The Internet

It's 1996, and after a few short years of the "World Wide Web" fad, things have begun to settle down. This Internet thing has really changed the game.

I've only got a few minutes on the modem before I'm inevitably kicked off, but my news reader pulls down articles for all the top headlines for the past three days in just a couple of minutes. It's all text, but I can see how multimedia might be added to news feeds in the future. Well, I'm good to go! I have all my reading material right here, full to the brim with content, and I can get on with my day. I can even load a few of these up to my PDA.

Hurricane Sandy (colloquially known as "Frankenstorm") is going strong in the Atlantic. It is expected to make landfall somewhere between Delaware and New York late Monday or early Tuesday.

To visualize and record this event, I'm fetching weather data from Weather Underground for the Atlantic City/Galloway Township area and plugging it into a powerful graphing library. The data began around 3 PM today and will continue recording until the event is over.

Apple's iPhone 5 was released this week. It lived up to most of the speculation, including a 4-inch Retina display and mostly-aluminum construction. I'm probably in the minority here, but the two-tone throwback to the original iPhone just isn't my thing. If I were to upgrade, I would probably opt for the white variant simply because the white/silver combination is more pleasing than the black/slate.

Timing is everything, so the second installment of my Weekly Roundup will touch on Apple's scheduled media event on the 12th.

However, I'm not going to drone on about what features the next iPhone will have or should have — nearly every other tech media source has done a good job of that. Rather, I'll explain how baffled I am at the ongoing speculative debate about how Apple should name the next iPhone.