The lighter side of IT
  • Gamers Less Aggressive Toward Friends

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    A new study published in the science journal Evolution and Human Behavior suggests men who play "violent" multiplayer games are more aggressive toward strangers than friends.
  • Man Twitters his way to a new kidney

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Having been told that he needed a kidney transplant to survive, Chris Strouth posted a plea for a kidney on his Facebook and Twitter pages; sixteen of his contacts had themselves tested to see if they could donate, and one came up a match, a fellow he hadn't seen in years.
  • Family Matters: A Mafia Quiz

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 11:14 am

    So you've memorized five scenes from The Godfather. How's your knowledge of real American Mafia history? Take this quiz to find out.
  • Cellular phone scanners: A new way to get your coffee fix

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 11:45 am

    If you live in Seattle or Silicon Valley, you might be interested in a new iPhone app from Starbucks that allows you to pay for your drinks via your phone.
  • Seven cringe-worthy tech movie moments

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 3:11 am

    Sometimes a little knowledge can make it hard to enjoy a good movie -- or more fun to laugh at a bad one.
  • Robot vs. alligator

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 8:13 am

    Divers working for the South Florida Water Management District release video from a diving robot to demonstrate the sort of scary encounters they have on a regular basis.
  • 6 Must (not) Have iPhone/iPod Accessories

    Posted September 22, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Rock and Roll (of toilet paper)
  • Identity Theft still doesn't pay

    Posted September 22, 2009 - 1:15 am

    This past month has seen some major arrests and convictions of identity thieves.
  • Stupid user tricks 4: IT horror never ends

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 11:01 am

    Nothing can screw up a well-managed network faster than the people for whom you built it.
  • Couple text their way to a diamond ring

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 8:14 am

    Joe Collyar and Alicia Gonzales win the "Diamond Dash" in Denver, which raised thousands for homeless families, at least, and got a huge honkin' diamond ring at the end of it, thanks to their texting skills.
  • Burglar Checks Facebook During Raid, Gets Busted

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    "OMG LOLZ brkin into sum1s house!"
  • Cool Robot Videos? Here's 9 of 'em!

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 11:51 am

    How far has robot technology developed in the last few years? Watch these YouTube videos to find out!
  • Cubicles Gone Wild: 13 Wacky Workspaces

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 12:02 pm

    The office cubes you are about to see are definitely not what Herman Miller (the furniture company responsible for the modern day cubicle) had in mind. Every office has its colorful cube-dwellers, but these may make your office mates seem tame.
  • Forget the Emmys, take our TV technology quiz!

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 10:58 am

    High-tech gear has long been an important element in television plots, from the Jetsons' robotic maid Rosie to the computer arsenals in the current battery of CSI shows. With the 61st Emmy Awards ceremony taking place Sept.
  • Geeks with problems: Drunken chess grandmaster forced to forfeit

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 8:50 am

    I don't remember this ever happening in high school chess club!
  • Sci-fi convention performs mass "Thriller" re-enactment

    Posted September 15, 2009 - 10:44 am

    900 Dragon Con attendees, dressed as zombies, aliens, and Star Wars stormtroopers try to set a new Thriller-dancing record.
  • Stress test failure

    Posted September 13, 2009 - 9:14 pm

    Even the most finely tuned systems have their breaking point.
  • Top 10 cool satellite projects

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    Whether they are monitoring the movement of Great White sharks swimming off the coast of Massachusetts or looking for asteroids streaking towards Earth, satellites are, by their very definition, cool. Here we take a look at some of the most recent technology advances and deployments in recent months.
  • Slideshow: The World's Weirdest Portable Computers!

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 4:13 pm

    For more than a quarter-century now, inventors have been trying to improve upon the clamshell-style laptop computer case, with folding screens, screens on stalks, folding keyboards, two-screen clamshells, tri-fold clamshells, and more. Most never even get off the drawing board. Herewith, a gallery of designs from Google Patents. Are there any you would consider buying?
  • How 10 Famous Technology Products Got Their Names

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    Coming up with a great technology product or service is only half the battle these days. Creating a name for said product that is at once cool but not too cool or exclusionary, marketable to both early adopters and a broader audience, and, of course, isn't already in use and protected by various trademarks and copyright laws is difficult—to say the least. The makers of these 10 tech products—the iPod, BlackBerry, Firefox, Twitter, Windows 7, ThinkPad, Android, Wikipedia, Mac OS X and the "Big Cats," and Red Hat Linux—all have displayed certain amounts marketing savvy, common sense and fun-loving spirit in settling on their products' names. Here are the intriguing, surprising and sometimes predictable accounts of their creation.
  • Facebook pwns TechCrunch

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 11:11 am

    The number one danger of blogging is that in the drive to be first to report on a topic, you'll get things wrong. Usually this happens because of miscommunication or human error. This time it was deliberate!
  • 51-year-old Connecticut man attempts to sell parents on Craigslist

    Posted September 11, 2009 - 8:25 am

    Also willing to trade for younger models or new erector set.
  • Review

    A new way to learn languages

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 6:03 am

    There is a better way to learn a new language via a new online site called It offers a variety of techniques and lessons for moving among ten different languages.
  • No Cats for You! -- The Day the Internet Ignored Cats

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 3:29 pm

    The Internet is suspiciously quiet today, and it's not solely because all eyes are glued on the Apple iPod event. There's something . . . missing. No paws on keyboards, no faces peeking out of ceiling holes, no household pets climbing up the underside of a staircase. Today is A Day Without Cats, and it's oddly unsettling.
  • Software giant tangles with angry pachyderm

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 8:00 am

    Thomas Siebel faces rampaging elephant in Tanzania.
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