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YouTube, WeTube, AllTube

Welcome to the digital age:

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Police in Indiana say a group of middle school girls who videotaped the beating of a 12-year-old schoolmate and put it on the Internet may have been inspired by a similar video in Florida.

No charges have been filed yet in the Indiana case, which involves girls aged 12 to 14.

It was bad enough when hideous fashion fads slowly made their way to Indiana.


Posted in: History, Web/Tech

Coolest yet

The merging of technologies continues. Go here to watch full episodes of something like 200 different TV series instead of waiting for your favorite one to show up on TVland. "Hawaii 5-0" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "St. Elsewhere" and "WKRP in Cincinnati" and "Lou Grant." Wasn't I just saying how cool it was that the old "Star Trek" episodes were online? Jeez. I think I'm going to be overusing that word.

Posted in: Television, Web/Tech

Free Enterprise

Bookmark this one, nerds. The original "Star Trek" episodes are online for free.

Posted in: Television, Web/Tech

Cell out

Not me:

Americans would find it harder to part with their mobile phones than the Internet, television or landline telephones, according to a survey released Wednesday. The report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project also found that Americans are using their cellphones and other wireless devices for more activities including text messaging, taking pictures or sending email.

Straighten up & fly right

Just what I needed in my life, airport officials protecting me from my tendency to be unduly influenced by Bad Things From The Web:

Travelers using Denver International Airport's free Wi-Fi service cannot visit Internet sites that airport officials consider provocative.

A report in The Denver Post says the airport is blocking Vanity Fair magazine's Web site, the hipster site boingboing.net and others.

Life saver

Sure, it's nice to be able to download those movies and TV shows right to your computer, but is that gonna save your life?

Barry McRoy is one lucky guy. The fire chief says a DVD in his jacket pocket stopped a bullet from entering his stomach during a shooting Saturday at a restaurant in Walterboro, S.C.

McRoy, director of Colleton County's fire department, says two men were fighting when the gun went off in the foyer of the local Waffle House.

Cool but not here

Everybody in the world has all the cool hardware now. But Japan has the best software:

Posted in: Web/Tech

The magic in the box

The latest victim of the digital age:

I greeted today's news with an instinctive combination of shock, grief, and indignant fury: Polaroid has announced it's ceasing production of its instant film, which will become unavailable after 2009. What will I do when I need more film my trusty Polaroid? What will all those people buying new Polaroids do?

Posted in: Science, Web/Tech

Felix would understand

The Oscar nominations have been announced, and I don't much care. It's not so much because I'm an old fart who thinks the movies aren't as good as they used to be (though I'm much more likely to enjoy the experience when watching Turner Classic Movies than I am when watching something new on the premium channels). It's just that "going to the movies" has stopped being one of the things I do.