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October, 2011

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October 31, 2011  12:36 PM

Go For It! – a Book Review



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
business, client, sales, self-employment, startup

I have never reviewed a book here before. And this is a book by an insurance salesman, about sales, so why am I reviewing it? Because sales is a necessary part of starting and running any business, and in IT the best way to get ahead is often through self-employment.

October 28, 2011  10:07 AM

Beware the “Feel Good” Backup



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
backup, data, Frank Sfalanga, Penguin

I'm not saying this. Frank Sfalanga of Penguin Computer and Telephone Solutions in Ft. Myers, Florida, says it. And he has a point. Not all backups are identical. And some can leave you feeling protected when you aren't -- which is the worst kind of...


October 24, 2011  2:05 PM

Job Satisfaction



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
advancement, children, coder, helpdesk, introverted, IT management, open source, promotion, satisfaction, self-employment, spouse

We all talk about...


October 20, 2011  11:03 AM

IT Work is Nothing Like Mining Coal



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
air conditioning, butcher's holler, coal, IT, Loretta Lynn, miner, server

Fellow IT Knowledge Exchange blogger Matt Heuser wrote a piece titled Are IT Workers the Coal Miners...

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October 17, 2011  2:48 PM

A Good IT Manager Knows Exactly What the Company Owns



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
asset-tracking, bar-code labels, Business Software Alliance, CAT-5, hardware, inventory, Lansweeper, record-keeping, software, Spiceworks, system

If I ask you for a complete list of your company's software, including records of the lastest updates and what kind of licenses your various applications and operating systems carry, could you produce that list? How about a complete hardware inventory? You need to know what you have. And if you...


October 13, 2011  2:18 PM

Listening as an Essential IT Skill



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
communicating, IT, IT Professionals, listen, Marian Thier, Tranlators

"Robin Miller, a journalist, posed a thought-provoking question: What skills will IT professionals need in the next decade?" Why, that would be me. And you can read a number of answers to that question here:


October 10, 2011  1:35 PM

Hybrid IT + Business Technology = Job Opportunities for You



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Business Technology, cloud, computing, consulting, discouraged workers, employed, employment, Hybrid IT, management, network, promotion, staffing

cloud computer

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October 6, 2011  10:13 AM

Last Day of the “Is Your Script 3-Dimensional?” Contest



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
3-dimensional, contest, IT, Nintendo 3DS, Prize, script

Today -- October 6 -- is the last day of IT Knowledge Exchange’s newest contest! We’re looking for the most useful, inventive and clever IT scripts that help make your life easier. To win, simply post your script in the


October 3, 2011  1:48 PM

IT Positions Least Likely to be Eliminated in the Next Decade



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Brazil, career, data scientists, demand, eliminated, engineer, growth, in-house, infrastructure, IT, layoffs, management, outsourcing, project, pushbutton, software development

The trick these days is not merely to train for or find a job, any job, but to find a job and career path that's likely to survive the next 10 years (or more) despite automation, outsourcing, and economic malaise. Many years ago, my late father, a mechanical engineer, said, "In a pushbutton age,...


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