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  • Opinion: Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again

    The recent challenge issued by DARPA to reassemble shredded documents seems like trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again. Why would government need to reassemble shredded records? Because troops in war zones confiscate the remains of destroyed or shredded documents that contain valuable information. DARPA is seeking the best technologies for document reconstruction, and has issued a Shredder Challenge to computer scientists, puzzle enthusiasts and anyone else who likes solving complex problems." Although reconstruction techniques ranging from manual assembly to computerized algorithms already exist, by issuing this challenge, DARPA is looking to gain insights into the most efficient solutions.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 3: Choosing an Online Productivity Suite

    30 Days With the Cloud: Day 3

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 2: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Cloud

    The first step in spending 30 days relying on cloud-based tools and services is to explore my options and choose the ones I want to use to work and live online. Email and writing are the most crucial functions of my PC for me, so I am going to start by finding suitable online options for email and writing. Actually, I planned to start there, but I ran into a little hiccup--my PC won't cooperate.

  • Opinion: Siri Outages Indicate Apple Still Doesnt Get the Cloud

    For the moment, at least, Apple’s new Siri feature is back online and cheerfully responding to instructions, but it’s hard to say how long that’s going to last. I had trouble getting Siri to respond to my requests from 10am to 2pm Pacific time on Friday and that’s in addition to the long block of downtime the service experienced on Thursday. All the trouble raises the question: Why can’t Apple get cloud services right?

  • Opinion: Black Friday Deals Start This Weekend

    Major retailers are jumping the gun on Black Friday by offering doorbuster specials this weekend, including $200 Windows laptops and 32-inch LCD HDTVs. For tech enthusiasts with a serious bout of bargainitis, now may be the time to shop.

  • Opinion: WP PaintBrush: Simple and Powerful WordPress Customization

    One of the things I like best about WordPress is the astonishing array of themes available to pick from. WordPress.org currently offers over 1,400 themes, and premium theme sites such as WooThemes offer very polished themes for a reasonable fee (usually around $35). Many of these themes come with customization options, but I have yet to see one that is quite as customizable as WP PaintBrush.

  • Opinion: Free Service Lets You See If Your Email Address Has Been Compromised

    Has your email or username been snatched by hackers and posted to the Internet? You can find the answer to that question at a new online service called Pwnedlist.

  • Opinion: Design Simple WordPress Themes With Lubith

    Lubith is a service aimed at people who want to create their own customized WordPress theme, rather than use a premade one. What's nice about Lubith is that it doesn't require any sort of coding skills or CSS knowledge; all you need to do is drag and drop things, pick colors, set a few fonts if you like, and you're done--Lubith generates a valid WordPress theme for your website. It's available in a free version and in an $87 one-year subscription.

  • Opinion: 30 Days With the Cloud

    30 Days With the Cloud: Day 1

  • Opinion: Organize Your Work Life with WorkFlowy

    This is your brain: cluttered, disorganized, nerve-wracked, unproductive.

  • Opinion: Innovative Air Travel Concept Puts You On a Cloud, Not Just Among Them

    Ever since the dawn of public air travel there have been countless efforts to do it in style, and a New York architect's "Passing Cloud" concept may be the most unique so far.

  • Opinion: Google Aims to Mobilize Your Website with GoMo

    Despite explosive growth in smartphone usage, many businesses still have a website that isn't optimized to fit on a small mobile screen. If a potential customer can't navigate your store's site from a handset, there's a good chance they'll walk over to the shop of your competitor that has a mobile-ready site.

  • Opinion: Dont Let This Happen To Your iPad: 5 Fire Prevention Gadgets For Geeks

    Last month, a faulty electrical outlet in my charming turn-of-the-century studio apartment sparked a fire while I was out of the house. Many of my gadgets were singed, and what wasn't directly burnt still suffered damage from smoke and/or water from the automated sprinklers. Truly, it was a geek's worst nightmare! My trusty MacBook Pro, iPad, Xbox 360, and countless other gadgets were bricked, including my primary backup hard drive (thank goodness for data recovery). So, for my first blog back at GeekTech I thought it would be apropos to compose this short list of fire prevention gadgets I only wish I knew about before the incident.

  • Opinion: How to Share Privately With the New Google Reader

    Google Reader is the first screen many people look at when they wake up. Likely the most popular RSS app, Reader has been a crucial news and research gathering and sharing tool for millions of users since 2007. Google on Monday announced changes to Reader, which many users won't welcome.

  • Opinion: Safety: The Missing Third Leg in the Energy Storage Stool

    Electrons don't like to sit still. That's why the electricity grid has developed over the last 150 years without the benefit of energy storage. Energy storage is--in whatever form it might take--an elaborate attempt at getting electrons to behave while in a passive state. It's been clear for thousands of years that energy storage is physically possible. What has held it back from widespread adoption (outside of fossil fuels and consumer electronics batteries) has been safety. Safety can be achieved, but the cost of engineering danger-mitigation solutions makes most energy storage systems too costly. A recent string of safety incidents at new energy storage facilities around the world have underlined the fact.

  • Opinion: Check Out Gmail's New Look: Rolling Out Now

    A new and different looking for Gmail is now landing in users' inboxes.

  • Opinion: Noesis Energy Targets Smart Buildings with Free Energy Management Guidance

    Today another group of software veterans (including Dana Jones formerly with Vignette, Scott Harmon former CEO of AlterPoint, and Scott Jones formerly with Computer Science Corporation) announced an energy management solution for the commercial and industrial building sector. Noesis Energy is officially launched thanks to a $50 million investment from Austin Ventures. This cloud-based, community-centric software platform will enable users to identify the inefficiencies in their building operations that can translate into opportunities to reduce consumption and save money. The platform will provide users with tools for analyzing their energy consumption and a social media network for users to communicate their experiences and perspectives on energy management with a community of subject matter experts. Noesis' goal is to support the process of transforming energy savings opportunities into action. The platform is projected to be fully

  • Opinion: A Closer Look at NASCIO's Top State Gov IT Priorities List

    This is the time of year when government IT experts start discussing top priorities for the coming year.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Video Predicts Dazzling Technology Future

    Microsoft’s promotional video depicting a future in which interconnected touchscreen and gesture-controlled devices pervade every facet of daily life will make people crave the possibilities, but also wonder how they will afford them.

  • Opinion: Apple iOS App Helps Locate Nearest Haunted House

    Apple mobile device users looking for the nearest haunted house this weekend, there’s an app for that, too.



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