Archive for December, 2011

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

IT recruiters upbeat about 2012 jobs outlook, says REC
I’m not sure how rooted this is in reality but apparently IT recruiters are looking forward to next year with their only concern being the lack of suitable candidates. It seems that, while the rest of the economy has caught pneumonia, there’s never been a better time for candidates to acquire skills that the market wants. Read the story, here.

A few things I am looking forward to in 2012
An interesting end-of-year prediction Gartner blog for the direction of IT in the year to come. I must confess that I can’t disagree with any of it in terms of where IT should be headed rather than where it will necessarily end up. See if you agree, here.

Microsoft releases emergency critical security patch
The software giant releases an interim patch to clear up recently discovered vulnerabilities. It just goes to show that the battle against the hackers is ongoing. Read the specifics, here.

Odd technology job interview questions revealed
A list of some fairly terrifying interview questions asked by techie recruiters. I’m willing to wager money on the fact that the candidate who rolled up for an interview with Amazon hadn’t prepared an answer to world hunger. Read the rest, here.

And finally…
Gaming gecko
A heartwarming story of man and his companion working together for a shared aim. The fact that the aim is to complete a game on a telephone shouldn’t detract from this seminal moment in inter-species cooperation. See the story, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

IBM 5in5: IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives within Five Years
IBM cast a techie glance into the future to predict the sort of changes that will happen in the short term future. It seems as though the headline story is that analytics might make unsolicited mail more relevant to you but at the cost of seeming more intrusive. That’s my take, judge for yourself, here..

UK’s top 10 2011 YouTube videos put dog above royals
Doom and gloom pervade the world of business but, as it’s Christmas, here’s something a little different. The BBC list the top 10 youtube videos of the year headed by a talking dog; yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s right: a talking dog. Magnificent. Read the rest, here..

Yuletide Backbytes
A little bit of lightweight Christmas cobblers from Computing magazine. They gather together 5 frivolous stories to lighten everyone’s mood: from nerd dating to super-strength finger nails. Enjoy a couple of minutes respite, here..

Government lacks skills to deliver ICT strategy, says NAO
In the latest salvo, the NAO admit that the Government have an IT strategy but they just don’t have the skills to deliver it. Computer Weekly’s solution?: keep talking internally and externally to identify gaps and to plug them. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Judge for yourself, here..

And finally…
The Nativity like you’ve never seen before
Not being a young person, I should frown upon such attempts to tell the old story in an updated way. However, I am reliably informed that you can’t wack a bit of beatboxing Nativity so I will maintain a slightly baffled silence. Er, happy Christmas, here..

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

CIOs reveal technologies making the most impact in 2011
Study finds that virtualisation and cloud technologies are most significant in CIOs driving down the cost of IT. The study gives a bit of a V-sign to mobile devices which are perceived to make much less of a contribution. Read the report, here.

Silent updating for Internet Explorer
Microsoft announce that updates for IE will happen ‘while you sleep’. This is important as it should keep users more secure as they clearly can’t be trusted to apply updates themselves. Read it, here.

Social Media Doesn’t Change Business Basics. But.
At the risk of sounding like a Gartner-groupie, here is another excellent Gartner blog about the use of ‘the social’ in business. It makes the valid point that adopting social methods is not going into the scary unknown, but using new technology to aid business. Sage advice and analysis, here.

FBI says hackers hit key services in three US cities
Worrying news story that hackers have turned some of their attention to breaking into utility facilities. The 2 revolutionary main conclusions of the story are: 1. have passwords of more than 3 characters; 2. if it’s not too much trouble, go wild and change your password once in a while. Duh! Be concerned while reading the blindingly obvious, here.

And finally…
Back in my day……..we didn’t have apps
We are never more divided by a common language than between age groups. This application is the boom-ting (I think) and will help those who speak English as a first language understand our younger brethren. Probably. Er…innit. Read more, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Atos boss Thierry Breton defends his internal email ban
Company boss has the courage of his convictions in allowing staff to rely on social media techniques rather than internal email. This is a major challenge to a mentality that you copy the world and his labrador on every email to prove you are doing your job. Read the interview, here.

Beware misleading marketing of “private clouds”
Interesting Gartner blog which, horrifyingly, implies that some of the marketing surrounding the Cloud might be a bit iffy. The author identifies 3 porkies told by those trying to get us to float into the Cloud. Read the entry, here.

Made in IBM Labs: Breakthrough Chip Technology Lights the Path to Exascale Computing
IBM unveil a new type of chip that should dramatically increase the speed of computing. In other news, this article has introduced the word ‘Nanophotonics’ which would go a long way to winning any game of Scrabble. Read the IBM article, here.

Martha Lane Fox launches Government Digital Service
Article about the change of mindset in government that will make services ‘digital by default’: or, I suspect, online unless it is simply impossible to achieve. This is broadly a good idea as it could represent huge efficiency savings but I can’t wait to see how they deliver meals on wheels over t’interweb. Read the story, here.

And finally…
Laptops may fry more than just thighs
Report that using your computer might affect you in the downstairs frontal-type trouser area. Is this a co-incidence or another form of Darwinian selection? I’ll let you decide by reading, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Big business steps up IT spending despite downturn
Deloitte fire another salvo in the war to ascertain as to whether enterprises’ IT departments are skint or not. The budgets are obviously focussed on providing cost-saving, agile solutions; so IT need to step up to the plate. Read about it, here.

The Social Revolution: The first thing we do, let’s remove all the CIOs.
Interesting Gartner blog about the difficulties of driving Social innovation within an IT context. The author argues that this needs to be driven from the top as there are many opportunities waiting and plenty of available and keen labour to achieve this. Read it, here.

Java is hackers’ most common target
It seems as though hackers have focussed their nefarious attention on Java. The solution? Nothing definitive but do make sure that all versions are up to date with the latest protection. Read the news story, here.

Coding wizards offered X Factor-style competition
Companies are outsourcing the solution to some of their more sticky problems to competitions. Geeks can fight it out to provide the best solution to a defined problem in exchange for some fairly substantial cash prizes. Read more, here.

And finally…
What is worse than a game of charades? Lionel Blair hosting an online game of charades
Cannot compute; cannot compute; cannot compute… Lionel Blair is back and will be miming stuff on Twitter. And you can win stuff you didn’t know you wanted. Find out more, here.

Categories: News, News digest
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