On the Cuban Missile Crisis: Jerry Pournelle Remembers -- Our Jerry Pournelle worked at Boeing Advanced Planning in October 1962 and had access to U.S. intelligence information. He was asked to think about the unthinkable...dirt bags and all. October 16 marks 50 years since the Cuban Missile Crisis stand-off between the former Soviet Union and the United States began. It lasted for 13 days.
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October 16, 2012 |
August 24, 2012 |
Our Jerry Pournelle wrestles with Wi-Fi connectivity on the road. Here he defeats the problem with a product called AT&T USB Connect 900 -- but it sure is a pain using dial-up in the meantime.
August 13, 2012 |
South African double amputee became the first double amputee in history to race in the Olympics. Do you think the Six Million Dollar Man would be eligible for Olympic events? Could he have played Olympics basketball? Should he be allowed to? At the Summer Olympics 2012 Games in London last week, South African double-amputee Oscar […]
August 9, 2012 |
On Facebook and its plummeting stock price. Our senior commentator Jerry Pournelle doesn't want to say he told you so. But he did. It's Chaos Manor with Jerry Pournelle at aNewDomain.net.
August 7, 2012 |
Today in Chaos Manor, our Jerry Pournelle digs into the successful Mars Curiosity mission. It's aNewDomain.net.
June 28, 2012 |
One reason I still use Windows 7 rather than convert everything to a Mac is that I like Microsoft Office, in large part because after so many years, books, columns, email, blogs, taxes and the rest, I’m pretty well used to it. But Windows 7 search is ...
May 28, 2012 |
The Space Station caught the Dragon by the tail. It’s the first instance of the success of the new NASA policy. A long time ago some of us said that NASA shouldn’t be running operations, it should create markets and let the industry take care of the rest. The government doesn’t operate the railroads, or the airlines, or the trucking industry. Even though a great deal of rail, airline freight and passenger, and highway freight is government stuff. Fort Hood doesn’t operate trucking lines to go out and bring food to the mess halls. It pays for delivery. Thus should it be with NASA.
May 21, 2012 |
Our chief commentator, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, ponders the aftermath of Facebook's IPO in the View from Chaos Manor. And it isn't pretty.
May 10, 2012 |
Our chief commentator, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, reviews a film, The Avengers. Classic Jerry. Great geeky stuff.
April 5, 2012 |
The question I get most often is, "How do I get your job?" Usually it's done a bit more politely, but sometimes it's asked just that way. It's generally phrased differently by computer audiences than by science fiction audiences, but both really want to know the same thing: How do you become an author? I always give the same answer. It's easy to be an author. And it's a pleasant profession. Fiction authors go about making speeches and signing books. Computer authors go to computer shows and then come home to open boxes of new equipment and software. And we play with new stuff until we tire of it. It's nice work if you can get it.