Hurricane Sandy, impact and effect – two annotated graphics

With Superstorm Sandy (as she is apparently now known) trailing devastation behind her all along the north-eastern seaboard, her impact now reaches beyond catastrophic property damage and in to the realms of the US presidential elections. Is this the best of times or the worst of times for Obama? Click on each graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading Hurricane Sandy, impact and effect – two annotated graphics

50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis and the superpower tech race

Fifty years ago the US and USSR averted a nuclear clash during the Cuban missile crisis; but the emergency had profound repercussions for each nation’s computing and communications industries. The Cuban missile crisis of 16-28 October 1962 was a pivotal point in the Cold War. The close brush with nuclear conflict changed both the nature of the stand-off, the economic and technological strategies behind it, and even the way they used technology to communicate. The Cold War was originally a military stand-off, but it became an economic and technical race. Behind the historic headlines, though, there is another aspect to … Continue reading 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis and the superpower tech race