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Getting Physical

I published this Reflection on December 10, 1997. Given what all of us have been through during the last 18 months, I thought it may be of interest. The article was edited on July 9, 2021. I often get asked whether the Internet as a new medium will reduce people’s desire to get together in […]

The That Syndrome – 3

Journalists and authors seem to love the word “that”. My record breaking pick of the week comes from news a article quoting “a source familiar with some of the administration’s internal deliberations”. Please ignore any political overtones here. This is not a political post. It is about the Six Thats in, “I think that there’s a […]

Game Changers

The New York Times reported that massive open online courses (MOOCs) are not dead (see After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought). Although not the most positive article, it made the important point that MOOCs are evolving. I stick by my view that MOOCs are Web-1994. In that year, I gave a speech in Paris at an International Data […]

Peggybank at patrickWeb

Click image to enlarge The origin of the word Peggybank is peg as in mpeg or jpeg, the format for compressed movies and pictures. Most of us that have been around for more than a few decades have 8mm films, VHS video tapes, 35mm slides, boxes of photographs, baseball cards, ham radio QSL cards, etc. in our […]


I just discovered some nasty things on my Facebook wall. I assure you it was not posted by me. I removed it and then checked my password. I had not changed it for a year. Shame on me. It is a good idea to change passwords frequently. I need to practice what I preach! And, […]