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10 Origins of Common Internet Terms

This list looks at the origins of ten computer related words. The entries presented here are not necessarily etymological, but, rather, they attempt to trace the words back to their creators or first use in the computing world. I tried to include words that were common enough to be recognizable, so there is a mix of technical and colloquial terms. If there are any you feel I have overlooked, or any about which I am mistaken, please share your thoughts in the comments! So here, for your enjoyment, and in no particular order, are the origins of ten computer words.

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8 Dumbest Fringe U.S. Presidential Candidates

It’s easy to be cynical about political candidates and the lack of choice, particularly when it comes to the Presidential race. Here’s a nice cold glass of shut-the-hell-up: they all suck. They are at the top of the suck heap because they did the most pandering and sucking up to suck their way to the top. And besides, the alternatives aren’t much better. Just take a look at some of these third-party candidates who flunked out of the electoral college.

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15 Major Fast Food Failures

The fast food restaurant is a fixture of urban, suburban and rural America, appealing to people from every age group, income bracket and ethnic background. It’s as close as you can get in the United States to something everyone can agree on. Despite their dominant position in the US marketplace, the Taco Bells, Burger Kings and Pizza Huts of the nation still have to attract customers; kitchen staff, marketing departments and research teams are constantly looking for new ways to court them. However, not all of the ideas can be on a par with the Big Mac, and sometimes, they fall squarely into the “what were they thinking?” category, as anyone who’s tried to eat a McLobster sandwich can attest.

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15 Biggest Fails for Techies Who Bought the Wrong Gear Too Early

Whether or not you believe that early adopters of new tech always get screwed, history proves that buying the latest gadget on day one isn't always a great idea. Sometimes, expensive products quickly become dirt-cheap, hype transforms into obsolescence, and early support is rewarded with a stab in the back. Consider these examples of the 15 biggest early-adopter fails (and the year they let us down) and tell us if a tech company has ever treated you worse.

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10 Most Devious Street Cons And How to Avoid Them

Everyone thinks they’re too smart to fall for a scam until it happens to them. No matter how sure you are that you can spot a con, sometimes it just takes you by surprise. It doesn’t have to be a flashy stock market swindle; it can happen when you’re just walking down the street. Street con artists have worked for years at perfecting money-making scams, and they still get away with it. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to become paranoid, or you’d never leave the house! But there are some common scams that are worth looking out for, and some simple solutions to avoid being played for a chump.

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Top 10 Email Pet Peeves

Whether you use email a little or a lot, there are certain things that annoy you about this communication tool. Sometimes the annoyance comes from the way others use it. Sometimes it is just your own frustration in dealing with the software and computers in general that is the issue.

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10 Tips For Frugal European Travel

Traveling frugally is more than backpacking and witnessing the blur of landscape from the seat of a European railcar. Having a tight pocketbook, however, doesn't mean you can't dream of venturing into the large and small pockets of Europe: To stroll on uneven cobblestones, wander past archaic treasures of history, or spend a leisurely afternoon watching the world go by from a café patio. For all its glam and glory, Europe is also known for making us dig, deeply, into the depths of our American bank accounts. Dreams of gondolier rides and frothy cappuccinos diminish as quickly as the weight of the dollar, which is short-changed by the uneven exchange to the euro. But for a traveler, dreams caught amidst perils are usually never lost. Careful planning and mindful exploration can put you on a plane faster than time wasted on financial worries.

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10 Weirdest Ways that People Manage Stress

Stress is a normal human reaction to life's pressures and challenges. We spend most of our lives trying to figure out the best ways to avoid stress and keep it under control with exercise, sleep, a balanced diet and deep breathing exercises. But when those traditional stress relievers no longer work, people will find alternative and often unhealthy methods to cope with their stress..

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10 Secrets to Instantly Cover Bad Breath

Bad breath can be very embarrassing for you and offensive for those around you. When brushing your teeth or using a mouth wash isn’t practical, there are several other remedies you can use to cover that bad breath. Most of these remedies are also natural remedies.

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20 Incredible iPhone Apps for Troubled Sleepers

If you have trouble sleeping, you know that your frustration leads to a vicious cycle: the more pressure you put on falling asleep quickly, the harder it is to relax, and the worse you feel the next day. If you're a light sleeper, suffer from a sleep disorder or just can't fall asleep, use your iPhone as a tool to help improve the quality of your rest. Good sleep is part of a healthy lifestyle, so stop settling for a mediocre night's rest.

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