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The banana problem

This pilot fish slips and takes a hard fall, but fortunately he's not badly hurt -- the damage is mostly to his pride and his mobile phone, which now has a new shape.

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7 reasons iOS 12 adoption matters to you

Apple’s iOS 12 is already installed on over 50 percent of actively-used iPhones and iPads: This is why it matters:

Why we love metrics

This company has had its share of IT death marches, so it launches a big effort to improve estimating and project delivery. The key: detailed metrics for IT project time.

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An easy October Patch Tuesday

After a bit of a hiatus, Greg Lambert is back with all the info you need on Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday update cycle.

Throwback Thursday: Why we love sales people

Sales rep promises this customer a discount, but while it's on the sales order, there's no discount on the invoice generated by the ERP system. Who removed it?

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Why Apple must be looking into using blockchain

It makes more sense for Apple to think about using blockchain than to ignore it.

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What the heck is it with Windows updates?

Lately, it’s been difficult to update Windows systems without running into some showstopping bugs. WTH is going on?

Where THAT consultant came from

This IT consultant isn't exactly well thought of as a technical professional -- but that doesn't stand in the way of a long and varied career at a big consultancy.

That user's name wasn't Barney NEWTON, was it?

It's almost Y2K, and this small recruiting firm is converting its key systems to client/server and switching from Macs to PCs -- and there's just a bit of culture shock.

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How 5G wireless will change pay TV industry virtually overnight

Let’s explore how 5G wireless will change other industries like pay TV, how big the impact will be and how quickly that change will occur.

But thanks for keeping in touch!

Pilot fish runs an IT support group that's announcing new PC power management settings, which will roll out on Friday -- so you know what's going to happen on Thursday.

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Spy chips on servers? Lessons learned (and questions to ask)

The revelations this week – hotly denied by Apple and Amazon – that Chinese server suppliers had planted microchips on motherboards – raises a lot of questions. Here are the ones companies should be asking now.

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The first smart display for business: Your Android phone

Here’s why I think Google will announce a ‘smart display’ feature this week for Android optimized for business use.

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Apple, Amazon server spy story is wake-up call to security pros (u)

While Apple and Amazon deny claims that spy chips were found inside their servers, the story illustrates the complex security challenges enterprises face.

Time to lock the security team in a hotel room?

IT security at this company has laptops really locked down, which isn't a big deal for most users when they're traveling -- unless a hotel has its own security ideas.

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Microsoft Surface refresh: the magic behind the announcement

A look at the launch of the latest line of Surface products from Microsoft.

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Why Chromebooks are a bigger threat to Microsoft than you know

Google is somewhat stealthily winning mind share with youths.

Throwback Thursday: How (not) to save money in IT

The servers in this computer room are having problems with their disk drives, but fortunately there's a simple short-term fix -- and, unfortunately, a longer-term agenda.

Self promotion

It's the early 1970s, and a new intern turns out to be extremely interested in the strategic planning model this pilot fish is writing -- on punch cards in Fortran.

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