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  • The top 10 funniest tech videos on YouTube

    Posted March 23, 2007 - 12:06 am

    Get reviews of, and links to, parodies of IT professionals (like Mac fanatics) and industry celebs (like Steve Jobs). But if you're in tech support, get ready to be skewered; a lot of the jokes come at your expense.
  • What every tech pro should know about 'green computing'

    Posted March 16, 2007 - 11:27 am

    Energy-efficient computing, popularly known as "Green Computing," offers IT two opportunities to do good: It helps save the environment and it helps save companies money. The amount that companies spend on computing power is estimated to have doubled in the past six years. Find out how you can help your SMB conserve cash, and maybe conserve our natural resources in the process.
  • Demo goes Web 2.0

    Posted February 2, 2007 - 11:00 am

    Business-to-business search engines, inkless printing technology and a wireless storage system for digital files were among the future-facing technologies featured at Demo, a two-day confab for start-ups and venture capitalists.
  • BSOD through the ages

    Posted February 2, 2007 - 10:59 am

    In honor of Vista's release, offers a pictorial history of the infamous Blue Screen of Death.
  • 25 Titans in waiting

    Posted January 5, 2007 - 10:12 am

    A 17-year-old CEO who has already helmed three start-ups, a 19-year-old Stanford dropout and a 23-year-old engineer who's taking on Apple are among Red Herring's picks for the 25 young entrepreneurs who lead promising startups.
  • Cybercriminals target small biz

    Posted December 15, 2006 - 10:01 am

    The advances in IT security at most larger corporations have made SMBs attractive targets for cybercriminals seeking new prey.
  • Study's conclusions could push telecommuting

    Posted December 8, 2006 - 11:23 am

    Some 24 million workers -- or about 20% of the total U.S. workforce -- work from home at least once a month, according to a study by The Derringer Research Group. A separate survey of CFOs suggests that, after pay increases, offering telecommuting as an option is the second-best way to attract IT talent.
  • Linux faithful: Vista no threat

    Posted December 1, 2006 - 2:00 pm

    Citing Microsoft's "diminishing quality" and complex Vista pricing schemes, Linux advocates say the new operating system is not likely to have a negative impact on Linux adoption.
  • E-mail rebels at work

    Posted November 17, 2006 - 12:39 pm


  • Amazon moves deeper into selling Web logistics

    Posted November 3, 2006 - 2:29 pm

    In a move that could bring SMBs new options for buying and creating Web-based services, is laying the groundwork for supplying start-ups and established businesses with on-demand computing service.
  • Are entrepreneurs born or made?

    Posted October 26, 2006 - 8:20 pm

    Entrepreneurs are driven by their own internal motivation and desire rather than work experience or higher education, according to a new survey by Northeastern University's School of Technological Entrepreneurship.
  • Empty-handed: Could business travelers hit the road without their trusty laptops?

    Posted September 1, 2006 - 8:49 am

    laptops at the office when they head fopr the airport.

  • Vista outlook not as cloudy?

    Posted August 25, 2006 - 10:02 am

    Over half -- 59 percent -- of corporate IT executives surveyed in July by Merril Lynch about their spending intentions for the rest of the year said they would spend more on software in 2006 than they did in 2005, and 15 percent said they would upgrade to Windows Vista next year.
  • Business consulting comes to 'Second Life'

    Posted August 22, 2006 - 3:59 pm

    Second Life, a virtual world of innovators and entrepreneurs who are creating their own online empires, has a new ally in Arlene Ciroula, the COO of a Baltimore accounting firm, who said she will offer financial counseling and management consulting services to Second Life's "residents," many of whom are running a business for the first time.
  • Daddy

    Posted August 4, 2006 - 7:10 am

    Redefining the term "small business owner," a senior product manager quits his $110,000-a-year job at Ebay to be "a stay-at-home poker dad" -- and aims to increase his annual "salary" by $15,000 a year "working" only 20 hours a week.
  • Meet the remote-control self

    Posted July 21, 2006 - 7:28 am

    Japanese computer scientist Hiroshi Ishiguro felt torn between his two jobs, so he built an android in his own image that walks and talks just like him. Now he can literally be in two places at once.
  • Hungry for storage

    Posted July 20, 2006 - 11:15 am

    From high-level SAN and NAS solutions and storage arrays to sleek and easy external hard drives, SMBs have several storage options to pick from. And by the looks of it, more will come.
  • Accidental tech entrepreneurs turn their hobbies into livelihoods

    Posted July 7, 2006 - 12:47 pm

    Think you have the chops to start up your own SMB? As an IT pro, you have a better chance than most at succeeding, this article asserts. Check out the profiles of five techies who turned their aspirations into vocations.
  • Laptop fire brings flashpoint

    Posted June 30, 2006 - 11:43 am

    An Info-Tech analyst warns that a recent incident in Japan, where a Dell laptop burst into flames during a conference, is yet another sign that overheating is a chronic problem and laptops need to be fundamentally redesigned.
  • Reaching peak efficiency

    Posted June 26, 2006 - 10:49 am

    Compulsive Paintball Inc., a retailer of paintball gear in North Huntingdon, Pa., increased sales by 500 percent over two years after switching to an integrated inventory management, ecommerce and accounting software package from Everest Software Inc. -- without increasing its workforce of two.
  • Microsoft exec: Linux no threat to Windows on desktop

    Posted June 23, 2006 - 4:48 pm

    Microsoft's chief platform strategist says that despite predictions Linux will gain steam as a desktop operating system, he sees no threat to Windows dominance because the coupling of the Linux development platform with the OS is just too complicated for most users.
  • Mixing business with pleasure

    Posted June 16, 2006 - 3:57 am

    About 35 percent of business users store personal multimedia files on their corporate laptops, prompting questions about the separation of "corporate church and personal state."
  • Incubating IT biz, post-Katrina

    Posted June 16, 2006 - 3:54 am

    In the wake of Hurricaine Katrina, the Louisiana Technology Council and Louisiana Economic Development founded the New Orleans IT Recovery Center to help New Orleans-based IT businesses get back on their feet. Now, with a new hurricaine season upon us, the council is continuing its mission to make New Orleans the "Tech Capital of the South."
  • IT labor market stumbles

    Posted June 16, 2006 - 3:52 am

    Only 76,300 new IT jobs have been created since April 2003 and of the IT workers who lost their jobs earlier in the decade, less than 25 percent have found new IT employment, according to a new study from the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
  • New cell phone screens battery friendly

    Posted June 9, 2006 - 10:43 am

    Newly emerging screens for cell phones and PDAs that can be illuminated by the sun or by liquid inside the screen could remain on all day long without draining battery power.

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