Monday, 20 October 2003

Hello World!

Welcome to my blog!

Believe it or not, this isn’t my idea: I’m starting a blog by popular demand, in response to several requests from readers and the latest wave of interest following my exposé of the jetBlue Airways privacy scandal and my writing about the CAPPS-II airline passenger profiling, monitoring, and surveillance system.

This won’t replace my e-mail lists or newsletter, but it will provide a searchable archive of the commentaries and links but I’ve been e-mailing to several different lists, or that I haven’t had a convenient place to publish.

If you’re only interested in articles on certain topics, this blog includes indexes to articles by category. Much of my writing crosses categories (often quite deliberately). So you may want to browse the indexes to articles in other categories, or the main index and archives.

To take advantage of the searching and archiving features of the blogging system, I may eventually add some of my previous articles to this blog, especially my columns on past seasons of The Amazing Race. That will take awhile, if it happens at all. Don’t look for any of my older writing in this blog yet.

This is still an experiment. No warranties express or implied. I reserve the right to go on vacation and not post anything for weeks at a time (although this system will allow me to post from cybercafés, if I feel like).

Please let me know what you think, and what you’d like to see in this blog. You can post comments here, or send me e-mail at

I’m sorry about the brief hiatus in updates to my Web site and postings to some of my e-mail lists while they were being moved to new servers. In addition to making this blog possible, the new system should make delivery of my newsletter and news releases much more reliable — they had been outgrowing the capabilities of the server under my desk. The e-mail addresses for subscribing and unsubscribing to my newsletter have changed, but you can still subscribe or unsubscribe on the Web site , and the new e-mail addresses will be in each message to the list.

For those who care, there’s an RSS (XML) feed of this blog. If you don’t know what that means, you probably don’t care. If you are curious, try installing the Firebird or Mozilla Web browser and the NewsMonster plug-in. With those or other similar tools, you can “aggregate” articles from multiple blogs and Web sites, without having to visit each one separately.

(Firebird is the stripped-down version of Mozilla without the e-mail client, newsreader, HTML editor, or other bloatware. Firebird lacks some of the most important distinguishing features that make Opera the best available web browser for Windows and many other platforms. But Firebird is almost as small and fast as Opera. And Firebird, like Mozilla, works with many mal-designed Web sites and plug-ins that don’t work with Opera, Lynx, or other browsers.)

Thanks to John Taylor and Will Doherty for helping get me up and blogging.

Bon Voyage,

Edward Hasbrouck

Link | Posted by Edward on Monday, 20 October 2003, 08:30 ( 8:30 AM)

Yes, you too can post comments!

Posted by: Edward, 20 October 2003, 16:17 ( 4:17 PM)


Congratulations on your new blog. I think it's a great idea. You've definitely earned a place in my Favorites.

I don't travel much, but I always dream about visiting the world. Your newsletter and web sites like this one keep the dream alive.


Posted by: Matthew Weathers, 25 October 2003, 09:30 ( 9:30 AM)
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