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April 28, 2008

Removing Hard Drive Data — The YouTube Way

Don't let your valuable enterprise information get stolen from a discarded hard drive. And forget "Format c:" or any of those silly software programs that promise to remove the data. Get physical — really physical.

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Five Easy Ways to Commit Career Suicide

Mistakes such as putting down co-workers or burning bridges when you resign are surefire ways to darken your career prospects. Here's how to avoid them.

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The 5 Quickest Returns on Your Green Investment

Look for energy incentives from your power company, measure what you're doing, virtualize and use supplemental cooling in the places that matter most.

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Microsoft Admits It Sent Office Nag to All WSUS Servers

Admins, furious, say their Office installs have been falsely fingered as fake by the antipiracy program, originally intended for limited distribution.

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Opinion: Which Religion Has The Best Cell Phone?

Now you can get cell phones customized with services specific to your religion. Columnist Mike Elgan picks the three best devices.

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April 21, 2008

Are iPhones from Mars and BlackBerries from Venus?

Men and women often have different needs when it comes to smart phones. Researchers and industry officials discuss those needs and why a phone that appeals to women is sometimes not appealing to men.

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Maddening Frustrations: Computer Use by the Blind

Experts say there has been little progress in providing accessible Web sites and software that are usable by the 1.3 million blind Americans who don't get to experience the full richness of the Internet and the world of personal computing.

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Opinion: Planning a Company Social Network? Don't Forget Privacy Issues

Jay Cline believes corporations need to undergo a rigorous privacy risk assessment before jumping onto the Web 2.0 bandwagon.

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ITIL v3: Five Ways to Make it Work For You

No one disputes that ITIL is the "go-to" resource for IT service delivery best practices. But which is best for your company: version 2 or version 3?

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The Truth about People And Cameras: Beware Videoconferencing Pitfalls

Focus on all elements of building a broadcast-quality videoconferencing system, including bandwidth allocation, traffic shaping and end-user training.

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Linux Examined: Ubuntu Hardy Heron

Ubuntu 8.04 is now available in beta; this popular Linux distribution offers some updated features along with its usual easy-to-use interface and good support.

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Swimming Pool Heated By Data Center's Excess Heat

Because the data center generates so much heat, a Zurich-based company negotiated with local government officials to pump heat to an indoor facility with several swimming pools.

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Opinion: No End in Sight for WLAN Architecture Wars

The debate over the best wireless LAN architecture continues, and columnist Craig Mathias explains why there's no clear winner on the horizon.

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Spontaneous Client

One IT professional stumbled across an unsecured wireless network with some revealing photos. So he did what any enterprising individual would do: he offered his services.

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Blogs

One Phat Hi-Tech Home Theatre

Got a spare $20,000 lying around? If so, you too can assemble the comprehensive audio, video and gaming rig that Lucas Mearian experienced at the recent Storage Networking World conference.

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April 14, 2008

OS Smackdown: Linux vs. Mac OS X vs. Windows Vista vs. Windows XP

Forget market share — which desktop operating system is truly the best? Four experts defend their OS of choice in an opinionated free-for-all.

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Review: Helping Smart-Phone Users Do Real Work

RedFly is a very smart implementation of a dumb terminal that will let smart-phone users get some real work done on the road without using a laptop.

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Vendor Disk Failure Rates: Myth Or Metric?

Even vendors acknowledge 'your mileage may vary' — so then, how do these statistics help the buyer?

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Will Microsoft Deliver Windows 7 Next Year?

Recent statements hint at possible arrival of next OS in 2009.

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Elgan: Why Not Give Users What They Want?

Vendors want us to buy amazing gadgets like super smart phones with video, Wi-Fi and 4G? But columnist Mike Elgan notes that, too often, these amazing products are missing basic features.

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Companies Struggle as Safari Pops Up On Networks

Users are downloading the Apple browser without even knowing it, and admins are scrambling to keep up.

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A New Kind of Web -- Don't Miss These 11 Sites

Check out these examples of how the Web is evolving to present information in new ways to help you get organized, boost productivity or just have some fun.

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Review: HP's 2133 Mini-Note Takes on the Eee PC

HP's new 2133 Mini-Note is a hair heavier and more expensive than the Eee PC, but its bright screen and sleek design will have broader appeal.

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Shark Bait

But It Makes Sense!

It's simple math that a 21" monitor is bigger than a 15" one. One boss uses this logic and a measuring tape to complain that his company's internal applications won't fit on his screen.

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Blogs

The Ultimate Hotel Room Finder

A Google Maps mashup called the Map Channels Hotels Directory shows all local hotels with availability listed in order of price. Blogger Mike Elgan wishes he'd known about this for his last trip.

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Off The Grid

What's the one thing Matt Hamblen didn't bring to Las Vegas for the CTIA convention on wireless technology? His cell phone. He found the ironic situation manageable, though unnerving.

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April 7, 2008

The Top 10 Tech Toys To Blow Your Tax Return On

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the average taxpayer will receive about $2,300 back from the federal government this year. Sure, you could invest it -- but buying this stuff will be a lot more fun.

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The Future of Mobile Broadband Has Arrived — in Korea

Sprint's WiMax network will use the same technology as a two-year-old network in Korea. Does this Korean network tell us what to expect in the U.S.?

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Linux Ignored, Not Immune, Says Hacker Contest Sponsor

The only laptop left still-secure was the one people were least interested in.

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Opinion: The Top 25 Overlooked and Underrated Features In Leopard

With more than 300 new features in Mac OS X 10.5, it's easy to miss a few. We point out 25 that are too useful (or just plain cool) to ignore.

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Blog: 5 Reasons to Ditch the Mac And Return to PCs, Debunked

Seth Weintraub discusses the decision by a CTO and Mac fan to switch to Windows because of productivity gains and compatibility issues.

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