Remember When Fiber Was Rare?

IS YOUR HOME OFFICE LOOKING a bit dated? No satellite linkups for videoconferencing? No broadband cable directly linking you to Kinko’s? Why not move to Celebration, Florida, a new high-tech community of the future, brought to you by the Walt Disney’ Co. and AT&T?

slfvLet’s look at the specs as described by its creators, then try to imagine life inside this “feature-rich communications tapestry.” Celebration, which might be a good name for a new GM car or a Kentucky Derby-winner, is a planned acre community developed by the Celebration. Co., a Disney subsidiary, and serviced by AT&T’s latest fab stuff. Residents will be able to access a variety of online interactive …

Carpal Tunnel Victories And What It Brought To Tech

In August 1994 HOC reported on Compaq’s courtroom victory over a woman who claimed a Compaq keyboard had given her carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive strain injury (RSI). Since then, three similar lawsuits brought against IBM have collapsed, and the Clinton Administration’s proposed ergonomic standard for companies is under fire from a Congress hostile to government regulation.

Linda Urbanski, one of the three whose cases against IBM floundered (she did, however, settle with Apple in a related suit) is now going back to college to get a degree in human services. A 100-words-a-minute typist before the injury that left her thumbs, wrists, biceps, and shoulders thick with pain every day, …

The Highway To Nowhere

AT 1:30 in the morning on May 22, freshman Republican Kay Granger of Texas trudged wearily down the long hallway of the Russell House Office Building to a meeting with Bud Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation Committee. The House was debating a controversial Shuster proposal to add $12 billion more to proposed transportation spending, a cheeky power play that frantic House leaders warned would demolish the fledgling budget deal.

thwtnwShuster told Transportation Committee members such as Kay Granger –who, as a candidate, had relied on Shuster’s promises of money for a major highway expansion in her district — that he expected their support. Rep. Granger sat across from the 65-year-old …

Conservative History Isn’t All Shiny Apples

THE great Restoration statesman the Marquess of Halifax is now usually remembered with the disparaging title of “Halifax the Trimmer.” Not only was he (as we would say) “pragmatic” in his own political allegiances, but he invented The Character of a Trimmer in a pamphlet of that name in 1684. When, said his lordship, a boat was weighed down by too many people on one side or the other, “it happeneth there is a third opinion of those, who conceive it would do as well, if the boat went even without endangering the passengers.” Those passengers, therefore must rely on the Trimmer to move back and forth between the two sides …

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