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Secret desires

Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
Who's going to win the election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 2010
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Apple loses its cool

Sheez, they’re getting awfully touchy out in Cupertino.
Once the underdog cult darling battling the evil empire, Apple is fighting an image problem — and critics, who say it’s betrayed the digital revolution
By WEN STEPHENSON  |  May 14, 2010
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Holy Scrollers!

It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010

Going green: Ghostbusters

My monthly rent payment includes heat and electricity, a luxury I'm still getting used to at the new apartment I moved into this summer.
Reducing phantom loads
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 28, 2009

Crossword: ''You can look it up''


Eight entries from eight decades of the OED.
By MATT JONES  |  October 01, 2008
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Rage against the machines!

We’re on the cusp of a perilous era. Our pitiful carbon bodies are evolving much slower than the silicon and steel gizmos we’re inventing. And the guys in the lab coats and pocket protectors are starting to worry we’ve opened Pandora’s hard drive.
Could robots take over the world? In many ways, they already have.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 21, 2008


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Frag fest

If you can accept that multiplayer shooters are essentially sports games, it goes a long way toward getting you into the appropriate mindset to enjoy them.
Multiplayer mayhem in Unreal Tournament III
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 31, 2007
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Courts allow photographs of documents

Back in September, we told you that a Maine judge had issued a secret, unwritten order barring people from taking pictures of court documents.
Public record victory
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 05, 2007
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Rustic reunion

Yes, Rustic Overtones are back.
Are there Overtones of something long-term?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 06, 2007
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Adventurous demos

With a variety of scrims, opaque panels, and lighting tricks, the seven dancers became the source for a dreamy succession of images by new-media artist Jonathan Bachrach.
Lorraine Chapman’s The Floating World , Snappy’s String Beings
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 05, 2007
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Mic and the mechanics

At first blush, it was tempting to mock the 2007 National Free Culture Conference.
National Free Culture Conference has a wiki good time
By BEN RICHARDSON  |  May 30, 2007


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Boston music news: April 27, 2007

For its 10th-anniversary finale, Boston Modern Orchestra Project is pulling out all the stops.
Notes on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Haunt
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 23, 2007
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Your desktop could be a time bomb

In Rhode Island’s sooty industrial past, the state was awash in toxic chemicals and metals.
Making computers — and disposing of them — exacts a harsh environmental cost
By TIM LEHNERT  |  November 29, 2006
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Punch the clock

This is not a Madden title, and neither does it pretend to be.
Coach   makes you work for it
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 11, 2006
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Get it while you can

A couple of months ago, a man with the screen name x-amount logged on to  Recidivism.org , the blog he maintains with a few of his friends, and made a pronouncement.
Will sites like YouTube and The Hype Machine go the route of Napster?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2006
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Go, gadget, go!

We’re inching ever closer to the technological utopia so keenly envisioned on The Jetsons .
The most exciting personal devices of 2006 are wireless, tiny, and occasionally even useful
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 01, 2006


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Making history

Lost on Liftoff have plans to release their debut album on Labor Day Records later this month. When they do, I’ll make sure to remind you that frontman Walt Craven is now on his third wildly popular Portland band.
The Portland music scene needs a centralized archive of memorabilia and music
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 17, 2006

Here Come the Hot Gaming Consoles!


Xbox 360 rocks. Microsoft's newly minted, next-generation game console is packed with a fire-breathing processor, an outlandish graphics processing unit, and high-definition TV outputs for blasting pixels onto huge HDTV screens. It even looks sweet, with a curvaceous, Apple-esque design that both soothes and entices. There can be no doubt: This month Xbox 360 will incite store riots and lure grown men into acts of depravity, just to have one by the end of 2005.
By Jane Smith  |  December 18, 2005