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Computing Archive

  • Hovercrafter

    It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the inventor of the hovercraft.

  • Bomb Scanners

    How current airport bomb detectors operate-plus a look at the next generation of scanning technologies.

  • Behavior-Monitoring Machines

    A new breed of computer software keeps tabs on how people and objects act. To really work, though, these programs have to learn and adapt.

  • War Games

    Computer games enter the debates about the U.S military response to Osama and Saddam. But is the country ready to play out this conflict?

  • Technology's Frontier Syndrome

    We are constantly being promised deliverance to greener pastures, where today’s problems will plague us no more. But new perils seem always to lie in wait.

  • Everyone's a Programmer

    Software is collapsing under the weight of its own complexity. Charles Simonyi’s solution? Programming tools that are so simple that even laypeople can use them.

  • Special Report: Software Goes Extreme

    PC legends Charles Simonyi’s and Mitch Kapor’s upstart ventures aim to create software that does what you want it to do and never crashes. Our exclusive report brings you to the front lines of the new software revolution.

  • Little Bang for the RFID Buck

    Radio frequency identification tags flounder as innovators figure out how to best use them.

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