SourceForge Q&A: Syncing Files Across Platforms

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SourceForge’s December “Staff Pick” Project of the Month is FreeFileSync, which allows users to synchronize files and folders for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The FreeFileSync admin, Zenju, shared his thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction. Click here to find open-source developer jobs. Tell me about the FreeFileSync project, please. FreeFileSync is a graphical file synchronization and folder comparison tool. This means its main purpose is to speed up backup operations by examining the differences between source and… continue…

How to Land a Job at KVH Industries

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KVH Industries is a leading manufacturer of solutions that provide global high-speed Internet, television, and voice services via satellite to mobile users at sea and on land. It’s also a major manufacturer of high-performance sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense, as well as commercial guidance and stabilization applications. Based in Middletown, R.I., with research, development, and manufacturing operations in both Middletown and Tinley Park, Ill., KVH has approximately 550 employees worldwide; about 70 percent of them work in the… continue…

What if George Lucas Had Directed the New ‘Star Wars’?

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Late last week, Disney released a ninety-second trailer for the latest Star Wars movie, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters by the end of 2015. While the trailer itself didn’t reveal very much about the plot or characters of the space epic, it’s already providing seemingly endless material for fan art, homages, and even parodies. One of the most popular parodies circulating online, created by Michael Shanks, re-edits the trailer in a way that suggests what might have happened… continue…

5 Critical Soft Skills for Tech Pros

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Your technical skills get your foot in an employer’s door, but it’s your soft skills that will clinch the hire and keep you employed. Despite the stereotypical (albeit sometimes earned) reputation of technologists as being unable to play well with others, a lot of companies assume all candidates will know how to behave on the job as part of their overall skill set. Because they believe this, any candidate who undervalues the importance of building and maintaining “soft skills” risks… continue…

Interview Qs for Systems Analysts

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Systems analysts assess and optimize existing IT systems, including networking processes and infrastructure. Their primary goal is to understand the needs of business units across the enterprise and deliver improvements in efficiency and productivity. Since systems analysts impact the bottom line, validating your accomplishments with facts and figures is a great way to set yourself apart during an interview, said Matt Kalush, an IT recruiter who works in Austin, Texas for Frontline Source Group, Inc. “Companies want systems analysts who… continue…

Daily Tip: Rank Those Tasks

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There’s a lot of advice out there about how to keep an effective list of tasks. Some recommend assembling a ‘To Do’ list before bed, the better to get a jump on things the next morning; others advocate the use of mobile apps, in order to collate one’s task list alongside any relevant links, phone numbers, and so on. But one of the simplest ways of maintaining a task list may also prove one of the most potent: start by… continue…

Microsoft Planning Windows 10 Consumer Reveal

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Although Microsoft won’t actually release Windows 10 until late 2015, it reportedly plans to give a demonstration of the operating system’s consumer features next month. According to The Verge, which drew from unnamed sources for the information, the Windows 10 event will include a demo of “Continuum,” which adjusts the operating system’s interface to suit the type of device it’s running on; unplug the physical keyboard from a hybrid, touch-enabled laptop such as the Surface 3 or Lenovo Yoga, for… continue…

Developers: Stop Using Buggy Code

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As researchers uncover one serious flaw after another in widely used software, it’s increasingly clear there are lots of vulnerabilities, everywhere. While there are efforts underway to identify and fix these issues before criminals exploit them, the bigger challenge is stopping developers from using buggy code. There is no such thing as perfect software, but developers can reduce the number of bugs by following secure coding practices. There are also tools which can analyze individual libraries—both open-source and commercial—included in… continue…

Daily Tip: Strong Verbs for Your Resume

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When it comes to writing a resume, people tend to focus on the nouns—administrator, developer, programmer, language, etc.—and give only cursory thought to the verbs. By strengthening your verbs, however, you can create a resume that truly stands out from the rest of the pile. What’s a “strong” or “power” verb? Many of the ones commonly used in resumes certainly don’t qualify: “Assisted,” “managed,” “administered,” and “helped” (for example) don’t convey the energy and thought you poured into the activities… continue…

5 Ways to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview

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A bad boss can stymie your professional growth, destroy your self-esteem and send you running for the exit. According to one study, three out of every four employees reported that their boss was the most stressful part of their job, and 65 percent would take a new boss over a pay raise. Can you spot a bad boss during a job interview? While it’s not an exact science, here are five warning signs that your future boss could be a… continue…