Approximately 60 percent of WirelessNetDesignline's readers live outside the U.S. so for you this is just another work day.
Here in the U.S., it's typically a time for parades, picnics, and fireworks. For some of us, it is also a time for reflection.
Some Americans may reflect on how the U.S. has changed it place in the world over the last 231 years. Others may wonder about the nation's futureand the future of democracy and independence in general.
Certainly, in an increasingly "globalized" world it is hard to figure out where independence ends and inter-dependence begins.
But since this is a technology publication, my thoughts are on how electronic technologies, in particular, have affected our independenceboth personal and collective.
The three "Cs" (communications, computing, and consumer) each have something to tell us about independence.
Fast, reliable communications is a technology driver of independence. The rapid dissemination of information is critical to people making informed decisions (as long as they take the time to consume the information, of course).
Computers have given us a lot of personal freedom but they undoubtedly have the potential to take it away if used for snooping, data collection and the newest potential threat, data mining.
Consumer goods might be the most obvious example of technology-derived independence. Many of us now have cell phones, personal media players and home computers that along with the Web make us more atomistic beings, and, perhaps more independent as well.