Ich Hasse Hausaufgaben (I Hate Homework)

My son Channing, the grinning eight year-old to the left, has too much homework. He attends one of the best schools in the state and they send him home every night with what the teachers say is one hour of homework but it looks like two hours to me. And since Channing would really rather be fishing or terrorizing his little brothers those two hours regularly turn into three hours or more. This is not only too much homework, it hurts rather than helps. It seems indicative of an educational system that’s out of control.

Several years ago I gave a speech about technology to the Texas Library Association’s big annual meeting. After the speech I […]

Predicting the Future

Readers have been writing to me lately about my annual predictions column, a vestige of my days at PBS.  While I’m reluctant to do it, that annual exercise is apparently very popular.  And the quality of reader comments lately suggests we could get quite a good discussion going.  So I’m going to do it.  But, just like Dora the Explorer says, I need your help.  If you have any predictions to share for 2011, please send them to me by e-mail (bob@cringely.com) and I’ll include the better ones in that column, giving credit where credit is due so we can both take the heat when we’re wrong.

Remember it’s important to not only predict what will happen but why.  Understanding is our goal here and […]

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Gilmore is Gone

Cyber Rumble

There’s a global electronic battle going on, we’re told, between those who support Wikileaks and those who oppose it. Mastercard, PayPal, and Visa are under attack for refusing to process contributions to Wikileaks, their web sites periodically unavailable because of a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack by thousands of zombie PCs all over the world.  Nothing about this makes any sense to me. It’s stupid.

The so-called cyber war (more of a cyber rumble, really — one posse against another) is stupid because neither side can win as they are playing it and neither can lose. Pain can be inflicted, but mainly on innocent bystanders, rather than combatants. And those who caused the war […]

Dog Days

My good friend Ralph called this morning. “You are writing more than usual and responding more to comments, what’s wrong?” he asked. Ralph knows me too well. Gilmore the dog is sick.

Nine year-old Gilmore, whom some of you may recall from a column years ago about taking him (telepathically, no less) to the pet psychic, has canine autoimmune hemolytic anemia. His immune system is attacking Gilmore’s blood cells, which is fairly common in older dogs and occurs for no particular reason. We’re treating the condition with steroids and it is improving slowly (the survival rate is about 70 percent). But for the foreseeable future Gilmore and I are roommates, sleeping together downstairs. […]