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  • Coder, sell thyself

    By Mark Beckner | 18 December, 2014 02:39

    Many highly skilled coders limit themselves to obscurity or the bonds of employment because they are afraid of selling their own services. They have an inherent fear of sales and of being a salesperson. What they don't realize is that with a shift in thinking and some business building activities, they can win clients, launch a prosperous and independent business, and experience high levels of personal and professional freedom without ever having to sell to anyone.

  • At Microsoft, quality seems to be job none

    By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 17 December, 2014 00:36

    I actually had been feeling optimistic about Windows 10. No, really. You can look it up. I mean, I didn't think Windows 10 was the greatest thing since the advent of the Internet, but it did strike me as a solid replacement for the lamentable Windows 8.

  • Why Google should leave Europe

    By Mike Elgan | 13 December, 2014 23:02

    Spanish lawmakers did something dumb this week. They passed a new law that forces Google to pay news publishers a fee for sending valuable, monetizable content from Google News to their sites.

  • Why the FAA's drone rules should never get off the ground

    By Mike Elgan | 02 December, 2014 03:52

    It's hard to believe, but it's illegal to fly a drone in the U.S. for commercial purposes.

  • Microsoft awakes

    By Scot Finnie | 08 November, 2014 00:19

    We may be witnessing the beginning of a turnaround for one of the mainstay companies of the IT industry: Microsoft. And by turnaround, I don't mean financially. Microsoft is a prodigious revenue and profit generator. But the company has been rudderless for years. It has essentially been reactive, not an industry leader. It's been resting on its laurels.

  • An open email to Google Inbox

    By Mike Elgan | 02 November, 2014 06:21

    Dear Google Inbox:

  • Silicon Valley's next disruption: Reality!

    By Mike Elgan | 20 October, 2014 03:15

    We're right on the edge of dual revolutions in artificial reality and augmented reality. It's an exciting time because we're in the final days of a world in which these technologies are considered "futuristic." By next year, early adopters will have them in their homes. Within three years they'll be mainstream.

  • Apple's HealthKit is available but some doctors remain skeptical

    By Ryan Faas | 03 October, 2014 07:14

    After a bungled release of iOS 8.0.1, Apple finally managed to get HealthKit into the hands of iPhone owners. I've been pretty open about the ways that I think technologies like fitness trackers and HealthKit can change lives (and for anyone interested in keeping score, my Fitbit-related weight loss is now up to 42 pounds) and, having worked in healthcare IT, I think there is an immense amount of potential in these technologies.

  • What Windows 10 means for the enterprise

    By Woody Leonhard | 01 October, 2014 23:02

    Microsoft rolled out the widely anticipated Windows Technical Preview yesterday morning, playing to a handpicked crowd of Microsoft reporters and analysts. Although Microsoft didn't have the technical will to broadcast the event live, you can see a recording of the 40-minute presentation on YouTube.

  • How Windows 10 plans to win back PC power users: Bribery and compromise

    By Brad Chacos | 01 October, 2014 07:04

    In Windows 10, you'll finally be able to paste in the Command Prompt using Crtl + V.

  • Microsoft Announces Microsoft Windows 10!

    By Rand Morimoto | 01 October, 2014 04:16

    In San Francisco today, Microsoft announced the hotly await "next version" of Windows as being Windows 10. Windows 10 was designed and built for universal access by phones, tablets, and desktops.

  • Why the Internet of Things may never happen

    By Mike Elgan | 29 September, 2014 22:58

    The Internet of Things is great - if, that is, you like the Internet and you also own some things.

  • 10 major Office 365 migration gotchas to avoid

    By J. Peter Bruzzese | 23 September, 2014 00:49

    Migrating to Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular among businesses both large and small. The upside of moving from an on-premises environment to one hosted online by Microsoft offers compelling benefits. But switcher beware: Early Office 365 adopters have come back from their migration path battle-worn by a slew of unexpected perils they encountered along the way.

  • Microsoft mind games surround Windows Technical Preview

    By Woody Leonhard | 22 September, 2014 23:47

    The power of Waggener-Edstrom, Microsoft's PR agency, never ceases to amaze me. Now it seems the PR folks have the entire Windows 9 press pack chasing its collective tail in pursuit of the Windows Technical Preview.

  • How to ensure the success of your Continuous Delivery initiative using testing

    By Andrew Phillips | 13 September, 2014 04:10

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • SDN and Network Virtualization: A Reality Check

    By Jim Metzler | 09 September, 2014 23:23

    The Software Defined Networking movement is still evolving, but profiles of SDN users are becoming more clear and we're getting a bead on some of the common evaluation criteria companies are using to gauge how to go forward. We also have a sense of when companies expect to start the process in earnest.

  • Why in-air gestures failed, and why they'll soon win

    By Mike Elgan | 01 September, 2014 23:40

    Four years ago, in-the-air gestures were the future of gaming and the desktop PC user interface.

  • Microsoft should ante up to users for scammed Windows Store apps

    By Preston Gralla | 29 August, 2014 02:21

    Microsoft finally did the right thing by finally ridding the Windows Store of 1,500 scams and copycat apps. But here's one thing it's not yet doing: Actively searching out users who paid for the fraudulent apps and paying them back.

  • Lightning? That's the least of their problems

    By Sharky | 27 August, 2014 23:05

    This consultant pilot fish is called in by a new client -- a banquet hall -- to troubleshoot the wireless network after a lighting storm.

  • Physical Layer management in 10G to 40G/100G Ethernet migration

    By Pat Thompson | 27 August, 2014 06:27

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

 

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