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December 2000
Lie Back and Think of England: Internet commerce has its risks, but we're not the ones who bear them.
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Bah Humbug!: There Might Be a PC Recession, But That's Not What's Behind Microsoft's Recent Earnings Dip
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Make It 15 Percent Funnier: How MPEG-7 Might Change Hollywood Forever
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Everyone's a Critic: Never Underestimate the Power of User Impatience to Drive PC Sales
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November 2000
Let's Put on a Show!: How to Avoid the Looming PC Recession
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The New New Bill Gates: A Revisionist Look at the Richest Man on Earth
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Comdex, Bloody Comdex: Why the Best Way to See the World's Biggest Computer Show May Be by Not Going at All
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Flunking Out: Bad Grades for the Electoral College
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Not What It's Cracked Up to Be: Understanding the Microsoft Break-in is Probably Closer Than Most People Think
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October 2000
The Sample Truth: How Online Opinion Polls are Different From Traditional Polls, and Sometimes, Better
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Beat Me, Whip Me, Make Me Write Bad Checks: Big-time Financial Advice Comes to the Internet, and Nobody Notices
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More Good News!: Cisco's Another Bright Light in an Otherwise Dark Quarter
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Don't Worry, Be Happy!: Why Apple's Darkest Moment Isn't So Dark at All
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September 2000
Mr. Internet Come Here, I Want You!: Bob Reconsiders Internet Telephony
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Search and Ye Might Find: How the Very Success of the Internet Makes It Harder to Find the Good Stuff
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Through an ILEC Darkly: How DSL Works and Might Even Make Us Rich
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Looking for a Shred of Truth: In a Litigious Age, a Paper Shredder Can Be Man's Best Friend
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August 2000
I'll Gladly Pay You Tuesday: How PayPal Has Already Won the Battle of the Internet Payment Systems
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Put On Your Thinking Cap: Chris McKinstry Wants to Build a Brain Accelerator
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If You Build It, They Will Come: What BlackPlanet Teaches Us About the True Nature of the Internet
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X Blocks: How Microsoft's X-Box is Attempting to Hurt the Upcoming PlayStation 2 Introduction and Why It Probably Won't Work
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Carnivore 3.0: The Wrath of Olympus
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July 2000
Everybody's Wrong: When It Comes to the History of High Tech, the Truth is Often Buried (by the PR Department) and Forgotten, Only to be Learned Over and Over and Over Again
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Carnivore 2.0: More on the Perils of FBI Internet Surveillance and Why It's Even Worse in Australia
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Meet Eater: The FBI's Plan for Digital Wiretaps Raises More Questions ThanIt Answers
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October Surprise:: How high technology may well smooth Al Gore's path to the White House
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June 2000
Downtrodden Rock Stars Unite!: It's not that Napster is so Great: People Just Hate Record Companies
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Signal Tasking: Steve Morton Proves That It Doesn't Take Thousands of Engineers or Billions of Dollars to Build a World Class Chip Company
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Because They Have To: Why Judy Estrin and Bill Carrico, Who Already Have More Money Than God, Are Doing Their Fourth Startup
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Justice is Blind: Why Microsoft Might Actually Be Relieved (Even Thrilled) With Judge Jackson's Order to Split the Company in Two
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There's a New Game in Town: How and Why the Internet Industry is Starting to Grow Up
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May 2000
Stranger in a Strange Land: How Homer Sarasohn Brought Industrial Quality to Japan and Why It Took Japan So Long to Learn
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All That Glitters: How the Real Value of Business Intelligence is Allowing Us to Fail Quicker
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MAN Trouble: So You Finally Have DSL and Tons of Bandwidth, but Don't Be Surprised If Your Metropolitan Area Network Lets You Down
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Array of Hope: How One Little Company Throws Into Doubt Some of theThird-Generation Cellular Hype
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April 2000
Of Black Holes and Bank Notes: Chaos Theory and Astrophysics are Changing the Stock Market, but You and I Won't Benefit
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What Goes Down: Why the Bad News From Wall Street Isn't As Bad As It Seems
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The Palm Paradox: How Looking at Two Stock Prices From Inside Out Explains the Current Tech Share Meltdown
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Whiz Kid: TrueSAN's Tom Isakovich May Be Silicon Valley's Youngest CEO
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March 2000
No More Mr. Nice Guy: If Microsoft Isn't Settling its Antitrust Case, it Just Might be Because Judge Jackson is Sending the Wrong Signals
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Don't Touch That Dial: How the Commercial Television Networks Plan to Use the Internet to Destroy Local TV
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A Shot Across the Bow: The Real Strategy Behind Microsoft's X-Box Game System
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Take My Job, Please: How to Predict the Future and Become an Industry Pundit
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Have Another Cup?: The Return of Java and its New Importance in Business
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February 2000
The Cat is Out of the Bag: Why DDoS May be Even Worse Than You Think. A LOT Worse
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The Plot Thickens: Why is Everybody Talking About Distributed Denial of Service but Nobody is Saying Anything?
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Service Denied: There are Worse Things Than Being Knocked Off eBay for an Hour
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The (Super) Bowl is Half Empty: Why an Inevitable Business Transition Makesit Probably not too Smart for Internet Companies to Run Commercials During the Super Bowl
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January 2000
That's Where the Money Is: Hold Onto Your Wallet, Because Computer Crime IsGrowing Up
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Good Cop, Bad Cop: Why the Ascendancy of Steve Ballmer Has More to Do With the Department of Justice Than It Has to Do With Microsoft
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Th-th-th-th-that's All Folks!: What's Behind the AOL/Time-Warner Merger is More Obvious Than Some People Would Like to Admit
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Nyah-Nyah!: The Last-Ever Cringely Y2K Column
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