The WHO Radio Wise Guys
Brian Gongol

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Dan used the Redbox service to keep his kids entertained on a recent family road trip to Devils Tower. The convenience of Redbox's system for renting videos and returning them at any Redbox site (not just the one from which the videos were rented) made it valuable for the trip.

Brian is testing Google Voice, a unified messaging service that delivers calls, voice mail, transcripts of voice messages, and text messages to any selection of telephones the user chooses. Unified messaging has long been held out as a promise of future technology, and it's starting to emerge as a reality. With a single telephone number, a person can manage incoming phone messages as easily as e-mail.

On the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing, we explore some of the reasons to make a Moon trip today: Believe it or not, there are lots of Moon trips being scheduled now for the 2020s.

Skin cells have been turned into full-grown mice. Makes a person think twice about dusting more often, doesn't it?

In a break with standard procedure, Dan may end up with a BlackBerry before he gets an iPhone. BlackBerry has synchronization features for Apple computers now, and Dan has heard of too many frustrations with AT&T's signals in Des Moines (Ma Bell has the exclusive iPhone contract with Apple). On a related note, the Sun Virtual Box may help developers produce useful programs that work on different operating systems.

The value of cross-discipline learning comes into the light when we see what's happened as air-traffic controllers and pilots apply some of their aeronautical organization to emergency rooms, making the ER much more effective.

Twitter's popularity makes it a bigger security target than before. The biggest problem: URL-shortening services hide where a link is sending the user, and that makes it possible for crooks to misdirect well-meaning visitors. More dangerous than letting Google's founders have a fighter jet? Yes, probably.

Bill Gates is putting his name on some crazy-sounding ideas for fighting hurricanes, but before we criticize him too much, perhaps we should be thankful that he's trying to put his enormous financial resources to good use. Many people have been rightly outraged by the stupid superstition of burying children in the midst of a solar eclipse, but we're often much too slow to criticize our own superstitions, like not going to the 13th floor of a building. So before we jump too quickly on Gates for patenting far-out ideas, perhaps we should turn a critical eye upon some of our own ludicrous social conventions.

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