I'm back from some customer visits in New York City. This summer is turning out to be filled with far more travel than I'd really like. I've just completed three weeks of back-to-back travel and I'll be on the road again the next two weeks. Some time this summer, I need to fit in Seattle, Vancouver, New York City (again!), and Detroit, as well as save some time to Have a Life. This week I also had a board meeting at the Iliff School of Theology (spirituality and software; I do try to lead a balanced life).
A number of random things caught my eye this past week. In my public lectures about the future of software, you may have heard me suggest the advent of novel forms of cybercrime. Slashdot reports on a man who was killed over the theft of a virtual sword in a massively multiplayer game. Continuing (I warned you this was random), the Prototype Robot Exhibition was held in Japan; there's a lot of energy being spent by various Japanese companies building humanoid robots. Sci-fi writer Neal Stephenson explains why he is a sporadic emailer (I sympathize: I absolutely hate email as a medium of effective communication. If I recall correctly, Dante placed email somewhere near the deepest level of hell). Kuro5hin reports on the history of Google's acquisitions. Finally, check out another IBM blogger, Irving Wladawksy-Berger
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