markfeffer writes: "Microsoft doesn’t make too big a deal out of Windows 8’s multilanguage support, which is probably smart considering that OS X has worked with more than one tongue for a decade. The Windows 8 approach works well enough, once you get through the install. Someone in Redmond seems to have decided it was OK to get the multiple-language package running through a mono-lingual process – as in one language, not two. In other words, if you want to install the Japanese version but you don’t read English, you’re out of luck. You’ll have to guess your way through the installation, then guess your way through the control panel settings until you’re able to, you hope, change the language. Once you’ve gotten through all that, you’ll have to restart the system. No big deal, except you won’t know it, because the dialog box is in the very language that you can’t read. It just feels like another episode of Microsoft coming in with too little, too late."
markfeffer writes: "Make all the comments you want about online pornography, but at the end of the day it’s a bigger chunk of the Web than you may realize. Adult destinations make up 12 percent of all sites globally and generate 35 percent of all downloads. A quarter of all searches are about finding them. As a business, they make a lot of money, about $3 billion in the U.S. alone during 2010 (That’s $4,000 a second, by the way). Behind the scenes, one of the more interesting operations is the fetish network Kink.com. To handle between 2,500 and 3,000 simultaneous users its, sites run clustered and load-balanced on five JBoss application servers. The front end uses Java, J2EE and JBoss 6.7, and its social approach is built in Spring Social hosted with JBoss 7. Steve Morgan, the company’s CTO, has a full-time tech staff of 26, out of the company’s 130 full-time employees. He says he does use consultants but the talent side of the business uses more."
markfeffer writes: "Red Hat’s hired about 600 people in its last three fiscal quarters, and it’s going to keep hiring – about 900 to 1,000 more this year. The company’s primarily looking for software and technical support engineers, along with salespeople who can help strengthen its cloud-technology capabilities. They want people with strong technical skills, of course, but the company puts a premium on those who’ve taken the time to research its business and send in a resume that’s custom-tailored to the job opening."
markfeffer writes: "Lockheed Martin's announced a voluntary layoff program for high-level engineers and managers in its Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) unit, the second largest of its business segments, a company spokesperson confirmed to Dice News on Monday. The move comes as a surprise, given that just two weeks ago CEO Marillyn Hewson said the company was “not looking at planned job reductions.”"
markfeffer writes: "In technology, the need for specific skills rises and falls for a number of reasons, some simple and others complex. And while it’s never easy to predict the future, you can get a sense of who’ll be in need and who should take a hard look at their career path by studying trends, talking to industry leaders and analysts, and asking tech professionals where they see things heading. Dice's Dawn Kawamoto did just that, and the result is this package of stories that examines how technology and business will evolve over the next five years, and how it will impact tech jobs."
markfeffer writes: "Pay for technology jobs is growing, in large part because it’s become harder to hire people with the skills companies want. That’s reflected in IT’s unemployment rate, which is hovering just below 4%. Supply and demand being what it is, the sector’s labor shortage is pushing up pay, especially in areas that aren’t known for their tech communities. While pay in the tech sector increased about 5% between 2011 and 2012, places like Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Milwaukee saw salaries rise 18%, 13% and 10% respectively. (For the record, Silicon Valley’s pay dipped 2.8% during the same period.) It seems kind of ironic when you consider that technology’s being blamed for wiping out American middle class jobs."
markfeffer writes: "Tech workers have a dog in the fight for immigration reform but their anxiety about H-1Bs may not be relieved any time soon. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the program's cap for next year will remain unchanged. Meantime, most observers don't see any real reforms on the horizon."
markfeffer writes: "Expect tech hiring to rise in 2013. About 64 percent of recruiters and hiring managers surveyed by Dice plan to increase their ranks next year, with 43 percent seeing themselves doing “slightly” more hiring while 21 percent predict doing “substantially” more. While those numbers look encouraging, they’re not as strong as they were six months ago. In May, 73 percent said they planned to increase hiring, 55 percent "slightly" and 18 percent "substantially.""
markfeffer writes: "After being slowed down by internal issues surrounding architectural, cultural and organizational structures, the development of solutions for data sharing, analysis, migration and cloud efforts is picking up steam again. Heading into 2013, hiring in these areas will ramp as well, predicts researcher David Foote. CIOs want to weave architectural competencies into more roles, so they’re looking for people who can break down walls inside their company and make sure everyone involved sees the big picture. Foote believes the movement won’t be about creating new kinds of jobs. Rather, it will be about evolving skills."
markfeffer writes: "Jeff Gill's Manhattan, Kan., Tallgrass Brewing Company produces several artisanal potables, but he's most keen on his 8-Bit Pale Ale, Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson writes. He wanted to create an 8-bit game to go with it, but didn't have the money, so he created a video that's something like a 1979 gameplay trailer."
markfeffer writes: "Kink.com’s CTO Steve Morgan says that there’s more to producing Internet porn than a camera, a whip and some combination of women and men. He’s got a tech staff of 26 people running two dozen sub-sites, clustered and load balanced on five JBoss application servers. He tells Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson that they support 2,500 to 3,000 users an hour. The company pioneered the use of live adult webcasts which, Morgan says, are all about capacity and performance."
markfeffer writes: "David Strom says that today AT&T, Time Warner and other broadband providers will start enforcing their “Six-Strikes” approach to stopping illegal downloads of movies, TV shows and other content. The Center for Copyright Information, an operation they’ve funded, will send suspected individuals multiple emails pointing out any illegal activity, getting them to acknowledge their misdeeds, and finally imposing increasing punishments like throttling connection speeds or blocking particular websites (though not outright disconnection or legal action). Strom writes that the next step will be to start using VPNs to block your real IP address when you want to download illegal content. It might be better if the movie studios learned from the peer music piracy debacle of the late 1990s, and made it easier for folks to find and download legal content. But that would require careful thought by people other than lawyers to build better systems, like Pirate Bay’s."
markfeffer writes: "Are people who work in technology really creatives? We’re still stereotyped as “math nerds,” but the truth is our business is filled with artists and offers more creative outlets than most others."