Banish Your Job Ghosts

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While you can survive a toxic workplace, the emotional aftereffects can linger long after you leave. Your pent-up anger and guilt can affect your future job search. Don’t let that happen; the ghosts of bosses past shouldn’t influence how you look for work. Sort It Out No matter how long ago the lousy job, if the very thought of it still grinds you up, you haven’t processed it. Maggie Graham, a certified professional career coach, notes that you can’t just… continue…

Linux Kernel’s Biggest Backers: Corporations

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Corporations love Linux. That’s the conclusion of a new report released by the Linux Foundation, which suggested that some 11,800 individual developers from 1,200 companies have contributed to the kernel over the past decade. “The Linux kernel, thus, has become a common resource developed on a massive scale by companies which are fierce competitors in other areas,” the report summarized. Intel is the top corporate developer by number of contributed changes to the kernel, followed by Red Hat, Linaro, Samsung,… continue…

Building a Dungeon Generator in C#

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Procedural dungeon generation is a fun exercise for programmers. Despite the crude interface, such games continue to spark interest. A quarter century ago, I wrote a dungeon generator in procedural Pascal; now I’ve taken that old code and converted it to C#. (It’s amazing just how fast it runs on a five-year-old i7 950 PC with 16GB of RAM.) If you want to follow along, you can find my code for the project on SourceForge.  The first part of the… continue…

Marvel at a 1980s Touchscreen

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Think touchscreens are a relatively recent invention? Think again: As far back as 40 years ago, scientists were exploring the possibilities of using fingers to interact with a screen. As demonstrated by the above video from 1982 (hat tip to Gizmodo for the link), their thinking wasn’t limited to capacitive or resistive touchscreens, which detect the pressure of a finger or stylus against glass; researchers also experimented with lining a PC screen with photodiodes that transmitted infrared. When someone touched… continue…

5 Tips to Learn Programming Faster

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The tech sector has long been considered one of the best for job seekers, and two recent reports suggest that demand for tech careers will only continue to grow. This is particularly good news for aspiring software developers, computer programmers, and Web developers, who all make the Top 10 list of best Technology Jobs of 2015, according to U.S. News and World Report. Check out the latest programming jobs. There is one downside to this, however: Learning to program is… continue…

5 IT Contract Jobs That Easily Go Full-Time

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Moving from a contract position to a full-time one is pretty common in IT. Contracting is a way for companies to test technical skills and cultural fit before they commit to an employee—especially an expensive one. “Mid-market and larger companies like to hire in bulk, so they really gauge the fit and eventually make a permanent home for the best people,” said Andy McCall, managing partner for executive search and consulting firm McCall & Lee. “It’s a great way [so]… continue…

Is Apple Working on an ‘iCar’?

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Last week, a flurry of articles and blog postings—sparked in large part by a report in the Wall Street Journal—suggested that Apple is hard at work on an electric car that will compete with Tesla’s luxury models. According to the original Journal article, the Apple project—codenamed Titan—has been underway for more than a year and involves hundreds of employees. A separate report from Reuters, which cited an anonymous source in the auto industry, suggested that Apple is scoping out production… continue…

Good Economy Equals Tech Pros Jumping Jobs

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IT professionals seem to feel more comfortable about their economic security these days, and a lot of them are looking around for new jobs, increasing competition among employers for tech pros. According to a new survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Randstad Technology, some 41 percent of U.S. IT workers said they’re likely to seek new employment opportunities over the next 12 months, while 52 percent said they were confident in their ability to find a new… continue…

Will Your Next Employer Advance Your Career?

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A lack of career progression is the No. 1 reason why people quit their jobs, according to a list of deal-breakers compiled last year by BambooHR. Poor work-life balance came in second, with pay dissatisfaction the third-leading cause of worker defections. If these complaints sound familiar, you may already be seeking greener pastures. But how can you tell if your advancement and earning potential will be any better at another company? Here are four ways to investigate your chances of… continue…

FAA’s Rules Could Harm Drone Businesses

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Any company betting on long-distance commerce via drones better rethink their strategy: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued draft rules that forbid commercial drones from flying out of view of their operators. That ruling could ding Amazon, Google and other tech giants that are developing autonomous drones capable of delivering small loads over long distances. Amazon is reportedly “dismayed” by the ruling, according to The Guardian. “The FAA needs to begin and expeditiously complete the formal process to address… continue…