June 26, 2007  11:14 AM

Sneakernets, removable storage and hassle-free file transfer methods



Posted by: GuyPardon
applications, backup, Bluetooth, collaboration, command line, cool, data, downloads, freeware, fundamentals, howto, Internet, lifehack, media, Mobile, MP3, music, network, open source, software, Storage, useful, wireless

One of WhatIs.com's faithful readers wrote in recently with a suggestion for a much-beloved IT sniglets...


June 25, 2007  1:47 PM

I aced my SATs (and how you can, too)



Posted by: SarahCortes
college, downloads, gadgets, MP3, podcast, tutorial

OK, so I lied - I didn't ace my SAT exam.  However, if I grew up as part of the iPod Generation, it may have turned out differently.  The New York Times has an interesting article today about Kaplan Test Prep and...


June 20, 2007  12:11 PM

Cloud computing: The “next big thing?”



Posted by: GuyPardon
Amazon, Apple, buzzword, cloud computing, data, Dell, Google, SaaS, software, the cloud, utility computing, Web applications

In this line of work, I can't help but encounter an awful lot of IT buzzwords. I even write a newsletter dedicated to picking the latest and greatest of 'em. Thankfully, one of the guiding principles of WhatIs.com has always been to decode the tech jargon and spin and explain what something is, who...


June 20, 2007  9:08 AM

Laying e-waste: The PC’s big cyber carbon footprint



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
e-cycling, e-waste, energy efficiency, environmentalism, hardware, statistics, Technology

Environmental responsibility can be a bit of a pain. For one thing, I'd love to buy a new computer but I'm having difficulty rationalizing it (and, let me tell you, I can rationalize with the best!), making it fit into the "sustainable practices" model. I'm still hearing that computers are, on the...


June 14, 2007  11:19 AM

Lexiblographing: On the many flavors of blogging



Posted by: GuyPardon
blog, blogging, commentary, culture, information, interactive media, Internet, new media, podcasting, RSS, social, social publishing, Technology, trend, Web 2.0

In honor of International Weblog Day today, the Word of the Day from WhatIs.com is Pepys' diary. A weblog, put...


June 11, 2007  12:38 PM

Google search field hacks



Posted by: GuyPardon
cheatsheet, cool, ebooks, education, free, Google, hacks, howto, Internet, listings, search, search engine, tool, useful

I'll admit it: I'm a frequent Googler. I Google from the office, when I need to research new terms for WhatIs. I Google from home, when I need information about events, people, tide charts or news. These days, I'm Googling from the car and train as well, enabled by the handheld attached to my belt...


June 8, 2007  12:47 PM

Googlenopes, wiki watchees and chatological humor



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
blog, fun, humor

Although I am, by and large, a sober and serious member of society, truth be told I have a real penchant for juvenile humor. That's why I love Gene Weingarten, who writes


June 5, 2007  9:39 AM

FireGPG: Encrypt, decrypt, sign and verify your gmail



Posted by: GuyPardon
downloads, email, free, freeware, Internet, messaging, open source, privacy, Security, software, useful

I've been using different online freemail ever since I left the comfort of my collegiate email account. Hotmail and Yahoo were the default options back in the mid-90s when I graduated and, for many years, despite the increasing spam, I stuck with them. When .Mac...


June 4, 2007  9:12 AM

XP and Vista Run Commands – Cheatsheet



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
cheatsheet

Today’s discovery?  Actually, it’s a RE-discovery. Run commands. Somewhere between Windows 3.1 and XP, I stopped using Run commands. I think I began to associate them with troubleshooting.

The help desk guy asked me to “click Start/then Run,” and a little shiver of fear...


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