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The Evolution of File Swapping

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This CNET News.com article describes the four generations of file swapping that laid the groundwork for the

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Mobile Magazine's Notebook Tech Support Reviews (2004 and 2005)

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Mobile Magazine tested companies' technical support for their notebooks/laptops. Each test had three calls to each of ten major notebook manufacturers (added three additional vendors since last year). Also, called three third-party providers of PC help. On the whole, what they found was a sea of ignorance -- and annoying fixation with pinning down our name, address, and serial numbers. Things haven't gotten any better since our 2004 test -- and most of the vendors we tested have actually gotten worse...

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Microsoft to Roll Out Windows 2000 Update Rollup

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Ryan Naraine's eWEEK.com news article says Microsoft plans to announce as early as next week that it is ready to ship a Windows 2000 Update Rollup, the final security patch for the 5-year-old operating system. The Update Rollup, which replaces Windows 2000 SP5 (Service Pack 5), is a cumulative set of hot fixes, security patches and critical updates packaged together for easy deployment.

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Dogbert's technical support on why your computer gets slower and more unreliable over time...

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This Dilbert cartoon shows Dogbert answering why computer gets slower and more unreliable over time...

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Little U.S. interest in next-generation Internet according to a survey.

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This Computerworld article reports that Information Technology (IT) decision-makers, in U.S. businesses and government agencies, want better Internet security and easier network management. However, few see the next-generation Internet Protocol called IPv6 as helping them achieve their goals, according to a survey released Tuesday by Juniper Networks Inc.

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XP SP2 makes Windows 15 times safer...

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ZDNet News report that computers running Windows XP Service Pack/SP 2 are 15 times less likely than those running XP or XP SP1 to be infected by some of the most dangerous forms of malware, according to a Microsoft's anti-malware product team lead Jason Garms. On Tuesday, he said that this improvement had been revealed by an internal analysis of SP2's performance.

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Microsoft Offers Chances to Meet Bill Gates

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BetaNews reports Microsoft offering a chance to meet Bill Gates. Five customers that qualify as winners in a sweepstakes called "Start Something Amazing" will receive an award and a trip to Seattle to meet Bill Gates.

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Microsoft security guru: Jot down your passwords!

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According to this ZDNet article, Microsoft's senior program manager for security policy Jesper Johansson says people should jot down their passwords.

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Corporate IT department will not exist in its current form by 2010?

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ZDNet reports that two-thirds of CIOs believe the corporate IT department will not exist in its current form by 2010. Earlier this year analyst Gartner warned that outsourcing, offshoring and increasing control of IT being handed to business units will lead to the death of the IT department as we know it today.

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Microsoft tries to breathe life into older PCs with a new Windows product.

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ZDNet reports that Microsoft is developing a new version of Windows aimed at companies that want to better secure their older machines. It is code-named Eiger, the product is basically designed to turn older PCs into a thin client, which is a terminal that gets most of its information from a central server. Unlike traditional thin clients, though, a few programs can be run locally, including Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and antivirus software.

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Firefox and Thunderbird Logos Histories

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This deviantART article says there are over 50 million Firefox downloads and still going strong. This Web browser can easily be recognized by their logo in a split second with its 'ol firey-fox wrapped around a planet (should be Earth!). The article asks readers about who actually sat down to create the wonderfully clean image that is Firefox's identity. Also, it points out Thunderbird's history.

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Big Firms' Ad Bucks Also Fund Spyware

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The Los Angeles Times report Fortune 500 members are among the unwitting backers of software that sneaks into computers. Blue-chip companies are sponsoring more than TV shows and golf tournaments to promote their products: They are inadvertently underwriting computer spyware too.

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Next Windows version to get RSoDs...

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Oh boy, a new color of death screen from the next version of Microsoft Windows, code named "Longhorn".

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A real-life Dog and others from Half-Life 2?

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Planet Half-Life mentioned a cool doctored image of Alyx's Dog from Half-Life 2 game. There are other creatures, people, objects, etc. shown in this forum thread. Dang, they look SO real! Basically, it was demonstrating HDR (High Dynamic Range) in video images.

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Google was down for 15 minutes on 5/7/2005.

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This Mercury News' story says "Googling" stopped for 15 minutes on Saturday. Google, the world's leading Internet search engine shut down from 6:45 to 7 p.m. eastern time, according to Google spokesman David Krane. "It was not a hacking or a security issue," said Krane. He said the problem was related to the DNS, or Domain Name System, though Krane did not elaborate. The DNS translates domain names for computers. "Google's global properties were unavailable for a short period of time," Krane said. "We've remedied the problem and access to Google has been restored worldwide."

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Macromedia + Adobe = Macrobe...

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This amusing UserFriendly cartoon shows the possiblility of the new name, new logo, and new slogan.

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Acroymns of Instructions for the Twisted Mind

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EGeezer decided to start a humorous security forum thread topic on proposed additions to the PDP-11 Instruction Set. Examples:

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Microsoft to miss 'Patch Tuesday' again (5/10/2005)

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According to ZDNet Australia's story, Microsoft will not be issuing any security fixes next week (5/10/2005), breaking its patch cycle for the second time this year... A Microsoft spokesperson said there will be "a couple of updates next week but none are security related. None are rated higher than 'important' and nothing will require a reboot".

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