Category «Computer News»

15 Turning Points in Tech History

From PCWorld.ca: Imagine how different the computing world would be if IBM had used proprietary chips in the original PC, rather than off-the-shelf components. The PC clone market would never have happened, and IBM, rather than Microsoft, might have emerged as the leading company of the computer revolution. Or if Steve Jobs had never taken …

As Text Messages Fly, Danger Lurks

From the New York Times: Senator Barack Obama used one to announce to the world his choice of a running mate. Thousands of Americans have used them to vote for their favorite “American Idol” contestants. Many teenagers prefer them to actually talking. Almost overnight, text messages have become the preferred form of communication for millions. …

NASA finds nasty virus on space station

From The Great Beyond (a “Nature” blog): Ok, the headline is a little misleading. But it’s still a bit worrying that NASA has found a computer virus on the space station. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station are now running anti-virus software on their systems, following last week’s detection of an unwanted computer-guest. According to …

Caution: Driver May Be Surfing the Web

From the New York Times: Anything that keeps tykes pacified on long car trips, like video systems in rear seats, is a boon to automotive safety. Today, Chrysler is poised to offer in its 2009 models a new entertainment option for the children: Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity. The problem is that the entire car becomes …

Tiny Talents

The New York Times has a nice article about some “how-to” sites: On the Web’s amazing how-to sites, I am studying bar tricks. I should be learning, once and for all, how to do CPR, but all I really want to know is how to mix a Singapore Sling, palm a card and tongue-knot the …

Goodbye, Passwords. You Aren’t a Good Defense.

From the New York Times: The best password is a long, nonsensical string of letters and numbers and punctuation marks, a combination never put together before. Some admirable people actually do memorize random strings of characters for their passwords — and replace them with other random strings every couple of months. Then there’s the rest …

F.C.C. Vote Sets Precedent on Unfettered Web Usage

From the New York Times: The Federal Communications Commission formally voted Friday to uphold the complaint against Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, saying that it had illegally inhibited users of its high-speed Internet service from using popular file-sharing software. The decision, which imposes no fine, requires Comcast to end such blocking this year. Kevin …

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