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October 27, 2008

Cheap Business Laptops: 3 for Under $850

If you're trying to save some cash on your next notebook, you may want to try one of these low-cost, but well-built, laptops.

Review: Apple's New 'Unibody' Macbook Pro Has both Beauty and Brains

Apple's new MacBook Pro represents a definitive leap in design and a modest advance in technology, with a bit of innovation thrown in for good measure. That combination should offer good value for years to come.

10 Essential Tasks to Keep Leopard Purring

While Mac OS X Leopard isn't prone to crashes, freezes, drive corruption or inexplicable performance losses, keeping up with a few key maintenance tasks can prevent problems and keep it running at its best. We outline the tasks and tools you'll need.

The Top 10 Best-Written Blogs

Opinion: Among all the garbage in the blogosphere are gems like these.

October 20, 2008

Extreme IT: Hurricanes, High Winds and Heavy Seas in the Gulf of Mexico

The IT manager for Chevron's Gulf oil platforms and support facilities talks about communications challenges in the face of salt air, lightning strikes and other weather events.

A Road Warrior's Guide to Netbooks

See a netbook in your future? Here's what to look for, whether it will be your primary computing device or a second PC for travel.

IT's Biggest Project Failures

Ballooning costs, feature creep, vendor lock-in and just plain bad technology have contributed to some of IT's most spectacular fiascos. Here's what we can learn from past mistakes.

Reactive Bystander or Proactive Partner?

You can't help your clients achieve their objectives if you don't know what they are, says former CIO Al Kuebler.

10 Essential Tasks to Keep Leopard Purring

While Mac OS X Leopard isn't prone to crashes, freezes, drive corruption or inexplicable performance losses, keeping up with a few key maintenance tasks can prevent problems and keep it running at its best. We outline the tasks and tools you'll need.

October 13, 2008

Q&A: E-Voting Security Results 'Awful,' Says Ohio Secretary of State

How bad were they? 'I thought I was going to throw up,' Jennifer Brunner recalls.

Usenet: Not Dead Yet

Major ISPs are cutting off access to Usenet communities. But that doesn't necessarily mean we're witnessing its final years.

Microsoft: Bad Things Happen to Firms That Use Unlicensed Windows

Company-sponsored report says counterfeits lead to system failures, lost data and other problems.

Researcher Finds Evidence of Massive Site Compromise

The person who discovered the problem is working with law enforcement agencies, and with organizations like the CERT Coordination Center, to tell site operators in Fortune 500 firms and elsewhere that they need to change their administrative passwords, purge the malicious code and secure their sites.

The IT Worker's Wall Street Meltdown Worry List

Five questions about your job and your future.

Elgan: Stop Ignoring Your Phone's Inner Map

You paid extra for the GPS feature in your cell phone, so why aren't you using it?

Stephen J. Vaughan-Nichols: Vista R.I.P.

Microsoft's actions have made it clear: Vista is on its way to the Microsoft junkyard next to similar failures such as Windows ME and Microsoft Bob.

John Brandon: Google Chrome = Dead, Google Search = Hot

Google's browser has now almost become inconsequential, a bright blip that has faded faster than John Brandon's summer tan.

Sharon Machlis: Cybersecurity Expert on Why Voting Systems Are Inherently Insecure

It's not a matter of tin-foil hats, partisan politics, evil intent or ineptitude. It's basic computer system design: lack of a paper trail makes any voting system unsafe.

Shark Bait: The Icon Is on Your Desktop

Fish is charged with remotely installing new software for a stock brokerage house. But come Monday morning, one trader can't find the program's shortcut icon where it's supposed to be.

October 6, 2008

Health Hazards For IT Workers -- How That Desk Job Wears Your Body Down

The tech employee's stress-filled, sedentary lifestyle sets the stage for a host of health hazards, from chronic pain to heart attacks. Here's how to make a midcourse adjustment before it's too late.

Elgan: Gadgets That Will Make Your Cell Phone Jealous

Sunglasses, wristwatches and pens are stealing features from your phone. How cool is that?

Famous Tech Myths That Just Won't Die

Opinion: Here's the scoop on widespread fables about Bill Gates, the iPhone kill switch, Internet2, Al Gore and more.

Hands on With the Android G1 Phone

It's solidly built with beautiful screen quality, but the applications on board are by far the coolest feature of the handset.

10 Great Wi-Fi Gadgets for Work And Play

Add these devices to your network for a new world of wireless productivity and entertainment.

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