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Music to Celebrate IPD 2014

By Dan | Filed in humor

Here are some nerdy/geeky songs appropriate for today :)


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Happy International Programmers’ Day Around The World!!

Whether it’s folks who program websites, microcontrollers, mobile devices, or  backend systems – or whatever hardware is invented next – January 7th is the day each year to remember their accomplishments!

This is the SIXTH YEAR of celebrating this worldwide event!

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IT Certifications in 2014

By Dan | Filed in certification


A new year deserves a new look at IT certifications.  I’ve always been a fan of certifications, as I believe studying for them makes you well-rounded in a field, and they look pretty darn good on the resume.  I’ve taken certification exams in areas I’m very familiar with, and in technologies I’m barely familiar with but I’d like to know more about.

IBM came out with a very good white paper discussing the pros/cons of certifications.  “The primary reasons include increased employability, greater growth potential and networking opportunities.”  It went on to say “Overall, professionals who had earned an IT or project management certification during the last five years earned an average of $5,242 more than their counterparts.”

I often look at what the big companies for programmers are offering – Oracle, Zend, Microsoft, IBM.  Sure, there are other companies, but these have topped my list for some time and continue to.  Here’s why:

Oracle: According to Gartner, 48.8% of all money spent on a commercial database package is spent on Oracle.  That is a huge share, especially considering that IBM at second place is only at 20.2%, so an Oracle cert is a must-have for non-specialized IT professionals.  Oracle also has MySQL, the open source database, which is downloaded a whopping 65,000 times a day! Oracle also offers Java certification – you know, the 2nd most popular language (C has re-overtaken Java…it’s a great battle!).  Plus, Oracle has a ton of other in-demand specialized certs (middle tier & hardware), making it by far my top choice for IT Certification.

IBM: From hardware to software, IBM is a powerhouse in certain companies.  It has more in revenues than Google + Apple combined.  It is very much a software development/support company that also sells software & hardware.  To that end, they offer numerous certifications on their vast array of products.  If you’re interested in tapping into all that money, certification can help.

Zend: I always felt PHP is a peculiar language to gauge the popularity of, and others agree.  To me, I think PHP has stopped being a “rising star” and has instead solidified itself as a small-website-development tool, such as WordPress sites like this site!  It’s a needed niche, and will be around for quite some time.  If you’re looking to enter the PHP realm, a Zend cert may help.

Microsoft: I’ve had Microsoft certs for over a decade.  There are always job posted for MS Certified employees, pulling in big dollars.  Microsoft Certified Solutions Developers earn $97,848.  Microsoft Certified Database Administrators earn $95,950.  Microsoft Certified Application Developer earn $93,349.  Also, Microsoft’s Database Administrator ($90,200) and SQL Server 2005 ($90,100) certs pull in good money too.  But all these tests are hard, and not for the casual user!

Another newish IT cert to consider:  The Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist.  I’m thinking about it!  It sounds cool, right?  Not sure how useful it would be, yet.  May look good on the resume, though.

Adobe also has a ton of certifications for their products.  I’ve never tried one.  They seem reasonably priced, so maybe I will.  More info on them here.

In conclusion…  Prometric came out with a report on IT certs.  It lists numerous to get certified.  The one that stands out for me is that 89% of IT decision makers perceive certifications as a way to keep skills/knowledge current.  I think that’s true, whether early in your career or later on.

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Apple Loses DOJ Lawsuit

By Dan | Filed in law

Apple Inc is no stranger to the courtroom.  They have gone to court with Samsung, Motorola, Microsoft, The Beatles, etc.  On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice has won its case against Apple Inc.

Apple was found guilty of price-fixing and hurting competition.  According to this article:

[T]he judge [is] saying not only that the government has proven a per se violation of the Sherman Act “through compelling direct and circumstantial evidence that Apple participated in and facilitated a horizontal price-fixing conspiracy,” but also that Apple has failed to show the agreements had pro-competitive effects.

The case revolves around Apple conspiring with e-book publishers, since 2009, to raise prices in a scheme to knock off Amazon.

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Thumbs Up!

By Dan | Filed in humor

I found this guy on Google Maps… Thumbs Up, Man!

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Douglas Engelbart Dies at 88

By Dan | Filed in people

Douglas Engelbart, the original designer of the computer mouse as well as a significant visionary for networked computers, died today at the age of 88.

Engelbart was a World War II veteran, where he served overseas as a radar technician.  Over the years he dreamed of and created the first mouse, which included a revolutionary change in how user interfaces worked.  He patented the X-Y position system in 1970, which essentially is what is still used today to graphically display the movement of the mouse on the screen.

Engelbart was well respected in the early days of the industry when true “research” was conducted, backed largely by government money (NASA, Defense, etc).  His concepts, like the mouse, were incorporated by men like Steve Jobs in his creation of the first mouse driven Operating System – the Apple Macintosh in 1984.

From this first mouse, invented decades ago, Engelbart lead us, humanity, away from just a keyboard with a black screen/green text connected to a mainframe.  He could see the value of us each having a computer that we could comfortably use, as well as interact with others over a network.

Thank You, Douglas Engelbart.  Rest In Peace.

The New York Times has a nice article on him, as well as CNN.

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CBS reports that Chattanooga, Tennessee has the fastest internet connection in America!  The reason is because everyone is able to get a gigabyte download speed in the City.

The reason for that is fiber optic lines that can provide anyone in a 600-square-mile area that gig of online speed. To put the gig in perspective, the average American home gets about five megabits of Internet speed. Chattanooga’s speed is 200 times faster.

So…  If you’re a gamer…  Consider moving!

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Happy International Programmers’ Day – TODAY – January 7th, 2013!

Thank the geeks who made our world cool by inventing eBay & Amazon, iPhones & Androids, your laptop’s cool software, your GPS, Google, Netflix, PayPal, credit card processing, 911 emergency databases, parts of cars/trains/planes/ships and pretty much everything that has a power button!

You can send an e-card to someone here.

You can tell us how you’re spending your day on our Facebook page here.  Don’t forget to “like” us!


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