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At some time frustration over dysfunctional computers and networks boils over. What to do?
This web page, The Etherkiller and friends, shows a really nice way out. The self-made devices can solve a lot of problems very quickly and thoroughly.
Two years ago I bought four of these, then pretty expensive, 1,600 x 1,200 pixel flat screen monitors.
They are wonderful and about perfect for all purposes including the difficult tasks, for different reasons, of photo retouching and gaming.
However, after this time the first one showed a strange defect. After switching on power, they drop dead for several minutes, the time getting longer and longer by the month.
The symptom is that the monitor drops dead entirely. The green light goes off, the monitor does not react to any key press, and the screen is totally black.
TeleGeography has nice, but expensive large wall maps of various aspects of the Internet, like undersea cables, land connections, traffic, etc.
They also offer free versions for download, suitable as desktop backgrounds.
After the switch from daylight saving time back to standard time in Europe eBay's auction system apparently ends all auctions one hour early, while the remaining time for each auction still shows 60 minutes.
This means that many auctions got a low price, because many bidders customarily bid late because of the peculiar auction method eBay uses. (eBay auctions end at a predefined point in time, rather than being extended until there is no new bid for a certain time, as is usual in normal auctions.)
How can an ordinary customer judge a company, particularly its commitment to quality and good products? That's a very difficult undertaking, and analysts spend a lot of time and earn a lot of money for this, some of it probably undeserved.
However, there is an easy substitute for judging an entire companyjudge only its web site. Everybody can do that, it doesn't take very much time, it can even be entertaining and fun.
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iPhone's Bad Business
Millions of users of the Apple’s wildly popular phone just found out it no longer works with office email systems. Did Steve Jobs’ company betray its users?
What a difference a little update makes. Users of Apple's iPhone models 3G and earlier got a rude awakening at work this past week: Their phones no longer work with their office's email systems.
The Mainframe: The Dinosaur That Wouldn't Die
By Michael Neubarth
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the IBM mainframe. As Tanapong Ittisakulchai wrote in the Nation in May, "Forty-five years ago, on April 7, 1964, the introduction of the IBM System/360 sparked a revolution in computing and business."
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