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Robert MacMillan's Random Access
About Robert MacMillan

Welcome to Random Access, a daily column by staff writer Robert MacMillan that explores the latest trends in technology and how they are changing daily life.

Random Access wants to change the way that you see technology. It is, after all, such a loaded word. People who aren't Internet geeks see the word and turn off faster than their PC during a power outage. Random Access is a column for them and for anyone else who wants to see not only how technology molds average people, but how they in turn mold the technology.

Random Access won't tell you why the Xa78##2.4 gizmo will revolutionize your ad server. It will tell you about episodes from daily life -- exasperated waiters who use blogs to vent about their customers, whole runs of salmon injected with nanoparticles for individual tracking in Norwegian fjords and the growing number of DJs who are sick of being sidelined in favor of iPods. (Only one of these stories is fake -- which one is it?)

The stories in this column come from all over the world; we find them in major city daily newspapers, radio stations, newspapers and wire services from around the world in several languages and in blogs and the e-mails that you send us. Most of what you see will be culled from these sources, though we will supplement Random Access with original files from Robert MacMillan on the novel, unusual, bizarre and reactionary happenings in the world of technology and society.

washingtonpost.com runs Random Access every weekday at 10:30 a.m. ET. Get it in our Technews.com daily newsletter or sign up for our RSS feed.

Random Access
This Mouse Won't Hunt
The mouse clicked in Indiana, but the gun that fired the shot heard 'round the Internet sits on a game preserve in Texas. Now, 14 states and an influential congressman want to ban online hunting. -Robert MacMillan

Recent Columns
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Imminent Domain (TechNews.com, April 19, 2005; 10:20 AM)

Test Your Personality, Digitally (TechNews.com, April 18, 2005; 10:15 AM)

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E-Filing Clicks With Taxpayers (TechNews.com, April 14, 2005; 10:05 AM)

Steal This Song (TechNews.com, April 13, 2005; 10:23 AM)

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Spam, an Acquired Taste (TechNews.com, April 11, 2005; 10:02 AM)

At FOSE, English as a Second Language (TechNews.com, April 8, 2005; 10:24 AM)

Can the Internet Have Borders? (TechNews.com, April 7, 2005; 10:15 AM)

Podcasting in the Dark (TechNews.com, April 6, 2005; 9:50 AM)

La France Contre Google (TechNews.com, April 5, 2005; 8:00 AM)

John Paul II: The Message Matters Most (TechNews.com, April 4, 2005; 10:28 AM)

Treat Me Like a Fool (TechNews.com, April 1, 2005; 9:51 AM)

Banking on a Neglected Market (TechNews.com, March 31, 2005; 10:12 AM)

Generation Z, Meet Generation A (TechNews.com, March 30, 2005; 10:08 AM)

No Sympathy For the Devils (TechNews.com, March 29, 2005; 9:57 AM)

In a Blog World, Gossip Runs Out of Ink (TechNews.com, March 28, 2005; 9:55 AM)

Podcasts Serve Up Uneven Audio Buffet (TechNews.com, March 25, 2005; 9:52 AM)

PSP: A Real-Life Pause Button (TechNews.com, March 24, 2005; 10:09 AM)

Finding the Real You Online (TechNews.com, March 23, 2005; 9:47 AM)

Big Music's Last Waltz (TechNews.com, March 22, 2005; 9:47 AM)

Want to Join My Click? (TechNews.com, March 21, 2005; 9:41 AM)

Remote Control Parenting (TechNews.com, March 18, 2005; 9:55 AM)

Online Bracketeering (TechNews.com, March 17, 2005; 10:02 AM)

In a High-Definition World, the Eyes Still Have It (TechNews.com, March 16, 2005; 2:44 PM)

Point, Click and Factor in the Human (TechNews.com, March 15, 2005; 9:52 AM)

Phear of Pharming (TechNews.com, March 14, 2005; 9:47 AM)

Can Campaigns Profit From Online Irreverence? (TechNews.com, March 11, 2005; 8:57 AM)




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