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Faster Forward: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Memento 2.0: How Do Your Memories Live Online?

The past two days of work have provided me with an amazing sight: people lined up outside The Post's building on 15th Street NW to buy copies of Wednesday's "Obama Makes History" paper. On Wednesday afternoon, the queue stretched all the way up 15th to M, then curled around that...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 7, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Digital culture , The business we have chosen  
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Nuance and MacSpeech's Spoken-Word Performances

The optimistic read of today's column would be something like "computerized voice dictation software is here and it works. It's now available for Macs and PCs." The pessimistic spin would be "but it's still impractical for most people." I lean a little more towards the second reading, but that's because...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 6, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Productivity  
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Internet Survives Election!

Among last night's surprises, you can count this one: Some of the Internet's most popular sites avoided melting down. After we'd had a good two years to get used to following every twist in this long campaign online--news stories, blog posts, YouTube clips, photo galleries, Twitter updates, Facebook comments and...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 5, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Digital culture , The Web  
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Google Maps' Street View Comes to D.C.

Today, a long-awaited development has come to pass that ensures people will see our nation's capital in a dramatically new light. That's right: Google has finally added interactive "Street View" panoramas of much of the Washington area to its Google Maps site. The Mountain View, Calif., info-empire launched Street View...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 4, 2008; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Grade Your Voting Interface

I've criticized electronic voting machines in this space before for the usual reasons: their security issues, their unreliability, their lack of a genuine recount mechanism. But I also don't like the casual inattention to basic user-interface design principles I've seen in the WinVote e-voting terminals employed in my own Arlington...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 4, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama v. McCain: New Tech Policy Scorecards

Twice before this year, I've devoted a blog post--once during the primary season and once two months ago--to the technology-policy positions of the leading presidential candidates. With one day left to go, I'm revisiting this topic yet again, in case some of you out there happen to be some of...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 3, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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