Notorious tech myths that just refuse to die

Have you heard this story?One day, Bill Gates was standing on a street corner, watching the clouds roll by. Absentmindedly, he dropped a US$1,000 bill out of his pocket. A bystander noticed and

Published on: September 30th, 2008 John Brandon

Decadent food, vicious vampires and cell phone companies

"Fried Apple iPie: A warm, delicious crispy fried apple pie with just a hint of cinnamon, smothered in rich vanilla ice cream and topped with an edible iPod-like MP3 player and whipped cream.

Published on: September 22nd, 2008 Mark Gibbs

Test your tech news IQ

Everyone has their limits, as this week's quiz amply demonstrates. The past week saw Comcast place caps on how much bandwidth its subscribers could use. Microsoft tried to halt the slide in Xbox

Published on: September 9th, 2008 Dan Tynan

Flower shop employee fired for death threat delivered through her e-mail account

An employee of 1-800-Flowers.com has been fired after an e-mailed death threat was linked to her account.The crudely worded e-mail was sent Sunday to Paul "PZ" Myers, an associate professor of biology at

Published on: July 17th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Is ‘consumerization’ good for small biz IT?

During the Altiris user conference in April, I watched a lunch panel discuss the "consumerization of IT" and whether that's a good thing. My initial thought was that it was probably bad for

Published on: July 1st, 2008 James E. Gaskin

Yahoo reorganizes to snap out of financial funk

Under fire from angry shareholders and rocked by a stream of high-profile executive departures, embattled Yahoo on Thursday announced another reorganization, its latest attempt to snap out of its years-long technology and financial

Published on: June 30th, 2008 Juan Carlos Perez

SAP’s SMB-push blamed for growing skills gap

Within the last year or so, there's been no shortage of announcements from SAP as to its new areas for revenue growth, such as the SMB space, and evolving product and application strategies,

Published on: June 3rd, 2008 Thomas Wailgum

Don’t do twice what needs to be done once – Dow Chemical’s formula for lowering IT costs

With the unstable U.S. economy, American companies are planning cost-cutting measures to compensate for other rising costs and decreasing sales that are impacting their earnings. Those reactionary companies could learn a lesson from

Published on: May 30th, 2008 Meridith Levinson

Lessons learned from the 10 hottest technology start ups of 2008

There are few clearer bellwethers as to the imminent direction of technology than where venture capitalists put their money. They're about making money, so they look for industry patterns they think will lead

Published on: May 22nd, 2008 Bill Snyder

How to keep good employees in a competitive hiring environment

Clients pay us to introduce them to the people who are the best at whatever it is that our clients need to have done. Not surprisingly, people who are the "best" tend to

Published on: May 14th, 2008 Michael Thompson

Why telecommuting upsets some…who don’t do it

Timothy Golden , a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor, talks about the unhappy side of telecommuting.Telecommuting is painted as a boon for workers. Is it? Research suggests teleworkersexperience a number of positive outcomes. But

Published on: May 12th, 2008 Computerworld Staff

Microsoft, Yahoo need to determine new direction

Microsoft's three-month courtship of Yahoo has ended but it changed both companies forever and neither can expect to return to the way they were.Microsoft and Yahoo will need to deliver on promises, address

Published on: May 6th, 2008 Juan Carlos Perez

How to use mentoring to build a stronger team

Lance Wilson traces a 17-year history of mentoring in his life, as both a mentor and a mentee. From each one of those relationships, he says, he carries a treasured lesson. One of

Published on: May 5th, 2008 Kim Nash

Microsoft and Yahoo may be working things out

Microsoft and Yahoo have turned a corner and are finally negotiating in earnest about their possible merger, although a deal is far from imminent, according to media reports.p>In anonymously sourced stories published online

Published on: May 5th, 2008 Juan Carlos Perez