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Don’t overdo it on System Administrator Appreciation Day [CARTOON]

Posted July 25, 2014 - 6:00 am

Be sure to show your sysadmin how much you appreciate him or her today - but keep it sane

6 ways to anticipate, deliver and measure customer satisfaction

Posted July 24, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Customer experience experts share their tips on how businesses can keep customers happy and coming back for more.

Busting the top 15 SEO myths of 2014

Posted July 24, 2014 - 3:21 pm

We asked the SEO community to bring us up to date on the current state of link building, content marketing, social media and more.

Highs and lows of CEO pay

Posted July 24, 2014 - 3:19 pm

This year's proxy season has come to a close, and after digging through regulatory filings, 10 highlights stand out in our analysis of 62 tech CEOs' compensation.

9 signs it's time to update your website and how to fix it

Posted July 24, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Ecommerce, Web analytics and design experts share their tips on how to tell if your Web or ecommerce site needs fixing and how to improve it.

CIO-CMO marriage strained, but can be saved

Posted July 24, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Forced into an arranged marriage of sorts, the CIO and CMO are trying their best to make things work. Still, disagreements arise. One out of four CIOs believe CMOs lack the vision to anticipate new digital channels, while many CMOs say CIOs lack the urgency needed to respond to shifting market conditions.

For half, STEM degrees lead to other jobs

Posted July 24, 2014 - 11:47 am

The Census Bureau reports that only 26% of people with any type of four-year STEM degree are working in a STEM field. For those with a degree specifically in computer, math or statistics, the figure is 49%, nearly the same for engineering degrees. What happens to the other STEM trained workers?

Midyear jobs outlook: What to know about IT hiring, skills, benefits

Posted July 23, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Companies in hiring mode say there's a shortage of tech talent, while IT pros are upping their expectations for pay and benefits.

OwnPhones Kickstarter raising funds for custom 3D printed, wireless earbuds

Posted July 22, 2014 - 6:05 am

Those Normal 3D printed earbuds we looked at a few weeks ago have some competition, and OwnPhones are wireless (and of course, more expensive).

Why is the NoSQL choice so difficult?

Posted July 22, 2014 - 6:00 am

The last time I was evaluating NoSQL databases I ended up sticking with a relational database. I’m evaluating them again today and this time I’m pretty sure I’ll have to actually choose one. The choice is really hard for a number of reasons.

3 ways to spot a bad boss before you take the job

Posted July 21, 2014 - 9:55 pm

There are warning signs, red flags to look out for that can identify a bad boss or an untenable work environment before you accept a job.

What the robot apocalypse will mean for IT, jobs and work

Posted July 21, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Google's huge entry into robotics leaves little doubt that we'll shortly be up to our armpits in robot alternatives to people. Robots will enter all aspects of our business and personal lives. Machines, vehicles, drones, cameras, sensors, you name it.

How to judge a job candidate's personality (and why you should)

Posted July 21, 2014 - 8:46 pm

New interviewing tactics are designed to help recruiters and hiring managers uncover who candidates are -- rather than just what they can do.

Don't give your job search a summer vacation

Posted July 21, 2014 - 1:22 pm

While other candidates are working on their tans, check out these six tips to maximize your summer job search.

Comcast doesn't know how to quit you [CARTOON]

Posted July 18, 2014 - 6:00 am

The cable giant’s attachment to its subscribers is getting downright creepy

Defending the unannounced Kindle Unlimited subscription service from Amazon

Posted July 17, 2014 - 6:15 am

Amazon leaked a $10/month ebook service and I'm seeing skepticism due to the fact that the 'big 5' publishers apparently aren't on-board. I'm not sure Amazon needs them. (Nor am I sure Amazon won't eventually get them.)

GitHub data shows developers are turning to Swift

Posted July 17, 2014 - 6:00 am

Only six weeks after its release, Apple’s new programming language appears to already be on its way to replacing Objective-C

How to Get Your Next Large IT Project Funded

Posted July 16, 2014 - 8:29 pm

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Jim Maholic, a VP in Hitachi Consulting’s Management Consulting and Industries Practice. We discussed how to identify, calculate and communicate the value of large scale IT projects, based on Jim’s book “Business Cases that Mean Business”.

Shadow IT spend rising

Posted July 16, 2014 - 12:54 pm

A new report confirms what many in the IT sector have suspected – tech spending outside the IT department of Australian companies is increasing.

France to offer programming in elementary school

Posted July 16, 2014 - 6:00 am

Beginning this fall, French primary school students will have the option of learning computer science

Employers use customized bonus plans to attract developers, survey says

Posted July 15, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Software developers may find more employers using customized bonuses to attract and retain them as the job market for their skills stays competitive, according to a salary survey from IT job site Dice.

Verizon customers lose as FiOS performance on Netflix continues to degrade

Posted July 15, 2014 - 6:02 am

When I was forced to switch from Verizon FiOS to Time Warner Cable I was annoyed, but these days I'm feeling like I dodged a bullet.

Ubuntu 14.04: Is Canonical taking on too much?

Posted July 14, 2014 - 9:32 am

The recent release of Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support/LTS (Trusty Tahr) proves to us once again that it doesn't matter if you're Oracle, Microsoft, or Canonical: Bringing a fleet of products into new release revision synch is tough.

The death of console gaming has been greatly exaggerated

Posted July 11, 2014 - 6:12 am

Sure for some people a tablet is all that's needed to scratch that gaming itch, but the numbers show there's still a healthy market for dedicated gaming consoles.

Crowdfunding jumps the shark [CARTOON]

Posted July 11, 2014 - 6:00 am

Will we see anything sillier than a Kickstarter campaign to make potato salad? Wait, don’t answer that
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