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  • My journey from Macs to Mint

    I saw the commercial. Buying a Mac would throw a rock through the window of mundane, non-graphical computing.

  • Remembering Quark and AppleTalk, Netware and Gopher

    The Apple Mac has played an important part of my professional journalism career for at least 20 of the years that I have been a writer. One Mac or another has been my main writing machine since 1990, and has been in daily use, traveling around the world several times and my more-or-less constant work companion. It is a tool not a religion, yet I have been quite fond of the various machines that I have used.

  • I wrote the Macworld Networking Bible and it was good

    My first Mac was a Mac 512K from the early 1980s, probably 1985. It replaced my Heathkit CP/M system, and when I went on business trips, that thing -- and an external hard drive, what a luxury -- traveled with me all over the country in a huge padded case.

  • The accidental Mac user

    In 1990, I was a cub reporter at a small daily newspaper in Southwest Florida, and someone brought in a Macintosh computer to the editorial department. They asked, "Who knows how to use one of these?" I raised my hand, saying that I had used them for a short time in college (the journalism school had just started to use Macintosh systems and QuarkXpress in their computer labs).

  • Mac and Windows compatibility through the decades

    I've always been an agnostic in the religious wars between Mac and PC. Reaching across the aisle separating Steve Jobs from Bill Gates hasn't always been easy. But unlike trying to be bi-partisan in Congress, mixing Macs and PCs has actually gotten less complicated and less annoying over the decades.

  • Apple's Mac: the Post-PC PC?

    The Apple Mac, celebrating its 30th birthday Friday, January 24, is an anomaly wrapped in a paradox: the most successful personal computer ever with single-digit market share, from the company reinventing itself as the "post PC" leader, is likely to keep growing in the enterprise, even though Apple's whole approach is consumer focused.

  • How the Mac made a hacker out of me

    As long as I can remember, I've had an interest in computer programming. I started tinkering as a kid back in the early 1980s with a TI-99-4A and Atari XL Series (remember those membrane keyboards?), Atari STs and Apple II's. Most of that was just goofy kid stuff, sorting baseball and hockey cards and stuff that was Star Trek related.

  • Juniper announces Firefly Suite for virtual-machine security

    Juniper today announced its Firefly Suite for virtual-machine security, a set of software-based products for VMware and KVM that contain the security and switching capabilities found in Juniper's SRX Series Services Gateway, as well as Junos Space Virtual Director.

  • These key phrases will help your Kickstarter get funded

    Words are powerful, particularly on the Internet, and a pair of researchers from Georgia Tech say that they've identified the ones that can either push a Kickstarter campaign over the top or doom it to unsuccessful obscurity.

  • Microsoft Hyper-V bangs away at VMware's popularity

    Cloud management platforms have recently been expanding support for Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization platform, representing Microsoft's continued efforts to chip away at VMware's dominance in the hypervisor market.

  • Google boosts patents in 2013 but IBM still dominates

    IBM retained its patent crown in 2013, snaring more U.S. patents than any other company for the 21st year in a row. But the big news is Google, which quickened its patent pace and climbed to No. 11 in the rankings.

  • Juniper SDN veteran lands at Brocade

    Brocade has named former Cisco and Juniper engineer Benson Schliesser as distinguished engineer, responsible for helping shape the company's network virtualization strategy.

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