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Comment: Make it work-related--if only tangentially... (Score 2, Informative) 319

by Chuck Milam (#22101174) Attached to: Down Time At Work — What Do You Do?
I find I rarely run completely out of work-related tasks, but I can understand sometimes needing to unplug from strictly-related work to reset the brain. When I need some "brain reset" time, I try to read up on something that at least tangentially relates to work, for example, I've been meaning to learn more about Ruby on Rails and some other newer (at least to this old guy) technologies.

I feel the more I learn and the more current I stay, the more valuable I am to my employer (and myself/future employers). Plus, if anyone were to ask, I can honestly say "I'm researching some possible implementations of the new [insert project name] system."

I should point out that this kind of pure guilt-free downtime is rare. You can always be updating that documentation *groan* or working on that nagging system with the logfile that always fills up the disk that you've been meaning to fix for months now...
Security

+ - MySpace users have stronger passwords than corp...

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Ant writes "This Wired News column reports Bruce Schneier's analysis the data from a successful phishing attack on MySpace and compares the captured user-passwords to an earlier data-set from a corporation. He concludes that MySpace users are better at coming up with good passwords than corporate drones. The article is a great state-of-the-password address, with lots of fun nuggets like "We used to quip that 'password' is the most common password. Now it's 'password1.' Who said users haven't learned anything about security?" ... Seen on Boing Boing."
Enlightenment

+ - 10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2007

Submitted by mattnyc99
mattnyc99 (1008511) writes "Popular Mechanics has a new list of wide-ranging technology terms it claims will be big in '07. From PRAM to BAN and SmartPills to data clouds, it's a pretty nice summary of upcoming and in-the-works trends across the board (with a podcast embedded). But what's missing? How reliable is the magazine's short-term impact meter for each must-learn term? How do their predictions from a year ago stack up now?"

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