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Be careful what you name your computer files

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Got any file names on your computer’s hard drive that use double entendres? Do you get coy with what you call photos, documents or video files? Given a recent ruling by a federal judge, you may want to go for a more, um, conventional naming convention . . . Forbes.com’s Not-So-Private Parts blog reports on [...] [Read More]
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Presidential seal falls down, goes boom

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The Seal of the President of the United States is a common sight, and is often affixed to whatever podium the Commander-in-chief is using. Usually, though, it’s affixed a lot more securely than it was Tuesday night, when President Obama spoke at Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Summit”. As he was exhorting the need for [...] [Read More]
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Parents behaving badly

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Football’s a rough-and-tumble contact sport, even at the pee-wee level, but it’s the players who are supposed to mix it up, not the parents. Someone tell that to the father-coaches in this KHOU-TV news report, shown brawling on home video during a pee-wee football game recently in Pearland, Texas, a suburb of Houston. The video [...] [Read More]
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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Leonard Skinner dies

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A moment of silence, please, for the passing of a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll history. The Florida Times-Union reports that Leonard Skinner, the Jacksonville, Fla., gym coach who became the inspiration for the band name Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died. He was 77. By now, most classic rock fans know the story of how [...] [Read More]
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Are you a member of the ‘Apps Culture’?

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Smartphones are the fastest-growing segment of the cellular phone market, with some analysts expecting the devices will make up 48 percent of North American shipments by 2013. Of course, with smartphones have come a flood of apps, software programs that dramatically extend their capabilities. The Pew Internet and American Life Project has studied this phenomenon, [...] [Read More]
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At 44, Star Trek has lived long and prospered

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On Sept. 8, 1966, NBC aired the first episode of what it touted as a science fiction series for adults. Star Trek went on to air for only three seasons, but grew into a  towering TV and film franchise and a cultural touchstone that transcends generations. The first episode aired on a Thursday night and [...] [Read More]
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Don’t want to play in Facebook Places? Here’s how to opt out [Updated]

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On Wednesday, Facebook launched its new Places feature, which allows you to tell your friends where you are. As is typical of Facebook, you’re automatically opted in, and if you don’t want to play, you have to take steps to opt out. [For a clarification, see Update 2.0 below.] In theory, simply not checking in [...] [Read More]
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FCC: Your Net speed averages half what you were sold

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When you signed up for your current Internet service, the provider you chose indicated you’d get speeds “up to” a certain amount – say, 8 Mbps. But good luck actually achieving that. According to a study released by the Federal Communications Commission [PDF], most U.S. broadband users get about half the speed they were promised. [...] [Read More]
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Saved by the toes! Bound woman IMs for help with her feet

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Today’s safety tip: Keep your laptop within leg’s reach while sleeping. Amy Windom, 39, of Atlanta, can tell you all about it. She was tied to her bed’s headboard by an armed burglar who ransacked her house, stole electronics and took her car. He did not, however, take her work notebook. Windom told Meredith Vieira [...] [Read More]
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RIM raises the BlackBerry Torch

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You have to feel a little sorry for Research In Motion, the company that makes the BlackBerry line of smartphones favored by many business users. Over the past few years, the buzz has belonged to Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android devices. Despite the fact that RIM has the largest market share of smartphones in the [...] [Read More]
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