General Computing

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Robocop ran DOS - and other movie code decoded.

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Digg shares NetworkWorld's ten pages slide show showing real-life computer screens in movies -- "Virtually no sci-fi/science fiction or action flick these days is complete without a computer scene showing a few screens of mysterious scrolling text and a 3D wire-frame model.

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XKCD Comic Strip -- Workaround

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This XKCD comic strip shows what your overlord and other computer people/geeks/nerds go through with support

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Helping other people's computers at work...

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This Dilbert comic strip shows why your overlord doesn't help with other people's computers

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Your My Documents

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VideoSift shares a two minutes and six seconds Funny or Die video titled "Your My Documents" -- "A simple lesson in technology."

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Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart

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Blue's News share a Tom's Hardware article showing its "graphics card hierarchy chart ... which groups graphics cards with similar overall performance levels into tiers. The top tier contains the highest-performing cards available and performance decreases as you go down the tiers from there.

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The Secret Origin of Windows

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/. shares a three page Technologizer article titled "The Secret Origin of Windows" -- "A quarter century ago, Windows wasn't everywhere. In fact, some were doubtful it would ever ship at all. And Tandy Trower was there.

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An interview with Jim Reekes, the creator of the Apple startup sound.

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VideoSift shares an eleven minutes and 50 seconds Vimeo video and a 57.25 minutes long YouTube video (both cussings and is mostly in English) of an interview with the creator of the Apple startup sounds

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From Paper Tape to Data Sticks: The Evolution of Removable Storage.

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This 21 (not 24) slides NetworkWorld presentation show shares "the evolution of removable storage" -- "Over the years, people have tried to transfer information from one computer to another in a dizzying number of ways. Here's a look at some of the best, along with others that time forgot.

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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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