Entries by Eric W. Austin

TECH TALK: Bug hunting in the late 20th century

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric W. Austin Computer Technical Advisor The year is 1998. As the century teeters on the edge of a new millennium, no one can stop talking about Monica Lewinsky’s dress. September 11, 2001, is still a long ways off, and the buzz in the tech bubble is all about the Y2K […]

TECH TALK: A.I. on the Road: Who’s Driving?

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor In an automobile accident – in the moments before your car impacts an obstacle, in the seconds before glass shatters and steel crumples — we usually don’t have time to think, and are often haunted by self-recriminations in the days and weeks afterward. Why didn’t I […]

TECH TALK: Welcome to the world of Big Data

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor   What exactly is Big Data? Forbes defines it as “the exponential explosion in the amount of data we have generated since the dawn of the digital age.” Harvard researchers, Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel, explore this phenomenon in their book, Uncharted: Big Data as a […]

TECH TALK: Internet “outing” – social conscience or vigilante justice?

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor A couple of weeks ago, a violent clash broke out between protesters and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The violence occurred at a rally organized by white nationalists, angry at the imminent removal of a memorial for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. I was home and watching […]

TECH TALK: How technology could save our Republic

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor Elbridge Gerry, second-term governor of Massachusetts, is about to do something that will make his name both legendary and despised in American partisan politics. It’s two months after Christmas, in a cold winter in the year 1812. Typical of a politician, the next election is forefront […]

TECH TALK: The Internet – At War with Itself

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor There’s a war going on, although you might not be aware of it. It’s a war between the almighty dollar and the information superhighway. I began my career in the early ‘90s, just as the internet-fueled tech boom was taking off. I’ve watched the internet grow […]

TECH TALK: Welcome to Reality 2.0

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor Let me take you back a few decades to the 1980s. I was 12 years old and cruising around the neighborhood on my ten-speed mountain bike. On this particular day, I was exploring the garage sales along Lakeview Drive that are so prevalent this time of […]