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Submission + - IT Career Burnout: When the Thrill Is Gone->

twailgum writes: "Burnout is as predictable in an IT professional's career as the long hours that precipitate it," notes a CIO.com article. "The demanding nature of IT jobs, coupled with a perceived lack of respect and appreciation, leads many IT professionals to lament, à la blues great B.B. King, that 'the thrill is gone.' Many eventually wonder whether a career in IT is still the right choice." What follows are seven practical ways to reignite your passion for your IT job, as suggested by IT professionals who've experienced burnout first-hand.
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Submission + - Apple: An Evil Empire in the Making?->

twailgum writes: It's Star Wars in Silicon Valley: Is the adored, charismatic Apple CEO Steve Jobs secretly the Dark Lord of the Sith in a black turtleneck? The buzz in the universe is that we're all being duped, like Jar-Jar Binks of the Senate Republic, stupidly voting for our own enslavement. Sure Apple has made some devious maneuvers lately (how's it working out for you, Adobe?), but what is the master ("evil") plan in place? Here's an inside look at the Apple Tech Manifesto.
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Submission + - IT Careers: Can You Survive Unemployment?->

twailgum writes: If you lose your tech job, get ready for a wild ride on the emotional rollercoaster, reports this new CIO.com article. Your daily routines, lifestyle, relationships and identity will be upended, say IT execs who survived long job searches and unemployment to tell the tale.

Joblessness can lead to much more than financial ruin. It precipitates bouts of loneliness, feelings of inadequacy, even full-blown depression. Unemployment ravages people emotionally because it disrupts every aspect of their lives--their routines, identities and relationships. Mental health experts say those emotions are common among unemployed professionals, but they can cripple a person who needs to tap her self-esteem while job hunting in a tough market. Such emotional trauma doesn't bode well for the 14.9 million people who are currently unemployed.

If you're an unemployed IT pro and are trying to fight anxiety or depression, also see this list of proven ways to fight depression during a prolonged job search.
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Submission + - Macs Are Cheaper Than PCs to Manage->

twailgum writes: Does "I'm a Mac" mean "I'm less expensive to manage?" An Enterprise Desktop Alliance survey says Macs cost a lot less than PCs to manage. Keep in mind that the Enterprise Desktop Alliance is a group of software developers who've bandied together to deploy and manage Macs in the enterprise. But their results are striking:

The survey found that Macs were cheaper in six of seven computer management categories: troubleshooting, help desk calls, system configuration, user training and supporting infrastructure (servers, networks and printer). Nearly half of the respondents cited software licensing fees as roughly the same for both platforms.

Yet Macs come with special challenges for enterprise IT admins, many of whom have sounded off on these results.
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Submission + - Geek Pride: "Soft Skills" Are for Weenies->

twailgum writes: Much has been made of the need for IT professionals to demonstrate soft skills--the ability to communicate, negotiate, and win friends and influence people. But a backlash against their importance is brewing. Observes blogger Meridith Levinson: These IT professionals are rejecting "soft skills" and, instead, measure their worth by their technical prowess. Levinson writes: "To them, the need for soft skills is a sign of technical impotence." Adds one commenter to her blog:

If you have to reach for the soft skills of cajoling and persuasion, maybe you don't have what it takes to hack it in IT. Let us remember that some folks in technical fields like IT pride themselves on NOT having social skills.

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Submission + - IBM's Jeopardy-Playing Machine: "I Want Jennings!"->

twailgum writes: IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer is now capable of beating human Jeopardy contestants on a regular basis, and it has got its sights set squarely on 74-time champion Ken Jennings. IBM announced plans to build a computer that can win on Jeopardy last April, and expects to stage a public tournament involving human players and the machine within the next year or so. The question-answering system, nicknamed "Watson," is already doing trial runs against people who have actually appeared on the Alex Trebek-hosted Jeopardy. Watson's competition includes people who qualified for the show but lost, people who appeared and won once, and people who appeared and won twice.
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Submission + - 7 Ways to Make Your BlackBerry Battery Last Longer->

twailgum writes: BlackBerry devices used to be renowned for their impressively long battery lives. But with all the features and functionalities packed into modern RIM smartphones during the past couple of years, some of that battery longevity has vanished. CIO.com's Al Sacco offers up seven advanced tips that he regularly employs to ensure his BlackBerry keeps on ticking...and ticking and ticking.
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Submission + - U.S. Has No Deterrent for Digital Attacks->

twailgum writes: A NYTimes article outlines the dire and grim outlook for US infosecurity in an age when there is no comparative "nuclear retaliation" for cyber threats.

"On a Monday morning earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the nation’s power grids, its communications systems or its financial networks. The results were dispiriting. The enemy had all the advantages: stealth, anonymity and unpredictability. No one could pinpoint the country from which the attack came, so there was no effective way to deter further damage by threatening retaliation."

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Submission + - Linux Foundation Responds to MSFT's Smack Talk->

twailgum writes: Microsoft's mobile chief dressed down Linux phones at CES and now the Linux Foundation is firing back. What's at stake? Control of the future smartphone market. Microsoft mobile chief Robbie Bach may believe that the Linux OS will lose out to Windows Mobile in the smartphone space, but Linux Foundation director Jim Zemlin is having none of that. "By Bach's count there are 17 variants of Linux available on mobile phones," writes Zemlin, in a blog post. "He sees this as a bad thing for customers. We, unsurprisingly, see this as a bad thing for Microsoft."
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Submission + - AT&T-TMobile 3G Upgrade Meaningless to BlackBe->

twailgum writes: Wireless carriers AT&T and T-Mobile both announced major upgrades to their 3G cellular networks for max data transfer speeds of 7.2Mbps. That's all fine and good for AT&T and T-Mobile customers who live in certain cities and own compatible devices...but the bad news is all BlackBerry users are currently out of luck.
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Submission + - Why Project Management Certifications Matter->

twailgum writes: The value of project management certifications is hotly debated among IT professionals. CIO.com investigates whether certifications make better project managers and whether projects staffed by certified project managers are more successful than projects without PMPs.

What we found: Project management certifications matter a great deal to some employers, but not always for realistic reasons. We also found that project managers can certainly benefit from certification: It can provide them with hold greater access to jobs and higher salaries, but it doesn't necessarily make them a better project manager.

Says one 17-year project manager: Some PMPs he's worked with and hired have been excellent project managers. Others, he says, "couldn't find their way out of a wet paper bag with a flashlight and a knife."
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Submission + - Screen Cost Is Hurdle Apple Tablet Can't Jump->

twailgum writes: As reports surfaced Monday that Apple's upcoming tablet may cost right around $1,000, industry critics began debating the not-so-appetizing price. CIO.com talked to a touchscreen maker to get the inside scoop on one big factor keeping the tablet's price high: the display.
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Submission + - Iron Mountain's Experimental Room 48->

twailgum writes: Twenty-two stories underground in Iron Mountain's Western Pennsylvania facility, "you'll find Room 48, an experiment in data center energy efficiency," writes Computerworld's Lucas Mearian. "Open for just six months, the room is used by Iron Mountain to discover the best way to use geothermal conditions and engineering designs to establish the perfect environment for electronic documents. Room 48 is also being used to devise a geothermal-based environment that can be tapped to create efficient, low-cost data centers."
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Submission + - The 25 Funniest Vintage Tech Ads->

twailgum writes: Ads are kind of like your awkward teenage years. Think about it: When you're actually experiencing them, every second feels an angst-ridden eternity. Look back a couple decades later, though, and it's damn near impossible not to laugh. Now, we're not suggesting you go out and start bragging about that mullet you were sporting in the '80s. But with these antiquated ads we've found — with youthful Roger Moore, Elvira, the BeeGees endorsing tech products — you can revisit the comedy of bad choices without suffering a single ounce of personal humiliation. Nearly every one will make you wonder what the hell we all were thinking.
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