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    Tech Resource: Computing Research Association

    Computing research may not top your list of concerns when searching for a junior programmer or multimedia specialist post. But the Computing Research Association (CRA), a group devoted to research in computing, has a mission - and the resources - to help just about anyone working in technology. Best known among IT professionals for its Taulbee Survey of PhD-granting computer science ...
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    Top IT Organizations

    "It's not what you know, it's who you know." Techies ignore this adage at their peril. Even in the skills-crazed world of database administrators and PHP programmers, networking matters, no doubt about it. One surefire way to connect with others -- and advance your career -- is by joining technology organizations. Here's our list of top technology groups. Some emphasize continuing ...
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    Managing Employees on a Minimal Budget

    Managing Employees on a Minimal Budget
    Today's managers are charged with getting the most out of workers no matter what. But the reality is that many managers must coax top performances from their employees while working with a minimal budget that may require salary freezes; cuts in benefits, bonuses or perks; reductions in hours; or even layoffs. If you're faced with a less-than-optimal budget situation, follow these ...
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    Make Trade-Offs, Manage Expectations as a Product Manager

    Make Trade-Offs, Manage Expectations as a Product Manager
    All savvy product managers are quick to master the art of making trade-offs. But when the product you manage is part of integrated solution, balancing the needs of colleagues and customers is not just good business, says Avid Technology's Karin Monsler. "It's a survival skill." The product she manages, Avid Unity Media Services, is just one of more than a dozen ...
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    Ten Titanic Tech Battles for 2010

    When it comes to deciding when to cooperate with each other and when to compete, the major IT vendors have always, to one degree or another, been involved in skullduggery and intrigue. On a field level, practicality that is usually forced on the vendors wins the day, resulting in agreements to work together and higher levels of interoperability. But back ...
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    Times to Go with Your Gut at Work

    Times to Go with Your Gut at Work
    Ever get a hunch but can’t put your finger on why you feel the way you do? Perhaps it’s the way a coworker reacts to your proposal, or a strange feeling that your boss isn’t happy with your performance. Not everything can be worked out with a pro and con list. Much of working with people is following your intuition. And ...
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    How a CIO Positions IT for Growth in the Economic Recovery

    How a CIO Positions IT for Growth in the Economic Recovery
    While survival is the paramount concern these days, how you survive will determine your true legacy. Today, IT groups must prepare for the inevitable rebound by investing in change. It’s not just about “keeping the lights on;” it’s about tuning the engine that makes innovation possible. If it doesn’t positively affect the bottom line, the top line and/or increase efficiencies, then ...
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    4 Career Lessons From Television

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vagueonthehow/ / CC BY 2.0 1. Once More With Feeling The Show: Glee Like any other classic tale of geeks banding together in the face of adversity, the outcast characters of Fox's Glee made drama and singing cool again. An aspiring Broadway starlet, the captain of the football team, the head cheerleader, and the lowest of social misfits on the school ...
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    IT Degrees: Sorting Out the Choices

    IT Degrees: Sorting Out the Choices
    Would-be techies planning to study computers in college have often been steered toward the computer science major, but as technology has changed, so have the degree options. Now, a whole range of computer-related degrees is available. At a large research university, students interested in computers and information technology might be able to choose from three or more majors - one offered ...
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    My Job Is Killing Me!

    My Job Is Killing Me!
    It's not your imagination, and it's not a joke: Your job may in fact be making you sick, robbing you of sleep and running down your immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness. Things really are more stressful these days. In fact, workplace stress has more than tripled in the past several years according to researchers. Expectations are higher and ...
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    10 Things You Should Know About Credit Cards

    10 Things You Should Know About Credit Cards
    h4. 1. Interest Backdating Most card issuers charge interest from the day a charge is posted to your account if you don't pay in full monthly. But, some charge interest from the date of purchase, days before they have even paid the store on your behalf! Remedy: Find another card issuer, or always pay your bill in full by the due ...
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    10 Useful Lessons College Taught Us About Life and Work

    People remember college as four years of bliss, a symbol of complete freedom and self discovery. But it also helped you develop practical life skills like how to find the right job and how to react to difficult life situations. In the next few pages, you'll find some things we think were not only important parts of the college experience, ...
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    Tame The Never-Ending Workweek

    Tame The Never-Ending Workweek
    Somehow, between the time when Apple II computers first appeared on metal office desks and the time you started booting up your Windows PC from the comfort of your cubicle, the notion of a 40-hour workweek became as unfashionable as your parents' prom picture. Today, after seven decades of decline, more than 31 percent of college-educated male workers are regularly logging ...
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    13 Types of Boss and How to Impress Them

    Along with paychecks, deadlines, and overtime, bosses are one of the things you just can’t avoid in the workplace. But how to identify these strange characters and deal with them? Don’t go it alone — it’s a jungle out there. We show you how! [page] The Robot Distinguishing characteristics: An empty desk, no family pictures. What they do: All business, all ...
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    10 Ways You're Annoying Your Coworkers

    Everyone has something (or someone) that annoys him or her at work. It could be faulty equipment or coworkers who don’t pull their own weight. But nobody’s complaining about you, right? Not so fast. Even though your mom, friends, or significant other may worship the ground you walk on, there could be some people you work with who are far ...
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    U.S. Citizen or H-1B Candidate? Recent Scandal Shows It's Not an Easy Call

    Reliant Energy in Houston is taking a lot of heat for bringing work under an outsourced IT contract back in-house, and hiring H-1B visa holders to help do the job. What’s unfortunate about the outcry is that it’s yet another needless distraction from the real issue of H-1B abuse. Computerworld’s Patrick Thibodeau reported last week that Reliant had ended an ...
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    Workplace Humor Done Right

    Joan Steffen worked in a high-pressure sales office. On one particularly stressful day, Steffen decided to lighten the mood. “The boss couldn't find something she needed, so she hollered, ‘That does it! I WANT EVERY THING IN THIS OFFICE CORRECTLY LABELED BY TOMORROW MORNING!’” Steffen explains. “So I labeled all her file folders correctly -- and stuck small labels to ...
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    Five Essential Holiday ID-Theft Protection Tips

    Five Essential Holiday ID-Theft Protection Tips
    What in the world do we have to learn from Ebenezer Scrooge about protecting our identities during the busy holiday season? Plenty! Scrooge was a miserly old git who wouldn’t share anything—his coal, his wealth, his love. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future scared him into realizing that giving generously is what the holidays (and life) are all about. ...
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    4 Grammar/Spelling Pitfalls to Avoid

    4 Grammar/Spelling Pitfalls to Avoid
    It’s hard enough to come up with the right words to sell yourself in a resume or cover letter, without the English language tripping you up. One little mistake in spelling or grammar can ruin an entire resume or cover letter. It’s not easy to remember all the rules of the English language. So here’s a little cheat-cheat to help you ...
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    The Top 10 Information Security Threats of 2010

    2010 is here and the next decade stretches before us. I am amazed that it has been a decade since all the fear and speculation of Y2K. Take a moment to review your personal technological transformation in the last 10 years. Were you using a mobile phone 10 years ago? Could you live without it today? How about how far ...
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