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Submission + - Developer Divide: 19 Generations Of Computer Programmers ( 2

snydeq writes: From punch cards to JavaScript, computing history owes everything to the generations of develoeprs and engineers who have programmed the machines. 'Each developer generation has a distinctive flavor, often defined by a programming language or technology. They burst out with newborn fervor before settling into a comfortable middle age. They may not be on the top of the pop charts after a few years, but they're often still kicking because software never really dies. These new technologies often group programmers by generation. When programmers enter the job market and learn a language, they often stick with the same syntax for life — or at least as long as they can before having to make a switch. It's not that it's hard to learn a new language; they're all pretty similar underneath. It's just that you can often make more money with the expertise you have, so the generations live on. Here is our guide to some of the more dominant tech generations in computer history, as embodied by the programmers who gave them life.'
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Submission + - Army of IT Darkness: The 7 Scariest Monsters In Tech (

snydeq writes: "'They're the stuff that nightmares are made of, the rude beasts that haunt IT pros' dreams and make them wake up in a cold sweat. Look closely and you'll start to see them everywhere.' From Warewolves to Keyboard Zombies to Frankenhackers, these seven IT hellions can turn your tech department into a horror show — quick."
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Submission + - Programming Decathlon: 10 Olympic Coding Challenges (

snydeq writes: "The Olympic decathlon may do well in measuring athletic prowess, but it doesn't come close to gauging the intestinal fortitude, quick thinking, and pure endurance programmers display at the keyboard every day. From the Cobol-to-Node migration, to the Requirements Tug-of-War, to the Big Data Profit Toss, the Programming Decathlon is a true test of mental acuity, grace, and genius. Let's see one of those running, jumping, tossing billboards for shoe companies complete even one event.'"
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Submission + - True Tech Confessions (

snydeq writes: "Recursive deletes, deep-sixing servers, bugs that become rewarding features — InfoWorld's Dan Tynan serves up seven true tech confessions by IT pros. 'You might have deleted the entire contents of a server by accident or wiped out three months' worth of government agency data without a reliable backup on hand. You may have pulled a youthful prank that cut off Net access for thousands of your employer's customers. You could have deliberately shared your log-ons with everyone else in the company in order to make a point or unplugged network servers willy-nilly, just to see what would happen,' Tynan writes. 'Some names have been changed to protect the guilty. Don't laugh. One day, you may find yourself in eerily similar circumstances.'"
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Submission + - Dirty IT Jobs: Grime And Punishment (

snydeq writes: "Flame wars, leakage, nasty Polish texting — InfoWorld's Dan Tynan offers six more tales of dirty duty in IT. 'Dressing up like Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible" and breaking into a secured facility sounds like a blast — until you're trapped for two hours in the freezing rain waiting to be rescued. Think writing sexy games would be fun? Imagine poring over endless photo sets of explicit anatomical closeups. This fifth installment in our Dirty Jobs series features tech jobs that can be physically challenging, mentally debilitating, or just plain irritating. Be thankful that these people are doing them — otherwise, you might have to.'"
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Submission + - Stupid Tech Support Tricks: IT Calls Of Shame ( 1

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's JR Raphael offers up six memorable tales of trouble and triumph from the tech support desk. 'Working in tech support is a bit like teaching preschool: You're an educator who provides reassurance in troubling times. You share knowledge and help others overcome their obstacles. And some days, it feels like all you hear is screaming, crying, and incoherent babble.' Pronoun problems, IT ghosts, the runaway mouse — when it comes to computers, the customer isn't always right."
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Submission + - Programmer Personality Types ( 1

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner offers a round-up of 13 classic programming personality types you're likely to find in almost any IT or development shop. 'Anyone who has worked with the machines knows that programmers aren't just one undifferentiated group, but a club with a wide variety of subspecies. From those who will go to any length to avoid documentation to those who deploy code like duct tape, refuse to use libraries, or can't help but rewrite their apps in the latest experimental programming language, programmers are a colorful lot — particularly in their perspectives and habits — though collectively comrades in code.'"
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Submission + - Tales Of IT Idicoy (

snydeq writes: "IT fight club, dirty dev data, meatball sandwiches — InfoWorld offers nine more tales of brain fail beyond belief. 'You'd think we'd run out of them, but technology simply hasn't advanced enough to take boneheaded users out of the daily equation that is the IT admin's life. Whether it's clueless users, evil admins, or just completely bad luck, Mr. Murphy has the IT department pinned in his sights — and there's no escaping the heartache, headaches, hassles, and hilarity of cluelessness run amok.'"

Submission + - Dirty IT Jobs: Partners in Slime (

snydeq writes: "Carcasses, garter belts, anthrax — there is no end to nasty when it comes to working in IT, as the fourth installment of InfoWorld's Dirty IT Jobs series proves. From the systems sanitation engineer, to the human server rack, surviving in today's IT job market often means thriving in difficult conditions, including standing in two feet of water holding a plugged-in server or finding yourself in a sniper's crosshairs while attempting to install a communications link."
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Submission + - Stupid Users: IT's Weakest Link ( 1

snydeq writes: "Flaming laptops, nosy mothers, server racks sent tumbling down stairs — InfoWorld compiles seven more real-world tales of IT brain fail, brought to you by IT's weakest link. 'You can deploy monitoring software, diagnostic software, and a Halon fire suppression system, as well as access multiple grids for power and Internet access, but nothing can save you from the most dire threat facing IT pros today: end-users. Everywhere you look, technology is advancing. Unfortunately for IT, no one has come up with an algorithm to fail-safe systems from stupidity.'"

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