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Monday, August 09, 2010 11:08 AM

One Unbreakable Coding System, Slightly Used

by Tim Moran Have you ever listened to shortwave radio? I seem to recall that, when I was a kid, my grandparents had a basic shortwave radio that I used to fiddle around with. I have little doubt that Ali....

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 16:08 PM

Laughing at IT

"Inception" is a summer blockbuster with a lot going for it, including hot director Christopher Nolan, big-name star Leonardo DiCaprio, a mind-bending plot, and amazing special effects. But I have to conf....

Monday, August 02, 2010 14:08 PM

Following Data Over a Cliff

by Samuel Greengard On a recent Sunday afternoon, I'm spending nearly four hours trying to track down a replacement ear hook for my Bluetooth headset. The last one had broken a couple of days earlier. I c....

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:07 AM

Blue Monday For Big Bank

by Tim Moran "IBM Employee Sparks Massive Bank Outage," read the headline at TheRegister.com. On a Monday in early July, "one of Singapore's largest banks suffered a seven-hour IT outage that took down ev....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:07 AM

Crowd-Sourcing the Alien Hunt

by Tim Moran When last we checked in on SETI -- the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence project -- Jill Tarter, the director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute, had just helped se....

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 10:07 AM

IT as Job-Killer

by Tim Moran If you're educated, information technology can be good for you; if you're not, look out. That's the conclusion of a recently published research paper, according to an article, "More IT mean....

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 11:07 AM

The Tablet Tsunami and the Enterprise

by Samuel Greengard Gauging from the frenzy over Apple and the iPad, you would think Cupertino had invented a device that allows you to travel in time or eat junk food without gaining weight and clogging ....

Friday, July 02, 2010 09:07 AM

Simple Rules of Communication

by Samuel Greengard It's remarkable that in an era of unparalleled communications capabilities, many of us constantly dial into communication problems. The net effect is lost productivity and revenues--as....

Monday, June 28, 2010 10:06 AM

The Future of Memory

by Tim Moran Memory, from the very beginning of the data-processing age, has been crucial to the fast and accurate running of all types of computers. "The History of Computer Memory" on About.com tells ....

Friday, June 25, 2010 15:06 PM

Way Beyond Elementary, Watson

by Tim Moran How are you at playing "Jeopardy"? I'm pretty good. I've acquired a lot of useless and trivial knowledge over the years. Problem is, I can't always dredge it up as quickly as the game require....

Monday, June 21, 2010 11:06 AM

Keyboards Go Back to the Future

by Tim Moran When last we mentioned a typewriter in this space, it was in a report about extinct careers, including the typist in a pool. We have not stumbled upon a way to resurrect that job, but we did ....

Monday, June 14, 2010 16:06 PM

Your Avatar Has Arrived

by Tim Moran Have you heard about "telepresence" or "active presence"? Think of it as a robot that's you. Or it's you as a robot. Or it's an avatar of you as a robot. Or something. Anyway, a recent st....

Monday, June 14, 2010 16:06 PM

Seven Sins of Social Networking

by Samuel Greengard I don't profess to be the world's foremost expert on social networking. Frankly, I'm not sure there really is an expert because it seems like we're inventing the rules as we go along. ....

Monday, June 14, 2010 11:06 AM

Videoconferencing in Focus

by Samuel Greengard Ever since AT&T introduced the Picture Phone at the 1964 World's Fair, pundits have predicted that videoconferencing would be the Next Big Thing. Unfortunately, every step toward com....

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 17:06 PM

Big Blue Cookie Monster

by Tim Moran The IBM of the 1960s was serious business. It was still helmed by the son of its first real president, the business icon Thomas J. Watson Sr. (of "THINK" fame), and it was Thomas J. Watson Jr....