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Where Are They Now? 25 Computer Products That Refuse to Die

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A six pages PC World article (one single print page) report on "25 computer products that refuse to die. These tech products and services may be forgotten, but they're far from gone. How have these geezers managed to hang on for so long?

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Microsoft asks federals/feds. for a bailout.

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InfoWorld reports: "Microsoft (MS) requested on Tuesday some $20 billion in bailout funds from the federal government, claiming that as the company controlling an overwhelming share of the operating system (OS) market, it is too big to fail. The company said low adoption rates for Windows Vista, the ensuing advertisement/ad. campaign trying to convince people that they really do like Vista, and the increased need for development resources to rush Windows 7 to market to make people forget about Vista have necessitated the bailout..."

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What's your favorite OLD operating system (OS) from Computerworld's list?

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Gone but not forgotten: 10 operating systems (OS') the world left behind.

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Blue's News share a seven pages Computerworld article (one print page) that "honors a handful of the most memorable operating systems (OS') and interfaces that have graced our desktops over the years. Some of them lasted for years. Some of them had remarkably short lives but inspired trends that we are benefiting from to this day. And a few of them ... well, they were just cool for school.

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Exploit -- A Flash Puzzle Security Game

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Blue's News share a Flash thinking, puzzle game titled "Exploit" -- "Information is freedom. As a hotshot computer security cracker, you will solve over 50 puzzles and fight against totalitarianism, abuses of power, and terrorism. Story Mode offers a twist-filled story of international intrigue, and Challenge Mode offers 19 more puzzles to engage the mind. When it’s all done, use the built-in puzzle editor to make and share your own creations!"

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Do you currently use a netbook?

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Computer Data Storage Through the Ages -- From Punch Cards to Blu-Ray

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Blue's News shares a six pages Maximum PC article (single print page) on "Computer Data Storage Through the Ages -- From Punch Cards to Blu-Ray"

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10 Funny Ways Microsoft's Retail Stores Will Differ From Apple Stores

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Digg shares a PC World blog with its ten funny ways Microsoft's retail stores will differ from Apple stores: "Microsoft announced plans to open retail stores, hoping to boost visibility of many of its products and its brand.

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Welcome to Macintosh: An one hour and 23 minutes documentary on Apple.

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Welcome to Macintosh is an one hour and 23 minutes documentary on Apple. There are some technical parts as well for the geeks/nerds.

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Windows Millennium Edition (Me) and Me.

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UserFriendly shows what Ant was like when he used Windows Millennium Edition (Me) at work and on his uncle's former laptop/notebook.

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Two-Thirds of Americans Without Broadband Don't Want It

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Digg and Arstechnica mention the recent Pew's Internet & American Life Project report (an portal document format/PDF link inside) to say that two-thirds of Americans without broadband don't want it

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Got a Seagate Hard Disk Drive (HDD)?

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Seagate officially reports that a number of their hard disk drives (HDDs), from specific families, may become inaccessible when the host system is powered on... Once a drive has become affected the data becomes inaccessible to users but the data is not deleted. Seagate has isolated this issue to a firmware bug affecting drives from these families manufactured in December 2008..."

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Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

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Digg shares a funny 2.5 minutes Onion video showing the Apple's introduction to a revolutionary new laptop/notebook

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How Windows Became The Market Leader.

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VideoSift shares a 20.75 minutes YouTube video (two parts: 9.5 minutes #1 and 10.75 minutes #2) on how Microsoft Windows became the market leader.

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Kroll Ontrack Top 10 Data Blunders of 2008: Weirdest computing disasters.

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Digg shares a ZDNet story on another annual Kroll Ontrack list of its top 10 data blunders of 2008. The company has seen people across the world falling victim to acts of great stupidity and misfortune.

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A hungry spider chases after a moving mouse cursor.

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Funny Animal Videos has a funny 29 seconds video showing a small hungry jumping spider chasing and trying to catch

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Vintage Computing and Gaming

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UserFriendly's link of the day is on Vintage Computing and Gaming. It shows "adventures in collecting, playing, and hacking vintage computing and gaming devices.

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Famous technology/tech. myths that just won't die.

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This Computerworld opinion article talks about the technology/tech myths that come in all shapes and sizes: Some contain a morsel of truth, but many of them are so wildly preposterous that it's hard to imagine anyone taking them seriously...

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