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Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Unlike IBM, Lenovo to manufacture some System x servers in U.S.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 30 September, 2014 23:09

Lenovo officially acquires IBM's x86 server business Wednesday, promising a seamless transition for its customers, while taking some new security-focused steps.

IT skills that are in demand, and those that will be

By Patrick Thibodeau | 29 September, 2014 23:37

IT professionals seeking certifications in the coming months may get their best return with cloud and security-related certifications. Agile-related training won't hurt, either.

Data center consolidation pays off, feds find

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 September, 2014 06:39

Republicans and Democrats in Congress rarely seem to agree on anything anymore, but top members from both sides Friday offered qualified support for efforts to consolidate federal data centers.

White House blames IT systems for immigration data problems

By Patrick Thibodeau | 26 September, 2014 21:46

The White House has been touting open data initiatives for years. But in one of the most controversial areas in politics -- immigration -- crucial data is often unavailable, and what's available often includes mistakes, say a diverse set of critics.

Microsoft, frustrated as ever with H-1B policy, considers options

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 September, 2014 06:33

A two-day conference on high-skilled immigration policy, which attracted researchers from the U.S. and Europe, offered Microsoft an opportunity to voice frustration over U.S. immigration policy.

Oracle's Larry Ellison downshifts, but leadership remains the same

By Patrick Thibodeau | 19 September, 2014 21:57

Don't mistake Larry Ellison's decision Thursday to step down as CEO of Oracle as a big change.

Lens-less camera, costing pennies, brings vision to the Internet of Things

By Patrick Thibodeau | 19 September, 2014 07:59

There's a type of camera technology emerging with a view of the world similar to what a honey bee sees. The images appear blurry and hazy, but if you're a bee, good enough for finding flowers and people to sting.

IBM cuts pay by 10 per cent for workers picked for training

By Patrick Thibodeau | 16 September, 2014 05:02

IBM has initiated a new training program that will cut the pay of participating employees by 10 per cent.

Strong solar storm set to arrive won't fry electronics

By Patrick Thibodeau | 12 September, 2014 08:56

Back-to-back solar flares, including one that received the highest classification of "X-Class," are striking the earth. U.S. scientists say electronics shouldn't be hurt, but there could be some GPS issues.

Laid off from job, man builds tweeting toilet

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 September, 2014 02:45

Technology, like comedy, uses improvisation.

In earthquakes, alerts may turn machines into action heroes

By Patrick Thibodeau | 02 September, 2014 18:51

The UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory issued an alert about the recent earthquake in California's Napa Valley 10 seconds before it struck. That may not seem like much time -- unless you're a child of the 1950s and 1960s who was trained in school to duck and cover the second you saw a large bright nuclear flash.

Happy Labor Day -- will a bot take your help desk job?

By Patrick Thibodeau | 01 September, 2014 23:50

Competing forces are affecting people who work on help or service desks. One is improving automation tools, which advocates say can replace level 1 and 2 support staff. At the same time, the number of help desk tickets is rising each year, which puts more demand on the service desk.

Intel makes the world's smallest IoT modem

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 August, 2014 06:06

Intel says it is producing a 3G modem, an essential component for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smaller than anything else produced in the world.

In Napa quake, power surges led to PC damage

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 August, 2014 19:48

Sunday's 6.0 earthquake in Napa County, Calif. caused power surges that may have led to much of the damage to computers in homes and small businesses, according to computer technicians in Napa.

Data centers are the new polluters

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 August, 2014 02:40

U.S. data centers are using more electricity than they need. It takes 34 power plants, each capable of generating 500 megawatts of electricity, to power all the data centers in operation today. By 2020, the nation will need another 17 similarly sized power plants to meet projected data center energy demands as economic activity becomes increasingly digital.