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    50 Books Every Geek Should Read

    50 Books Every Geek Should Read
    Ever find out one of your friends hasn't read "Neuromancer" or doesn't know what a Babelfish is or why it's important to keep a towel handy at all times? Did you have that brief moment where you thought, "Man, it's like I don't even know you?" If you're going to work in tech, write code, or just spend way too much ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +59
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    The 20 Most Sought-After IT Skills

    The 20 Most Sought-After IT Skills
    SAP, network security, and business intelligence top this quarter's list of the IT job skills that companies are paying more for. While the overall value of IT certifications continues to decline, holders of several key certs and skills have made significant gains in salary over the past six months. Find out which areas of IT are hot in our analysis of ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +30
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    15 Things You'll Love About Windows 7

    15 Things You'll Love About Windows 7
    (and Five You'll Hate) Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 7. Vista failed to give Windows users a reason to upgrade from XP, and justified or not, it quickly gained a reputation for being slow, overly complicated, and annoying to work with. Judging by the response to the public beta of Windows 7, lots of Windows fans are more than ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +35
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    Twitter Mistakes to Avoid at Work

    A lot has been written about the revolutionary impact of Twitter: how it's changed the way we communicate, how it's connected us to one another and how it's increased transparency in everything we do. But as much as people love Twitter, there's growing concern about other impacts the social networking tool is having, especially when it comes to workplace productivity. ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Six Must-Have IT Skills

    Six Must-Have IT Skills
    The skills required for technology jobs vary widely from one position to another, but are some technical skills worth acquiring, no matter what your area of expertise? Absolutely. That’s clear from a review of Monster job ads for various technical positions. Listings for network engineers sometimes call for HTML skills. Help-desk jobs may require documentation skills. Programmers often need to know ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +14
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    7 Gadgets We’re Looking Forward to This Year

    Just like with movies and video games, the fall season is the best time to find the best new gadgets. Check out our sample of the best of the best for late 2009, including the potential release of the mythical Apple 'iTablet.' Check out the gadgets below! 1. Zune HD The upcoming Zune HD is the first big upgrade to Microsoft's ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +7
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    How to Create a Rich Internet Application (Screen Design)

    Designing a rich Internet application (RIA) can test even an experienced design team. The hardest challenge is to blend Web and desktop paradigms to create a responsive and intuitive experience. Some paradigms that exist in the desktop environment are ill-suited for the Web, while many of the Web paradigms people are familiar with (paging, explicit refresh) are no longer necessary ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    InsideTech's Laptop Buying Guide

    InsideTech's Laptop Buying Guide
    Over the last few years, laptops have become powerful, portable, and inexpensive enough that it's easy to get by without a desktop machine. As laptops have become more of a default than a luxury, the range of features, models, and prices has expanded greatly. Sorting through all those options isn't always easy, but these 10 rules for laptop buying should help ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +9
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    15 Ways Python Is a Powerful Force on the Web

    15 Ways Python Is a Powerful Force on the Web
    The Python programming language has gained popularity as one of the components of the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Python/Perl/PHP) stack. Python has seen a resurgence in programmer interest, and dynamic languages such as Ruby and Python have emerged as alternatives to languages like Java and C#. And the popularity of software such as the Google App Engine, the Django Web ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Hurry Up and Wait: 6 Futurists Explain Why Slowness Might Be as Important as Speed

    According to some of the world’s most prominent futurists, slowness might be as important to the future as speed. We've asked them to explain why. Here are their answers. Julian Bleecker Julian Bleecker, a designer, technologist, and co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory, devises “design-to-think experiments” that focus on interactions away from conventional computer settings. “When sitting at a screen ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Which Skills are Hot in IT Today? (Part I)

    Which Skills are Hot in IT Today? (Part I)
    The length and breadth of the current economic recession has laid waste to the idea of the fully recession-proof career. IT companies have not been spared - just check out any list of the top crop from Silicon Valley and it's easy to cringe at the job bloodletting. But IT careers have still been more resilient than most. In the last ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Building IT Skills: 25 Guiding Principles for UX Designers

    Five months ago I wrote a post titled, "So you wanna be a user experience designer," in which I gathered all of the resources in my UX arsenal: publications and blogs, books, local events, organizations, mailing lists, webinars, workshops, conferences, and schooling. My intent was to give aspiring user experience designers, or even those on the hunt for additional inspiration, ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    The IT People Behind the Winter Olympics

    Your tech skills can take you anywhere you want — even to the rarified air of the Winter Olympics. Don't believe us? There are many IT people involved in creating the Olympics experience and it's time we take a minute to appreciate their contribution. In some ways, they're almost as important to the event as the athletes themselves. Some have ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Estimating the Size of Software Projects

    Because software is "soft," it is always quite difficult to size it as accurately as other material products like a house, a car, or a television. This chapter explains the Function Point Analysis (FPA) methodology-based estimation model, which enables the estimator to clearly size the software application (product) based purely on the functions that are expected to be delivered by the ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    10 Steps to the Perfect Smartphone

    10 Steps to the Perfect Smartphone
    How much of your day do you spend on the phone? How about checking and answering e-mail? As important as your laptop or desktop may be, your smartphone has arguably become the most important tool in your personal tech arsenal. The right one can make you more efficient, better connected, and more attractive to the opposite sex. (Well, two out of ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Answers to the Ultimate PC Connector Quiz

    Answers to the Ultimate PC Connector Quiz
    InsideTech created The Ultimate PC Connector Quiz to help you brush up on your critical PC components and connectors. We listened to our users' feedback and are providing the answers so you can learn from the quiz. h4. Don't cheat! If you haven't taken The Ultimate PC Connector Quiz, go take it first. See answers on the next page... [page] #1 ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +5
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    How to Choose Between Canon and Nikon DSLRs in 2010

    It's a question all photographers ask themselves: Should I get a Nikon or a Canon? Pro users are the first to admit that technical differences between the two iconic brands are not deciding factors. In fact, the more experienced the photographer, the more adamant they are that camera brands do not matter, according to veteran photographer Ken Rockwell. "It's like ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    7 Free Web Alternatives to Photoshop

    7 Free Web Alternatives to Photoshop
    Tired of going through trial versions of Adobe Photoshop? Frustrated by the limitations of common accessory programs like Paint? You're not alone. Adobe Photoshop may be the holy grail of photo editing software, but that doesn't mean you've got to break the bank to produce high-quality photos! The Internet has spawned some amazing open source photo editing programs that'll get the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Can Augmented Reality Tech Help You Make Better Life Decisions?

    Can augmented reality technology finally make it easy to do the right thing? Last year was huge for a young technology called “augmented reality”—and that’s important even if you’re not a nerd, because it should revolutionize the way we approach social causes. Sure, many current examples of augmented reality are trivial, but hear me out. Augmented reality allows you to ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    How To Build a Better Home Office

    You did it! You’ve negotiated with your boss or embraced your entrepreneurial spirit and the home office is yours. Think of all the time you’ll save on the commute, the extra hours you’ll punch in, and the flexibility you’ll enjoy. You’re ready to kick back and… oh, work. Remember, even with all the promises of work-at-home grandeur, there are just ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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