Banjo history.

This summer, NPR ran a fine series on the extensive sharing and crosslinking between the blues, country music, and white and black musicians. But they inexplicably overlooked the banjo — which pretty much epitomizes the rich, intertwined, and often troubling musical history of America.… Read the rest

Banjo history.

E-Mail on the Cheap

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES WANTED to give e-mail accounts to each of its pilots, flight attendants and ground-crew workers—critical employees who needed to be in the corporate loop but didn’t even have computers. The problem: It would have been prohibitively expensive to give all 30,000 of them accounts on the corporate mail system, Novell GroupWise.… Read the rest

E-Mail on the Cheap