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  • Lawyers and IT: I can't get no subrogation

    In over two years writing this column, I've done my best to avoid using too many easy cliches, but my experience over the past few weeks brings to mind an old joke about a frequently targeted profession to which I'll add a new twist. Here goes: How many lawyers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

  • RSS killed the infoglut star

    It's fairly common knowledge in pop-culture trivia circles that the first video to air on MTV was the Buggles' Video Killed the Radio Star, a song with a title that proved prophetic in its bold announcement of a shift in the way music was consumed and marketed.

  • Matrix moral

    When I saw The Matrix Reloaded on opening weekend, like most hard-core techies, I was excited when Trinity (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) prominently used nmap to exploit a known SSH CRC-32 security vulnerability in the course of the action.

  • Beyond Linux

    Last week I wrote about the solidification of Linux as an IT phenomenon and the impending rise of MySQL's MySQL in the enterprise. In my opinion, neither technology is an underdog anymore in the overall IT contest.

  • If the glass slipper fits

    After two years of writing this column, one theme in the feedback I receive from readers stands out. Regardless of what I write, I get at least a few emails saying, "You're short-changing open source."

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