Category Archive: Technology

Discussion of topics of Computers, Telephony the Internet and more.

Nov 03

2010 Election: Red Light Cameras to go Dark?

A personal hot-button issue that I have championed against may finally be getting the plug pulled. Red Light Cameras came to Houston under former Mayor Bill White.  They have been controversial since their installation, including comments on this blog back in 2007. Today, the voters in the city decided by 52.8% to shut the cameras down. …

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Jul 18

Congress Shall Make No Law…

From the fine folks over at Big Government I got word today of a new blog. Congress Shall Make No Law is brought to you by the Institute for Justice and is covering issues surrounding free speech. Remember the First Amendment to the Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, …

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Jul 03

3rd Time’s a Charm?

Ok, so I suffered a case of unstable servers, and finally have taken the time to build a new one from the ground up.  With any luck the blog will be stable, and I can find more time than once in the last 2 years to post updates.

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Mar 04

Somebody Tell the Cops to Stop Watching 'Inspector Gadget'

Isiah Carey at FOX 26 tonight gives us the Insite on a report that the Houston Police Department is wanting to invest in handheld metal detectors and bulletproof partitions for patrol cars. In my line of work (Information Technology), I frequently get requests from someone who wants technology to do a 'big-brother' type control over an …

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Feb 19

Why They Want us to See Red (Light Cameras)

Alexis Grant over at the Chronicle's new City Hall Blog (A nice blog by the way) reported last week that The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a new report last week on the improvement of intersection safety with the installation of red light cameras. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an organization …

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Feb 16

Texas Legislature to Make Cameras see RED? (Continued)

As we come to mid-month, more news from Austin on all of the action to stop or slow the spread of the disease known as red light cameras. Two more bills have been filed, House Bill 1570, and Senate Bill 195. House Bill 1570 is identical to the previously discussed Senate Bill 125, requiring that …

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Feb 14

Jamming Houston Police

This week, a man was arrested on the charge of interfering with police communications here in Houston. As someone who spent seven years around the newspaper business, I spent time in the newsrooms of a couple of newspapers in Kansas. The one thing that was always present in those newsrooms was a police scanner, usually …

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Feb 14

Time…

When I envisioned this blog ten months ago, I thought it would be a good sounding board for me to vent issues and ideas. Then I got sidetracked by other things in my life and everything stopped in my corner of the Blogosphere. I decided recently it was time to return, and over the last …

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Feb 09

Legislature to pull the plug on Tasers?

More news coming out of the Austin. Legislator Coleman introduced House Bill 1304, which institutes a moratorium on Taser purchases and use during calendar year 2008. With the current number of Taser related incidents that have happened around the state, it might sound like a good idea. In fact, it, like the Houston Police Department’s chase …

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Feb 05

Would Houston Slow Down for Cameras?

Phoenix suburb Scottsdale, Arizona recently conducted a 9 month test of a "Photo Radar" system on loop 101 (Phoenix's version of 610).  The city has now passed a resolution to turn the cameras back on full time, considering the system a success. In the ZDNet and Arizona Republic stories, it says that the cameras activate when …

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