Like teenagers, computers are built to hook up. Abstinence doesn't work for Information Technology (IT) or for teens.Submitted by ant on Sat, 06/27/2009 - 10:26am. Communication | Education/School | General Computing | Hacking/Modification/Cracking | Hardware | History | Internet/Network | Personal | Reading Materials | Religion/Culture | Security/Privacy | Software | Technology | Windows
Guardian reports "Like teenagers, computers are built to hook up. Demanding that users abstain from net will never work when they need it for their jobs. Better to practise safe hex. While Information Technology (IT) departments may wish to restrict users' connections, they are less eager to obey such limits themselves..."
Computers Can Send You to the Emergency Room (ER), Study Shows. Serious Computer Injuries Outpaced the # of New Computer Owners.Submitted by ant on Wed, 06/10/2009 - 5:29am. General Computing | Hardware | Health | History | New Version/Update/Upgrade | Personal | Reading Materials | Technology
This two pages ABC News article says the "first report to count computer-related emergency room (ER) injuries shows that each year more and more Americans are tripping over cords, dropping monitors, banging heads and snagging limbs.
An eight minutes and 27 seconds YouTube video shows a huge "circa 1964 Livermore Data Systems 'Model A' Acoustic Coupler Modem, live demonstration.
Maximum PC article (one print page) shares the past and current 3D video cards -- "Try to imagine where 3D gaming would be today if not for the graphics processing unit, or GPU. Without it, you wouldn't be tredging through the jungles of Crysis in all its visual splendor, nor would you be fending off endless hordes of fast-moving zombies at high resolutions. For that to happen, it takes a highly specialized chip designed for parallel processing to pull off the kinds of games you see today, the same ones that wouldn't be possible on a CPU alone. Going forward, GPU makers will try to extend the reliance on videocards to also include physics processing, video encoding/decoding, and other tasks that where once handled by the CPU.
Gabrieltessin's Overclockers Club Forum thread shows a review on things you can and can't use as thermal interface material (TIM) in a pinch on your central processing unit (CPU)
Xkcd shows a funny comic/cartoon strip of a guy's dream software quality assurance (SQA) and software development...
BBC News reports that "Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), dongle, and cookie are some of the least understood words by the British public, according to a survey. Gadget Helpline surveyed more than 5,000 users and came up with a top ten (10) list of technology-related words people find most confusing. The firm says companies should use language people understand, rather than resorting to jargon..."
/. shares a Wall Street Journal article, with its ninteen photographs/photos. slideshow of the family album and a 3.3 minutes video story, on Bill Gates and his family's life including Bill's misbehaved rebel teenage life, his changes, etc. It was mainly an interview on Bill's father, Bill/William H. Gates, Sr.
TechRadar shares how "incremental improvements just don't get us excited. Perhaps Blu-ray is the canary in the coalmine. To its makers, it's a fantastic new format, the pinnacle of home entertainment technology. To the public, it's digital video/versatile disc (DVD) with a slightly better picture and double the price tag -- and most people have decided to stick with what they already have.
The Wall Street Journal reports on how "Vincent Connare designed the ubiquitous, bubbly Comic Sans typeface, but he sympathizes with the world-wide movement to ban it. Mr. Connare has looked on, alternately amused and mortified, as Comic Sans has spread from a software project at Microsoft Corporation/Corp. 15 years ago to grade-school fliers and holiday newsletters, ads and tags, business e-mails, street signs, Bibles, porn sites, gravestones and hospital posters about bowel cancer.