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December 19, 2011  12:22 PM

The Art of the Deal: Essential Knowledge for IT Consultants



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
budget, client, consultant, consulting, David Hoppe, deal, Donald Trump, IT, Jimmy Buffett, Matt Heuser, negotiate, pricing decisions, professional, programming, self-employed, sell, selling, services, work

The Art of the Deal is the title of a book by Donald Trump. I am not endorsing this book, which I haven't read. I am, however, endorsing the concept embodied in its title, because for an IT consultant, which you may either be...

August 1, 2011  9:22 AM

Beware of the Patent Trap, Software Entrepreneur



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
demons, EFF, evil, FSF, invention, OIN, patents, programming, software, troll

You are s-o-o brilliant! Your new application is going to save millions of people millions of hours and dollars. It's selling well enough that you're thinking about buying a better car. And then the letter from a lawyer comes, accusing you of patent infringement and demanding a payment far larger...


July 28, 2011  10:52 AM

More Great Places for Programmers to Live and Work



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Arkansas, beach, Chicago, Florida, New York, NYC, Port St. Lucie, programmer, programming, quality, salaries, skiing

Monday, July 25, this column asked the question, Where's the Best Place for a Programmer to Live? We got a stack of excellent answers -- more than we had room to publish in a single...


July 18, 2011  3:18 PM

Taking Your Skills Overseas — or Up the Street



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
China, find, India, job, outsource, programming, skills, Switzerland, travel, U.S., work, world, Zimbabwe

What brought this up was a job feeler I just got from someone I first met during a trip to New Delhi. There, and in other major Indian cities, especially Bangalore, IT talent and phone support people who speak "American English" competently are getting hard to find. So his proposal was that I come...


June 3, 2011  10:27 AM

A Sales Tale from the Customer’s Viewpoint



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
convenience, cost, customer, IT, marketing, presentation, programming, quotes, sales, savings, time

The events I'm describing here happened nearly three decades ago, when I was Manager of Technical Services for Rotronic Instrument Corporation USA. Part of my job was making sure units got shipped safely to our customers. Our humidity instruments did not fit well into standard box sizes, so I...


May 2, 2011  3:12 PM

Why You Need ‘Social Media Versions’ of Your Resume



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
career, employment, Facebook, IT, job, job hunt, LinkedIn, programming, resume, search, Twitter

Resumes are important job-finding tools, even if you look for a job by calling friends instead of listing your talents at Dice, Monster, and other big-time employment mills. But today, you will probably use social media more...


April 25, 2011  4:01 PM

Five IT Career Ideas From IBM Executive Bruce Douglass



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
career, computers, electric cars, employment, ethics, EV, health care, IT, programming, real time, work

Bruce's imposing title is Chief Evangelist, Rational Software, IBM. He's given us a list of five IT career fields you may not have thought about checking out -- and that others, too, may have overlooked -- but are likely to display massive...


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