SourceForge Interview: PDF Split and Merge

PDF interface
SourceForge’s “Staff Pick” Project of the Month is PDF Split and Merge (PDFsam), which it describes as an “easy-to-use tool with graphical and command line interfaces to split, merge, mix, and rotate your PDF documents.” SourceForge sat down with project manager Andrea Vacondio to discuss PDFsam’s history and future direction. Click here to find open source developer jobs. Tell me about the PDFsam project, please. PDFsam is an open-source desktop utility I started developing in 2005. Its original purpose was… continue…

SourceForge Interview: OpenMediaVault (OMV)

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OpenMediaProject
Over at SourceForge, the September “Community Choice” Project of the Month is OpenMediaVault (OMV), a next-generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. The platform offers services such as SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, and BitTorrent client (amongst others). The project manager, Volker Theile took a few moments to talk about the history and purpose of OMV, which he began in 2009. Click here to find open source developer jobs. Tell me about the OpenMediaVault project,… continue…

6 Resources for Salary Research

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Good Salary
By Rob Pritchett When it comes to negotiating your pay at work, you’ve got to arm yourself with current salary data and research or you could be selling yourself short. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best negotiation skills in the world—if you don’t know what comparable professionals in your industry are earning, you won’t know where to begin. Of course, there are popular comparison websites like Salary.com and Payscale, but you can improve your chances of getting a higher salary by taking… continue…

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge… With Liquid Nitrogen

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Liquid Nitrogen Ice Bucket Challenge
As a trend, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seems a bit played out—who hasn’t yet dumped a bucket of icy water over his or her head for charity? But that didn’t stop Canadian chemist Muhammad Qureshi from executing his own sublimely nerdy, potentially dangerous variation on the theme: After donating to the ALS Association, he proceeded to douse himself with a bucket of liquid nitrogen. Anyone who’s taken a chemistry class, or at least watched the end of Terminator 2,… continue…

Control Your Body Language During Interviews

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Body Language
Tip of the Day When it comes to interviews, courtesy and correct answers only take you so far. Body language—what you’re saying with posture, gesture and expression—counts, too. It’s important because body language has the power to reinforce what you’re saying—or completely negate it. The key to confident and authoritative body language is keeping yourself unguarded and in control. To accomplish this, always keep your body open to whomever you’re speaking. Turning away, lowering your head, rolling your shoulders forward—these… continue…

California Tech Recovering Well From Great Recession

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Dice Employment Data Detail
Northern California is synonymous with tech in the minds of many people, but a new Dice analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the demand for those trained in computer systems design and related skill sets extends across the whole state. Click here to find a tech job in California. The analysis of BLS data (categorized as Professional and Business Services, Computer Systems Design and Related Services) focused on seven metro areas, some of which did… continue…

Passing Functions as Parameters

Passing a Function as Parameter in C#
When I first started programming in the late 1970s, I was heavily into Pascal and the concept of passing an address as a parameter was just unheard of outside of academic circles. Procedural programming treated functions as something that were called, not passed around. Had I known C then—which had been around since the early 1970s—I might have been more aware of function pointers. If you don’t know C that well, a pointer is a variable that holds the memory… continue…

Women Gain in Video Game Jobs, Just Not Tech Roles

Women Creating Art for Games
The proportion of women working in game development is growing, though they’re more likely to occupy design-related roles than engineering jobs, according to the Orlando Sentinel. In part, the issue lies in the number of women who apply for the more technical positions: They’re far outnumbered by men. “The resumes are almost always predominantly male,” said Andrew Tosh, president of GameSim Technologies in Orlando. The Orlando area is home to a number of game-development companies, including EA Sports. Click here… continue…

Startup Worries: When Your Software Needs People

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When done right, software is far more profitable than any product manufactured from physical materials: Once you’ve built your app or program, you can copy it an infinite number of times at no additional cost, whereas running real-world widgets off a production line will always cost you a certain amount per unit. Sure, you need data centers to hold customer data, and customer-service people to deal with bugs—but those costs are nothing compared to the resources and employees needed to… continue…

Is This the New Windows 9 Logo?

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Windows 9 logo
Microsoft just accidentally—or “accidentally”—leaked a logo for Windows 9. Microsoft China posted the image to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, along with a note: “Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?” The post was quickly yanked, but not before setting the Internet abuzz. Click here for Windows-related jobs. If everything goes according to plan, Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 at a Sept. 30 event, although… continue…