Career Advice

Why You Might Want to Hold Off Developing Apps for Windows 8

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Microsoft executives have spent the past year and a half promoting Windows 8’s app store, in the hope that third-party developers would create a thriving ecosystem of games and productivity software. What’s the result of all that time and energy? As InfoWorld relates in a new posting, some 150,000 apps currently reside in the Windows Store—not a very impressive number, when you consider the number of Windows devices currently on the market, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of… continue…

How One Apple Employee Survived a Steve Jobs Product Review

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In the popular conception, the late Steve Jobs is a megalomaniacal jerk who screamed, bullied, and pushed until he got whatever he wanted. But according to Don Melton, who started the Safari and WebKit projects at Apple, Jobs was a bit misunderstood. “Steve was not some mercurial ogre or cartoon autocrat. He was just very, very busy,” Melton wrote in a recent posting on his personal site. “He didn’t have time for ‘yes men,’ the easily frightened, or those who… continue…

Google Glass on Sale: Who’s Buying?

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Google has made its Google Glass augmented-reality headsets available for sale April 15. There’s just one catch: It’s a one-day sale, starting at 9 A.M. EST. “Any adult in the U.S. can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax—and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers,” reads Google’s official posting on the matter. “The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar… continue…

3 Ways to Get the Business Skills You Need

Posted In Looking in Tech
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It isn’t enough for software engineers and developers to be masters of coding and development. You also have to be business savvy and an expert in your company’s sector, whether it’s banking, retail or whatever. But getting those skills – both financial and operational – is sometimes easier said than done, especially when you’re siloed off in IT with deadlines bearing down. Fortunately, the answer may be right in front of you. Here’s some things to consider. Click here to… continue…

Our New E-Book Is Full of Job-Hunting Tips

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Unless you understand the process, looking for a job can be stressful, demoralizing and frustrating. But when you know what to do, you can save yourself at least some heartache by focusing your efforts on the tactics that work best. To help you, we’ve created our e-book Careers in Technology. It details everything from how companies find candidates to which jobs are appropriate for your skill set. Whether you’re looking for your first job, choosing a specialty or wondering what… continue…

3 Requirements for Jobs in Software QA

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The software industry’s evolution is changing the landscape of software QA. Mobile applications, new approaches to development and automation are all having an impact. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts strong growth in positions for software QA engineers, forecasting the creation of some 100,000 new positions through 2022. Today, the average salary in software QA is $75,444, according to the most recent Dice Salary Survey. Click here to find Software QA jobs. Many of those new jobs are bound to… continue…

Should You Take the Buyout?

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Many times, companies offer buyouts before they pull the trigger on layoffs, which presents employees with a tough question: Should you take the buyout, get some cash and exit on your own terms, or pass it up and hope you won’t be one of those receiving a pink slip. Unless you’re particularly good at reading tea leaves, it’s hard to know how things will play out. In December, Dell offered buyouts to an undisclosed number of employees under what it… continue…

How to Become More Marketable in IT Security

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There are certainly plenty of opportunities for IT security professionals nowadays. They can get well-paid jobs that offer loads of advancement opportunity, as long as they’re motivated and have a deep interest in security. So what should you do to better position yourself? The Right Experience First, you should make sure that your technology experiences put you in contact with a wide assortment of IT and development teams. You don’t want to be a coder in a cubicle corner. The… continue…

5 Techniques to Increase Your Programming Productivity

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Every programmer has his or her techniques for being more productive and writing more code. Having been on a three month contract where I wrote and debugged 5,000 lines of code in two weeks, I thought I’d share some of mine. Get Into the Zone It’s not always easy to get into the zone and it often takes about an hour to get there. Research suggests that after every interruption, it takes at least 30 minutes to get back into… continue…

Are There Jobs for ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence?’

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So you want to become an entrepreneur-in-residence? Know upfront that your chances aren’t very good. And if you wonder whether you have the necessary qualifications, you almost certainly don’t. Entrepreneurs-in-residence work in both business and academia. What they do can vary a great deal, yet all have one thing in common: They’ve been involved with at least one – and usually several – successful startups. At venture capital firms, where most EIRs reside, there’s no single job description. Indeed, “EIR”… continue…