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The problem with software

The software industry loves to talk about “solutions.” It’s not clear whose problems some software makers think they’re solving. For years, I have used a program called Evernote, which syncs notes, webpages, photos and other things you want to save … Continue reading

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Radio Shack’s got problems. No one seems to have answers.

In the latest edition of Texas Monthly,  I discuss the long, slow decline of Radio Shack and take a look at the retailer’s grim prospects for the future. Radio Shack is one of those iconic stores that played a big role in … Continue reading

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Is the Free Market Slowing Down Your Internet?

When you compare the price that most Americans pay for Internet service, and the speeds they receive for that price, the U.S. is far from a leader in deploying the most important utility of the 21st century. The New York … Continue reading

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Wyly Slapped with “Staggering” Sanction

Back in June I wrote about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s must-win case against Dallas businessman Sam Wyly. Well, win the SEC did, and now a federal judge has slapped penalties of more than $300 million on Wyly and the … Continue reading

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Patent trolls of the Piney Woods

In my latest Texas Monthly column, I discuss how the tiny East Texas town of Marshall became a haven for patent trolls. One of the few things that Barack Obama and Antonin Scalia may agree on is that Marshall may … Continue reading

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Google, AT&T battle to keep Austin wired

My column in the February issue of Texas Monthly looks at the battle between AT&T and Google to bring super fast Internet service to Austin. The showdown pits an old world telecom giant against an Internet darling, but this fight … Continue reading

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What Michael Dell knew

This summer, I wrote a piece for Texas Monthly on the management-led buyout of Dell in which I argued that going private was Dell’s best option for survival. The deal was controversial because some big investors, including Carl Icahn, claimed … Continue reading

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