Gongol.com Archives: September 2009
Brian Gongol


September 1, 2009

Weather and Disasters 121,000 acres burning in Los Angeles area
Perhaps the most interesting threat is that posed to a huge portion of the area's radio and television towers at the top of a hill

Computers and the Internet Gmail crashes
Gmail crashes
A big outage started sometime around 20:00 UTC, and lasted past 21:00. Considering the large number of users on Gmail, the crash probably caused a significant amount of lost productivity. A lot of people may have just learned about opportunity costs.

Computers and the Internet The problem with public displays
A popular user of Twitter teases another user about his icon, which is colored green as a statement of support for the Iranian protesters. The problem is that, like American flags posted everywhere after 9/11, eventually the phenomenon wears out. Just like the ribbon-pin-for-every-statement fad of the 1990s, coloring one's Twitter or Facebook icon as a statement of political empathy is an act whose impact is already much diluted.

Broadcasting Podcast: 100-year plans
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Broadcasting Podcast: Media players
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Water News Now the Pacific turns stormy

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