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September 11, 2012
Real Networks Don't Have Leaders
September 11 and Distributed Networks
On September 11, 2001 I was supposed to meet with Rick Harshman, an Akamai account executive, in my Los Angeles office. I only remember Rick's name eleven years later because it kept staring at me from my Outlook calendar that morning suggesting an alternate timeline. I can't remember why we ...
February 8, 2012
Making Books
It's not the same as writing books
Back when his book The Textual Life of Airports was published in December, Christopher Schaberg reported what most authors do: seeing his book for the first time. "What a weird feeling," Chris wrote. "It resembles an object from outer space. Vaguely recognizable, yet totally alien at the same time."This is ...
April 23, 2011
Mastering ATL
How to use Hartsfield-Jackson like a pro
As an expert user of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport. I thought it might be fun to share the methods I've devised for making use of the airport with minimal impact. These tips assume that you're a frequent flyer and not just a lamer leisure traveler. They also assume you're flying Delta, ...
November 16, 2008
Carrying On Over Carry-Ons
A Review of the Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer
For years now, it has been necessary to remove laptops from carry-on bags for inspection at airport security here in the States. The TSA imposes this requirement to insure a clear view of the internal components of some electronics. Scanning a laptop separately allows security personnel to insure that a ...
October 15, 2008
Checkpoint Friendly
More TSA Brow-Furrowing
As a frequent traveler I pay close attention to the caprices of the Transportation Security Administration. Recently, the TSA has announced a program to support and encourage manufacturers' creation of "checkpoint friendly" laptop bags. The idea is this: if companies make bags that allow unobstructed x-ray views of the laptop ...
February 1, 2008
Shoes, Laptops, Liquids, Blog
The Transportation Security Administration's new blog
As an airport obsessive, I was interested to learn that the TSA has a blog now. It's a curious thing. For example, they've gone to some significant lengths to humanize the bloggers: Hi, I'm Bob, and I started with the TSA in September 2002. ... I live in Southwest Ohio ...