Info deluge

The worldwide production of information has increased by 30 per cent each year between 1999 and 2002, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The team started measurements with terabytes, but quickly found that insufficient; they also measured information by exabytes, each equal to a million terabytes. In 2002, we produced about five exabytes of information on paper, film, optical and magnetic media, equal to about half a million new libraries, each containing a digitized version of the print collection of the U.S. Library of Congress. This was twice the volume produced in 1999. The telephone accounts for the largest percentage of information flow, with e-mail (including spam) placing second. Links: Globe & Mail; San Jose Mercury News; cNet; 2003 Study, 2000 Studycontinue reading →

Court rules on digital TV

A federal appeals court has sided with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), upholding a ruling that all television tuners larger than 13" must have digital tuners by July 2007. The court noted the catch-22 -- consumers aren't buying digital TVs because of the paucity of digital programming; programmers cite lack of receivers as a reason for not creating content. Links: Washington Post; CNN; FCC press release (PDF).continue reading →