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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 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.

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.

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 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.


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.

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.


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.

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.'s Al Sacco offers up seven advanced tips that he regularly employs to ensure his BlackBerry keeps on ticking...and ticking and ticking.

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."


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."

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.

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.

Submission + - RedLynx CEO: Give Pirates What They Want. We Did. (

twailgum writes: Trials developer RedLynx has admitted that in order to market its PC title it leaked it to torrent sites for pirates on the same day it was released to paying consumers. The pirated version of the game does not include support for leaderboards, said company CEO Tero Virtala, a crucial feature that is the "soul" of the game.

"Piracy is here, so how can we take advantage of that? What we did actually, on day one, we put that game immediately on all the torrent networks ourselves," revealed Virtala, during a panel discussion at Develop Liverpool yesterday.

So far, so good: Virtala said that the game has sold close to 150,000 copies since it was launched 18 months ago.


Submission + - Drowning in Passwords: Can You Stay Safe and Sane? (

twailgum writes: Another day, another password: Thanks to Web-based apps, we're all acquiring passwords at quite a clip. How do you remember them all while staying secure? Well, most of us don't — and too many use sticky notes as their "fail safe" plan.

You're savvy enough to know that identity theft and illegal access to personal and financial data are real-world problems that you want to avoid. But what are you doing about it? Odds are, not much, says Andrew Jaquith, a computer security analyst at Forrester Research. "There are two classes of people; those who seem to care about the security of their accounts, and those who act as if they don't." Most people, he says, fall in the later category.

Which class do you fall into?

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