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June 30, 2008

Meet Tomorrow's Mobile Phones: Sensational Shape-Shifters And More

Here's an inside look at the exciting new world of form-fitting, highly intuitive, very personal mobile phones that will replace today's cookie-cutter designs.

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Beeps, Blips and IT: Making Sense of Sensor Data

As sensors proliferate in every industry, companies wrestle to turn the fire hose of real-time data into usable business intelligence.

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Elgan: Will Gadgets Make Knowledge Obsolete?

We're going to have to face the problem of education in a world in which nearly all knowledge is available to everyone, instantly, all the time. It could free us to do what we do best -- think critically and creatively.

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Five Things You Should Never Tell Your Boss

As an IT pro, you know that information is power, but remember that discretion is the better part of valor. While keeping your boss in the loop is key, there are certain things you really don't want to tell him -- ever. We asked CIOs what kinds of information they never want to hear from their staff.

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Extreme IT: Battling Dust, Heat and Bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq

Think your job's tough? IT pros in the U.S. military handle extreme temperatures, 'moon dust' and mortar attacks to keep communications -- including multiple networks -- up and running.

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June 23, 2008

Complete coverage: Bill Gates Moves On

On June 30, 2008, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates steps down at Microsoft to focus on philanthropy. Are the company's best days behind it? What will Gates' legacy be?

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The IT Pro's Vacation Planner

Up checking e-mail at 5 a.m. on vacation? It doesn't have to be that way, unless that's how you like it. Set the stage now to take a break from the office you can live with.

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Is Google Your Next Data Center?

Lower costs, snap upgrades and other benefits of cloud computing are leading IT organizations to increasingly outsource traditional IT infrastructure activities like storage and server management to managed services providers. How will this alter the makeup of the IT department of the future? Computerworld looks ahead.

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This Old Laptop: Revitalizing an Aging Notebook on the Cheap

Don't ditch that old notebook! With about $125 and an hour or two, you can make it run like new.

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Hands-On: Firefox 3 Fixes What's Broke and Keeps What's Right

By fixing its memory problems and adding some nice new features, Firefox 3 continues to challenge Internet Explorer for king of the Web browsers.

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Q&A: Tips for Aspiring Tech Entrepreneurs

IT pros may have a lot of technical smarts, but that doesn't mean they'd be good at running a business. Best-selling author Ken Blanchard offers advice on how would-be tech entrepreneurs can get ahead.

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Have Your Avatar Call My Avatar: Doing Business Virtually

Lots of corporations are dabbling in virtual worlds, but no one has found the killer app for business — yet.

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June 16, 2008

Narcissists at Work: How to Deal With Arrogant, Controlling, Manipulative Bullies

Charismatic but cruel, narcissists can be highly disruptive to a workplace, creating a traumatic environment with high turnover. Expert Jean Ritala offers tips for dealing with narcissists in your organization.

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Elgan: The '$100 Laptop' May Be a Glimpse of the Future

The laptop of the future, say five years from now, may look a lot like the XO 2.0 clamshell, a prototype of the next version of the One Laptop Per Child laptop.

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Opinion: Companies Must Make Room For Vendor Management Offices

Forrester's John McCarthy shows you how to cost-justify this function, which becomes even more critical in tough economic times.

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The Future of e-Paper: The Kindle is Only the Beginning

EPD technology -- in other words, e-paper -- has been a long time coming, but it's finally just around the corner. What can we expect in tomorrow's versions of the Kindle?

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Opinion: Top 5 Mistakes of Privacy Awareness Programs

Jay Cline says companies that limit their training and awareness programs to a PowerPoint presentation and a few trinkets left on employees' chairs are missing a big opportunity in reducing their information risk.

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June 9, 2008

Extreme IT: Battling Dust, Heat and Bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq

Think your job's tough? IT pros in the U.S. military handle extreme temperatures, "moon dust" and mortar attacks to keep communications — including multiple networks — up and running.

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Criminal Negligence: The State Of Law Enforcement Data Sharing

Nearly seven years after 9/11, information-sharing problems that hobble federal, state and local law enforcement are just beginning to be solved. Here's a look at the state of the art.

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15 Great Gadgets You Can't Get In The U.S.

You have to go outside the U.S. — or to the online gray market — to get these goods, including a laptop that kills physical viruses and bacteria on contact.

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Review: The New 17-in. MacBook Pro Wins Over a Skeptic

Our reviewer spent a week getting to know Apple's newest 17-in. MacBook Pro — the 2.6-GHz model with LED backlighting, to be specific. Although he's still not sure it's the perfect machine for him, he got to really like it.

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NASA: Robotic Arm Key To Finding Life on Mars

Engineers are beaming up daily software code to run the 7.5-foot arm and analyze soil samples.

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Computerworld Honors Program Names 2008 Awards Recipients

Ten organizations received top prizes for their use of technology to promote social, educational or economic advances.

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June 2, 2008

Penetration-Testing Follies

A luxury-car dealership exposing customer bank data? A hole so big you could drive right into FBI HQ? "Pen" testers dish on some of the biggest gaps they've found in so-called secure systems. No enterprise is safe! With 10 tips for inexpensive or free pen-test advantages.

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Opinion: In Search of the Super Easy Super-Phone

We all want a phone that does it all, but is brain-dead easy to use, Mike Elgan posits. But can it be done? And if so, who's likely to do it?

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8 Incredibly Useful Tools for Road Warriors

Being mobile these days means more equipment — and more problems. These devices and services will make things a bit easier.

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IT Research: Is it Time to Analyze the Analysts?

In a down market, market research can seem like more of a luxury than a necessity. But before you axe the analyst, consider optimizing to get the most out of the data you pay for.

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10 Essential (and Free!) Security Downloads for Windows

Security and privacy protection doesn't have to cost a lot — or indeed anything at all. These 10 great freebies will keep you safe from prying eyes and bad guys.

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