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On the beat: In US, World Cup reaches fever ‘pitch’

Ronal-d’OH! US Soccer fans: Does that describe your (G-rated) reaction to the heartbreaking conclusion of Sunday’s World Cup match against Portugal? A spectacular crossing pass from perhaps the planet’s top player, Cristiano Ronaldo, led to Portugal’s equalizing goal and a deflating 2-2 draw for the US, mere seconds from a history-making comeback win.

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The top 24 free tools for data encryption

The NSA, Edward Snowden, corporate espionage, corporate snooping, hackers and crackers, the cloud, mind control rays… there is a lot in the news these days that makes you want to take a much more serious look at encryption to protect your privacy and your data. Whether you are coming up with the next big thing […]

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World Cup priorities: morale over productivity?

The United States and Germany, each with a proverbial foot in the door to the World Cup’s Round of 16, only need a draw in their head-to-head Group G match today to reach the knockout round. It’s a reality reportedly doubling as a nightmare scenario for FIFA, which dealt with a similar situation in 1982.

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PCI DSS compliance isn’t for you? (It can be)

The rules may not apply to you. But you should still apply the rules. Wait. What?

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All my nerdy friends are getting buff

Everybody knows the stereotype: When you think of a computer geek, the image that comes to mind isn’t that of a Charles Atlas bodybuilder or a curvy centerfold model. Sitting in front of a monitor all day doesn’t usually impart a healthy glow to the skin and too often, the only exercise we get is […]

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Administrators, aggregate!

A call to systems administrators the world over to join a crack team of IT superheroes in the battle against the forces of evil that continually threaten cyberspace!

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Lost emails?! The IRS’ taxing tale

You may never – ever, ever, ever – feel sorry for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). But, surely, you can appreciate the migraine-like headache that officials from the US government’s tax agency are experiencing.

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On the beat: Social media and free speech – a Supreme decision

Your social media posts can get you fired. They can also get you hired. But can they send you to the slammer?

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Making remote support a little easier

Does this kind of conversation ring any bells? “It says it’s connecting now…oh hang on…are you in yet? No? I’m sure it said it was connecting…let me try this, wait a second…are you in?” If this reminds you of an unsuccessful attempt to gain control of a user’s PC, you’re not alone! There are few […]

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How to solve Error Code 1603

Don’t you just hate it when you are ready to install that new program you found, or the new software application that the department is dying to use, and you go to install it only to be slapped down with a FATAL ERROR? Or more accurately, an Error: -1603 fatal error during installation. That’s really […]

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