Archive for the 'IT' Category

Microsoft doesn’t need the extra H1-B’s after all

January 22, 2009

Microsoft to eliminate up to 5,000 employees

Meanwhile the head man predicts doom and gloom for his rival Apple and that all this mess will just pass:

“The price premiums that people pay for Macs versus PCs will be looked at much more critically in the next two quarters,” said Ballmer. “Neither the consumer nor business side is immune to the economic conditions.”

Though Ballmer called the current economic dislocation “unprecedented,” he called the recent downturn in the tech sector “just a pause.”

“Nothing will stop the forward march of our industry or Microsoft,” Ballmer said. “There will soon be renewed growth in the tech industry and certainly in Microsoft.”

COBOL in the Cloud

January 17, 2009

MicroFocus COBOL will be available on Amazon’s EC2 cloud platform.

Micro Focus® (LSE.MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application management, development and modernization solutions, today announced that Micro Focus will enable enterprise applications to run on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Platform. As enterprises look to cloud computing as a modernization and cost savings strategy, Micro Focus provides a secure, reliable approach that requires zero rewriting of code, saving customers millions of dollars in comparison to alternative options.

I’m surrounded by sociopaths

December 19, 2008

Another interesting HuffPo article discussing the ho hum topics of political and financial corruption. Definition of a sociopath:

Glibness and superficial charm. Grandiose sense of self-worth. Pathological lying. Cunning and manipulative behavior. Lack of remorse or guilt. Lack of empathy. Failure to accept responsibility for own actions.

Sound familiar?

Firefox under fire

December 17, 2008

Just a day after the bad publicity Internet Explorer 7 got, Firefox releases these critical patches. OK, we aren’t supposed to use IE, and it looks like Firefox is on the ropes. Now what?

Lynx anyone?

IT graduates shortages now eh?

December 16, 2008

Two postings on my CIO magazine feed.. Silicon Valley twentysomethings eating dirt now, and 25% of US IT jobs to be offshored within two years. Have a nice day.

Should India’s IT industry offer to help?

December 14, 2008

Reports say that the Mumbai police were just out-equipped and prepared by the November attackers. The attackers were in the 21st century, plus their willingness to be extremely aggressive, completely indiscriminate in who they killed, and in the end, to die. The Mumbai police and even India’s special forces are stuck somewhere in the 20th century. The police appear to have little or no experience with modern technologies such as GPS, e-mail or even mobile phones. They are at bottom, very poorly funded and can’t afford the training or the technology. Very ironic for a country that sees itself as being an IT power, if not already or right on track to be the world’s leading IT power. 

Could India’s IT industry help fund and equip the police with state-of-the-art technology? The UK has offered -help to India on better preparing it counter-terrorism efforts. A lot of people in India have hangups about their former colonial master, they may find it humiliating to take such aid. But couldn’t the Indian IT companies, that provide cybersecurity services (and hold or manage much of the West’s sensitive corporate data) help out themselves and along with some external consulting?

‘PMP’ has dual meaning

December 3, 2008

PMPs in IT land mean a ‘Project Management Professional,’ but it can also mean something else. Unless of course you consider your projects to be pests, then maybe the advice on that site could be of use.

Microsoft Mojave Experiment is back

November 26, 2008

Indeed, if it ever went anywhere. Earlier in the year, Microsoft launched its Mojave Experiment ad campaign to great ridicule in the IT community. Yesterday, I saw a Mojave ad on NBC I believe, not sure, but I did see the ad again. Hasn’t Microsoft moved on to Windows 7?

Trust no one, not even your ‘friends’

November 17, 2008

Worried about layoffs? Backstabbers at work, can’t really trust anyone, not even your ‘friends?’

Scapegoating is also more common during a recession because bad economic times draw attention to problems and inefficiencies inside companies that might otherwise be ignored during a boom, says Harvey.

“When things tighten up, inefficiencies and problems become bigger issues. You can no longer hide them,” he adds.

It’s easy to get blindsided by a co-worker playing the blame game, because such subterfuge takes place behind the scenes and because people are so focused on the specter of a layoff that they fail to recognize coworkers’ machinations. Thus, a victim of workplace scapegoating often doesn’t realize what’s happening until his boss calls him into the office for a tense discussion about why the victim’s software contains more bugs than the Amityville Horror House.

Don’t trust the ones who you obviously shouldn’t trust, and don’t trust the ones who you have been trusting:

You also need to tune your radar to people who might try to throw you under the bus. Take a look around the office and identify the complainers and back-stabbers, the people you’ve heard bad-mouthing others, and realize that they could direct their ire at you, too.

Don’t ignore your friends, either, says Harvey. “It is so common for people to not want to be blamed that even people who are your friends, when push comes to shove, if they feel their career is in jeopardy, they may feel justified in doing it,” he says.

Word of the day: reskill

November 13, 2008

Re-skill yourself! For some reason, I don’t like this word. It is a synonym for retraining (another re-word), retooling perhaps, or just training.