• Learn to build professional estimates

    Posted January 30, 2001 - 12:16 pm

    It's time for a little reality check. Have you ever blown a deadline? Have you ever brought a project in over budget? Have you ever been short of resources and faced with an unattractive choice between compromising the quality of a project or failing to deliver on a project?
  • Know the difference between contractors and consultants

    Posted January 30, 2001 - 11:38 am

    Visit the Q&A section of CIO magazine to learn more about employment and labor law.

  • Consultant roulette: How to pick a winner

    Posted January 30, 2001 - 11:33 am

    With an ever-growing need for information technology resources, consultants are hanging out their shingles in record numbers. In the 21 years I've been in IT, I've worked with different types of consultants and consulting companies, and have learned that consultants can either help make or break a project. So choose them wisely.
  • Light Up My Life

    Posted January 30, 2001 - 1:00 am

    prevent code from executing in the mail.

    COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS * Web Development: Clearing the HTML SERVICES * IT Job Spot: Can JAVA save lives? -- Nationwide
  • Don't allow vendor disappearing acts

    Posted January 29, 2001 - 2:15 pm

    Most, if not all, vendors' standard form agreements give the vendor the unilateral right to assign at least part of the responsibilities outlined in the agreement to a third party. This gives vendors incredible performance and financial leverage, and it gives them the ability to delegate responsibilities, cash out of deals or both. Let's be clear on this issue: Never even think about giving your vendor the unilateral right to assign its rights or responsibilities to someone else. Why? There are two very ugly reasons.
  • Use privacy as a recruitment strategy

    Posted January 29, 2001 - 12:06 pm

    A 1998 survey by the Center for Democracy and Technology found that privacy is the number one concern among Internet users. With that in mind, designing a fully articulated privacy policy can provide a powerful competitive advantage when recruiting online.
  • How bad projects help build better project managers

    Posted January 29, 2001 - 11:26 am

    Bogus budgets, missing sponsors, communication breakdowns, scope creep: These are just a few of the "gotchas" that can cripple or hamper a project, and every project manager has a tale about one that brought him to his knees.
  • Internet recruitment tips

    Posted January 29, 2001 - 11:00 am

  • Combining Elements in a Combo Box

    Posted January 29, 2001 - 1:00 am

    * Bringing together elements of the list box and edit controls COMMUNITY DISCUSSION: * Windows Application Development: Printing in Java SERVICES * Webcast: Think you know everything IT guru? Is that your final answer?

  • Pointers, uniqueness, and uniform behavior

    Posted January 28, 2001 - 5:59 pm

    In last week's column, we studied the rule of identity. We saw several ways in which identity is implemented, including relational database keys, file paths, and -- most significantly -- pointers.

  • Log shipping in a nutshell

    Posted January 27, 2001 - 1:49 pm

    A standard way to provide for database-server disaster recovery is to prepare a standby server -- a secondary database-server computer that maintains a somewhat current version of your production database. If your production server fails, the standby server takes its place. A standby server that keeps up-to-the-minute data by receiving updates almost in realtime is referred to as a warm standby.

  • A FireWire Primer

    Posted January 27, 2001 - 10:51 am

    High-quality multimedia sources and sinks require a high-bandwidth bus for transport. FireWire (or IEEE 1394, its generic designation) is just such a special-purpose bus. IEEE 1394 is a hardware and software standard for transporting data at 100, 200, or 400 Mbps. Let's take a quick look at some multimedia bandwidth requirements:
  • Simple Video?

    Posted January 27, 2001 - 10:43 am

    Video on a Mac seems so simple when you first look at it. A little capture board here, a little camera there, bah-dah-bing, ba-dah-boom, no problem. I mean, all those ads in the Apple campaign du jour show a Dad-created video movie. How hard can it be if Dad can do it?
  • Leverage legacy systems with a blend of XML, XSL, and Java

    Posted January 26, 2001 - 8:03 pm

    No matter which way you try it, interfacing a mainframe from an application server or servlet is never fun. Among other hurdles to overcome, the mainframe could exist on a different platform or use a different character set. Think you can simply access the data directly and rebuild your business logic? Perhaps, if your database is not hierarchical and you enjoy reinventing the wheel. However, a few tricks using XML, XSL, and Java can make it easier than you think.
  • Job satisfaction and employee retention

    Posted January 26, 2001 - 5:35 pm

    With a little luck you managed to assemble a crackerjack, technology-savvy team. OK, now the hard work begins: keeping them. In this special report on employee retention and job satisfaction you'll find articles on the best places to work in IT and on what some innovative companies are doing to keep their employees.
  • Legacy Code

    Posted January 26, 2001 - 1:00 am

    * Bringing old code into the next generation COMMUNITY DISCUSSION * Webcast: Think you know everything IT guru? Is that your final answer?

  • Re-recruitment: Keep your people from walking out the door

    Posted January 25, 2001 - 11:07 pm

    People don't quit jobs. They quit managers. This statement could be your wake-up call: Are you doing enough re-recruiting -- recruiting employees already on board, rather than outside, recently separated workers? Re-recruitment is the newest weapon in a company's retention arsenal.
  • Twelve steps to a better resume

    Posted January 25, 2001 - 7:34 pm

    Writing a resume that sells you and sticks out from the crowd is a daunting task — some say it is the most difficult aspect of job hunting. Follow these 12 proven tips and increase your chances for success.
  • The six cardinal rules of resume writing

    Posted January 25, 2001 - 6:36 pm

    These days you just can't freshen up your old resume. Start from scratch and follow these simple rules to craft a resume that puts your best foot forward.
  • Surviving slowdowns

    Posted January 25, 2001 - 1:19 pm

    Know your business.

  • Seek employee feedback

    Posted January 25, 2001 - 11:17 am

    Understanding employee needs helps managers prioritize resources and gain information about the workplace from those who know it best, further helping managers to enhance efficiency. In this article InfoWorld examines the use of formal surveys to gather employee feedback.

  • Achieving Section 508 compliance

    Posted January 25, 2001 - 11:06 am

    SECTION 508 REGULATION standards are strict and far-reaching, just as the federal government intended. The regulation, overseen by the U.S. Federal Access Board and published on Dec. 21, 2000, forces federal agencies to become early adopters of electronic and information technology accessible to a wide range of people with disabilities. Contractors supplying IT products and services will need to comply with the regulation's standards.
  • Invoking Subroutines

    Posted January 25, 2001 - 1:00 am

    * What's the best way to invoke a subroutine? COMMUNITY DISCUSSION * Where can you find out more about Perl? SERVICES * Webcast: Think you know everything IT guru? Is that your final answer?

  • CPUs

    Posted January 24, 2001 - 1:36 pm

    Central processing unit (CPU): The brain inside a PC that processes data and dictates the power and price of a computer.
  • Getting good service

    Posted January 24, 2001 - 11:38 am

    For top performance from your ASP, draft a comprehensive service-level agreement and hold the company to it. But whatever the particulars of your SLA, don't lose sight of the fact that the end user's experience is paramount.
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