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May 26, 2008

Reader Favorites: 10 Great Free Network Tools

Computerworld recently showcased 10 great free network management tools. Readers responded with some of their own favorites, so we take a look at those tools and report on their capabilities and usage.

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Opinion: Hyperconnectivity: Friend or Foe?

There's no question that we're all getting hyperconnected, Mike Elgan says, but he wonders whether that is good or bad.

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IT Hits the Highway: Big Rigs Go High Tech

From GPS and handheld computers to enhanced vehicle monitoring and safety systems, emerging technologies are poised to transform the trucking business.

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Security Goes to the Movies: Iron Man

Film geek and security nerd square off in a cinematic smackdown.

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Review: Modbook Mac-Based Tablet Offers Promise, But Limited Appeal

Axiotron is now shipping the Modbook, a slate-style tablet computer based on Apple's MacBook laptop that was first unveiled in 2007. While it offers a one-of-a-kind form factor for Mac users, the sum seems less valuable than the parts.

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The Funniest YouTube Parodies of the Presidential Campaign

YouTubers target Senators Clinton, Obama and McCain in widely viewed humorous videos.

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May 19, 2008

It's a hard-knock life: 3 rugged notebooks take a beating

Rugged notebooks are designed to stand up to abuse and come back for more. We dropped, drowned and shook these fully ruggedized notebooks to see if they could hold up. Not all survived.

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Your car — the ultimate 'mobile computer'

You may hate Windows Vista, laugh at the Zune media player and completely ignore Windows Mobile, but Microsoft seems to be making all the right decisions about its Windows for Cars product, called Microsoft Auto.

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The Grill: The Anti-Defamation League's CIO talks about the big picture — in IT and in life.

Anti-Defamation League CIO Sam Memberg talks about his post-retirement odyssey and life as a change agent and defender of civil liberties.

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Why we're hard-wired to ignore Moore's Law

Even though you may believe in the idea of ever more powerful computing, how well do you embed it into your planning -- and should you?

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WiMax vs. Long Term Evolution: Let the battle begin

In the upcoming battle over next-generation wireless, WiMax has generated a lot of attention, but it may eventually be drowned out by Long Term Evolution, another fast wireless technology backed by the nation's two largest wireless carriers.

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Leopard tamers: 9 terrific interface tweaks

With a host of new tools and add-ons available, changing the look and feel of Mac OS X 'Leopard' is easy.

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Review: Which 3G network is the best?

All 3G wireless broadband services are not created equal. We tested the top three from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

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May 12, 2008

Opinion: Malware vs. Anti-Malware, 20 Years into the Fray

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols takes stock of the malware/anti-malware landscape nearly 20 years after the very first Internet worm and spotlights how the two sides are approaching the battle.

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Review: 4 Online Databases Let You Structure and Share Your Data

If you want to create a solid relational database that includes the ability to easily share and collaborate, you might want to try one of these four Web-based database services.

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Top How-To Tech Videos That Won't Cost You a Dime

Tips range from enabling wireless security to building a PHP calculator — and how to find more.

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Leopard At Six Months: Does It Live Up To The Early Hype?

In the six months since Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" was released, Apple has updated it twice, released numerous code tweaks and bug fixes, and turned an already full-featured operating system into a mature platform, says Michael DeAgonia.

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Opinion: Benefits of Personal Health Records Will Eclipse Privacy Concerns

Jay Cline says the promise of big profits will compel the early providers of personal health records to adopt strict privacy and security practices. The real question, he says, is: Which platform will we trust most?

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The Grill: Paul Major of The Aspen Skiing Co. Talks About Schussing for the Business

Paul Major, The Aspen Ski Co.'s CIO, talks about mapping business processes to renew the spirit, making pizza in a pinch and schussing for the company.

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May 5, 2008

Disaster Planning, Mix-and-Match Style

Why waste your time and money worrying about something that may never happen? Instead, figure out what type of outage is most likely to hit your geographic area, and plan for that.

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The Darker Side of Web Mail

Although Web-based e-mail is free, convenient and efficient, it can also expose its users to privacy and security dangers that they didn't sign up for.

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Elgan: Dispatch from the War Over Cell Phones

Columnist Mike Elgan has a theory about why people get irritated with cell-phone calls in certain situations but not in others. Plus his new rules of cell-phone etiquette.

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Performance Showdown: Flash Drives Versus Hard Disk Drives

Have you ever wondered if it's really worth it to plunk down the extra $1,300 for an SSD-equipped MacBook Air? Or have you been tempted to swap the current mechanical hard drive out of your portable and slide one of these high-tech bad boys inside? Our reviewer did.

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Q&A: IT Vet Gordon Bell Talks about the Most Influential Computers

Gordon Bell has been working in the IT industry for nearly 50 years. He was a key engineer and vice president of research and development at minicomputer pioneer Digital Equipment Corp. for 23 years and later a founder of the Computer History Museum. Today, Bell is a principal researcher at Microsoft Corp. The project most captivating Bell now is his work on finding ways for anyone to capture memories of their lifetime on a computer.

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Mathias: It's Time for a Convergence Standard to Emerge

Convergence between mobile and fixed technologies will become important in the future. First, though, a standard must emerge, says columnist Craig Mathias.

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Shark Bait

IRS Is Missing the (Decimal) Point Completely

More than just a piece of punctuation, the period proved vital when one fish's income tax report of $600 suddenly became $60,000.

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Blogs

Help For Seasick Gamers?

From Grand Theft Auto to Mario Kart, many games can't be appreciated due to nausea they inspire in some gamers. Val Potter blogs on her experience and shares what worked for her.

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Vista Fails the Grandpa Test

Windows Vista is often criticized, but Preston Gralla says it fails the most vital litmus test: its ability to be installed and configured for an 80-year-old.

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