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But isn't breaking things what the QA people DO?

It's the 1990s, and this small startup needs to get online on a tiny budget, which means cobbling together a server from leftover parts. The problem: It keeps freezing.

The Intern

This company brings in a new student intern to work in IT, and it seems like he should be a perfect fit -- but he just doesn't seem able to pick up the technology.


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Advice to Google: Stop invading wireless privacy with location history

Surprise! Google tracks your wireless location even when you turn it off. Want another surprise? Google is not alone. Many tech giants take your privacy without you knowing about it.

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Google and banks are being less than truthful about customer tracking

There are good and bad reasons to track someone's movements, but the best way to scream to users that you're spying on them is to lie about or not reveal what you're doing.

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Can the police search your phone?

Enterprises work hard to protect company secrets. Here’s why the biggest threat may be law enforcement.

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We need to talk about Steve Jobs

It's time for much deeper insights into the character of Steve Jobs

Just think of 6 a.m. as Beta Time

Mainframe programmer working for a large defense contractor finds a way to become a lot more efficient: arrive at work at 6 a.m. At least that's how it MOSTLY works...

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NVIDIA RTX cards suggest an interesting sea change in workstation strategy

NVIDIA’s cards focus on rending and a more specific niche for workstation users.

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How to get the most from Microsoft Intune

When it comes to managing corporate hardware, Intune stacks up well against rivals like AirWatch, MobileIron Cloud and Maas360. Whether it's the right EMM choice depends on your company's current setup and future needs.

Throwback Thursday: How did...er, DIDN'T he do that?

It's 1977, and this company decides its newly constructed data center needs a state-of-the-art system to provide physical security -- which doesn't quite work as planned.

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How Apple could redesign money

Currency fluctuations impact prices, revenue and a company’s projected performance. One way to stabilize things could be to have an international sale price based on Apple credits.

Data conversion? What could be easier?

Small IT service provider has two new customers a hundred miles apart, and a serious barrier to serving one of them: There's no way to exchange data with their system.

Hey, he DID ask!

Computer reseller gets a call one morning from the IT director at a nearby public school system. The problem: Every PC in one school's computer lab has gone silent.

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Microsoft Surface GO and Fire HD 10 fit together in the same bag

Making room for both the Microsoft Surface GO and Amazon's Fire HD 10 has advantages for professional and personal use.

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T-Mobile low priced unlimited wireless plan is what many users want

Every user wants unlimited wireless data services. But not every user is interested in things like Netflix or international access. Now, T-Mobile introduces a lower cost unlimited wireless data plan that will save customers money by...

Why IT contractors get gray

Pilot fish is sent to a customer site to deal with a routine issue: getting a terminal controller to do what the customer wants. But that's not quite all that's going on.

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Sorry, gamers. Magic Leap means business!

Everybody thinks Magic Leap's mixed-reality system is going to turn our homes into the movie ‘Avatar.’ It's actually headed for boardrooms and corporate meetings.

Just another day in the IT life

IT pilot fish is sent to a customer site in New York City, and the trip starts fine with a ride there in a company plane and a helicopter. Then it gets interesting.

Throwback Thursday: Back to Plan A

It's a scorching summer day at this manufacturing plant and the heat on the shop floor is almost intolerable, when suddenly the network goes down -- and tempers rise.

Welcome to your new career!

It's July when this IT pilot fish and a co-worker are sent to a customer's site to deal with an issue-plagued system -- but they'll be home by Christmas, right?

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