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I've been talking about Democratic margins in cities, but check out this exit poll analysis from CJR Campaign Desk:[T]he category in which Bush showed the most significant gains over the year 2000 was urban voters (who made up 30 percent of all voters), among whom Bush polled 9 percentage points better than in 2000. Opinion
Nov 4, 2004   By
Here's the county-by-county map for this year, thanks to USA Today. Blue is mostly cities; red is suburban and rural, as I've pointed out before. What's interesting is, as I understand it, Kerry victories in the blue towns were by a much narrower margin than Bush victories in the red regions. Opinion
Nov 4, 2004   By
Liveblogging this on election night: I told you so. CNN now explaining that the islands of blue in Ohio, in a sea of red, are the counties containing Cleveland and Dayton. Islands of blue in Florida are Miami. I'm just sayin'...if Kerry wins tonight (or tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow) it'll be the urban areas that do it. Opinion
Nov 2, 2004   By
I've been hearing a lot about WiMax, and thi article,Mobile 'hot spots' push limits from the St. Paul Pioneer Press explains how a Twin Cities tech entrepreneur has retrofitted an old TV-station truck to serve as a roving hot spot for Internet access. His technology firm has blanketed the metropolitan area with WiMax transmitters atop local skyscrapers."DeVaan's modified van performs a similar trick. Its mast communicates with any of the wireless-Internet transceivers Implex.net has put atop Twin Cities skyscrapers, including Wells Fargo Place in downtown St. Opinion
Nov 1, 2004   By Chris Steins
An article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press features some interesting approaches to enhancing a city's WiFi infrastructure. (Via Slashdot)"WazTempe, a Tempe, Ariz.-based wireless-Internet pro-vider that is turning the city into one big Wi-Fi hot spot, has come up with a clever way to plug gaps in its network: golf carts equipped as Wi-Fi repeaters. The Waz Mobile Units transmit in a roughly one-mile radius and can integrate with the rest of the city's wireless "mesh" infrastructure." Opinion
Nov 1, 2004   By Abhijeet Chavan
Several colleagues have forwarded me this recent letter from CommunityViz, which suggests: "The software will in the near future be made available at little or no cost. (This offering will include Scenario 360 v2.1 and later, and SiteBuilder 3D for CommunityViz.) We are in the process of exploring the logistics of this exciting new mode of distribution." Opinion
Oct 30, 2004   By Chris Steins
I was interested to read inSetting sites on Section 508 about an accessibility tool built into Windows XP:"There is a decent screen magnifier in Windows XP, which also includes a text-to-speech tool called Narrator. It is pretty limited and is only available in English, but it provides a useful tool in Notepad, Wordpad, Control Panel and Internet Explorer, as well as the Windows desktop and Windows setup." You can launch Narrator easily by pressing the Windows logo key and the U key, which also lets you start and stop the tool. Opinion
Oct 28, 2004   By Chris Steins
Remember when interactive television was dead? Time-Warner's Full Service Television experiment in Florida in the 1990s was a failure -- people hated it. Something about how the set-top boxes sucked, I think. So the concept went away, fading like CD-ROMs before the onslaught of the Internet. At least, that seems to be what the New York Times remembers. Here's the part I'm talking about:The Microsoft Home is more like a concept car, a design to dream about. Microsoft has imagined a dream house before: 10 years ago the company unveiled its first such demonstration home. Opinion
Oct 27, 2004   By
Okay, I get it. Cities are getting wireless data connectivity. Here's CNN.com on the subject. Salient bits:One of only a handful of cities in the nation to try it, Chaska -- just southwest of Minneapolis -- plans to have most of the city's 15 square miles Wi-Fi operational by the end of October. "We firmly believe that the Internet is going to be just as much a part of everybody's future as the telephone or electricity is and we want to make sure that everybody has equal access to it," says Bradley Mayer, Chaska's information systems manager. Opinion
Oct 18, 2004   By
A financial program running on Linux is helping Stanislaw County, CA, save money [Modesto Bee]. "The Linux server now in use by the county helps manage its finances...employees who track the county's money log on to the server through a Web browser...Because there's only one program for the server instead of hundreds of copies for each computer at employees' workstations, the county also saves money on software licensing..." Opinion
Oct 14, 2004   By Abhijeet Chavan