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Techies: They're everywhere!

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Yahoo! News and USA TODAY reports that the most technologically advanced households in America -- the early adopters who are more likely to own and use new technologies such as TiVo or wireless Internet access -- exist in nearly every county in the nation.

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Biggest e-mail peeves at work...

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This short MSNBC story reports the biggest work e-mail peeves. A staffing firm posed that question to 250 people in advertising and marketing over the summer.

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Why do-it-yourself photo printing doesn't add up...

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CNET News.com and The New York Times (no registration required) report that even though the prices of printers have dropped up to 30 percent in the last few months thanks to a savage price war, buyers are going to pay at least 28 cents a print. This is if you believe the manufacturers' math. It could be closer to 50 cents a print if you trust the testing of product reviewers at Consumer Reports.

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The Onslaught of Photorealism

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Shacknews mentioned an article titled "Videogame Aesthetics: We're All Going to Die!". He considers the pros and cons of the neverending push towards absolute reality in video game graphics (or at least the weird plastic look that people get confused with reality), and comes to the conclusion that all in all it's probably worthwhile.

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A Natural History of the @ Sign

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Edward Moyer's CNET Blog mentioned Scott Herron's Herodios link that shows the various meanings of '@' around the world. English-speaking folks know it most commonly as the "at" symbol, and it has, of course, become more or less omnipresent in our lives as e-mail has done the same. Still, even before e-mail, most of us were aware of the @ character (though some may've read it as "about").

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Sweating In the Hot Zone -- A typical work day at Symantec...

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FastCompany tells the working day at Symantec when your life would be like if your product were never finished, if your work were never done, if your market shifted 30 times a day, etc.

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Is it time for software vendors to accept their liability?

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According to this BBC News editorial, technology analyst Bill Thompson thinks it is time for software vendors to accept their liability. A recent example is with the problems with the iPod nano's defective hardware...

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Each human life comes with an EULA that you had to agree to...

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Hmmph, I didn't know we had End User License Agreement (EULA) to live! Tempnexus's Broadband Reports Security forum thread mentioned a funny spoof for every human who was born. According to this EULA, we seems to come with spywares (God spies on us), and can be infected with bad stuff like virus and trojans. Ending EULA means terminating life.

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Name That Worm--A plan looks to cut through chaos...

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CNET News.com and ZDNet report Common Malware Enumeration (CME) initiative is emerging from its test phase. Next month, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) plans to officially take the wraps off the effort, meant to reduce the confusion caused by the different names security companies give worms, viruses and other pests.

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"Beautiful Ground" Music Video on an Apple ][+

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Classic Gaming mentioned a neat music video (downloadable 7.2 MB QuickTime MOV) done for Grandaddy's "Beautiful Ground" song. The video was created using an Apple ][+.

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Podfather: The first demo for iPods.

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Pouet.net (with a downloadable 3 minute and 39 seconds video clip and a zip file to run) mentioned Podfather that is the first demo created for Apple's iPods.

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A Web Browser War Propaganda with Firefox and Internet Explorer

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This Worth1000 doctored image shows a Web browser war propaganda.

This could be useful for those spreading Firefox Web browser.

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The # of Microsoft employees to change a lightbulb and the anatomy of a computer bug...

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Forkazoo's /. comment mentioned a Eric Lippert's blog that is a follow-up to Joe Bork's great article. Joe's article explains some of the decisions that go into whether a bug is fixed or not. He generalizes to more than just bug fixes. Eric says a bug fix is one kind of change to the behaviour of the product, and all changes have similar costs and go through a similar process.

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Google Earth (and Maps) Threatens Democracy

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The Register says the recent news with South Korea taking the United States (U.S.) to task over Google Earth (and Google Maps) images. They expose its military installations to close Commie scrutiny has provoked a mini stampede of other peace-loving nations eager to protect their assets from prying eyes.

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One way to keep data security tight...

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This Dilbert cartoon shows one way to keep data security tight from hackers.

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'Islamic Trojan' disrupts smut surfing

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The Register and CNET News.com report virus writers have created a Trojan horse which tries to disrupt visits the pornographic websites by displaying messages from the Koran.

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"Final Audition" Demo...

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Pout mentions a recent amazing Windows demo that won #1 at Evoke 2005. It is a short demo (3 minutes and something long) by Plastic. Amazing chromes. Some scenes look disturbing like that woman exploding. Amazing.

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Rastro -- A cool 64 KB Windows demo...

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Pout posted a cool 64 KB demo called Rastro. It is black and white demo that shows cool scenes and some explainations about it (mathematics and stuff).

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