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The Invisible Age

Digital mementos, not towering structures, will document the achievements of the tech age. Each great age of human attainment typically creates magnificent public monuments that stand as noble reminders of the collective accomplishments of its people. The epoch of the Egyptian dynasties and the pharaohs gave us the pyramids that still tower majestically in the sands thousands of years after the last stone was laid. Advanced Asian civilizations left behind the snaking Great Wall of China,

Take a Seat – Gimme that chair!

Never underestimate the power of a good chair. Yes, a chair–that stiff, cheap thing in your sad cubicle on which you rest your weary rear for eight hours every day. A chronic sloucher who has suffered near geriatric soreness caused by a catastrophic setup at work, I am drawn to chairs. This is why our gadget editor, Jeremy’s, sleek black chair was so alluring. We all eyed The Chair when the slick salesman from a company

Five Questions with Michele Thompson

BMD Media Consulting’s CEO wields an analogy-laden vernacular to describe her firm’s Web services strategy. Web services firms such as BMD Media Consulting have long attached adjectives like “revolutionary” and “disruptive” to business webs, or the concept of breaking down your company’s products and services into chunks, combining them with other assets and reselling them as entirely new products. Given current market conditions, revolution and disruption are possibly the last things on the minds of most
Unaffording The Affordable Jacques Nasser

Unaffording The Affordable Jacques Nasser

Despite his early stumbles with ebusiness strategies, Ford’s iron-willed CEO is determined this time around to make the Net pay off. Deborah Swan, William Scoffman Talk about your New Economy odd couples: Jacques Nasser, chief executive of Ford Motor, standing arm-in-arm with onetime-billionaire Jerry Yang of Yahoo!, TV cameras rolling, photographers’ flashes pinging off their faces. The unlikely duo stood and beamed before a crowd at the Detroit auto show early last year to announce a

Investing & Running Your Own Screen Play

Not sold on our tech-stock picks? No problem: The Web offers plenty of ways to find your own candidates. Here are three good ways to research and find the best prospects. 1 Shadow the Fund Managers Why waste time screening and researching if you can get mutual fund managers to do the work for you? Fund managers spend all day researching investment opportunities and have access to more information than you’ll ever see. Although analyst recommendations

Is Microsoft Smart – Or Just Successful?

Microsoft will spend $250 million on basic research this year, but it can’t shake its copycat reputation. Gates & Company say, “Just wait and see.” Out In front: Research sociologist Marc Smith (left) and Microsoft Research VP Rick Rashid use a 9-foot map to track Internet discussion groups. Under the bright, hot stage lights of Las Vegas in November 1996, Bill Gates faced a difficult job: How was Microsoft’s then-CEO going to rev up a jaded,