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Big Progress on the Little Things

In the trenches of consumer technology, there’s plenty to complain about. Today's cell-phone contracts are exorbitant and illogical (why has the price of a text...

Rebooting the CS Publication Process
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Rebooting the CS Publication Process

A proposal for a new cost-free open-access publication model for computer science papers.

Testing: Failing to Succeed
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Testing: Failing to Succeed

There are two situations in software testing that scare testers: when they see "too many" defects and when they do not see "enough."

File-System Litter
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File-System Litter

Cleaning up your storage space quickly and efficiently.

Microsoft
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Microsoft

Reading my RSS and Twitter feeds Tuesday night, I turned to a tech writer friend and said, "the Wintel Era just ended, and half of these people are fighting over...

Arrogance in Business Planning
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Arrogance in Business Planning

Technology business plans that assume no competition — ever.

Managing Time, Part 2
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Managing Time, Part 2

Masterful time management means not just tracking of messages in your personal environment, but managing your coordination network with others.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Global IT Outsourcing
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Corporate Social Responsibility and Global IT Outsourcing

How to improve IT outsourcing relationships while doing good for society.

In Praise of 'Wilkes, Wheeler, and Gill'
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In Praise of 'Wilkes, Wheeler, and Gill'

Sixty years ago, Maurice Wilkes, David Wheeler, and Stanley Gill produced the first textbook on programming: The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital...

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Can Math Beat Financial Markets?

Wall Street's wild swings last week helped skew both retirement portfolios and mathematical models of the financial markets. After all, a standard Gaussian function—a...

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Can Math Beat Financial Markets?

Wall Street's wild swings last week helped skew both retirement portfolios and mathematical models of the financial markets. After all, a standard Gaussian function—a...

11 Hard Truths About Html5
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11 Hard Truths About Html5

HTML5 heralds some nifty new features and the potential for sparking a Web programming paradigm shift, and as some members of the technical press have touted,...

David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of Ibm's Watson Project
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David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of Ibm's Watson Project

How do you improve on a computer that beat the world's best Jeopardy! players? Have Watson team up with humanity.

Journals For Certification, Conferences For Rapid Dissemination
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Journals For Certification, Conferences For Rapid Dissemination

The publication culture in computer science is different. Whereas other disciplines focus on journal publication, the standard practice...

Storage Strife
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Storage Strife

Beware keeping data in binary format.

From Interests to Values
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From Interests to Values

Computer science is not that difficult but wanting to learn it is.

Geography Is Alive and Well in Virtual Teams
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Geography Is Alive and Well in Virtual Teams

Just because a team is virtual, it doesn't mean geography is dead.

Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?
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Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?

Forty years ago, I wrote an article for Technology Review titled "Shall We Build the Space Shuttle?" Now, with the 135th and final flight of the shuttle at hand...

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Big Win For the Losers at D-Wave

Does D-Wave's first big sale disprove the quantum computing naysayers?

Values in Design
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Values in Design

Focusing on socio-technical design with values as a critical component in the design process.
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