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Book Review: Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++

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The creator of the C++ programming language brings us a new textbook in programming principles that could well become a classic tome. Read the review at Freesoftware Magazine.

Top ten biggest egos in technology

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itnews.com.au: This week, we count down some of the biggest egos in the IT business - the larger than life personalities that dominate IT.

Napster: Ten years of change

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news.bbc.co.uk: In June 1999 a US teenager wrote a computer program that turned the music industry on its head, and created shockwaves that are still being felt by the global entertainment business a decade later.

Valentine's Day ASCII Art

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Bill Gates releases mosquitoes during conference for malaria awareness

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wikinews.org: Bill Gates, the founder of computer software company Microsoft tried to bring attention to malaria on Wednesday February 4 by releasing a "swarm" of mosquitoes from a jar, into the crowd.

7 tech comics that will put a big smile on your face

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royal.pingdom.com: Sometimes you just need to take a short break, relax and have fun. A great way to do so is to check out some funny web comics, and we here at Pingdom are big fans of comics that dive into the slightly more geeky aspects of life.

LEGO logos by and for computer geeks

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royal.pingdom.com: Lego started selling their now world-famous bricks 60 years ago, and has a certain inherent geek appeal. This post shows what happens when computer geeks combine their love for Lego with their love for certain popular tech companies and their logos.

A Disconnect from the Real World

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lovehateubuntu.blogspot: After reading both Jeff Atwood's article and Joel Spolsky's response to a discussion topic, I'm wondering if these guys really live in the real world of programming or not. These two also don't seem to understand that there is a difference between programming and software development.

20 bizarre and funny ways people have broken their computers

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royal.pingdom: We here at Pingdom have gone through those press releases and handpicked the funniest and most bizarre incidents, for your reading pleasure.

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