My Talks at Dragon*Con 2012

So people have been asking me "What are you talking about at Dragon*Con this year?" … [Read more...]

Alexander Hamilton and Android Phones

So this article is making the news today: Researchers find backdoor on ZTE Android phones The summary is that "Two mobile phones, developed by Chinese telecommunications device manufacturer ZTE, have been found to carry a hidden backdoor, which can be used to instantly gain root access with a password, that has been hard-coded into the … [Read more...]

Atlanta Science Tavern Lecture

I've been invited to speak at the Atlanta Science Tavern on 13 June, 2012. I'll be speaking on "Hydrogen Cars, Ethanol, Wind Farms, and other Silly Ideas." You can sign up to attend here. … [Read more...]

An Afternoon with Micky Bly

On a beautiful spring day last week, I was lucky enough to meet Micky Bly, a 1990 Georgia Tech BSME graduate, and the man in charge of the Chevy Volt. His General Motors business card reads, somewhat splendiferously, "Group Global Executive Director, Global Electrical Systems, Infotainment, and Electrification." … [Read more...]

Take the Money

After my post on the JOBS Act last night, I got an email from a friend with a good question. As I composed an answer, I realized it might be of general interest, so I'm putting it here. … [Read more...]

The JOBS Act

I was asked to write "a few sentences" about the JOBS Act for another website. Since I found myself with over 500 words, I decided to post it here. In today's political climate, it's hard to believe that a major bipartisan reform has passed both houses of Congress and -- as I type this on Wednesday night -- is scheduled to be signed by the … [Read more...]

Buying a Coal-Powered Car

I'd read all the news stories about NHTSA-induced fires, laughed at all the jokes, and watched Newt Gingrich claim that "You can't put a gun rack in a Chevy Volt." (Wrong.) But I also read "Car Guys vs. Bean Counters" by Bob Lutz, who knows more about the automobile business than anyone alive... and who proudly declares himself to be the father … [Read more...]

Around Cape Horn

Over the Christmas break, I found myself watching this video: "Around Cape Horn." As a young man, Irving Johnson sailed aboard the barque "Peking" in 1929, as the sun set on the day of commercial sail. And he carried a movie camera. … [Read more...]

Hydrogen Hype

Car and Driver is the latest enthusiast rag to hop onto the hydrogen bandwagon with their article "What the H?" in this month's issue. I wrote this letter to the editor but, since I doubt it will be printed, I'm reproducing it here. … [Read more...]

M2M and the Internet of Things

Last Tuesday, September 20th, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Numerex invited me to address the Second International M2M Standardization Meeting as the keynote speaker for their dinner at the Carter Center. I didn't know anything about M2M, but that's never stopped me from speaking before! So I started doing a little … [Read more...]