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 Tom LaSusa

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Microsoft's Outrage Over Google/Yahoo: Hypocrisy?

You don't have to be Jewish to have heard of the word 'Hutzpah.' The simple definition for it is 'unmitigated gall or nerve.' For example, it takes real Hutzpah (or chutzpah) to accuse someone of doing something you might have done yourself. Not unlike Microsoft getting all huffy about Yahoo's intent to outsource search advertising to Google.

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What Do Google And John McCain Have In Common?

Since early March, Sen. John McCain has had the GOP nomination tucked safely in his back pocket, while the stalemate between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has left the Democratic party at an impasse. Like the Republican pundit, Google is benefiting from the current standoff between Yahoo and Microsoft.

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Admins On The Hunt For Safari Downloads

When I launched iTunes over the weekend, I got the typical software update notification pop-up that I've come to expect every couple of weeks from Apple. As part of this update, however, there was a request to install the Safari browser -- which I had absolutely no interest in doing.

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Viral Video Of The Week: Big Dog Beta

Surely by now you've seen the video of the "Big Dog" -- the amazing quadruped robot designed to serve as a "pack mule" for soldiers in terrains where military vehicles are unable to manage or maneuver. I'll wager, however, you've never seen the original "Beta model" in action?

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See, It's Not So Easy To Disconnect, Is It?

Back in January, I pondered if I would be able to survive a week away from e-mail, cell phones (other than for emergencies), and overall connectivity during my family's trip to Disneyworld. Several readers expressed surprise and disbelief at such a quandary, saying how easy it was for them to leave their gear behind for vacations and extended periods of time. According to a new study, however, disconnec

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Can "Girl Power" Save Europe's IT Sector?

Much like America, Europe is faced with a bit of a crisis -- interest in IT-related jobs is waning among students. Computer and engineering majors are dwindling, placing the future of IT in jeopardy on both sides of the pond. However, the European Union's Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding has a solution: Mars -- I mean -- IT needs women!

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Farewell, Gary Gygax -- Thanks For All The Adventures

I remember my first time just like it was yesterday. It was the early '80s and I was sitting on the floor of my friend's house in Pennsylvania. I was nervous -- I'd never done anything like this before. My hand shook for a moment before I opened it, releasing several dice onto the rug. "Nice," my friend said, "you picked the lock. The door swings open and there's nothing but darkness ahead." With that, I began my first journey into the world of Dungeons and Dragons.

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Valentine's Day For The Geek In Your Life

Valentine's Day is here once more. Scores of greeting card manufacturers, chocolatiers, and teddy-bear makers are frolicking giddily among the hills of green (money, that is), having convinced us again that telling that special someone "I love you" every other day of the year just isn't enough.

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Best Buy + Data Loss = Lawsuit

Do a search for "I hate Best Buy" and you'll find a growing list of disgruntled customer blog posts and discussion threads. Needless to say, the electronics retailer is no stranger to business practice controversies. The latest tale of woe, however, opens up a whole new can of worms for the company, thrusting it into the arena of data loss.

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To Disconnect Or Not To Disconnect, That Is The Question

This Saturday, my wife and our twins and I head off for a week in the most magical place on earth. No, not Tijuana -- I'm talking about Disney World. As we start to pack the suitcases, I find myself debating whether or not to pack something else which I've come to consider very important -- my connectivity.

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Will Web 2.0 Survive The New Year?

Are you just about sick to death of the so-called magic phrase "Web 2.0?" If so, you'll be pleased to hear that it's doomed to crash and burn faster than Britney's/Lindsey's/(insert scandal-ridden starlet's name here) career. At least, that's what one U.K.-based research firm claims.

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Avoiding The Mobile Device Marketing Mire

I'm working from home this week while my twin boys' day care is closed for the holidays. This morning, as one child screamed about his missing toy and the other demanded a cookie for breakfast, my cell phone rang. Foolishly and without thinking (or looking at the incoming number), I answered it.

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