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Letters to the editor

Re: Spam fears can't stop e-mail marketing momentum (March 27)I don't know anyone who likes spam. The stuff is annoying and costs our company a lot of my time to handle. And of

Published on: March 28th, 2002 Readers

Parallel universe

If Hallmark carried a category for IT industry milestones, there would have been a lot of birthday cards passed around last year. IBM's PC turned 20. E-mail turned 10; so did Linux. We've

Published on: March 28th, 2002 Shane Schick


I hold in my right hand something called a Teepaq. It's a small, stamped metal case containing a number of golf accessories -- tees, a divot repair tool, etc. Not very tech-related, I

Published on: March 28th, 2002 Dave Webb

Disc jockeying

We don't talk about the laser disc player around my father anymore.There it sits, in the middle of Mom and Dad's living room, a tombstone for a format that never took off. He

Published on: March 27th, 2002 Shane Schick

SAS’s secret

There was no piano player. I expected a piano player.The story goes that someone is permanently employed to tickle the ivories at the Cary, N.C. headquarters of the SAS Institute. This is just

Published on: March 26th, 2002 Shane Schick

Suffer the children

A few months ago, in the Web lounge of a Chapters store in Toronto, I watched an angry young woman hop off her stool and frantically signal an employee for help. She had

Published on: March 25th, 2002 Shane Schick

Hitting the messenger

I used to work with a guy who really hated the office printer. And the fax machine. And the photocopier. More often than not, you'd hear him screaming at some poor piece of

Published on: March 22nd, 2002 John Saunders

Letters to the editor

Re: The perplexing cost of multiplexing (March 21)Great editorial. Tactics like this (whether Oracle or Microsoft) give me a knot in the pit of my stomach.Mark VarleyRe: Ottawa firms ignore R&D tax credit

Published on: March 22nd, 2002 Readers

Stone, unturned

You've heard of the new New Economy -- well, this is the new New Novell.Just over a year ago, Novell attempted to reinvent itself as a solutions-driven company when it bought consulting firm

Published on: March 22nd, 2002 Neil Sutton

The perplexing cost of multiplexing

It's hard enough to keep up with the industry's complex technical jargon, but for some reason software companies like to make matters worse by introducing a whole new vocabulary to discuss the pricing

Published on: March 21st, 2002 Shane Schick

It ain’t over ’til it’s over

It's hard to write a story about why we're not writing a story, but here goes:The final shareholder approval of the US$22 billion merger between Hewlett-Packard and Compaq has not been decided. Allow

Published on: March 20th, 2002 Shane Schick

Missing link

James Mark Baldwin was at the height of his fame in 1910, but a visit to the brothel changed all that. Though he managed to convince a U.S. court that he was only

Published on: March 19th, 2002 Shane Schick

Patently absurd

Let's start with exhibit A: a short film snippet that shows a computer scientist at the Stanford Research Institute trying out what would become the first computer mouse. He demonstrates how it could

Published on: March 18th, 2002 Shane Schick

Beg the HP way

It's a black and white picture of a gray box, with a series of knobs stuck on the front of it. The caption describes it as an audio oscillator called 200A -- the

Published on: March 15th, 2002 Shane Schick

Blogging a dead horse

Harlan Ellison once wrote, ""Every idiotic thing that anybody could possibly write or say or think can get into the body politic now, where before things would have to have some merit to

Published on: March 15th, 2002 Dave Webb