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 Valerie Potter

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Thank Heaven For The Web

9/14/2006
A significant tech anniversary quietly slipped by last month. Fifteen years ago, Tim Berners-Lee made public a little project he was working on. He called it the WorldWideWeb.

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Decisions, Decisions

9/7/2006
I don't know about you, but whenever I go to Dell's, HP's, or any other major PC manufacturer's Web site to look at new computers, I get a little overwhelmed with all the decisions I have to make. Do I want a home office or a small business computer? Media center capabilities or a machine that's all business? And those are the easy questions--after that come the big decisions: CPU and memory.

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Digital Music: Rent Or Own?

7/27/2006
For music lovers, the advent of the iTunes online music store has been an incredible boon. The ability to legally download individual tracks from a huge catalog at 99 cents a pop is delicious (and a little dangerous for your wallet).

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Windows Reactionaries, Unite!

7/13/2006
Whenever Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, there's always a backlash from people using previous versions. "It's all just a bunch of hype," they say. "Why should I spend a lot of money to upgrade when Windows Me works just fine?"

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Are You Seriously Considering Switching To A Mac?

6/15/2006
I've been using Windows since the Dark Ages, and never in a million years did I think I'd ever switch to a Mac. Oh sure, I admired the sleek lines and solid construction of Apple hardware, not to mention the cutting-edge look and features of OS X. But we live in a Windows world that depends on Windows apps, and for most of us it simply hasn't been practical to consider owning a Mac as our sole computer.

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The Toys Of Summer

6/1/2006
Summer doesn't really start until June 21, but most of us count Memorial Day as the unofficial start of the season. And you'll be dancing in the streets after you read "The Ultimate Summer Gadget Guide." We gave technology writer George Jones the enviable task of hunting down this summer's gotta-have-it gadgets. He found everything from a Post a Comment

Microsoft's Not The Only Game In Town

5/18/2006
If you're like me, you use several Microsoft products every day: Windows, for starters. Word. Excel. PowerPoint. Windows Media Player. Huge numbers of you use Outlook for E-mail, contacts, and calendaring. Even if you've switched to Firefox or Opera, you probably use Internet Explorer for certain sites, such as corporate tools, that won't support other browsers. Microsoft software is everywhere on both corporate and home desktops. We use it all the time without even thinking about it. We may e

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The Future Is Now

5/4/2006
Don't you just love future tech? It's always fascinating to read about the new ways we'll be interacting with technology down the road. Just say the word "nanotechnology," and you've got my full attention. Or "robot." Or "flying car." (Actually, I think flying cars are a terrible idea, but that's a rant for another day.)

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Is Your PC EC?

4/20/2006
Technology is what makes it possible for us to study the environment and discover what helps and hurts our ecosystems. Computers and telecommunications help us analyze and spread that knowledge. In many ways, computers are helping us save the planet.

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You Wow Us With Your Prose

7/22/2005
Your entries to The Great Tech Call-'Em-Like-You-See-'Em Contest were entertaining, well-written, and a lot of fun to read--and we learned a little about you in the process.

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Fired Up Over Firefox

5/25/2005
Microsoft can copy all the Firefox features it wants for IE 7 and beyond, but it will never inspire the affection that Firefox does.

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You Want Reviews? We've Got 'Em!

11/23/2004
Been coveting a snazzy, sleek smartphone? How about an inexpensive way to share and sync files? A workhorse file and print server? Or a digital pen that remembers everything you write and creates e-mails

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