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Reid Goldsborough, January 2001
Finding the Best, and Most Popular, Web Sites »

In just a decade, the World Wide Web has grown from a physicist’s research project to a gargantuan marketplace contributing hundreds of billions of dollars and millions of jobs to the nation’s economy. Three billion Web pages, according to market research firm Cyveillance, are now out there for your perusal. Some are more surf-worthy than …

Reid Goldsborough, January 2001
Getting Productive with Software Utilities »

Every time Microsoft releases a new operating system, the question arises anew: What utilities do I need for my computer? Computer utilities are small programs that help you work better with your hardware or existing software. Unlike application programs, they don’t let you do anything externally, such as prepare a letter or budget. To its …

Reid Goldsborough , January 2001
Finding a Good Computer Chair Isn’t a Seat of the »

  If you spend any amount of time with a computer, the most important machine to you, and the most overlooked, may not be the one you type on but the one you sit on. Chairs—specifically ergonomic ones adjustable in multiple ways—are really seat machines. Though they may not yet have digital instrumentation, quality office …

Reid Goldsborough, November 2000
Be Smart When Sending E-mail »

If you’re online, you’ve undoubtedly received “spam”-unsolicited, untargeted bulk e-mail, typically ads for illegal “Make Money Fast” pyramid schemes, pornographic pay Websites, quack healthcare remedies, or other come-ons of interest only to the gullible or desperate.Spam-which conjures up images of fatty, low-cost luncheon meat and Monty Python skits-is nearly universally reviled, the most notable exceptions …

Reid Goldsborough, October 2000
Making It Safer to Shop Online »

Even if you haven’t experienced it, you’ve undoubtedly read about it. Shopping on the Internet-whether as a consumer or as a business-is exploding in popularity.Various studies indicate that from one-quarter to one-half of all Americans have now placed at least one order online. Some analysts believe that eventually e-commerce will account for one-fifth of all …

Reid Goldsborough , July 2000
Finding a Good Computer Chair »

  If you spend any amount of time with a computer, the most important machine to you, and the most overlooked, may not be the one you type on but the one you sit on. Chairs—specifically ergonomic ones adjustable in multiple ways—are really seat machines. Though they may not yet have digital instrumentation, quality office …

Reid Goldsborough, May 2000
What Will Be Your Next Operating System? »

The recent release of Windows 2000, the successor to Microsoft’s business-oriented Windows NT, is forcing many people to look again at their operating-system strategy. Whether you use a personal computer at work or home, its operating system affects your choice of software and hardware peripherals, your ease in loading programs and managing files, and your …

Reid Goldsborough, April 2000
Internet Philosophies Reveal Net Attitudes »

These days you just might hear someone say, “I am, therefore I surf.” PCs and the Internet that links them are becoming so central to our way of life that they’ve spawned whole new schools of thought. Internet philosophies with imposing names such as cyberlibertarianism, cyberutopianism, technorealism, technohedonism, cyberfeminism, and cyberunionism have emerged into the …

Reid Goldsborough, April 2000
PCs Can Be Hazardous to Your Health »

Unless one happens to drop on your head while you’re walking on the sidewalk, personal computers can’t kill you. But they can hurt you pretty badly. According to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 2 million people suffer work-related musculoskeletal disorders every year. This includes repetitive strain injuries caused by computer use. …

Reid Goldsborough , March 2000
Bridging the Digital Divide »

“Opportunity for all requires … having access to a computer and knowing how to use it. That means we must close the ‘digital divide’ between those who’ve got the tools and those who don’t.”Thus spoke President Clinton in his final State of the Union address, reiterating his views on the importance of information technology. In …

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