Author Archives: Chris Niccolls

High Cost for Cheap Phones


Photo: All Rights, … Mysterious Persons in China No term in the English language better describes today’s story than,  “I told you so!” In the past, I’ve written about the problem with fake goods from China, spying from China and … Continue reading

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The Disappearing Feast: An Empty ocean


Photo: All rights copyright, Microsoft Corp. he good news is that Americans are rich, and can pretty much afford to each whatever we want. Those dire warnings about the death of fish species and the emptying of the oceans… doesn’t … Continue reading

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YO! Space Taxi!


Photo, All rights copyright Microsoft   The world has a love-hate relationship with Taxi’s. Here in New  York, where we have more taxi’s than anywhere in the world. We often make fun of taxi’s. We complain about the quality of … Continue reading

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Edward Snowden And The Second Amendment Defense!


Photo: Public Domain, US National Archives. Many Americans believe that the 2nd amendment provides a right to gun ownership. It doesn’t, and the supreme court has said so repeatedly, but politics and the law rarely mix well. If you do … Continue reading

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Is the (Tea)  Party Over?


Photo: All rights Microsoft Corp.   As the preliminaries for the 2014 elections get started, there is uncertainty in the air. Will the Republicans defeat the Democrats? If the Republicans do win, will it turn around their losing streak for … Continue reading

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Join The Resolution!


Photo, public domain. In the second decade of the 21st Century, the single most important change in how we live our lives may be… resolution! That’s right, resolution. It’s HD on your big-screen TV, or pixels per inch on your … Continue reading

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21st Century Living – 6 Reasons Why It Costs More To Raise A Child!


Every parent knows about the high cost of raising a child. You know it, your parents knew it, and your children will learn all about it when they grow up and become the next generation of parents. While it’s always … Continue reading

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Outsourced Love: Bigger, Better, Faker!


Photo: Copyright Microsoft Corp. Twenty years ago, cartoonist Peter Steiner drew a famous cartoon of a dog talking to another dog, with the caption, “On the Internet, nobody knows that you’re a dog!” And for 20 years, that’s what a … Continue reading

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Dronation: See It, Say it, Get Ready For It!


Starting with the New Year, the US government will begin its examination of how aerial drones can be used in America. Hmmm… It’s a bit late. Consumer drones have been sold on the Internet, and presumably used, for years. Technically, … Continue reading

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A Little Beef With Banking!


The news is filled with the problems and issues in the banking world. It seems that every month another major bank is hit with a multi-million or even billion-dollar  penalty. Remember all the TARP money the US government gave the … Continue reading

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