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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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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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