Jake Widman

Jake Widman is a freelance writer in San Francisco and a regular contributor to Computerworld, PCWorld, and TechHive.

Back-to-school tech guide 2010

Having the right tech tools can give students a leg up at college. Our guide for gift-givers and students rounds up the best gadgets and apps to ease the transition back to campus.

16 great back-to-school gadgets

What makes a good back-to-school gadget? Affordability, usefulness, portability and style top our list. Here's what the well-appointed college student will be carrying this year.

How Facebook mucks up office life

Imagine walking into a meeting and encountering not just your current co-workers, but all your colleagues and managers from jobs past, along with your spouse, your college drinking buddies, your Senior Prom date, and, off in a...

Facebook's privacy options

Facebook users -- and their managers -- who are concerned about keeping control of their information should get themselves over to the social network's Privacy Settings page without delay. While Facebook has recently revamped its...

Facebook's privacy options

New users often jump onto Facebook without understanding its privacy settings. Here's how to rein in your employees' enthusiasm.

How Facebook mucks up office life

Facebook gaffes aren't funny -- or easily shrugged off -- when they affect your department, your company or your personal integrity.

Opinion: Mac advertising masterpieces and missteps

The Macintosh turns 25 this year, and that means Mac advertising does, too. Apple has tried lots of different ways over the years to get us to buy its flagship product. Here are the highs and lows.

Boss by day, gamer by night: IT leaders' favorite games

Do video games stimulate the intellect? Are gamers more social and better equipped to make decisions than nongamers?Author Steven Johnson drew fire from cultural hand-wringers for presenting those assertions a couple of years ago in...

Boss by day, gamer by night: Tech leaders' favorite video games

Once upon a time, gaming was for geeks, freaks and teenagers. No more. Tech industry leaders from Red Hat, Adobe, Cisco and more talk about Atari and Donkey Kong, and how Command and Conquer makes them better in the boardroom.

Extreme IT: Hurricanes, high winds and heavy seas

When Lance Gibson talks about a storm knocking out his systems, he doesn't mean the infamous worm. He might be referring to the latest hurricane to sweep through the Gulf of Mexico or to the lightning accompanying a vicious...

Extreme IT: Hurricanes, high winds and heavy seas in the Gulf of Mexico

The IT manager for Chevron's Gulf oil platforms and support facilities talks about communications challenges in the face of salt air, lightning strikes, high winds and other weather events.

Image gallery: Extreme IT in the Gulf of Mexico

It's not easy to keep communications up and running on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Here are some of the tools and equipment that Chevron's IT staff uses.

IT's biggest project failures -- and what we can learn from them

Ballooning costs, feature creep, vendor lock-in and just plain bad technology have contributed to some of IT's most spectacular project failures. Here's what we can learn from past mistakes.

IT in the Line of Fire

Think your work is stressful? Try getting a network restored after it's been brought down by a mortar attack -- in 110-degree heat. That's life in Iraq and Afghanistan for the members of the U.S. military in charge of IT. Here's the...

Image gallery: Extreme IT in Afghanistan and Iraq

IT pros in the U.S. military handle extreme temperatures, 'moon dust' and mortar attacks to keep communications up and running.

Extreme IT: Battling dust, heat and bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq

Think your job's tough? IT pros in the U.S. military handle extreme temperatures, 'moon dust' and mortar attacks to keep communications -- including multiple networks -- up and running.

Opinion: A new kind of Web — don't miss these 11 sites

Check out these examples of how the Web is evolving to present information in new ways to help you get organized, boost productivity or just have some fun.

Image Gallery: A new kind of Web -- Don't miss these 11 sites

Check out these examples of how the Web is evolving to present information in new ways to help you get organized, boost productivity or just have some fun.

Image Gallery: Facebook vs. LinkedIn

Social networking sites are increasingly a part of the business world, but should you go with buttoned-down LinkedIn or anything-goes Facebook? We tested both services on six common business scenarios, with some surprising results.

Facebook vs. LinkedIn: Which is better for business?

Social networking sites are increasingly a part of the business world, but should you go with buttoned-down LinkedIn or anything-goes Facebook? We tested both services on six common business scenarios, with some surprising results.

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