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July 30, 2012  5:11 PM

Security Guru Ira Winkler Tells You How to Get Into the Lucrative Security Field (Video)

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
2012, opportunities, software, software development, work

I was hanging out in the noisy press room at the Black Hat Conference, and Lo! There was Ira Winkler, CISSP, Chief Security Strategist at Codenomicon. I had my...

May 15, 2012  5:23 PM

Are You as Creative As You Want To Be?

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
burbal, create, Indian, innovation, innovative, learn, millionaire, software, sufi, wealth

A book titled Innovation Generation, by Dr. Roberta Ness, asks this question, then talks about how to become more innovative. It seems a little funny, but the person who wrote the publisher's...

April 5, 2012  1:46 PM

How to Get Picked as an IT Consultant or Independent Programmer

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
clients, consultant, ecuation, excitement, expert, hire, independent, IT, networks, professional, programmer, references, selected, skillset, software, talent, technologies

I asked a bunch of people who routinely hire programmers and IT consultants how they went about selecting them. Learning what they look for just might help you find more work...

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...

September 26, 2011  11:52 AM

Learn From Facebook’s User Interface Mistakes

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
alienate, changes, Facebook, Google+, HELP, interface, mistakes, produce, software, UI, user

If you make either consumer or business software for your living, or plan to go into business making software at any point in your career, you need to pay close attention to Facebook's recent user interface (UI) changes and how

September 21, 2011  3:56 PM

Should Your Software Testers be Autistic Adults?

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
asperger's, autism, autistic, computers, intelligence, software, testers, testing

"Traits that make great software testers — intense focus, comfort with repetition, memory for detail — also happen to be characteristics of autism. People with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, have normal to high intelligence and often are highly skilled with computers."

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 11, 2011  3:30 PM

Beyond IT: Should You Consider Changing Careers?

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
B2B, cloud, data, digital, forensics, hardware, integration, investigations, IT, law, law enforcement, networks, PCs, sales, smartphones, software, solutiona

On June 27, the IT Ladder headline was, Tired of IT? Become a Private Investigator. Today we'll look at a few other responses to my "panel of experts" question, which was, "What new fields...

July 7, 2011  1:04 PM

This is a Great Time to Buy a New Computer

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
buy, computer, discount, hardware, laptop, Linux, savings, school, software, student, summer, tablet, Windows Home Premium, Windows Pro

Back to School days are here again. The skies are bright and clear again. And hungry computer vendors are rolling out savings like mad. April (tax refunds) and Christmas used to be the main computer selling times. Now it seems as if selling to...

June 13, 2011  5:45 PM

On Becoming a Renaissance Programmer

Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
creative, entrepreneur, five senses, interacting, Internet, liberal arts, programmer, renaissance, salon, Silicon Valley, software, Sramana Mitra

Sramana Mitra, an entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley, says one of the best ways you can improve yourself as a programmer is to spend less time programming and more time learning about the arts and interacting with other people. ...

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