We're facing 25 years of prosperity, freedom, and a better environment for the whole world. You got a problem with that? A bad meme - a contagious idea - began spreading through the United States in the 1980s: America is in decline, the world is going to hell, and our children's lives will be worse than our own. The particulars are now familiar: Good jobs are disappearing, working people are falling into poverty, the underclass is swelling, crime is out of control. The post-Cold War world is fragmenting, and conflicts are erupting all over the planet. The environment is imploding - with global warming and ozone depletion, we'll all either die of cancer or live in Waterworld. As for our kids, the collapsing educational system is producing either gun-toting gangsters or burger-flipping dopes who can't read. By the late 1990s, another meme began to gain ground. Borne of the surging stock market and an economy that won't die down, this one is more positive: America is finally getting its … [Read more...] about The Long Boom: A History of the Future, 1980
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Certification programs have long been used to create in-house experts and, if the truth be known, internal sales representatives for IT products. 3Tera is making the attempt to use this tactic in the world of cloud computing. Will it successfully make 3Tera a household name? Regardless of the quality of the training and testing, I have doubts about the short term success. Long term, however, this is likely to be seen as a good move by the company. Here's how 3Terra describes their new certification programs 3Tera®, the leading developer of cloud computing platform software and utility computing services, today announced new educational and certification programs to provide customers with expertise in building world-class cloud computing services and solutions. Initially, two certification programs are available, Certified Cloud Operator and Certified Cloud Architect, designed to address the needs of cloud computing professionals. Currently, two cloud computing … [Read more...] about Certification an age old tactic
In recent decades, the IT sector has been Romania's wonder-child, maintaining steady growth supported largely by outsourcing companies. Located at the Eastern border of the European Union, only one hour ahead of Berlin and three hours' flight from London, the country became a flourishing technology hub. Both companies and developers are capitalising on several government initiatives, and know how to work the system to best effect. Romania doesn't offer lowest prices in the outsourcing business, but it is highly competitive when you take into account the level of technical proficiency and soft skills in the country, "superior to what is typically found in other outsourcing locations," according to IDC. Young and motivated professionals with European values and a mastery of not only English but German, French and Italian as well, are a crucial part of Romania's appeal, according to the analyst house. The fairly low salaries of the IT workers compared to the West, their skills and the … [Read more...] about IT outsourcing: As Romania vies to be the new India, can the country keep up?
Seven and a half years ago, a group of Latvian and Russian multimedia developers decided to invest their money in an ambitious project to create a new office platform. Initially it was called TeamLab and focused on project-management and team-collaboration tools. "Simultaneously, we were working on online document editors. Then we decided to merge these projects, and our solution received a warm welcome from the internet community, so we felt we'd chosen the right path," founder Lev Bannov tells ZDNet. "Later, we dared to open up the source code of the project and rebrand it OnlyOffice." He argues that although there are several big players in the market, there is still a lot of room for newcomers with bright ideas. "What do you have, apart from Microsoft Office and Google Docs? Open-source LibreOffice, which is a derivative of OpenOffice, and some proprietary office suites based on it, such as WPS Office, SoftMaker FreeOffice, Hancom Office. In a way, Apple's Pages application is … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office, Google Docs beware: This open-source startup is after your users
This article originally appeared on TechRepublic. No one can fault the ambition of the companies that run Massive Open Online Courses. One of the pioneers of these online learning hubs, Udacity founder and chairman Sebastian Thrun, recently summed up their mission as nothing less than democratizing education. "We believe that if you catch a man a fish, he has dinner for the night. If we teach them, however, how to fish, he or she has dinner for the rest of their life," he said. But how effective are these "MooCs" at putting food on the table of their graduates? Or, to be more specific to the tech industry, is completing a MooC or a coding bootcamp really enough to kickstart a career as a software developer? Since Stanford and other major US universities began experimenting with making courses available online in 2011, the number of MooC providers and the breadth of courses they offer has ballooned, and today major platforms, such as Udacity and Coursera, will certify students who … [Read more...] about The truth about MooCs and bootcamps: Their biggest benefit isn’t creating more coders
This story is part of our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted," about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all. Safinaz Awad went through hell to get to Sweden. Last year, she -- along with her mother, sister, husband and infant son -- escaped Syria and the civil war there that's so far killed nearly half a million men, women and children. The five crammed into an overcrowded smuggler's boat for the treacherous crossing between Turkey and Greece across the Aegean Sea. Two days after reaching Greece, her mother and sister snuck onto a plane to Sweden, where they could live permanently if granted asylum. Awad and her husband, though, feared their baby would draw too much attention from the authorities. But to leave legally, they'd need official travel documents -- and the only way to get those was by registering for asylum in Greece. That's not something many refugees and migrants want to do because a European law called the Dublin Regulation … [Read more...] about In Sweden and Finland, tech companies help refugees find work
Résumé screening applications summarily dismiss many qualified IT workers because their skills don’t match a list, then companies complain about a shortage of qualified IT workers. What’s at work in this critical industry disconnect?Terri Morgan could sell her talents to anyone that would listen, but software programs used to screen IT job applicants don’t hear so well.Morgan has dealt with more résumé screening programs than human beings in her quest to gain a live interview at companies such as IBM, KPMG and Disney (see related story). These talent management applications look for key words and patterns but can’t, after all, recognize human potential (see related story)."I have the skills these companies say they want, but my résumé doesn’t come out when they apply their sorting algorithms or random lotteries," Morgan says. "They are using software to look for A, B or C, so they are missing the rest of the alphabet in terms … [Read more...] about What to wear when the interviewer is a program?
As online-game companies court new and wider audiences, many are running into an old problem: "griefers," a small but seemingly irradicable set of players who want nothing more than to murder, loot and otherwise frustrate the heck out of everyone else. Social miscreants can do more than ruin the game for better-behaved competitors. They can hurt game companies' bottom line by driving away customers and burning up support lines. Problems related to grief players often account for 25 percent or more of customer service calls, according to game publishers. Now an increasing number of companies are fighting back, using a combination of technology, sociology and psychology to limit griefer damage. Success could be important to the industry's growth, as companies seek to expand beyond the audience of hard-core players to more casual customers, many of whom are unlikely to tolerate bad experiences for long. News.contextWhat's new: An increasing number of game companies are fighting … [Read more...] about Inflicting pain on ‘griefers’
Steve Jobs had a lot of fun at Microsoft's expense over Redmond's difficulties shipping the operating systems that have become Vista and Windows Server 2008. So with Vista shipping by default on new PCs and Windows Server 2008 in a publicly downloadable beta, Apple should be catching hell from the press for making Leopard the last to arrive.But the press never gives Apple hell about anything, and there's nothing like a fresh, closed beta of Leopard to put Mac developers in a forgiving mood.Now that I've done my objective journalist's duty with an ineffectual finger-wag at Apple, I'll confess that, personally, having the beta release of Leopard set aside for paid members of Apple Developer Connection (ADC) suits me fine. I'm an ADC Premiere member. I'll be one of the 4,000 or so who'll get my Leopard DVD at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), but far more important is the week of hands-on education that comes with it.That front-row seat includes a catch: Everything that Apple … [Read more...] about A developer’s-eye view of Leopard, part I
Linux skills are in growing demand in today's IT hiring landscape, and there are many ways to bolster those skills both online and off.Whereas many such offerings target IT professionals, however, a new program from the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is aimed at students and others who are relatively new to the technology.Called "Linux Essentials," the program will be adopted by schools, educational authorities, training centers, and others beginning in June 2012."Linux is ubiquitous and plays a significant role in the server room, on our phones and tablets, cash registers and, of course, embedded devices everywhere," explained Jim Lacey, LPI's president and CEO, in the group's official announcement at CeBIT last week."With our Linux Essentials program, we're going to create the first global generation of users who are as comfortable with Linux as they are with any other operating system," Lacey added.A Certificate of AchievementThe result of two years' worth of development by LPI … [Read more...] about Linux Certificate Program Targets Newcomers to the OS