eWEEK Labs' Stupid Technology Tricks of 2006

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eWEEK Labs' Stupid Technology Tricks of 2006

Written by eWEEK Labs; Illustrated by Brian Moore

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eWEEK Labs' Stupid Technology Tricks of 2006 - Patent Madness

From the NTP vs. RIM wars that raged in January to the patent FUD-mongering surrounding Microsofts and Novells late-year collaboration agreement-and all of the billable hours in between-2006 was probably a bonanza for intellectual property attorneys. No

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eWEEK Labs' Stupid Technology Tricks of 2006 - New Virus Vectors, Part I

MP3 players are becoming a vector of opportunity for viruses and spyware when vendors outsource production to manufacturing partners. This trend originated in the fall of 2005, when Creative Labs shipped 3,700 Zen MP3 players carrying the Wullik-B virus.

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eWEEK Labs' Stupid Technology Tricks of 2006 - New Virus Vectors, Part II

Google came under fire-and rightfully so-in 2006 after it distributed e-mails containing the Karma Sutra worm to users of the Google Video Blog-group. More than 50,000 members received e-mail with the W32/Kapser.A@mm mass mailing virus from Google. Since

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eWEEK Labs' Stupid Technology Tricks of 2006 - Out Damn Spot

Hewlett-Packards wireless Memory Spot data chip, disclosed in July, squeezes a remarkable number of mistakes into a space about the size of a grain of rice. This little device is a dandy science project, but it demonstrates practices that a

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eWEEK Labs' Stupid Technology Tricks of 2006 - He said, CentOS said

In March, Jerry Taylor, the City Manager of Tuttle, Okla., discovered a mysterious new Web page where the city home page should have been. Thinking the screen was actually a sign of malfeasance, Taylor sprang initiated a fiery exchange with folks supporti

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eWEEK Labs' Stupid Technology Tricks of 2006 - Cut and Run

In September, Accenture pulled out of a $3.73 billion contract to revamp the United Kingdoms National Health Service IT, a project that has been plagued by massive budget overruns, outages, flailing confidence and critical delays from supplier iSoft for

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eWEEK Labs' Stupid Technology Tricks of 2006 - Ripping into RFID

RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology offers 'benefits' such as allowing thieves to record your name, credit card number and expiration date from your new swipeless credit card without you having to take it out of your wallet. However, while RF

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eWEEK Labs' Stupid Technology Tricks of 2006 - Data Disaster

As a result of a pair of thefts of VA laptops that had been brought home by employees, millions of veterans were forced to take measures to protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft. The FBI determined that the thefts were motivated by a d

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