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Google Maps: Now With Pac-Man

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It’s April 1, and you know what that means: Time for Google’s annual prank. This year, Google has a good one. Head over to Google Maps, find a map with a lot of roads (the more oddly shaped, the better), and click on the Pac-Man icon in the lower-left portion of the screen. The map will transform into a classic Pac-Man level. If you want to give your ghost-fleeing skills a real workout, find a map with a lot of… continue…

Microsoft Still Trying to Get Surface Right

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Microsoft’s first attempt at Surface, its tablet-laptop hybrid, was an unmitigated disaster that forced the company to take a $900 million write-down on unsold inventory. Rather than abandon the concept, Microsoft has continued to release updated versions of Surface over the past two-and-a-half years. You could argue that the company has no other choice: The future belongs to mobile devices, and Microsoft needs to demonstrate that it can successfully play in that arena if it wants to survive. Check out… continue…

Company Housing: Perk or Gilded Cage?

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Back in the 19th century, some of America’s pioneering super-capitalists decided to build whole towns to house their workers. George Pullman, for example, built an eponymous village for the employees who built his railcars; anyone living in those small houses needed to conform to bylaws and pay rent, even when the company wasn’t doing well. While the formal concept of “company towns” gradually faded away in the United States—it’s far more difficult these days for one entity to buy up… continue…

Interview Qs for Puppet Masters

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The demand for tech pros skilled in Puppet rose 15.5 percent year-over-year, according to Dice’s most recent annual survey. Meanwhile, postings for Puppet-related jobs have increased 91 percent. Although Puppet has been around since 2005, the open-source configuration tool’s growing popularity is linked to the rising interest in DevOps. Monica Culver, the London-based director of customer success for Puppet Labs, explained in a recent interview how, like many managers, she evaluates candidates for Puppet-heavy jobs on their proficiency with DevOps… continue…

Your Layoff Survival Guide

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By most metrics, the U.S. economy is on the upswing at the moment, with the tech industry in particular enjoying a low unemployment rate. Yet despite those upbeat numbers, layoffs can and do happen. While you can’t always prepare for the axe, the following step-by-step guide can ensure that you’re back on your feet—and in a new job—as soon as possible. Negotiate on the Way Out A layoff is traumatic, but it’s imperative that you keep your emotions in check… continue…

Patch Up Your Resume Weakness

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No career is perfect: No matter who you are, you’ll inevitably experience setbacks, layoffs, bad bosses, and other roughness. You’ll put those bad patches behind you, but they won’t disappear entirely. Recruiters and HR staff will notice if there’s a significant gap between jobs on your resume, for example. Depending on how knowledgeable they are about the broader tech world, they may also note if you’ve worked for startups that crashed-and-burned spectacularly, or prominent projects that failed before releasing an… continue…

Ruby vs. Python: A Visual Comparison

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Workshape.io, which gives developers the tools to build “visual profiles” of their skills, has released a nifty matchup of Ruby and Python on its corporate blog. In order to create its visualizations, Workshape.io analyzed its dataset of developers who inputted either Python or Ruby as a skill into its profiling system. (Among those developers, Python was more common.) After crunching the data a bit, Workshape.io found that more senior-level developers tended to prefer Ruby, while Python was firmly the providence… continue…