Robert Lentz: Cybertalk Columns
I was selected to be the
Daily's Cybertalk columnist
for Winter '96 (Jan-Mar '96). Here you will find copies of my columns, along
with the more verbose original if such exists. Both versions will contain
appropriately hyperlinks. Enjoy!
I have also been doing "experimental" columns for WebExtra. (More like,
"thinking out loud".)
- 1/8/96 - Computing Needs More NU Support
- Here at the outset I provide an overview of what I think are some of
the key problems with computer support on campus, preventing us from
realizing the full potential of the computer revolution.
- 1/15/96 - Exorcising the POP Daemon
(Slightly longer vesion)
- In my second column, I deviate from the schedule I had in mind to
address a current "hot topic" on the campus computing scene, a
forced migration from interactive logins for internet applications
to desktop client usage.
Connected campus strains limited NU computing resources for some background.)
- 1/18/96 - WebExtra Column:
A Web of Families (1/18/96)
- For the premiere of the Daily's on-line supplement, I wrote a shorter
piece on family ties via the Web.
- 1/22/96 - For a Few Clues More
(Original, longer vesion)
- While Northwestern ensures that its students know the fundamentals of
such everyday subjects as math and English, it ignores the necessity
of having computing skills. In this column, I address this problem
and how we can start correcting it. I also address improving training
- 1/25/96 - WebExtra Column:
Capitalist Networks at NU?
- Northwestern's policy against commercial use of its network extends
to include web "sponsorship", depriving its best web sites of the
same support enjoyed by others. This is an odd decision considering
the rampant commercialization NU already benefits from.
- 1/29/96 - I Heard it Through the 'Net
(Sorry, no longer version this week.)
- Current publishing and group discussion methods are inefficient and
wasteful compared to new, electronic methods. Even though it has been
available for many years, we yet have to make a whole-hearted push
forward into the electronic realm.
- 2/1/96 - WebExtra Column:
The Internet on Five Clues a Week
- While the Internet is a powerful source of information, its high
volume and sometimes boisterous members can produce an intimidating
environment. I try to provide a few tips, mainly for new net surfers,
on how to effectively use the internet as an information resource.
- 2/5/96 - Net Behavior Symtomatic of Rude Society
- Many disparage the rudeness society's online behavior. But is this
behavior really limited to our online presence?
- 2/8/96 - WebExtra Column:
World Wide Web in Need of Lifeguards
- I "examine the problems of banality on the Web and paves the way to an
- 2/12/96 - Computer Nets Enter Video Age
- Video conferencing over computer networks can bring world-wide events
to our desktop without greatly aggravating the current traffic
- 2/15/96 - WebExtra Column:
Our tools are only as powerful as our control over them
- 2/19/96 - NU Puts Shackles on Web Community
- Northwestern wants restrictions on the free speech of student groups
on the World Wide Web.
- 2/22/96 - WebExtra Column:
Computers demand and provide vigilance
- In my last WebExtra column I provide some interesting references for
people to track to educate themselves on issues relating to computers
in our society.
- 2/26/96 - Model of a Major Modern Robber Baron
- The rosy picture of Bill Gates and Microsoft presented by the media
fails to provide you with the information you need to know.
February 26, 1996 - Robert Lentz