Don Willmott

Don Willmott reports on the Internet, technology, and consumer electronics for a wide variety of publications and Web sites. He was Yahoo! Internet Life’s Technology Editor and also spent 14 years at PC Magazine in a variety of editorial positions. Willmott is the author of the book “PC Magazine Best of the Web” (Wiley, 2004). He lives in New York City.

5 Top Jobs for Computer Science Graduates

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As another academic year nears a close and a fresh crop of computer science graduates plunges into the job market, it’s the right time to ask a simple question: Where can they find the best opportunities? First things first. Who are we are talking about? “When I think about CS grads, I think about people who will be writing code or programming in one of the primary languages or building a product or application,” says Steve Kasmouski, President of Search… continue…

‘Future Perfect’ Sees Progress Through Peer Networks

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Long celebrated as one of the Internet’s deepest philosophical thinkers, Steven Johnson uses the publication of his eighth book, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, to make the case that a new model of political change is emerging, transforming every aspect of modern life along its way. Johnson is a huge fan of networks of all kinds, but especially distributed networks, the kind of decentralized peer-to-peer connections that pretty much define what the Internet is all about.… continue…

Alone Together: How We Use Technology to Keep Us Apart

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What’s wrong with technology? For one thing, it’s slowly but surely destroying our ability to have meaningful human relationships. At least, that’s what sociologist and MIT professor Sherry Turkle says. She’s been tracking the effects of technology on human interactions for close to 30 years, and she’s worried. In her compelling new book Alone Together, Turkle says our online lives, which barely existed when she wrote Life on the Screen in 1995, have become all-too-comfortable substitutes for direct human interaction. When today’s… continue…

How to Get a Job at Riverbed Technology

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San Francisco-based Riverbed Technology sells network performance solutions, including WAN optimization, application delivery controllers, network and application performance management tools and cloud storage gateways. As the company likes to say, “We make WAN environments work like LAN environments.” It takes 2,700 employees spread across 40 countries — though the majority are in San Francisco and Sunnyvale, Calif. — to get the job done. Riverbed’s high rankings on both Glassdoor and Forbes seem to indicate that its employees are a happy… continue…

High Demand Pushes Linux Salaries Higher

Salaries for people skilled with Linux are rising at nearly double the rate of other tech professionals, and job prospects are strong, too: Some 93 percent of hiring managers plan to recruit Linux talent in the next six months. Those are just two of the optimistic findings in The 2013 Linux Jobs Report, a global survey of 850 hiring managers and 2,600 Linux professionals conducted by Dice and the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the growth of the… continue…

How to Get a Job at Raytheon

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With 71,000 worldwide employees and $25 billion in annual sales, Raytheon has been one of the nation’s leading defense, aerospace and homeland security contractors for decades. Electronics, guided missiles, command systems integration and intelligence systems are all in its product portfolio. Headquartered in Waltham, Mass., this a company that really does need rocket scientists. How do you staff up a defense contractor? Kristy Kucharczak, Raytheon’s director of Global Talent Acquisition, likes to ask this very fitting question of job applicants:… continue…

What EMC Looks for When It’s Hiring

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EMC, the Massachusetts-based enterprise storage provider, is expanding into being a full-service cloud infrastructure provider. To put its solutions in place, it needs thousands of consultants to work with clients around the world. “We’re looking for people with high aptitude, tremendous attitude, and a incredible sense of urgency,” says Tom Murray, EMC’s vice president of global talent acquisition. At any given time, Murray oversees more than 1,000 active job postings. “Almost all our jobs are linked to our products, so… continue…

No Sales for Your App? Try a New Approach

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In today’s app-tastic world, Apple, Google, and now even Microsoft continue to pound the drums, inviting developers to create apps and seek their fortunes in the companies’ respective app stores, where millions of apps fly off the virtual shelves every day. Chris Jones, a Canalys VP and principal analyst, noted that most of the game companies had multiple titles generating revenue. Zynga had 15 in Apple’s list of top 300 grossing iPhone apps and nine in the Google Play store. Zombie… continue…

New York City’s 10 Coolest Startups

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Silicon Alley keeps expanding. New York City’s startup scene is flourishing as funding finds its way to the brightest ideas. Money is flowing not only from local heavyweights such as Union Square Ventures and AOL Ventures, but also from legions of angel investors and even Kickstarter. Many of today’s startup pioneers have been around the track once or twice before, and they seem to realize more than ever that every good idea needs to be accompanied not only by wishful thinking,… continue…

About Windows 8: It’s the Interface, Stupid.

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Microsoft has plenty of reasons to worry about Windows 8. Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the company is spending on marketing, initial surveys of IT buyers suggest a reception that’s cool at best. Last quarter, about 24 percent of more than 1,200 North American and European hardware purchasers said they had no plans to migrate to Windows 8, though they expect they will at some point. David Johnson of Forrester Research, which conducted the survey, said only 4… continue…