Nina Bergman, aka Nina B., was this author's pen name when she wrote an opinion column for a Northern California Knight-Ridder daily. Her priors include several years as creative head of a marcom firm with clients in business and politics. Later, she was sysop and wizop for more than one CompuServe forum and a virtual talk show host who interviewed dozens of authors and experts live on emerging trends in science and medicine. During these years she developed a rep as a deft observer of the impacts of new-edge tech and she is now enough of a 'cranky geekette' not to be over-impressed with each new thing that looks nifty. Instead she looks for the steak beneath what appears to be sizzling.