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Forbidden names, revisited

Flashback to the glory days of CompuServe, when anyone could get an account, but not everyone could use their real names -- even if there wasn't a naughty word involved.


But hey, she sure interviewed well!

Contract programmer comes recommended by her employer and, after a brief technical interview by non-programmers, she's hired. How could that approach possibly go wrong?

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Hell froze over: Microsoft moves Edge to Chromium

This move is not only good for users, it showcases both a new Microsoft and a new, more successful tech industry approach to success for everyone.

Throwback Thursday: Bin there, done that

It's a few years before eBay, and this IT shop is upgrading one of its oldest machines with external tape drives -- and some obsolete but expensive interface cards.

Just like clockwork

Flashback to the days when this programmer pilot fish is working on system software for large computers -- and one of the thorniest problems is knowing what time it is.

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Why 5G will be disruptive

With more spectrum and friendlier small cell regulations, 5G will have the wind at its back.

The name that must not be, um, Skyped?

This pilot fish needs to install Skype on her home computer, but she's having trouble getting it set up -- it seems Microsoft really doesn't approve of her name.

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Project Fi changes name to Google Fi, but is it growing?

Google is changing the name of their MVNO wireless service from Project Fi to Google Fi. What does this mean to Google...and to the wireless marketplace?

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Why it really doesn't matter if Apple is ‘late’ to 5G

The early players in 5G will deliver half-baked services that don’t work to a thunder of marketing.

Why we love recommendations

First-time IT manager hires a new member for his team, but he doesn't work out well -- and in light of his glowing recommendations, the manager can't figure out why.

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It’s time for BYOF (bring your own Fi)

Google targets Google Fi at consumers and families. But it’s even better for business. Here’s why.

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Microsoft Surface Headphones help mitigate the distractions of horrible open plan offices

According to Dan Lyons’ new book “Lab Rats,” one of the worst workplace trends in recent years is the ‘open plan’ office. Excessive ambient noise and distractions reduce productivity, increase stress and drive employee churn. The...

Assist, redefined

Applications programmer accepts a job in system software at an outfit that supports insurance companies, but he won't be writing applications -- or so he's told.

Throwback Thursday: Present company excepted

One of IT's jobs in this city government is to be the first-level gatekeepers of ergonomic policy -- though not everybody seems to believe that applies to them.

Apple Event [2018-10-30] > Laura Legros unveils the new MacBook Air.

Apple puts its money where its mouth is for more women in tech

With its Entrepreneur Camp, Apple is trying to do something positive to support women tech entrepreneurs.

That bus rolls both ways

This new IT boss calls an all-hands meeting so she can get to know her widely dispersed staff -- and they get an early look at her critical decision-making skills.

Now THAT'S the old-school way to pull wire!

Sure, we knew IT people have recruited animals from time to time to pull network wire through tight spaces -- but who knew it's been going on for a century and a half?

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Amazon Echo sets the bar for the perfect PC, smartphone or tablet upgrade experience

The PC market largely lives on churn because it has reached near saturation. But if people resist buying a new PC, churn is damaged...and that's partially what resulted in slowing PC sales and the seeming decline of the PC. I found...

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Apple feels the tech transition heat

The blind spot in most Apple analysis has always been the notion that it is a hardware company.

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