Shadowed by Process Rather Than Substance

Last week, meandering back in history to the Joe McCarthy era, I touched on the conflation in broadcast news of journalism and showbiz. This week I found, while reading Michael Bilton's and Kevin Sim's 1992 book, Four Hours in My Lai , another example of how American journalism tends to prefer entertainment to hard news.…

Hurricane Sandy, Eat This!

As I sit here in Brooklyn, New York, awaiting the horrific onslaught of Hurricane Sandy as it roars up the Gulf Stream, takes aim at Atlantic City, and veers northward toward the Envy of Western Civilization, I feel a thrill. I know Sandy is already destined to go down in history as the Greatest, Most…

Shrinking Steve Jobs Back to Human Scale

Unbeknownst to me (I had to be told), {complink 379|Apple Inc.} has enjoyed an incredible rise on Wall Street, briefly reaching a valuation of $600 billion and a stock price above $600. A lot of factors contributed to this phenomenon, foremost among which is consumer passion for Apple's line of iProducts. However, since Apple cracked…

Contrarianism of the Ostracized Engineer

One of the mysteries that haunts my wife — Junko Yoshida, editor of EE Times — is why engineers, as a rule, tend to be so politically conservative. As an amateur political scientist and lifelong know-it-all, I tell her that this tendency is partly explained by ethnicity, income, and gender. America's conservative party, the Republicans,…

India’s Promises & Drawbacks

Is India fulfilling its potential in the high-tech industry? That's a question government officials, businesses, and academics inside and outside the country are pondering as the nation comes to a crossroads. It must decide whether to keep focusing on software and services or examine opportunities in hardware manufacturing. Such a review has become even more…