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pschindler
I am a retired 8th grade US History teacher and journalist; married, two daughters, MIT grad
Interests: Collecting journalism movies, journalism books, journalism quotes, Firesign Theatre, Duck's Breath Mystery Theater, Ian Shoales, American narrative humor, Keilor, Benchley, Groucho Marx, S.J. Perleman
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Whew. Nothing personal, but you're a tough audience and the Internet is a difficult place. That counter at the bottom is harsher than almost anything I ever saw in print. Subscription renewal rates provide a vague analog, but they take... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at P.S. A Column On Things
What! No publishable letters this week from you, the readership? I am chagrined, disappointed, flabbergasted and, frankly, a little short on the column. In case you hadn't noticed, this is a communal effort. Let's get on the ball here, people!... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at P.S. A Column On Things
Any of you who travel for business in these cost-cutting days can relate to this perennial list of travel suggestions. Send them to your friends at work, with a spoof "From" address that makes them appear to be from the... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at P.S. A Column On Things
Humor A Shaggy Dog Story Or Two Some jokes are still passed from hand to hand, the old-fashioned way. Word of mouth. You know, there's long been a theory that topical jokes "escape" from Letterman's writers, or Leno's. Well, this... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at P.S. A Column On Things
Brill's Content I have read the American Journalism Review since its founding as the Washington Journalism Review (partly because Edwin Diamond, my mentor, helped co-found it). I also read Columbia Journalism Review for most of its existence. I cancelled my... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
I first met David Strom when he was my supervisor at PC Week during my brief but pleasurable interregnum there in 1988-89 as a Senior Technical Analyst and columnist. He then went on to found Network Computing for CMP Media,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
I am getting pretty sick and tired of the hypocrisy that Microsoft has on near constant display in its antitrust case. By the way, the 10th week just wrapped up, the government has nearly completed its case, and we're now... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
Here's something you probably never thought about, unless you lived in Cambridge, Mass. or Ireland. It is a small but growing movement towards Instant Runoff Voting, also known as preferential voting. It is about the only chance we have to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
I am feeling a little let down and underappreciated by the readership of this column. The Internet is an interactive medium. I can't believe I have run out of interesting and/or controversial things to say already! I have written more... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
I don't know if this counts as original material or not. As Marlow was at Winter Ball last night and Vicki and Rae were seeing Waking Ned Devine, I was able to indulge a semi-shameful habit of mine: I listened... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
The results are in. Not exactly a landslide; there were three votes for Java and one vote against (along with the implied votes of Neal Macklin and Matt Jalbert). Since the response was underwhelming, I'll use fewer digressions, but I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
One quick shot of humor. A lot of Internet humor is stupid, infantile or ancient. This example is clever, original and funny. So, I reproduce it here. 1. Leave the copy machine set to 99 copies, reduce 200%, extra dark,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
[Ed. Note: One of the extremely rare sites that lasted 28 years as of my 2021 cleanup] I have often thought I was born about 40 years too late. All my life I have felt an affinity for radio, and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
Once again, ladies and gentlemen, the sharp eye and sharp tongue of Craig Reynolds, who also wrote the headline for this item: Of course this could just be a matter of software version skew, but either way it looks deliciously... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
Craig Reynolds checked in from the San Francisco area this week: Your digression on "Why I Hate Microsoft Word" reminded me that Rebecca L. Eisenberg, aka The Net Skink had a column in the Sunday San Francisco Examiner "What Gates... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
And I agree with Neal that this story stinks; Microsoft made such a big deal out of South Carolina dropping out; funny they didn't mention the contributions. WASHINGTON (AP) - The antitrust case against Microsoft had been underway for more... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
Neal Macklin wrote me from Saratoga, Calif. to point out an article in the Microsoft knowledge base: His commentary: It's amazing that we are still dealing with IRQ conflicts and the total kludge that is the Wintel PC architecture in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
My mother wrote me: Everything gets back to normal so fast, it's like I wasn't even down there!! Except for some terrific memories, and wait till you see some of the pictures - This is so true. Someday I would... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things
Letters Thank you Craig Reynolds. I fixed this Monday morning. He found that I had written of "rapid Republican partisans. Did you mean "rabid Republican partisans"? My impression was that they had been anything but rapid, trying to stretch this... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at P.S. A Column On Things