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These 2 Things Drive Coders Crazy

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It’s become something of an article of faith that the best developers love programming so much that it’s all they want to do. But Business Insider’s Julie Bort is wondering if that’s the real case. It’s a good time to be a coder — employers can’t find as many as they need and pay is healthy — but Bort says their life is made difficult by two things: a nagging sense that they’re not as good as they should be,… continue…

Why You’re Going to Love Your Wi-Fi Power Strip

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The promise of the Internet of Things has been around for the better part of a decade. For the most part, however, the things have been few and far between – but that’s quickly changing. Now, a combination of technologies has begun to make things cheaper, less complicated and much easier to implement. There was a time, not all that long ago, when Wi-Fi networks were more novelty than necessity. They were expensive, unreliable, difficult to configure and slow. Moreover,… continue…

The Unintended Consequences of Tech Startups

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Why do tech startups all look the same? That’s a question The Economist asks and partially answers in a story that details what it calls “The Dark Side of Tech Startups,” a topic seldom discussed by those involved with them. Startup communities, though very international, are made up largely of youngish white males who are not so much entrepreneurs as new kinds of workers. A further worry is that software — and hence startups — are eating not just the… continue…

Air-Sickness Bags? Unusual Ways Geeks Spend Their Off Time

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While the archaic stereotype of a sweaty, plugged into the motherboard kind of geek continues to disintegrate, we’re still stuck on the one that posits that a 16-hour work day trumps any kind of outside life. Dice News connected with five tech professionals who have some unexpected hobbies. None of them are trapped at the office. They’re fully engaged in their outside passions and enjoy sharing them with others, thank you very much. Steve Silberberg: Bag Man “Well I’m not… continue…

Deep-Skin Dedication to Spacecraft Engineering

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Terrance Yee loves space, so much so that the 45 year old spacecraft engineer, who lives in San Diego with his wife of 21 years and two of their three kids (the oldest is in college), is firmly convinced that the future of humanity lies beyond earth. To that end, he recently partnered in the company Black Sun Planetary Solutions, a cutting-edge, solar startup created to raise the funds necessary to advance breakthrough research and technologies that would cut the… continue…

Bay Area Techs: Congestion Is All Your Fault

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It’s tough to be a newly rich tech worker in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area, what with all those stock options, headhunter calls and the like. Not to mention taking the blame for driving up rents, increasing traffic and failing to fit in with the area’s old guard. In a region usually known for its tolerance, new McMansions, all those extra cars and the rising cost of living have set up a culture clash that could transform the region. TechCrunch Co-Editor… continue…

11 Best Tech Companies for Working Moms

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Nearly a dozen tech companies landed on the list of Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies. And some of the companies that provide the best environment and perks for working moms may come as a surprise, given the financial constraints and recent layoff notices these companies have announced. In selecting the top 100 companies, the magazine notes: “Family-friendly benefits and flexible cultures are the norm at the Working Mother 100 Best Companies. Translation: Parent employees get home in time for… continue…

Present Shock: Stuck in The Now

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Way back in 1970, futurist Alvin Toffler, the author of the best-selling Future Shock, warned us that “too much change in too short a period of time” was certain to cause both individuals and societies “shattering stress and disorientation.” No kidding. Today, however, we’re no longer obsessed with the future because the urgency of the present moment — everything from stock prices to texts to tweets — distracts us from both the lessons of the past and our plans for the… continue…

Our Favorite Tech Billionaires

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They spend their money on hobbies just like the rest of us: sports — except they buy teams. Homes — except they have lots of them. Charities — except they donate whole campuses. If we had portfolios that rivaled the economies of some small countries, we’d want to be like these folks.  

Cool Skin: An Internet Pioneer’s World in Ink

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Ted Beattie
Ted Beatie’s tech career started over 20 years ago when he entered the workforce as a sys admin for an imaging research lab in Boston. In 1995, he moved to UUNET, where he was propelled toward IP networking and systems integration on the leading wave of the Internet. At the time, the U.S. backbone map fit onto an 8×11 piece of paper and had few redundant T1s. By the time he left five years later, that map required a four… continue…