You’ve Got Mail. Is it Full of Lies?

Publication: MSN Tech & Gadgets   Date: December 27, 2008   View Article

E-mail was a novelty when Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) logged on to her laptop in the opening scene of the 1998 hit romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail.” A mere decade later, e-mail is a cornerstone of modern communications. But a growing body of research suggests we’ve yet to adapt our social behaviors to fit with an era where every message we send is next to impossible to digitally erase.

Stressed Out? Here’s How to Get Organized

Publication: MSN Tech & Gadgets   Date: September 19, 2008   View Article

It’s 4:18 p.m. on Tuesday. Your afternoon meeting ran late and a Post-it note on your keyboard reads “proposal status?” Proposal? S&*#! That’s due tomorrow, isn’t it? You check your e-mail inbox. Unread messages: 837. One of them, you think, might have the details. Which one? The phone rings. It’s your child’s teacher. There’s a problem. Can you meet at 5 p.m.? Today?


Sound familiar? Stressed out? Most of us have been there – that awful feeling of too much to do and no time to do it. Our fix? We make a promise to get organized … someday. But how?

What? You Didn’t Get the E-mail?

Publication: MSN Tech & Gadgets   Date: September 2, 2008   View Article

E-mail is a nuisance for Mike Geile, as it is for many people. But his beef is different than most. The 36-year-old carpenter from Ketchum, Idaho, doesn’t have an electronic post office box. Nevertheless, every day someone – a friend, relative, co-worker, bill collector, store clerk – asks for it.

“I don’t have one,” he tells them.

“What?” they say.

Online Anonymity

Publication: MSN Tech & Gadgets   Date: September 29, 2007   View Article

How rich are your new neighbors? Who just called your phone? Want to pretend you’re somebody else? There’s an Internet technology out there to collect the information you need. And even if you’re not interested, an identity thief, marketing company, government snoop or nosy neighbor can surf the Web and probably find out about you.

Laptops: A College Essential, But for Class?

Publication: MSN Tech & Gadgets   Date: July 28, 2007   View Article

Professors debate whether laptops are a help or hindrance in the classroom.

Gone, But Not Forever

Publication: MSN Tech & Gadgets   Date: May 7, 2007   View Article

As Karl Rove may soon find out, truly deleting an e-mail is a difficult thing to do, according to computer forensics experts.

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