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Ontrack Data Recovery's 2004 list of the 10 strangest and funniest computer mishaps.

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ZDNet UK posted Ontrack Data Recovery's 2004 list of the 10 strangest and funniest computer mishaps... Some of them are funny!

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Users confuse spyware with Star Wars.

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ZDNet UK reports that Some 11 percent of the British population are convinced that spyware is "a gadget from Star Wars", according to research published on Thursday. The survey, carried out by NOP and commissioned by security company Blue Coat, appears to highlight a lack of concern in the UK market about spyware, with more than half of those surveyed unaware that spyware is software on a user's computer that tracks their behaviour and reports it back to a third party.

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The Scourge of Arial

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This article talks about the history of this popular old font that started in the 1950s. Also, the relationsip with Helvetica font.

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Unmaintainable Code

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A co-worker shared a link to the Unmaintainable Code. The article gave tips from the masters on how you write code that is so difficult to maintain, that the people who come after you will take years to make even the simplest changes. Further, if you follow all these rules religiously, you will even guarantee yourself a lifetime of employment, since no one but you has a hope in hell of maintaining the code. Then again, if you followed all these rules religiously, even you wouldn't be able to maintain the code!

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Codename "Longhorn" = Windows Vista

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According to BetaNews, it appears Microsoft has chosen "Windows Vista" as the official name for Longhorn (codename for the next Windows version).

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A deaf car driver with a Linux command joke...

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I saw this funny joke thread in alt.games.ea.battlefield newsgroup:

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Anti gypsy-music computer virus welcomed by victims.

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A co-worker sent me this funny ZDNet UK story about Romanian security firm BitDefender revealed that after releasing signatures to protect its customers from a virus that deleted files from their computers containing gypsy music, it was inundated with letters of complaint from customers who wanted the virus to spread.

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Developers are from Mars, Managers are from Venus

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A co-worker, a developer, instant messaged/IM'ed me this amusing Code Project article on the communications between developers and managers:

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MP3 is 10 years old!

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/. reports today (well the other side of Earth) is MP3's 10th birthday.

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One way to get an increase in your allowance... Spam!

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FoxTrot shows how to get an increase in your allowance. I wonder if this would work for salary. >:)

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Apple's iPod Flea Ad Spoof

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This New York Times link (Internet Explorer required?) is a funny spoof to Apple's iPod. It is about iPod Flea!

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Study Finds Value in Spam (E-mail)

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According to this LiveScience story, a steady diet of spam -- the electronic variety -- can be good for you.

Researchers split a group of more than 2,100 Canadians into two groups. One group got e-mails that promoted healthy lifestyles, the other got none. "These were informative and motivational messages sent weekly for 12 weeks," explained study leader Ron Plotnikoff of the University of Alberta. The e-mails promoted the benefits of a good diet and physical activity. Those who were effectively smapped, as a group, saw their mean body mass index (BMI) go down, meaning it improved. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. Overall BMI rose for the control group, which did not get the emails.

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What is wrong with "make" command?

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Andrian Neagu's editorial is on a critique of the 20 years old Make build tool. He lists its shor

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Darn bosses and their benchmark results requests...

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Dilbert has a good example why bosses are so darn weird at work when they ask about performance tests in their

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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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