• Mr. Tux Goes to Washington

    A bunch of granola chewing hippies freedom loving technologists sent a letter to President Obama, encouraging him to consider open source software. Signed by representatives from Novell, Red Hat, Unisys, and a bunch of other open source solutions companies, the letter is well-written piece of advocacy. Of course, not everyone supports the initiative. Read More

  • Today's youth: Using the Internet for good, or just to be pleasure-hunting dopes

    Don’t you just hate young people? With their good looks, sharp tongues and lack of respect for the law. They listen to stupid music. Oh, and they also used the Internet to help get Barack Obama elected. But, once the “fun” of “being a part of something,” will America’s youth go back to using the Internet for selfish pursuits—sending Facebook flair to… Read More

  • In marketing, Obama is like Nokia while McCain is like Apple

    When you think about Barack Obama what words come to mind? Change? Hope? Socialism? What about John McCain? Maverick? Strength? Bush? Well, according to one market research firm, Synovate, Obama is to Nokia as McCain is to Apple. But of course! It goes like this: Obama’s campaign has focused on linking “his” issues—the economy, education, why the Iraq war was a waste… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless, AT&T gave cellphone towers to John and Cindy McCain

    Did John and Cindy McCain use their telecom industry connections to have a cellphone tower built right by one of their many houses in order to improve signal strength? That’s what the Washington Post implies. It seems the McCain’s Sedona, Ariz. ranch didn’t have the best cellphone reception in early 2007, so Cindy—what was that word John called her? Begins with a… Read More

  • Gaming gets political: Obama ads appear in EA games

    So you’re racing down the road in Burnout Paradise and you’re all, “Was that an Obama ad?” Yes, yes it was. EA has confirmed that the Obama campaign is running ads in several of its video games including Madden NFL 09, Need For Speed: Carbon and, as you see here, Burnout Paradise. The ads appear only after having connected to Xbox Live—it’s not like these… Read More

  • Obama buys channel on Dish Network: Broadcasts his message 24/7

    Call: Barack Obama has so much money… Response: How much money? Call: He has so much money that he can buy a channel on Dish Network, where he’ll pump his campaign messages 24/7. If you’re keen to check out Obama’s channel, tune in to channel 73. It runs through November. And no, it’s not Dish Network endorsing Obama or anything. It’s merely a paid… Read More

  • Video: Surface has an election app too

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/26610613#26610613 Remember that Election 08 iPhone app I wrote up a couple days ago? Looks like Microsoft Research has been thinking along the same lines and in honor of the voting season has unleashed some election-orientated applications for the Surface. And because of the “M” in “MSNBC,” they got a pretty extensive little… Read More

  • The Race For Attention Tightens Online As McCain Gains On Obama

    Now that convention season is over and the candidates have about eight weeks before they find out who will lead the United States for the next four years, it’s time we compare each candidate’s attention online as we head into the final stretch. According to Google Trends data, Republican candidate John McCain is quickly gaining ground on Barack Obama and witnessed a spike in… Read More

  • Election '08 iPhone app tracks polls and such in real time

    After so long in gestation, the 2008 election season has actually kind of snuck up on me. And what with the App store being released, I thought there would be a ton of politically-orientated apps out there. Incredibly, there are virtually none, and certainly none this cool. You can track polls, electoral vote estimates and so on based on live data, and organize it by state, candidate… Read More

  • Joe Biden, Obama's running mate, isn't exactly a champion for technology

    Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s running mate, is not your friend when it comes to technology. Well, he could well be your friend, if you’re the RIAA or MPAA. The vice presidential nominee has sponsored bills over the year that were championed by both the music and movie industry. He was one of the main forces behind the Perform Act, which is what the RIAA used to sue XM Satellite Radio… Read More

  • Annoy your friends by sending a fake Obama vice-president text message

    Want to annoy your friends today? Go to any of those Web sites (or your provider’s own text messaging page) that allow you to send a text message, then send a message saying Barack Obama has chosen *someone* to be his vice-president. The fun part, I guess, comes if you put someone that will particularly aggravate your friends. So, if they hate Hillary (I can’t imagine why!)… Read More