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Faster Forward: May 20, 2007 - May 26, 2007

Happy Birthday, Star Wars!

Thirty years ago today, Star Wars -- one of the greatest movies ever made! -- debuted in movie theaters. Decades later, this film (the second I ever saw in a theater) remains one of my favorites. One reason why: It gets computers right. Star Wars and the movies that followed...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 25, 2007; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video  
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FedEx House Arrest

If it's 1:00 in the afternoon on a weekday and I haven't shaved or showered yet, that doesn't necessarily mean I've turned into some degenerate wastrel. I could just be waiting for FedEx. Online shopping eliminates the need to deal with a number of real-world annoyances--smaller inventories, long checkout lines,...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 25, 2007; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Dell Does Linux

As of 5 pm (Eastern Time), you'll be able to order two new Dell desktop systems and one Dell laptop configuration with Ubuntu Linux 7.04 installed instead of Windows. Dell product manager Lionel Menchaca has the details in his post on Dell's corporate blog this morning. (A posting earlier in...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 24, 2007; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Computers  
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Fed Up With Palm

I'm a Washington Nationals fan, which means that--like a moth drawn to the flamethrower--I keep turning on the TV or showing up at RFK to see my team lose in one gruesome way after another. There's a rule for times like these: Don't boo outcomes, boo lack of effort. Today's...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 24, 2007; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Gadgets  
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If You Lived Here, You'd Be Downloading By Now

Yesterday, my colleague Kim Hart wrote a great piece about the uproar in a Loudoun County subdivision over a sole-source deal for TV and Internet access. To recap: Residents say the firm anointed under this contract, OpenBand, delivers lousy service at expensive prices and complain that they may be stuck...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 22, 2007; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Telecom  
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News Flash: Tech Support Still Stinks

You can hear the most amazing things when you call a technology company for help. Just ask some of my readers: Like the Rockville resident who called Comcast and was incorrectly told that Time Warner was going to be his cable-TV provider, or the Dell user who wanted to put...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 21, 2007; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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