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Monday, August 16, 2010 11:08 AM

Computing Curriculum Off Track

by Tim Moran Do you recall the name Steve Furber? Back in the '80s, he worked at Acorn Computers Ltd., where he was one of the designers of the the BBC Micro microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC micropro....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:08 AM

More Helplessness at the Help Desk

by Edward Cone My comment that a list of help desk horror stories seemed kind of heavy on clueless female users and that this may be an echo of "an old, misogynistic IT culture" drew a couple of responses....

Monday, August 09, 2010 11:08 AM

Misdirected Marketing is Spam

by Samuel Greengard It's just another sunny day in tech paradise and I'm feeling particularly curmudgeonly. I'm surfing through the 200 or so e-mail messages I've received since this morning. Amid the flo....

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....

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....

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

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. ....

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....

Monday, June 07, 2010 11:06 AM

Random Errors Improve Performance

by Tim Moran What's so great about perfection? Doesn't making a little mistake every now and then make us all a bit more human, more tolerable? Maybe so, but until recently, mistakes were not something ....

Wednesday, June 02, 2010 16:06 PM

Run A Scan And Call Me In The Morning

by Tim Moran I'm not sure what to make of this one. Is it a ploy to get some publicity? Is the guy maybe just a little dotty? Is there an outside chance that the boffin is really on to something? An arti....