Melanie Pinola

Melanie Pinola is a freelance writer covering all things tech-related. A former IT admin and occasional web developer, she is also the author of LinkedIn in 30 Minutes, a Lifehacker writer, and the Mobile Office Technology expert at About.com.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of ITworld, its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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The top companies computer science, engineering, and math majors want to work for

The top companies computer science, engineering, and math majors want to work for

Science, technology, engineering, and math majors weighed in on their dream employers. Guess which is number 1?

Find the right programming language to learn first with this Lord of the Rings-themed flowchart

Find the right programming language to learn first with this Lord of the Rings-themed flowchart

The best programming language for you depends on your goals

Nanodegrees could be a shortcut to a rewarding career in tech

Nanodegrees could be a shortcut to a rewarding career in tech

Udacity's new "nanodegrees" provides courses built in partnership with tech giants like Google, Facebook, and AT&T

Flowchart: Can you upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

Flowchart: Can you upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

This flowchart simplifies the Windows 10 upgrade confusion

Learn Linux for free by scoring a Linux training scholarship

Learn Linux for free by scoring a Linux training scholarship

The Linux Foundation is offering an expanded free scholarship program for people who want or need to learn Linux, including pre-college students and Linux newbies

Download free technical ebooks from Linux Journal

Download free technical ebooks from Linux Journal

These new "Geek Guides" are indeed very geeky but also practical

How to disable Twitter's new video autoplay feature

How to disable Twitter's new video autoplay feature

Does anyone like videos that start automatically?

Build your own super-size computer storage box with Backblaze's open-source Java library

Build your own super-size computer storage box with Backblaze's open-source Java library

The online backup service has open sourced its code for data storage

LastPass hacked: Time to change the last password you'll ever need to remember

LastPass hacked: Time to change the last password you'll ever need to remember

LastPass data has been compromised. Although there's no need to panic, you should probably change your master password.

Google will now tell you which Android phone to buy

Google will now tell you which Android phone to buy

The new Which Phone tool will help you narrow down your Android phone options

Change this plugin setting in Chrome for better battery life

Change this plugin setting in Chrome for better battery life

Pages that run Adobe Flash content can drain unnecessary battery power. Here's how to stop that from happening.

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