Issue 104

April 2006


  • Watercooler

    What you'll be talking about this month when you talk about work.

  • The Mobile Potato

    Never again be at the mercy of airport TV or half-baked cable in your hotel. Which video-charged device is best for you?

  • Dark Ages

    An age-discrimination lawsuit against the Weather Channel brought by a former reporter reminds us of the importance of outracing Father Time.


  • Data Dump

    The number of people paid to produce data keeps going up (we think). So why is it so hard to find numbers that actually mean anything?

  • Top Scalpel

    Too many medical errors happen because of lousy communications. To help fix that, health care is looking to the skies.

  • How to Create a World

    Programmers have to deal with a lot of harsh realities when creating a virtual world. Blazing petroleum rivers are the least of it.

  • Virtual Assistance

    Two services that promise to help integrate your cell phone, landline, and email.

  • Hemlines, Online

    What's the new black? Who's the next Mizrahi? And how to keep up with the whim-a-minute fashion world? Here are three blogs to keep you a season ahead.

  • Datebook

    Critical calendar listings for April 2006.

  • Eccentric Survey Finding

    From a survey of 150 dog owners by, "a leading community site for dogs and their owners," and Simply Hired, the "top dog in job search." Forty-four million U.S. households own dogs, it says.

  • Outside the Square

    Lucy Kellaway, author of the new novel Who Moved My BlackBerry? epistolizes on the dangers of midlevel managers and career coaches.

  • The Anti-Hummer

    A new type of city car that owes its design to the shopping cart (and to Frank Gehry).

  • Still No Flying Cars

    The latest in a series of visionary tales inspired by the great corporate marketing films of the last century.

Fast Talk

  • Fast Talk: Sounds of the Future

    Digital music is a many-splendored thing—and it's more than just that white rectangle. Everyone from major labels to individual artists is experimenting. What's next—and why is Madonna sure to be a part of it?

From the Editor

  • Editor's Letter

    By the time you read this, the flames may have died down—or they may be raging further out of control. As I write, the passions fanned by the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad have ignited fires in many parts of the globe, a frightening reflection of the chasm of misunderstanding between the West and the Muslim world.