Laura Sydell http://www.kunc.org en Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board http://www.kunc.org/post/ex-microsoft-ceo-ballmer-steps-down-companys-board Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 58, has <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/aug14/08-19steveb.aspx">resigned from the company's</a> board citing other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.<p>Tuesday's announcement closes a chapter in Ballmer's 34 years with the software giant. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 59670 at http://www.kunc.org Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever http://www.kunc.org/post/how-long-do-cds-last-it-depends-definitely-not-forever Back in the 1990s, historical societies, museums and symphonies across the country began transferring all kinds of information onto what was thought to be a very durable medium: the compact disc.<p>Now, preservationists are worried that a lot of key information stored on CDs — from sound recordings to public records — is going to disappear. Some of those little silver discs are degrading, and researchers at the Library of Congress are trying to figure out why.<p>In a basement lab at the library, Fenella France opens up the door to what looks like a large wine cooler. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 59629 at http://www.kunc.org How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist http://www.kunc.org/post/good-it-person-needs-be-half-technologist-half-psychologist <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2ySMXsuMiw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rksCTVFtjM4</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 59491 at http://www.kunc.org A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist In Tech Marketing Jobs, Women's Successes Are Rarely Recognized http://www.kunc.org/post/tech-marketing-jobs-womens-successes-are-rarely-recognized It's no secret that there aren't a lot of women in Silicon Valley and the tech industry in general. There is one exception — marketing and public relations. Though these women aren't the people writing the code or building the chip, their role in the success of many tech companies is often crucial and overlooked.<p>A recent lawsuit in the valley highlights that problem. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 59310 at http://www.kunc.org In Tech Marketing Jobs, Women's Successes Are Rarely Recognized In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma http://www.kunc.org/post/battle-web-traffic-bad-bots-are-going-after-grandma As the Web <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/27/282965383/the-web-at-25-hugely-popular-and-viewed-as-a-positive-force">turns 25</a>, it's becoming a terrific place if you're a bot.<p>It began as a tool for human communication, but now, over 60 percent of the traffic on the Web is automated applications called bots talking to other bots, according to one study. And experts say about half of those bots are bad.<p>But first let's talk about the good bots.<p>For example, Google's bots crawl around the Web to find the best information. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 58556 at http://www.kunc.org In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma