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Tim Bray on surviving the tough times

Tim Bray on surviving the tough times

Image via WikipediaTim Bray, director of web technologies at Sun Microsystems gave what I believe to be the most practical advice I've heard so far for those in startups looking forward. Speaking at FOWA, Tim's blunt view is that we are headed for tough times but that should not blind people to the downside.

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Google ignores some reported security problems?

Google ignores some reported security problems?

Aviv Raff posted a public disclosure of a minor security risk that could be a major problem if used in conjunction with another type of problem. It's true that his discovery isn't really one that (by itself) should keep you up at night, but it's one that I'm surprised Google's security team hasn't squashed it yet due to its potential when used with other vulnerabilities.

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60% of users use e-mail on a typical day in 2008

60% of users use e-mail on a typical day in 2008

In 2002-2008 the use of email on a typical day rose from 52% to 60%, for a growth rate of just 15%. These new figures propel search further out of the pack, well ahead of other popular internet activities, such as checking the news, which 39% of internet users do on a typical day, or checking the [...]SHARETHIS.addEntry( { title: "60% of users use e-mail on a typical day in 2008", url: "http://www.itfacts.biz/60-of-users-use-e-mail-on-a-typical-day-in-2008/11639" } , { popup: true } );

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Hot rumor: Apple developing LCD HDTV with built-in networking, Apple TV?

Hot rumor: Apple developing LCD HDTV with built-in networking, Apple TV?

Just in case you wanted a new Apple rumor that didn't involve updated MacBooks and building laptops out of aluminum bricks, here's an inevitable-seeming one from tech guru Jason Calacanis, who tells our sister site CNET UK that Apple is planning an LCD-based HDTV that would sport built-in networking and (naturally) Apple TV.Considering everyone is clamoring to stream digital content into the living room (or bedroom, etc.

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49% of users use search engines on a typical day in 2008

49% of users use search engines on a typical day in 2008

The percentage of internet users who use search engines on a typical day has been steadily rising from 33% of all users in 2002, to 49%.With this increase, the number of those using a search engine on a typical day is pulling ever closer to the 60% of internet users who use email, arguably the [...]SHARETHIS.addEntry( { title: "49% of users use search engines on a typical day in 2008", url: "http://www.itfacts.biz/49-of-users-use-search-engines-on-a-typical-day-in-2008/11638" } , { popup: true } );

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IBM signs up new client for sustainability consulting

IBM signs up new client for sustainability consulting

A financial investment firm from Boston, Jantz Morgan, is turning to IBM's green consulting services arm (aka IBM's business strategy consulting practice) to help it integrate the idea of sustainability into its corporate operations.The focus will go beyond the company's impact on the environment; it will also examine the way the firm contributes to the community and treats its employees (not necessarily in that order of importance).

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Lego Death Star

Lego Death Star

At FOWA 2008, fav.or.it invited people to build a Lego Death Star and then gave it away on Diggnation. The build took a full 2 days. The cost of the model was close to $450 but when finnished it was AWESOME.

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Wireless soil sensors to help farmers

Wireless soil sensors to help farmers

A research team at Iowa State University (ISU) is developing wireless soil sensors to improve farming while minimizing environmental impacts. ISU says that 'the prototype sensors are designed to collect and send data about soil moisture -- and eventually soil temperature and nutrient content -- while working completely underground.' According to the project leader, 'The goal is to hopefully have these sensors in production agriculture. But first we need to develop them and answer more questions about how cost-effective they could be.' These wireless soil networks could become available by the end of 2009. But read more...

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Tempest Toast, Apples and Atoms

Tempest Toast, Apples and Atoms

A lot of people got clobbered by IKE more severely than my family and I so I should not complain but it has been very busy since then. My project at work got shoved to the back of my "attention stack" once IKE hit.

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Entellium's lost millions

Entellium's lost millions

Larry Dignan outlines the main points of the Entellium fraud. Regardless of the final outcome, there are three glaring questions:How did the CFO and CEO overstate revenues across THREE financial years by a factor of four to five times without someone noticing the obvious problem of accumulated receivables not being extinguished by incoming cash?

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