How to Ask Questions the Smart Way

Okay, so you got a new Flurbamatic 3000 for Christmas, and no matter what you do, you just can't seem to get it to grommick. There isn't any tech support number (or maybe they're closed because it's a holiday), so you post a question to the Flurbamatic Fanatics bulletin board, but nobody answers. Why? If you read this article by Eric S. Raymond, you'll know, and, more importantly, you'll be able to post a question that will get an answer.

Ideas Unlimited

A cap of silence? A mePod? These are just a few of the ideas that eleven prominent people came up with when asked to describe a technology or gadget they would like to see invented. [free NYT registration required]