Newsroom technology

Wondering about wireless?

December 16, 2003
By tom

Infomaniac points to a special report by CNN and Time. Oh, and just for fun, check out your Geek IQ (Mine was about 116).

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Hot times in Wisconsin

November 8, 2003
By tom

I got this tale of old-timey newspaper technology from Rich Eggleston, who works for the Wisconsin Alliance of Cities. Tom… In the age before computer prices came so far down that even the AP could afford to buy them in quantity, the AP’s Madison bureau always got hand-me-downs from Milwaukee, which may have gotten...

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On fighting spam

November 5, 2003
By tom

I don’t know how bad the spam is in your newsroom, but it’s gotten out of hand in ours. The folks at Kuro5hin suggest a way to fight back: by responding to some of those spams, which costs the spammers money. Current intelligence indicates that most of the spam we receive comes from a...

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Remember viewtext?

November 4, 2003
By tom

Dan Gillmor does.

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Fun with technology

October 16, 2003
By tom

It looked like it was in “notes” mode, but when it got in the paper it made for a cute little gaffe.

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More cold type tales

October 8, 2003
By tom

I’m amassing people’s favorite stories of the transition from hot type to cold type back in the mid- to late ’70s. (Here’s the first item). Here’s one sent along by John McClelland of the journalism faculty at Roosevelt University in Chicago: The computer was almost literally hand-cranked one day about 1980 at the Pine...

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BONG update

October 7, 2003
By tom

Charley Stough’s latest BONG Bull is out. Among the fun stuff is an anecdote from one of the folks at F5, a free weekly in Wichita that seems to demonstrate that coolness can stand up to a strong west wind. If you’ve seen the movie Twister you should remember what F5 means. I sent...

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What do you call the time when…

September 29, 2003
By tom

… you’re doing nothing waiting for the pagination system to come back up? Downtime isn’t industry-specific enough. (Brought to you by the 327th annoying CCI breakdown.) It gets worse: CCI’s down and they don’t know how to bring it back up. Should be a real fun afternoon (first print deadline in five hours). Final...

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Share your horror stories

September 25, 2003
By tom

We just had a fun trip down memory lane, sharing tales of being trapped in technology hell. The best stories are from people who suffered the transition from hot to cold type back in the ’70s. If you have any such tales, please send them to me and I’ll post them here.

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