The Most Popular Bad Passwords of 2014

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Despite near-constant news of high-profile hacks, and the omnipresent threat of identify theft, millions of people around the world persist in using terrible passwords. SplashData just released its annual list of the 25 most common passwords (a list it compiled from 3.3 million leaked passwords over the course of 2014), and the results are depressing, to say the least: 1. 123456 2. password 3. 12345 4. 12345678 5. qwerty 6. 1234567890 7. 1234 (Up 9) 8. baseball 9. dragon 10.… continue…

Why Haven’t You Started Your Job Search?

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The economy is improving and the unemployment rate in IT remains dramatically low—2.6 percent during 2014′s third quarter, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Developers, engineers and security specialists are in high demand. For tech professionals, it would seem like an ideal time to look for a new job. So why do some hesitate? The reasons vary, recruiters suggest. Of course, some people are happy where they are; but others who’ve kept their skills current, worked on cutting-edge… continue…

What to Expect From Windows 10

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On Jan. 21, Microsoft plans on giving the world a more in-depth look at Windows 10, the next major version of its primary operating system. While many features of the new operating system remain under wraps, enough details have leaked out of Microsoft to give an idea of what’s in store when the software makes its marketplace debut later this year. Click here to find Windows-related jobs. For starters, Windows 10 will almost certainly include a new browser, Spartan, with… continue…

Watch Super Mario Gain Artificial Intelligence

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Super Mario, arguably the most iconic video-game character of all time, is developing a mind of his own thanks to a team of artificial-intelligence researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany. Those researchers took a copy of Super Mario Advance, a Mario adventure for the Game Boy Advance, and integrated it with CMUSphinx speech-recognition software developed by Carnegie Mellon. According to CNET, Mario will not only listen and respond to a human controller’s instructions, but will act on his own… continue…

Daily Tip: Don’t Load Your Resume With Jargon

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If you’re applying for a programming or developer gig with a large company, chances are pretty good that your resume will need to find its way through at least one layer of HR staffers before ending up on the desk of a hiring manager or a division head. And while that manager or division head might understand the complicated technical jargon that defines the job for which you’re applying, it’s likely that the HR staffer who first looks at your… continue…

The State of D in 2015

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A large company can push a programming language into the proverbial limelight: just look at C#, Java, and Objective-C and Swift. But a few programming languages can punch above their weight without any help from prominent companies or developers. While some of these languages achieved early success only to fall by the wayside (e.g., Delphi), one language that has quietly gained popularity is D, which now ranks 35 in the most recent Tiobe Index. Why D? Inspired by C++, D… continue…

Is Apple Building a Stylus for the iPad Pro?

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hated the very concept of a stylus. When introducing the iPhone in 2007, he famously declared the human finger far superior to a plastic pen. “Nobody wants a stylus,” he told the crowd at the event. “We’re going to use a pointing device we’re all born with—born with ten of them.” But Jobs’ successors at Apple might think a stylus isn’t such a bad thing: According to the latest rumors percolating around the Web, the company… continue…

Daily Tip: The Virtue of In-Person Meetings

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There are more ways to e-communicate than ever: Email, instant messaging, and specialized collaboration software all ensure that even the most far-flung employees can share information. Those tools make it tempting to never pick up a phone or schedule a face-to-face meeting ever again. But phone and in-person meetings aren’t totally obsolete for good reason: Sitting across from someone, it’s very easy to cover a multitude of issues quickly. What might take 30 emails to resolve can often be settled… continue…

In New York City, West Coast Tech Firms Move In

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What’s New This Quarter New York City’s technology community is as strong as ever in 2015, claims Mike Fitzgerald, a partner at WinterWyman Search’s New York tech practice: “The local startup community continues to expand, and employment opportunities are flourishing for technologists, particularly in the software-engineering verticals.” Over the past three years, Fitzgerald added, many notable West Coast technology leaders (including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Amazon) have shown up in New York City, offering ample engineering opportunities and some of… continue…

Job Search Tips for Baby Boomers

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For anyone over 50, the depressing reality is that a job search will likely prove significantly more challenging than for younger people. In the wake of each new rejection, the Baby Boomer candidate is left wondering whether he or she is too old, overqualified, or out of negotiable salary range. But rather than dwell on why you didn’t get the job, you should focus on what it’ll take to succeed next time: Full Effort First and foremost, it’s a highly… continue…