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February 15, 2011

Decipher Bad Handwriting with Google Auto-Suggest

Google’s auto-suggest feature is great for a lot of things: finding software alternativesfixing your spelling, and even checking the weather. Reader Casse writes in with another clever use: decoding difficult-to read handwriting.

February 14, 2011

Scientists calculate total data stored to date: 295+ exabytes

Humankind has stored more than 295 billion gigabytes (or 295 exabytes) of data since 1986, according to a new report based on research by scientists at the University of Southern California.
The scientists also concluded that 2002 should be considered the beginning of the digital age because it was the first year digital storage capacity overtook total analog capacity worldwide. (more…)

February 11, 2011

Actual Japanese Error Messages

Three things are certain:
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
Printer not ready.
Could be a fatal error.
Have a pen handy?
Errors have occurred.
We won’t tell you where or why.
Lazy programmers.
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

February 10, 2011

Blackboard Launches Free Web-Based Course Platform

has launched a free hosted course management service, one aimed at wooing individual instructors who lack access to automated course management or who are disaffected by the systems in use at their schools. (more…)

February 9, 2011

HTML5 Is An Oncoming Train, But Native App Development Is An Oncoming Rocket Ship

HTML5 versus native apps. It’s a debate as old as — well, at least three years ago. And pretty much since the beginning of that debate, there has been a general underlying current among the geek community that HTML5 is good and native is bad. Native is what we have to deal with as we wait for HTML5 to prevail.

But what if that never happens? (more…)

Flash 10.2 arrives with more efficient video

Adobe Systems released Flash Player 10.2 today, bringing a technology called Stage Video designed to be easier on computing devices’ processors and therefore batteries.

February 8, 2011

Microsoft delivers ‘big month’ of patches, quashes 22 bugs

Fixes flaw to stymie hacks at next months’ Pwn2Own contest, says expert

Microsoft today issued 12 security updates that patched 22 bugs in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office and its Internet server software. (more…)

Women in IT urged to join mentoring forum

The Global Marathon aims to encourage and inspire girls into the industry

A global forum is calling for women in technology and engineering to participate in a week-long event that aims to encourage young females into these typically male-dominated industries.

The annual ‘Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering and Technology’ is a platform that connects women in the industry with college students and girls who might be interested in a job in technology or engineering. (more…)

Evaluating the iPad for Education

Evaluating the iPad for Education
A private liberal arts college in Oregon took Apple’s iPad through its paces to test its value as a a tool for learning inside the classroom and out. The evaluation followed a pilot of Amazon’s first-generation Kindle, which the college eventually decided against. In the words of the college’s CIO, the Kindle just wasn’t an adequate “alternative to paper.” Did the iPad fare any better in the college’s rigorous and methodical testing process? (more…)

The Computer Attacks You’ve Never Heard Of

CyberDefender Research Labs — We’ve all heard of worms, Trojan horses, phishing, and other common computer security attacks that aims to infect your system and steal your data. But what about bluebugging, smishing, and scareware? Brush up on your computer security terminology with these lesser-known attackers. (more…)

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