Stories by Scott Bradner

Life at 10 years AG (after Google)

There were many ways to search the Internet before Google came along, but none of them turned into a verb. These days, a big deal is being made of Google's turning 10 by a lot of the media. Most of the coverage has had a bit of an edge to it, as if p...

What will rule the 'new' Internet?

Josh Quittner, writing in Time recently, explored what vendor -- Google, Apple or Facebook -- will be the next great Internet platform. It is quite a good article, but Quittner only addresses part of the conflict that is determining what tomorrow's I...

A surfeit of US network neutrality legislation

Largely due to the continued dumb statements and actions of a few apparently PR-challenged carriers, the network neutrality issue is alive and well in the United States. Since any issue like this seems to create a legislative void that must be filled...

Online privacy: railing against the accepted

I frequently use this column to rail against threats to the privacy of Internet users, both from government and the private sector. I just found a survey published late last year by the Pew Internet & American Life Project that reports that people ar...

Irrelevant victories in the war on spam

On the surface it might look like there has been some real legal progress against spam of late. But don't be fooled; these victories, real as they may be for the people involved, don't mean much to you and me.

MACWORLD - MacBook Air: evolution, not revolution

As I write this it's a little after noon Eastern Time on January 15. I'm sitting in front of my computer (a Mac of course) watching two different live blogs coming from people watching the Steve Jobs keynote at Macworld 2008. I'm watching to see what...

Apple's MacBook Air: evolution, not revolution

As I write this it's a little after noon Eastern Time on Jan. 15. I'm sitting in front of my computer (a Mac of course) watching two different live blogs coming from people watching the Steve Jobs keynote at Macworld 2008. I'm watching to see what, i...

NSFNET: The vibrant ghost of Christmases past

At the start of the Christmas shopping season 20 years ago the National Science Foundation announced that a group consisting of Michigan's Merit Network, IBM and MCI had won a contract to develop and deploy the T-1 NSFNET. This network led directly t...

Internet overload: creating an accurate picture

It seems like only yesterday that the press was talking about an Internet collapse, but it actually was more than a decade ago and happened because the press thought Bob Metcalfe was predicting the Internet was going to overload and collapse.

iPhone would be even better if it were more open

Last week my mother admonished me for having published two columns about the Apple iPhone before it was released, but not a word since. She, of course, is right. I should have said something, but I've been trying to figure out what bothers me so much...

The Internet and the news business

The business of news was generally predictable and could generate large fortunes for centuries after the printing press was perfected. But the last few decades have not been as easy. A series of technological developments have had major impacts on th...

SCO Group: Mini-Me trying to be Darth Vader

Sometime before March 2003 The SCO Group decided that making products that people might want to buy was passe and decided to get into the "business" of filing lawsuits instead. Their first target was IBM but they soon expanded their scope to take on ...

Lessons from the BlackBerry outage

About a year ago Research in Motion, the folks who bring you the BlackBerry e-mail-on-the-go device, paid more than $US612 million to keep from being shut down by an injunction after being found guilty of patent infringement. A few months before the ...

Undercover (and vulnerable) computers

It is hardly surprising that few pieces of electronics get built these days without one or more computers hidden inside. What is somewhat surprising is that too many of these computers are directly addressable on your network and are running Web or S...

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