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Is That <I>Really</I> Necessary? Having trouble figuring out what technology you need amongst all the useless fluff, add-ons and upgrades? We got you covered.

By Mike Hogan

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Bill Gates and Joseph Schumpeter were right on target--arming entrepreneurs with innovative technology is the shortest route between anywhere and prosperity.

A Harvard economist, Schumpeter preached entrepreneurship when America was an over-regulated group of corporate fiefdoms, passed on about the time Microsoft's chairman was born and never saw his theories become validated by the entrepreneurial boom of the '80s and '90s. Gates, who was central to that effort, assures us that the recent business slump is just a breather, and that even greater productivity will flow from office product investments over the next decade.

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