Cheaper, Slower Broadband

Broadband access to the Internet may be getting cheaper, but at a price: speed. Read the article.

As the article says, e-mail users will be happy with this speed, as will most casual web surfers, for now. ‘Throttling’ bandwidth also helps ISPs manage their networks my reducing stress on the system.

But I’ll never accept a step down. I’ve had high speed access, but frankly, it’s not that fast. There’s plenty of room for improvement. Let’s hope the ISPs continue to compete and innovate.

MS Passport

Microsoft settled a dispute with the government over its Passport identification service today. Read about it.

Chief among the issues the software giant was chastised for were deceptive claims about the security offered by Passport and tracking of user’s navigation of the web.

It’s unfortunate that Microsoft must be spanked every time it does something inappropriate. Why don’t they simply offer a secure, private service?

Old-fashioned Work

Today I go back to work. Not that I’d been out of a job; instead, I had been working via the tele-commuting route for the last 16 months. Now it’s back to the real commute and what can be a substantial grind in Houston, Texas.

Tele-commuting is the coming thing, I am here to tell you. Get rid of the 1-2 hours wasted each day in an automobile and what do you have? A happier, more productive employee.

Still, a part of me is glad to be heading back to the office. Why? Simply put, people need people. It’s incredibly difficult to maintain discipline working alone, day after day, with no feedback. This from a person who is probably better at it than most.

So was the experiment a failure? Hardly. I was able to function effectively working 100% remotely. Technology support for this facet of work is available and works smoothly.

I simply wouldn’t recommend it as a five-day work week. Two or three days per week of tele-commuting is a substainable, viable method of reducing stress and pollution.

Bush Stock Trades Not News

The Whitewater-like mini-scandal embroiling President Bush over his trades of Harken Energy stock twelve years ago is much ado about nothing.

In fact, it is merely a Democratic tit-for-tat, an obligatory retribution for the assaults on former President Clinton. Democratic leaders have chosen to flex their political muscle during the pre-election summer campaigns to minimize a popular President’s coat-tails.

With the situation in Afghanistan seemingly stabilized, for the out-of-power Democrats, it is back to tedious politics-as-usual inside the Washington D.C. beltway. Meanwhile, our nation waits for another terrorist attack within our borders. Who among us ponders the increasing irrelevancy of our opposition party’s contribution to governmental leadership? One can only assume the Democrats believe the people incapable of discerning their self-serving behavior.