Going native

San Jose Mercury News has an interesting series starting today about the “”Internet Native”” children growing up in the Valley. Some k|s today have been online for nearly 10 years, and what is considered “”advanced computer skills”” for my generation is second nature to them. I often talk about this to my peers and get strange looks. I first noticed this sort of difference when I graduated college in 1987. I knew “”computers”” as the employers told me. I would be the “”computer guy”” in offices. It always struck me as strange how you could get shoved into a corner with even the least technical skills. I knew French too but I wasn’t the “”French guy”” in the office. My father could operate a calculator but he wasn’t the “”calculator guy”” in his department. Why did we need a “”computer guy”” when the skills I had were those that everyone should possess?26]]>

Iraqwar.info in the news

The Online Journalism Review just interviewed me via e-mail regarding my “”Iraq Blog”” at Iraqwar.info. They’re kind of curious what is going to happen to all the war blogs after the war, and how the cessation of fighting has affected traffic (1/10th, in case you are wondering). I’ll probably turn it into a more historic site, like the Gulfwar Debriefing but only after some of the details come out from the Pentagon that are still being analyzed at this moment.]]>

Russia is a hole

The Moscow Times has an editorial that was just sickening, and that paper normally is worth reading when I’m over there. What the State Department should consider is putting all of the Iraqi debts to Russia into a fund and then allowing those who suffered at the hands of Saddam to draw out of this fund, sort of punative damages against those who supported Hussein. There has been a lot of talk about the Alaska oil trust fund as being a model for the Iraqis (where some oil revenues are put into a fund and then a rebate is given to every citizen each year) which I support, but I’d also like to see that same fund called the “”overseas debt obligation fund”” and those countries (Russia, France, etc) being punished for their violations of the UN sanctions. It’s amazing that those countries demand we obey the UN rules and procedures when they do not do so themselves. And people wonder why this administration (and the American people) have so little respect for the UN, but that’s another posting…]]>