IT spends a day training a user on a newly installed program. But the next day, user calls to say she can't find it. "After some phone troubleshooting, I discovered there appeared to be no remnants of it anywhere on her PC," IT says. He drives to the site 20 minutes away and spots the problem when he walks in: user is working at a PC on the other side of the office. Sighs IT, "Much to my chagrin, I did not think to ask, 'Are you using the PC we trained on yesterday?


Oh, the bad old days when the brick weighed nearly 1kg and offered just a half-hour of talk time for every recharging. It also sold for $5000! Remember the old days of clunky and overpriced mobile phones back in 1984? Incredibly, consumers lined up in droves to buy the first mopbile phone as soon as it hit the market. This week IT history celebrated those days with Rudy Krolop, who designed Motorola's DynaTAC8000X. Krolopp, now 74 and retired, still gets a "warm fuzzy feeling" thinking about the DynaTAC although the brick took more than a decade to get to market. And we all thought we looked so cool......maybe such recollections should be left in the past!

Britain's Prince Harry, who is scheduled to start his army officer training next month, has been told to brush up on his computer skills after reportedly failing a test at the elite Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Colonel Roy Parkinson, protocol officer at Sandhurst, said that Harry did well on physical tests but failed his computer assessment. Obviously not a geek, poor old Harry has copped a lot of flack in recent times for smoking dope and drinking alcohol.


A bunch of computer-generated gibberish masquerading as an academic paper has been accepted at a scientific conference in a victory for pranksters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Jeremy Stribling said that he and two fellow MIT graduate students questioned the standards of some academic conferences, so they wrote a computer program to generate research papers complete with nonsensical text, charts and diagrams. The trio submitted two of the randomly assembled papers to the World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI), scheduled to be held July 10-13 in Orlando, Florida. To their surprise, one of the papers - "Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy" - was accepted for presentation.

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