism

May 2, 2004
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Whole bunch of it at this blog. Naturally, I’m skeptical about the the company and its founders, who stand to make oodles of extra free money if the IPO price is suitably high. Yet I’m also skeptical of the skeptics: If I were hoping to buy a block of Google shares in the IPO,...

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