PEBCAK

You know what we’re talking about. “Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard.” Here you can find tips on how to effectively deal with less tech-savvy employees at your organization and the user errors that seem to follow them around, along with humorous stories and fun articles for IT professionals.


Weird Wearables

It’s OK to be into gadgetry, but the onslaught of wearables with sometimes dubious benefits is enough to make even the most enthusiastic of techies shake their heads. If you really want a wristband that will shock you to break you of bad habits, no one will stop you—but for most of us, these wearables are just weird.

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Tech Support Scammers Get Scammed

By Kate Cox

Many people have experienced the fake tech support call, and while some may fall for them, most simply hang up and shake their heads. However, one tech scammer made the mistake of calling a tech expert—and the tech expert responded by keeping the would-be scammer on the line for two hours.

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The New AI Frontier: Texas Hold’em

By Thor Olavsrud

In the battle of man vs. machine, heads-up no-limit Texas hold’em may be the next new frontier. Artificial intelligence (AI), developed by a Carnegie Mellon University professor and a PhD student, is taking on four of the top pros in the world to show that AI can master games of imperfect information.

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People Hurting Themselves (Literally) with Computers and Video Games

By Bob Brown

It happens. While technology has the potential to help us immensely in our day-to-day lives, every so often it can come back to harm us, sometimes physically. Some of these injuries resulted from frustration, while others were simply a matter of sitting, standing, or even sleeping in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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The ‘Magic’ of IT

By Michael Czaplinski

Of course, every IT professional knows that what they do isn’t really magic, but magical thinking tends to be very common among the computer users that IT is called upon to assist every day. Read on for some musings from a veteran IT professional who has seen his share of computer crises.

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In Case You Were Wondering, Here’s How to Shoot Down a Drone

By Mike Elgan

There are now an enormous number of consumer drones flying around in the sky, and a backlash has long been brewing. While antidrone technology started out as expensive military equipment (much like drones themselves), the tech is now becoming more widely available for your average, everyday drone hunter.

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Driverless Cars Will Get Bullied

By Russ Mitchell

The interest in self-driving cars seems to fluctuate wildly, and the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA says he knows why. It’s not the technology, the market, or even insurance or liability issues, he claims. He says the biggest issue will be humans, and specifically that they will bully driverless cars they encounter out on the open road.

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Worst. Tech Gift. Ever.

By Mark Hachman

Last-minute holiday shopping is in full swing, and as the desperation increases among shoppers, so does the potential for truly terrible tech gifts. It’s not worth saving a few bucks—take a look at this list of poorly conceived technology-related gift items, and then avoid them at all costs.

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The Worst Kind of Cybersecurity People

By Josh Fruhlinger

The worst sort of PEBCAKs are the ones who are constantly putting company data at risk. You know the types; they’re always falling for phishing scams, they love their passwords to be easy to remember (and easy to break), and, perhaps most frustrating, they often think that they know better than the IT department.

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Cool Stuff from a 3-D Printer

By Michelle Davidson

Let’s take a break from discussing the difficulties of navigating IT strategy or the perils of cybersecurity and remember one of the best things about technology: It’s really cool. 3-D printers in particular can make some amazing things—let’s take a look at some of them.

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