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If Steve Jobs gave the State of the Union address.

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Boing Boing shares a funny Slate article titled "The iState of the Union"

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Evolution of Language Through The Ages: Computer geeks/nerds and their communications.

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UserFriendly shows its comic strip on the "evolution of language through the ages"

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Printers Were Sent From Hell to Make Us Miserable

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Neatorama shares The Oatmeal's information/info graphic titled "Why I Believe Printers Were Sent From Hell To Make Us Miserable".

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Malware threat reports fail to add up.

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Infosecurity recently reports that "the December malware threat reports are trickling in from vendors -- and they all appear to be different. Fortinet, Sunbelt Software, and Kaspersky all published their lists of the most prevalent malware strains for the last month of 2009, but they didn't match up, leading to an admission that users will inevitably be confused by the results..."

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The Old Man and the Personal Computer/PC.

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Rantingkitten's /. comment shares his rant titled "The Old Man and the PC" -- "Kids today. With their fast computers and broadband. Their Farkmemes and Slashfilters and Diggwoots and Facespaces. Where any doofus can smear up some graphics with a few clicks, drop the result into an HTML editor that practically runs itself, and call themselves web designers. Where installing hardware is a matter of plugging it in and turning it on. There are scores of you young whippersnappers talking about how 'back in the day' of 1999 you got your first computer with, sighing as you reminisce on how you had to learn the hard way how to use Blogger and now everyone has a blog. Well, boo hoo! Punk kids. No idea what it's like.

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Getting Connected: A Brief History of Modems.

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This two pages TechRadar article tells about a history of modems -- "Their arrival heralded a new age of communications and they played a major role in the explosion of the internet. We're talking, of course, about modems. Here we look back on the development of this remarkable device..." Other modem types weren't mentioned, so this is just a brief history.

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Which text editor do you use often on the computer(s)?

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The History of the Internet in a Nutshell

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Six Revisions share "The History of the Internet in a Nutshell" starting 1969 -- "Here's a brief history of the Internet, including important dates, people, projects, sites, and other information that should give you at least a partial picture of what this thing we call the Internet really is, and where it came from.

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Windows XP's default wallpaper's "Bliss" versus/vs. 2007's "After Microsoft".

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Neatorama shares a Goldin+Senneby article showing the history and comparison of Windows XP's default wallpaper's "Bliss" versus/vs. 2007's "After Microsoft"

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Vintage versus/vs. Modern Personal Computers/PC Prices

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This four pages Technologizer article takes six classic personal computers (PCs) from yesteryear–some cheap, some expensive–and compare one could buy today for the same price

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Toilet-as-computer comic.

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Why computers suck at maths: How simple calculations can be a matter of life and death.

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This three pages TechRadar article explains "why computers suck at maths and how simple calculations can be a matter of life and death. Computers might struggle to exhibit intelligent behaviour, but blindly performing arithmetic calculations is surely their forte. Or is it? ..."

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What do you think of Windows 7?

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24 years of Windows package designs.

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Digg shares a TechRadar article on the "24 years of Windows package design

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Do you sleep/snooze with your computer(s) and/or laptop(s)/notebook(s)/netbook(s) off in your room?

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Who Writes Linux: Big Business

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This Computerworld blog reports The Linux Foundation's report (portable document format/PDF) on who writes Linux -- "... Linux isn't written by lonely nerds hiding out in their parents' basements. It's written by people working for major companies -- many of them businesses that you probably don't associate with Linux.

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