Grooming IT Leaders at Barry Wehmiller (Video)

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Craig Hergenreother, CIO of Barry Wehmiller, is preparing his staff to be leaders. His company has a living legacy of leadership and he’s serious about maintaining it with the IT staff. “People are normally hired for their hands. We’re looking to engage their hearts and minds. If we treat them properly, we get that response for free. We’re already paying for their hands, let’s get the rest of it,” Hergenreother says. “It’s grossly unfair to stereotype technical people as not… continue…

Three Stories of Successful Contractors

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Working at Home
Not terribly long ago, most of my friends in technology worked for “big companies.” But ever since the first propaganda about “The Brand Called You” started spewing from the pages of Fast Company in 1997, and ever since the dot-com bust of 2000 and the recessionary moment that followed it, I’ve watched as several friends and colleagues carved out their own independent careers in tech on their own terms. I think about them and watch their progress during this recession… continue…

Why Every Day is Doomsday for Happy Men

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King Kong (2005)
Do you like your work? Have lots of hobbies? Think your friends are the best ever? If you’re looking for a date, well, that’s really a shame. See, some researchers went out and studied how men and women perceived each other on first sight, specifically what made the other sexually attractive. It turns out that if you’re a happy guy who smiles a lot, women won’t be as interested in you as they would be if you swaggered around like… continue…

Bill Gates Pushed the Aquisition of Skype

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Bill Gates might no longer be running the day-to-day operations of Microsoft but as Chairman of the Board he still has a tremendous amount of clout. Gates outed himself as a “strong proponent at the board level” for Redmond’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. Some might argue that Slovakia’s 2010 GDP is too much to pay for a VOIP carrier that recorded a $7 million loss in the last financial year. What could possibly go wrong? A lot, but the… continue…

Apple’s Up to Something This Weekend But No One Knows What

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Apple Store - Before the Rush
Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of Apple’s retail stores and word is the company plans some kind of product announcement to mark it — a big product announcement. It may not come until the weekend, but there are a lot of reports that Apple’s setting up store schedules to handle extra work, which we can only interpret as customer traffic. And, employees working the overnight shift will be required to sign an NDA and lock their cell phones in the… continue…

The Winklevosses Aren’t Not Done Yet

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There’s a game in here somewhere – something like Plants vs. Zombies. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twin brothers who say Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for Facebook from them, are going to appeal their latest courtroom loss to the U.S. Supreme Court. (The full 9th Circuit declined to review an earlier ruling against them.) The Winkevosses’ attorney Jerome Falk said in a written statement that he plans to pursue two legal issues: the court’s decision that a party who… continue…

Roundup: Google’s Laptops, California’s Recovery and H-1B’s Decline

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The big news of the week—Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype—has analysts wondering if Microsoft will “screw it up” or find smart ways to integrate Skype’s vaunted VoIP phone service into its suite of products, everything from Xbox to Hotmail to Outlook. The breathtaking valuation was considered to be a preemptive strike against potential bidding competitors such as Google and Facebook. Whatever the reason, the healthy markup indicates continuing post-recession excitement in the tech industry. The other big news of… continue…

Intel Eyes Technology to Keep Seniors in Their Homes

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Heart Monitor
I don’t know about you, but I get a little older every day, and sometimes I wonder what my life will be like when I’m a “senior.” Given the advances in technology during my lifetime, it seems safe to assume that high-tech solutions for all sorts of aging afflictions will be commonplace by the time I need them. I certainly hope so! Twenty years from now there will be a population bubble of 76 million people between the ages of… continue…

Three Ways to Turn Off the Hiring Manager in a Job Interview

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Job interviewing is the least-practiced job skill we use in our careers. Think about it: we interview for jobs when we don’t have one or want another one. Compared to how often you use Microsoft Office, for example, how often you interview is rare. And it shows. Right now, because I’m doing a consulting gig, I’m doing interviews as a hiring manager. The truth is, I really, really want to hire a great person. I go into every interview hoping… continue…

DiceTV: How to Become an Information Systems Auditor

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The Script If you like the idea of spending your days looking for gaps and thwarting risks across the enterprise, and spending your evenings hob nobbing with executives, then why not transfer your technical experience into a new career as an information systems auditor. I’m Cat Miller and this is DiceTV. If you’re familiar with networking and information security then you’re a candidate for one of the thousands of IS auditing positions that will be created by 2016. Information systems… continue…