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Imagine having to design a system for a maximum workload that peaks for just three hours per year. That's the task faced by TurboTax thanks to all of us last-minute procrastinators.
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Well, when you put it that way...
"A multimillion-dollar security infrastructure, built and maintained by one of the world’s largest retailers ... was brought to its knees by a cheap software package created by a teenager using a common development language."
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Remember when CPUs were so cool that PCs were named after them - and fat PC magazines did huge roundups of every last clone? Flashing back to the 386SX.
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Oh how I've learned to hate my Galaxy Nexus phone. To get a "pure" Android experience I opted for a phone with poor battery life. I can unplug the phone, hardly use it and it's dead four hours later. I purchased an extended life battery but the flimsy plastic backing on the phone never fit right after that. So I went back to a standard battery. So here I am. Contract is up i n August...
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+Robert Mitchell Did you ever try that rubber backing out for the Galaxy Nexus?

And, what do you think your next phone might be, or is it too early in the cycle to guess?
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Ugh. The LCD control panel on my 16-month-old OfficeJet Pro 8600 just went dark. That's the issue with an LCD panel. When it dies you lose all of your control buttons. Good thing I took the extended replacement warranty.
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Given all of the fraud issues of late in the credit card/banking industry this is a bit disconcerting. 
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I'm really ticked at Ryanair for taking advantage of my daughter. They charged her $97 to print her boarding ticket -- and they were rude about it to boot. And get this -- she had a connecting flight and they wanted another $97 to print the second half of the ticket. The essense of their  reply to a letter of complaint: Drop dead. This is how we make money.
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Like most entrepreneurs, high-tech publishing pioneer Wayne Green. who gave me and dozens of other aspiring journalists our start, was both an eccentric and a genius. Green passed away last Friday at 91  with just one regret. http://ow.ly/oWX1h
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I don't disagree with Bill Gates that the idea of a Microsoft Bob will rise again as intelligent assistants get more sophisticated. But the notion that Bob can expose the functionality of overly complicated programs is flawed. The core problem is adding a million features that 95% of users don't need on everyday products like word processors and then refusing to streamline. Sticking an intelligent assistant on top doesn't solve the bloatware issue. Will bloatware really float in the cloud? http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9240806/Bill_Gates_vows_the_return_of_Microsoft_Bob?source=CTWNLE_nlt_entsoft_2013-07-18
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When I was a kid I remember the police saying to etch my bike with my social security number so that it could be recovered if stolen. In this way I could prove it was mine. Using an electric engraver, we did this with other valuables as well: Cameras, TVs, etc. That was the 1970s. If you did that today people would think you were an idiot.
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Robert L. Mitchell, national correspondent, writes in-depth technology features, reviews and a blog at Computerworld. He writes on a wide range of topics, including analytics, emerging technologies, green IT and building energy efficient data centers. His more than 25 years of IT experience has included an engagement as the manager of business development for an IT services firm as well as senior editorial positions at Network World and BYTE Magazine.

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It's not often you get the full story when an IT deployment hits the rocks. Chiquita's story, which recently won an ASBPE award, is probably the best case study I've written. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/350661/Chiquita_Slips_but_Does_Not_Fall
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    Economics/English, 1978 - 1982
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Offline Google Mail - Chrome Web Store
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Choosing a small office MFP: Ink jet vs laser
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The decision used to be an easy one. Now the tables are turned.

Swoopthat scoops up college text book bargains
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The new online shopping comparison site for college books adds a new twist to finding the cheapest prices.

3D printing: A technology awaits its iPad moment
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The technology is almost ready to break out into the mainstream. What's needed now is a little imagination.

3D printers: Almost mainstream
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As the tools used to create printable objects get easier, the technology could find acceptance outside the traditional niches.

Why e-textbooks could cost students
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Current e-textbook distribution models, if successful, could let publishers control prices and eliminate the used textbook market.

TurboTax Online: Do you know where your data is?
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By the time I realized that I needed to file an amended tax return TurboTax Online had dumped the data. Here's the secret to backing up your

The Grill: Catherine P. Bessant
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The Bank of America tech leader's mandate is to streamline and modernize back-office operations. Insider (registration required)

Office Live Small Business: A horror story
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I thought I had plenty of time to get my Web site off Microsoft OLSB, which goes dark this Monday. Boy was I wrong.

Freddie Mac Betting Against Struggling Homeowners : NPR
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Freddie Mac has invested billions of dollars betting that U.S. homeowners won't be able to refinance their mortgages at today's lower rate

Lessons from the cloud: How I got my TurboTax data back
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Need your TurboTax Online tax return data file from a prior year, perhaps to file an amended return? Chances are you don't have it --and you

LaserJet 1200: Adios, faithful friend
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It outlived every other piece of equipment in my office. But after ten years and nearly 50,000 pages it's time it's time to look for a repla

Mohawk Fine Paper builds integration-in-the-cloud
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The paper manufacturer says it has saved millions by leveraging a cloud service broker s service oriented architecture and by using it as a

Mohawk Fine Papers builds integration-in-the-cloud
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The paper manufacturer says it has saved millions by leveraging a cloud service broker s service oriented architecture and by using it as a

IBM tracks pork chops from pig to plate
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IBM is deploying technology that allows meat suppliers to track a single pig all the way from farm animal to pork chop.

Campaign 2012: Mining for voters
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Big data, analytics and mobile apps are enabling smaller political campaigns and advocacy groups to be more effective when it comes to winni

The Art of Rap
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Create something from nothing. Record your own rap over a beat or Hip-Hop track. You've seen the film, now lay down your own flow over beats

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