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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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posted in January 2006

Favorite Firefox Extensions

1/30/2006
Other people play Minesweeper or Soduku or alphabetize their Rolodexes. When I'm looking to procrastinate, I mess around with desktop productivity software. Firefox extensions, in particular, are good for endless hours of work avoidance. Here's some of the best I've found recently:

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Google, The Sea Monster, And The Big Whirlpool

1/24/2006
The headline on today's top story, "Google's Achilles' Heel," references classical mythology. Here's another classical mythology reference that's not mentioned in the story: Scylla and Charybdis. In Greek mythology, Scylla was a monster who lived on one side of the Strait of Messia. A whirlpool named Charybdis was on the other side of the strait. Ships passing through the channel had to carefully steer a course between the two hazards. If they went too wrong in one direction, the sea monster g

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Readers Take Us To Task For Outsourcing Coverage

1/17/2006
We've received quite a bit of feedback to our recent outsourcing coverage, and two of our reporters' trips to India to write firsthand about companies there. Jim Ball of Ball 5 Enterprises in Olney, Md., set the tone for many indignant readers, writing: "I, along with all of those now unemployed because of outsourcing to India, have absolutely no interest whatsoever in reading about all those folks that are enjoying the jobs we all once held."

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Google Wants To Own The Video Industry And Software Desktop

1/12/2006
Google Video and Google Pack are intriguing hints of possible future strategic directions for Google, even though the products and services themselves are only mildly interesting. Google is apparently looking to be the decider of what's popular in online video and software, the same way it decides what Web pages are popular and which Web pages languish in obscurity. That is one hell of an ambition. It means the company will be taking on Microsoft for desktop software, as well as taking on Ho

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Video: Mona Lisa Smile

1/10/2006
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam analyzed the Mona Lisa using advanced emotion-recognition software and figured out why she's smiling. Watch my video commentary (1 min., 32 sec.) WARNING: May induce laughing behavior.

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"You Want Fries With That?"

1/9/2006
Need some cheering up this Monday morning? Venture capitalist Rick Segal describes how he turned a three-hour flight delay at Orlando airport into an opportunity to catch up on the TV show "Rome," get a good meal at Steak-n-Shake, and a free first-class upgrade. And he did it all using mobile computing technology. The story illustrates the truth of two old adages: 1) Knowledge is power and 2) It's nice to be important, b

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Which Mobile Technologies Should You Bet On In 2006?

1/6/2006
I don't have a good track record with regard to predictions about mobile computing. This is probably because I am an immobile kind of guy. I work from a home office adjacent to my bedroom, so most days consist of getting up, going into the next room to work, staying there all day, then going to the other side of the house for supper and TV. Unlike me, Dave Molta, of our sister Network Computing magazine, does know something about mobile technologies, and he has some predictions for Post a Comment

Is 37signals The New Google?

1/4/2006
Is 37signals the new Google? What am I, a psychic? How the heck should I know? I don't know whether 37signals will grow from the plucky little startup it is today to become a multi-billion-dollar world-shaking powerhouse. But 37signals does have the zesty, refreshing, flavor of a little company called Google, ca. 1998. 37signals demonstrates its spunkiness in its application suite available on the company home page, and further described in this
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IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
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