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Most of the world's electronics are made in China...can we continue to trust our tools?

I know, it's the story that never ends -- and really, don't expect it to end any time soon -- but here's another angle: what about Chinese hardware? We now know that either the Chinese government, or a very large privately-funded clandestine operation from Asia, has been hacking Western governments, intelligence agencies, and businesses for a decade. What if the hardware they produce also has...

My first computer: The sad little IBM PCjr

When I was getting ready to head to high school in 1983 I begged my father to get me a computer. I really wanted an IBM PC, but on the middle class living we made do with IBM's newest model: the IBM PCjr It was a cute little computer with a "chiclet" keyboard, 128K of RAM and two cartridge slots. Nope, it didn't have a hard drive and the floppy drive was 180k. It took a couple of minutes to...

The history of the personal computer in TV commercials

When the computer takes a big step forward, I always like to take a look back. We can argue all day over whether Microsoft Windows Vista (win your copy from Download Squad here!) is revolutionary, evolutionary or just marketing hype. With around half a billion Dollars being spent on Vista's marketing launch I'd personally lean towards the latter of the three but, it does make me think... What...

10 biggest computer flops of all time

Ah, the flop. The tech industry has had more than its share, and it's never pretty. Miguel Carrasco has collected 10 of the biggest flops in computing history, a list which includes four OSes and six machines. A lot of the computers on the list are considered ahead of their time and still have big followings, like the Apple Newton and Steve Jobs' NeXT cube. I have a big soft spot for #3 on the...

Google adds malware warnings to search results

Google has recently added malware advisories to search results. When results are clicked on, Google directs users to a Warning page, where Google announces that the site you are about to visit might not be suitable. One particular instance is when "list keygen mirc" is searched. If users click on the first entry in the search results, they are directed to a Google Warning page, letting them know...

The most important software innovations ever

Ajax may be the coolest thing since sliced arrays (*ducks*), but in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really compare to many of the things on David A. Wheeler's list of The Most Important Software Innovations. The updated-for-2006 list spans more than 150 years, from the birth of software (with Babbage's Analytical Engine in 1837) to the first compiler in 1952 to the spreadsheet in 1978 and so...