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Sweet Spot: March 2003

Prices continue to drop, but the Sweet Spot for graphics cards remains with the Radeon 9000 and GeForce4 Ti 4200, still priced between $200 and $500 depending on the bundle and memory configuration.

Opinion: Web warriors seek Mr. Mugu's modalities

There's an odd battle building in the dark alleys and byways of the Internet, being fought by diverse characters such as Dr. Sigmund Freud, Kris Kringle, the late Princess Margaret, a German-Hungarian gypsy called Hans Gneesunt-Boompsadazi, a Chinese...

Opinion: Bluetooth experience still needs tinkering

This year saw the long-awaited appearance of Bluetooth products, including access points, printer adapters, PC cards and hands-free wireless headsets. We even saw some Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, which is what everyone says will be the catalyst fo...

Opinion: Putting XP in the zone

I get a lot fewer messages from readers saying how happy they are with Windows XP and a lot more messages saying how they're grappling with one or another new behaviour they hadn't expected.

What is .Net Server 2003?

Although Microsoft has been talking about its sweeping .Net strategy for at least a year now, many companies are still trying to determine what .Net means to them. In fact, many IT professionals have trouble articulating what .Net even is. That's bec...

Undeniably cool: Riding the Segway

In an old converted textile mill along the banks of the Merrimack River in Manchester, New Hampshire, Dean Kamen thinks he's come up with a device that will eliminate congestion in cities and improve the productivity of city dwellers worldwide. If no...

IE doesn't lock down

We've spent years teaching users that their passwords and credit card numbers are secure on the Web as long as a little lock icon appears in the status bar of their browser windows.

Specsmanship: The numbers do lie

The shame! You bought a 2.2-gigahertz computer the day before the 2.4-GHz model came out--with a 10 percent faster graphics card and a 20 percent faster hard drive! The humiliation! Or not. Take comfort in this axiom, a bit of deep philosophical wisd...

Sorry Miss, the dog ate my laptop

Back in our day, when we told the teacher the dog ate our homework, we meant it had chewed up a few sheets of paper. But now canines have to take more radical action if they are going to destroy your prized essay, as one schoolchild found out when th...

Requiem for Napster

We gather to mourn the passing of Napster -- or at least mourn its evolution into a different virtual life-form.

Plug it in and it works

If a network is a neighborhood, it's not a friendly one. Devices don't talk to one another, let alone acknowledge the others exist. They require all kinds of help (from us) to settle in and start working. Wouldn't it be great if devices come into the...

Lindows: Windows for losers?

There's been a lot of press lately about Lindows, a new operating system that purports to run both Linux and Windows applications. Much of the press ink is devoted to a lawsuit from Microsoft Corp. alleging trademark infringement. When will Microsoft...

Vote 1: Remote

If death, taxes and Microsoft profits are certainties, then uncertainty can be defined by trying to pick a federal election date. Maybe by the time you read this.

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Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

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Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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