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What could an online community do for you?Restricted Content

February 2, 2009
Tim Altom
There is gold to be mined in online communities, which is why so many companies are tempted to try it.
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Is your computer bored? Feed it art, science and moreRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Tim Altom
Your computer sits utterly idle much of its time, even when you're working. It works faster than you do, so it gets things done quickly and waits like a panting sheep dog for you to issue the next order.

If you're in the mood to be generous, you can donate those "spare cycles," as they're called, to help other people do research.

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Data losses due to hackers, negligenceRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Tim Altom
Data gets lost depressingly often.
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Don't trust security of hotel computersRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Tim Altom
If you're not using your own computer that's been religiously scanned for malware, you're leaving yourself open, and the elegance of the hotel is no indicator of how safe its computers are.
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Businesses should note how consumers adapt inventions to fit their needsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Tim Altom
Consumers use online shopping carts for items that they're considering buying, not intent on buying.
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Expensive ink cartridges for computer printers signal they're empty when notRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Tim Altom
Ink cartridges signal that they're empty when they're not, but consumers can take steps to judiciously use all the ink in any computer printer cartridge.
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