Category «Computer News»

Carrier pigeons are faster

This is old news, but a recent Ripley’s Believe it or Not! cartoon highlighted it for me… From Reuters: Internet speed and connectivity in Africa’s largest economy are poor because of a bandwidth shortage. It is also expensive. Local news agency SAPA reported the 11-month-old pigeon, Winston, took one hour and eight minutes to fly …

Sure, It’s Big. But Is That Bad?

From the New York Times: …Almost a decade after Google promised that the creed “Don’t be evil” would guide its activities, the federal government is examining Google’s acquisitions and actions as never before, looking for indications that the company’s market power may be anticompetitive in the worlds of Web search and online advertising…

NPR reporting on cyber security

For the last few days, NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten has been reporting on cyber security. It has been a three-part series that started with this: Americans do not often hear that someone has found a way to overcome U.S. defenses, but military and intelligence officials have been sounding downright alarmist lately with their warnings that …

Microsoft Word Turns 25

From ITBusiness.ca: If you’ve been using Microsoft Word for the past quarter of a century, it can seem like Word has always been the top dog of the word-processing world–and for years, it’s been incorporated into Microsoft’s Office suite. Today, Microsoft’s domination is so complete that, from the public’s point of view, there is almost …

Can’t Open Your E-Mailbox? Good Luck

From the New York Times: Logging on to Gmail or other e-mail service has become a routine of daily life, completed without a thought. What would you do, however, if you woke up tomorrow, plugged in your user name and password as you always do, but then received an unfamiliar message: “User name and password …

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