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Corporate censorship is back

Associated Press is reporting this morning that CNET news has been banned by Google for a year. Their offense? "Google told News.com, the online tech news service of CNET Networks Inc. (CNET), last week that it would not speak to any of its reporters for a year, according to News.com's...

Another day, another phone call...

Unlike the vast majority of editors, I answer my phone. I don't hide behind voicemail, and check it twice a day. I don't, but I may yet. In the world of process automation there are PR counsels who are terrific, and there are the rest of them.

It is getting toward that time again...

I am looking for article ideas, suggestions for authors (remember, CONTROL can only publish end-users!) and topics. Even if you can't or don't hve time to author an article, but you have an idea for one, let me know. Walt...

Industrial Ethernet, 2nd Edition, by Perry Marshall and John Rinaldi

Several years ago, I wrote rave reviews of the first edition of this slim volume...and I'm here to tell you that the second edition is just as good. Companies should buy boxes of this book and give them to all the IT people who don't understand the plant floor, and...

A new model for machinery health monitoring...IMI's new patent

The only thing I didn't like when I saw the Emerson CSI Machinery Health Monitor earlier this year was the price. At approximately $7000 a whack, it will be a cold day in a very warm place before every motor train in a process plant can be outfitted with a MHM.

New Media: Blogs, RSS and Podcasting

These are all the new rage. Since you are reading a blog, I don't have to tell you about them, except to marvel at the fact that there are way over a million blogs in existence now.

Hacking the Grid?

This morning we are featuring on ControlGlobal.com an article from Red Herring about the potential for hacking on the power grid. The article points out the usual stories about the plants that have been hacked, or had virus trouble, and quotes some people who know what they are talking about,...

Words of wisdom...

Several people, including Dick Morley and Nels Tyring have sent me this in the past few days...so I thought I'd quote liberally from it. This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005, at...

I'm back in the saddle again...

I learned over the weekend that Dick "Motorcycle" Morley is in the hospital getting his knees worked on again. He says that he's going crazy, and hopes to be paroled today. I also learned that all work and no play make Heap Big Editor very hard to live with.

A few days off...

I am taking the rest of the week off. I will resume posting on Monday. I need a break. I've been pushing hard with no managing editor, and I need some family time. So we're going to see Jim Dale sign autographs tomorrow, Brad Paisley tomorrow night and Trace Atkins...