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The Secret Origin of Windows

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/. shares a three page Technologizer article titled "The Secret Origin of Windows" -- "A quarter century ago, Windows wasn't everywhere. In fact, some were doubtful it would ever ship at all. And Tandy Trower was there.

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Evolution of Language Through The Ages: Computer geeks/nerds and their communications.

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UserFriendly shows its comic strip on the "evolution of language through the ages"

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Malware threat reports fail to add up.

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Infosecurity recently reports that "the December malware threat reports are trickling in from vendors -- and they all appear to be different. Fortinet, Sunbelt Software, and Kaspersky all published their lists of the most prevalent malware strains for the last month of 2009, but they didn't match up, leading to an admission that users will inevitably be confused by the results..."

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Big Entertainment's Century-long Technophobic Binge: 100 years of Big Content Fearing Technology--In Its Own Words.

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This two pages Arstechnica article talks about the last "100 years of Big Content fearing technology--in its own words... rightsholders have fretted about everything from the player piano to the video casette recorder (VCR) to digital television (TV) to Napster. Here are those objections, in Big Content's own words...

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Living Room Computer Case Modification/Mod.

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Neatorama shares a Russian forum thread showing a few photographs/photos.

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Who Writes Linux: Big Business

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This Computerworld blog reports The Linux Foundation's report (portable document format/PDF) on who writes Linux -- "... Linux isn't written by lonely nerds hiding out in their parents' basements. It's written by people working for major companies -- many of them businesses that you probably don't associate with Linux.

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New Google Service Lets Privacy Critics Opt Out, Relocate

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VideoSift shares a funny two minutes Onion video about "Web users who choose to move to the desolate village are guaranteed an environment free from Google

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N00b Boyfriend: L33T the parents.

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VideoSift shares a funny one minute and 39 seconds CollegeHumor video showing the "L33t/leet/elites" disapprove of their daughter's less-than-technologically-savy boyfriend.

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That mysterious "J" in e-mails...

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While your overlord was trying to figure out why he kept seeing "J"s in some of his received e-mails and asking in comp.mail.mutt newsgroup, James Wilkinson shares an MSDN blog about it

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The Amazing World of Software Version Numbers

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/. shares a three pages Technologizer article on the history of version numbers -- "They exaggerate. They fudge. They confuse. And sometimes they're not even numbers.

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Security Anecdotes From the Insect World and an Information Leakage From an Old Keypad.

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Bruce Schneier (#1 and #2) shows several security anecdotes from the insect world, just like our technology world.

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Stop Password Masking

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This Jakob Nielsen's Useit.com Alertbox talks about how "usability suffers when users type in passwords and the only feedback they get is a row of bullets.

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World's Biggest Alarm Clock

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VideoSift shares a crazy one minute and 25 seconds YouTube video of his crazy way to wake up on his bed and for "World's Biggest" contest:

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