• 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.
  • Revamped Melissa requires antivirus update

    Posted January 23, 2001 - 4:58 pm

    Remember Melissa? It's been almost two years since that infamous worm swept through the world's e-mail servers, spreading faster than any virus ever had before. Now a new variant of Melissa threatens to get past the defenses designed to protect us from the original.
  • Backing up your server

    Posted January 23, 2001 - 4:18 pm

    I happened to crash one of my test server mirror copies when I installed the applications Exchange Server, Visual Source Safe, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. I made an Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) but even after I installed these applications they all failed to work. Is there any reason for the ERD other than to recover the registry?
  • Where the jobs are

    Posted January 23, 2001 - 11:41 am

    People usually go where the jobs are, and a fast-growing city would seem to guarantee large-scale employment for information technology professionals. Right? Not necessarily. Reality is often deceiving when it comes to the job market in a rapidly expanding city. Consider Naples, Fla., No. 5 on the U.S. Census Bureau's list of fastest-growing metropolitan areas. No hotbed of high-tech and corporate employers, Naples is largely a retirement and resort community.
  • Has CRM lived up to its promise?

    Posted January 23, 2001 - 10:43 am

    Last year, you were a hero. You brought your company to the forefront of the customer economy. You preached about the empowered consumer and the merits of personalized treatment, and you led the charge to invest millions of dollars in customer relationship management (CRM) infrastructure because it would yield returns tenfold. You spoke of missed opportunities across the enterprise of your organization because customers weren't being treated as individuals. "Loyalty and relationships are the key to beating our competitors," you said. And you were mostly right -- so why are you so nervous?
  • Everybody Loves MIME

    Posted January 23, 2001 - 1:00 am

    * Webcast: Think you know everything IT guru? Is that your final answer?

  • Explainer: The host-resident firewall

    Posted January 22, 2001 - 9:30 pm

    FRAMINGHAM -- The conventional firewall sits between the trusted (internal) and the untrusted (Internet) networks, where it filters inbound and outbound traffic to provide safe access to and from the Internet.
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