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  • The Apple security survival guide

    Posted November 8, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    Attacks against the Mac are on the rise, and users need to know what they're up against to mount an effective defense. Here's a survival guide that will help.
  • 5 hot tech projects to boost your IT career

    Posted November 7, 2011 - 7:06 am

    Take the reins of any of these five forward-looking initiatives and become an IT hero in the eyes of upper management
  • Windows 8 deep dive report

    Posted October 31, 2011 - 10:57 am

    Find out what Microsoft's new OS means for developers, admins, network security, mobile usage, and more
  • Android's big security flaw, and why only Google can fix it

    Posted October 6, 2011 - 6:06 am

    Device makers and carriers let patches languish, so users may not ever get them -- a new approach is sorely needed
  • Can Newegg survive the post-PC future?

    Posted September 27, 2011 - 9:23 am

    Upgrading your desktop PC's video card was once a rite of passage for geeks -- and could also be a gateway to building a computer from the motherboard up. More often than not, those geeks bought their components from Newegg. But the tablets and ultrathin laptops that are today's hot sellers don't let you so much as swap in more RAM. What's a component retailer to do in world without user-serviceable components?
  • NoSQL is eclipsing the old-time RDBMS

    Posted September 22, 2011 - 6:09 am

    IT is turning to the modern NoSQL and 'NewSQL' approaches over traditional relational databases
  • Thunderbolt: Beyond USB and eSATA

    Posted September 19, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    Very quietly, there's been a war brewing in computer peripheral interfaces. Backed by Apple and Intel, Thunderbolt may end up surpassing both USB 3.0 and eSATA. Here's what you need to know about the new interface technology.
  • 'Consumerization of IT' taking its toll on IT managers

    Posted September 15, 2011 - 6:56 pm

    "Consumerization of IT" may be an overused phrase, but it is by no means a fad. Workers nationwide are coming to expect that personal devices will connect to corporate networks.
  • Desktop virtualization users say the technology brings challenges

    Posted September 1, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Sacking the old PC in favor of desktop virtualization is starting to grow and the information technology managers taking the lead on that trend offered some perspectives on the networking and security challenges it brings.
  • Microsoft's 5 biggest weaknesses

    Posted September 1, 2011 - 6:36 am

    Microsoft's position as the dominant provider of software to consumers is at risk. Here are five reasons why.
  • In fortified data center, NYSE runs 'gated' trading cloud

    Posted August 31, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    Hurricane Irene mattered not to NYSE Euronext's large data center, which is built on land high enough to avoid 100-year floods and just about everything else.
  • Linux at 20: New challenges, new opportunities

    Posted August 29, 2011 - 6:14 am

    The rise of cloud computing and mobility could elevate the open source OS to a level of unprecedented dominance
  • Apple's greatest triumphs and worst failures

    Posted August 11, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Every tech company has its ups and downs, but Apple is more like a roller coaster. Yet Apple's highs and lows are not so much about individual products as they are about attitudes and philosophies -- the underlying causes of, say, both the iPad (triumph) and the Pippin (failure).
  • Electromagnetic interference and 10GBase-T in the data center

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    The majority of data center LAN links use 1000Base-T (Gigabit Ethernet) running on unshielded twisted pair structured cabling (Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a). While increasing demand for bandwidth is driving a shift to 10G Ethernet, that migration is being slowed by the fact that the 10G links being deployed today are based on optical transceivers or SFP+ Direct Attach copper, neither of which is backward-compatible to Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Are Google's best days behind it?

    Posted August 8, 2011 - 11:05 am

    Slowing product development, legal woes, and rising bureaucracy may signal trying times ahead for Silicon Valley's favorite company
  • Lost programming skills

    Posted August 5, 2011 - 8:30 am

    Today's coders may know how to whip up a PHP script or a Drupal extension, create a mobile app for both the iPhone and Android, and run DOOM on their car's GPS. But there's a lot that their predecessors knew that today's programmers don't.
  • The 5 biggest IT security mistakes

    Posted July 25, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    Like cleaning the windows, IT security can be a thankless task because they only notice when you don't do it. But to get the job done in the era of virtualization, smartphones and cloud computing, you've got to avoid technical and political mistakes. In particular, here are five security mistakes to avoid.
  • 7 days with an iPad (and only an iPad)

    Posted July 25, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Can Apple's tablet replace all other computing devices for a solid week? Our brave guinea pig found out.
  • Your old smartphone's data can come back to haunt you

    Posted July 16, 2011 - 8:47 am

    Your old cell phone data can reemerge from the past to haunt you. Whether it's because sellers are lazy or naive, cast-off phones still contain troves of information about their former users. And as phones get smarter, they're ever more likely to hold bank account passwords, personal email, or private photographs that anyone with the right kind of motivation could exploit.
  • Grow your data center with colocation

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 8:47 pm

    Brian Burch knew the moment had arrived. Two of his data center's key services -- availability and business continuity -- needed fast and dramatic improvement. Design and location limitations meant that his company's existing data center couldn't be upgraded to the levels necessary to provide the required function and performance gains.
  • 30 ridiculously dumb tech warning labels

    Posted June 23, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    Tech products have some really stupid disclaimers. Here are 30 of the worst we've seen.
  • Decoding compliance certification icons

    Posted June 22, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    What software developers need to know about product safety and other hardware compliance certifications.
  • Lab Report: The fastest iMac money can buy (2011 edition)

    Posted June 10, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    While the standard-configuration models of Apple's iMac offer impressive performance, if you choose a couple of build-to-order (BTO) options, you can have the fastest Mac to date that you can order from Apple--a 27-inch iMac with a 3.4GHz Core i7 quad-core processor and a 256GB SSD.
  • PC upgrades almost everyone does wrong

    Posted June 10, 2011 - 9:38 am

    Whether you're an experienced hand or a technophobic novice, chances are good that your last PC upgrade didn't exactly follow the industry's best practices. Many newbs flub upgrades through inexperience, but it's just as common to see a hardcore system builder throw caution to the wind while swapping out a CPU, snapping in some RAM, or swapping out a hard drive or graphics card. Whichever camp you fall into, cutting corners as you work on your computer puts it at risk of sustaining damage to sensitive components. In the worst case, you might even destroy the entire machine.
  • Android vs. iOS: Developers face off

    Posted May 23, 2011 - 6:11 am

    Whether you choose either or both, the differences in the two platforms and app stores are pronounced
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