Philly Future, a citizen journalism site, has gotten the city's chief information officer to agree to an interview, and giving the online community first crack at what questions to ask. Now let's see which ones she answers...
CNN: Bush asked to explain UK war memo. Eighty-nine Democratic members of the U.S. Congress last week sent President George W. Bush a letter asking for explanation of a secret British memo that said "intelligence and facts were being fixed" to support the Iraq war in mid-2002.
This request will probably be ignored or dismissed as "old news" by the administration. But so what?
Who can possibly doubt anymore that the Bush administration decided to launch the Iraq war long, long before it made the official "decision" in 2003? This was obvious even before the war started.
So when the Democrats -- whose spines remain missing in action -- profess to be shocked, shocked by this memo, they're either liars or fools. Or both.
(Speaking of feckless, the U.S. mass media are finally waking up to this memo, almost two weeks after it appeared in the British press. About time...)
An editor at the Guardian alerts me to This is Zimbabwe, a pro-democracy blog in a nation run by a despot. I admire the courage of the people who are doing this.
They remind us all that liberty -- including press freedom, something we take for granted in our privileged corner of the world -- is not universal. It takes bravery to obtain, and hard work to maintain.
Drunkenbatman's opus on his investigation into a software project is extraordinary. He's done apparently prodigious research, and does something more journalists should do: He tells us what he doesn't know, not just what he does.
I'm selling my old Mac Powerbook, and bought a new one that has Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) preinstalled. The changeover -- migrating my old applications and data to the new machine -- has been nothing but trouble. I won't go into the details, but aAfter following instructions to the letter I find myself reinstalling for the third time. Who has time for this crap?
Update: I was asked in the comments what went wrong. This: The utility that brings old apps over during the install created system problems -- such as making iChat unusable -- and the after-install migration utility simply failed to work at all. Then, after another clean OS install (and after then manually moving and/or reinstalling apps, Filevault failed when I turned it on for the first time (hung up, forcing hard reboot, damaging Home directory). Ridiculous.
Is it a customer's fault for using third-party software that may or may not be part of the problems? Let's say for the moment that it is (though that's a somewhat bizarre notion if you think about the purpose of a personal computer with an operating system that has programming hooks designed to let third parties create new applications).
If so, Apple needs to change its installation procedures and migration tools. It could tell people to reinstall all applications one by one. Or it could keep a database of software it knows to be compatible with the new OS and tell the migration utilities to refuse to touch anything else. But to provide tools that either break the system or fail to work at all is not very useful.
Kevin Sites, the American reporter who stirred up the world with his videos of the Marine shooting a wounded Iraqi in a Fallujah mosque last year, has posted the entire video online. He's also given NPR a long interview about it.
There's a gathering of grassroots-media types and celebration of JD Lasica's new book, Darknet, at the Varnish Gallery in San Francisco Friday evening, 6-9 p.m. Address: 77 Natoma street between 1st and 2nd St. and Mission and Howard.