Monthly Archives: November 2014

25 years after the Velvet Revolution, Czechs “red card” their president

Perhaps democracy has been slow to take root in some ex-Communist countries, but today, on the 25th anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution, it seems to be alive and kicking in the Czech Republic. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/world/europe/-reverently-and-defiantly-czechs-honor-their-revolutions-anniversary.html?_r=0

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Book Review: How We Got to Now

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern WorldBy Steven JohnsonPenguin Group, New York, 2014 Steven Johnson starts off How We Got to Now with a very cool story: One little-known consequence of the invention of the … Continue reading

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For Whom The Wall Fell

On the heels of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, here’s a sobering post from economist Branko Milanovic of the City University of New York.  He tries to determine which countries have successfully transitioned from communism … Continue reading

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Compaq & Zotac

I’ve finally decided to retire my venerable Compaq Presario 6000 desktop computer. When I bought this computer in 2002, around the time Compaq was acquired by Hewlett Packard, it was a pretty powerful machine with a 2 GHz Pentium processor … Continue reading

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