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The Brain at Work

By Michael Lopp
September 26, 2013

There are two periods of time regarding your job that I’m fond of quoting and they both involve the number three. First, it takes three months to understand a new job. Until those 90 days are over, you don’t really …

Four short links: 1 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 1, 2013

Robots Will Take Our Jobs (Wired) — I agree with Kevin Kelly that (in my words) software and hardware are eating wetware, but disagree that This is not a race against the machines. If we race against them, we lose. …

Steve Jobs, Romantic

By Doug Hill
September 24, 2012

“… the season Wherein the spirits hold their wont to walk the fruitful matrix of Ghosts …”       — Samuel Taylor Coleridge Steve Jobs died a year ago October 5th, and we can expect his ghost to appear …

Overfocus on tech skills could exclude the best candidates for jobs

By Mike Loukides
July 20, 2012

The requirement that candidates must have worked with a corporate API might seem logical to an unseasoned executive or non-technical HR person but it's as wrong as you can get.

Economic impact of open source on small business

By Mike Hendrickson
July 18, 2012

A few months back, Tim O’Reilly and Hari Ravichandran, founder and CEO of Endurance International Group (EIG), had a discussion about the web hosting business. They talked specifically about how much of Hari’s success had been enabled by open source …

Foxconn and Ford, Emerson and Jobs

Foxconn and Ford, Emerson and Jobs
By Doug Hill
March 15, 2012

Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay on "Compensation" was a source of inspiration for Henry Ford. It also affirms some of the cosmic truths Steve Jobs held dear.

Apple's iTV and the implications of what Steve said

Apple's iTV and the implications of what Steve said
By Mark Sigal
February 13, 2012

Mark Sigal challenges the conventional wisdom about the rumored "iTV" and offers a much different prediction about an Apple-television marriage.

Developer Week in Review: Early thoughts on iBooks Author

By James Turner
January 20, 2012

It looks like Apple plans to totally disrupt yet another industry, but is that a good thing? Richard Stallman puts free above usability, and Microsoft adds incentives to Visual Studio — but some of them encourage the wrong behaviors.

Developer Week in Review: Early thoughts on iBooks Author

Developer Week in Review: Early thoughts on iBooks Author
By James Turner
January 20, 2012

It looks like Apple plans to totally disrupt yet another industry, but is that a good thing? Richard Stallman puts free above usability, and Microsoft adds incentives to Visual Studio — but some of them encourage the wrong behaviors.

Four short links: 21 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2011

Steve Jobs in Early NeXT Days (YouTube) -- documentary footage of the early retreats at NeXT, where Jobs talks about plans and priorities. Very interesting to watch this knowing how the story ends. I'm astonished by how well Jobs spoke, even then, and delighted by the glimpses of impatience and dismissiveness. I wonder where the raw footage went. (via...

Steve Jobs, the Unabomber, and America's love/hate relationship with technology

Steve Jobs, the Unabomber, and America's love/hate relationship with technology
By Doug Hill
November 14, 2011

Steve Jobs and Ted Kaczynski represent the extreme poles of a deep-seated ambivalence in our attitudes toward technology. It's an ambivalence that's been a part of American history, and part of the American psyche, since the beginning.

Four short links: 4 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 4, 2011

Beethoven's Open Repository of Research (RocketHub) -- open repository funded in a Kickstarter-type way. First crowdfunding project I've given $$$ to. KeepOff (GitHub) -- open source project built around hacking KeepOn Interactive Dancing Robots. (via Chris Spurgeon) Steve Jobs One-on-One (ComputerWorld) -- interesting glimpse of the man himself in an oral history project recording made during the NeXT years....

Developer Week in Review: These things always happen in threes

Developer Week in Review: These things always happen in threes
By James Turner
October 26, 2011

One of the earliest language pioneers, John McCarthy, passed last week. Elsewhere, one developer admits he's using the GPL to force companies to pay him, and the creator of the "West Wing" is on the short list to write the film version of Steve Jobs' life.

"Revolution in the Valley," revisited

By Mac Slocum
October 26, 2011

With "Revolution in the Valley" making its paperback debut and the work of Steve Jobs fresh in people's minds, we checked in with Andy Hertzfeld to discuss the legacy of the first Macintosh.

Developer Week in Review: Two giants fall

Developer Week in Review: Two giants fall
By James Turner
October 13, 2011

Better late than never, a few thoughts on Steve Jobs. Also, a Unix pioneer leaves us, and Google's dirty laundry is accidentally hung out to dry.

On the media reaction to the death of Steve Jobs

By Alex Howard
October 9, 2011

In the context of worldwide reactions to the impact of Steve Jobs on the arc of history, recognizing the complexity of his life and offering a balanced assessment of the impact of his legacy on this earth matters. In that context, O'Reilly editors share their reflections on the passing of one of the technology industry's iconic figures.

Publishing News: Betting on the Nobel Prize

By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2011

The betting line on the Nobel Prize for Literature had an odd contender: Bob Dylan. Also, Steve Jobs' biography was moved up, and Mathew Ingram looked at the possible effects of a free Kindle.

Publishing News: Betting on the Nobel Prize

Publishing News: Betting on the Nobel Prize
By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2011

The betting line on the Nobel Prize for Literature had an odd contender: Bob Dylan. Also, Steve Jobs' biography was moved up, and Mathew Ingram looked at the possible effects of a free Kindle.

Commerce Weekly: How Steve Jobs changed the way we buy

Commerce Weekly: How Steve Jobs changed the way we buy
By David Sims
October 6, 2011

Reflections on Steve Jobs' commercial legacy. Also, Robert Scoble interviews eBay's CEO John Donahoe, who promises not to compete with their customers. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Top Stories: August 22-26, 2011

Top Stories: August 22-26, 2011
By Mac Slocum
August 26, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Mark Sigal examined the legacy of Steve Jobs, we talked with New York Times data artist Jer Thorp about the commingling of data, art and science, and Tim O'Reilly and Google VP of Product Bradley Horowitz discussed Google+, data portability and more.

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs
By Mark Sigal
August 25, 2011

Apple, under Steve Jobs, has always had an unrelenting zeal to bring the consumer — and humanity — back to the center of the ring. Here, Mark Sigal argues that it's this pursuit of humanity that may actually be Jobs' greatest innovation.

Four short links: 25 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs's Best Quotes (WSJ Blogs) -- Playboy: We were warned about you: Before this Interview began, someone said we were "about to be snowed by the best."; [Smiling] "We're just enthusiastic about what we do." (via Kevin Rose) The Tao of Programming -- The Tao gave birth to machine language. Machine language gave birth to the assembler. The...

Four short links: 19 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 19, 2011

Right to Access the Internet -- a survey of different countries' rights to access to access the Internet. Peace Through Statistics -- three ex-Yugoslavian statisticians nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. In war-torn and impoverished countries, statistics provides a welcome arena in which science runs independent of ethnicity and religion. With so few resources, many countries are graduating few, if...

2011 Seeing Strong Private Sector Job Gains in Technology

2011 Seeing Strong Private Sector Job Gains in Technology
By Trish Gray
May 17, 2011

Great news in 2011: The jobs are coming back, and fast. Are you ready? In this blog, Trish Gray gives an IT career outlook for the rest of this year, and how you can best take advantage of this year's job growth.

Developer Week in Review

By James Turner
January 26, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: Donald Knuth's fabled volume of programming lore is coming, Jobs and Schmidt depart their posts, and the IPv4 pool is running dry.

Hiring trends among the major platform players

By Ben Lorica
November 15, 2010

After recently re-reading Tim's post on the major internet platform players, I looked at recent hiring trends* among the companies he highlighted. First I examined year-over-year changes in number of job postings (from Aug to Oct 2009 vs. Aug to Oct 2010). Consistent with the recent flurry of articles about hiring wars, all the companies (except for Yahoo) increased** their...

Four short links: 18 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 18, 2010

Which Works Enter the Public Domain in 2011 (OKFN) -- slowly we're getting recognizable artists in some jurisdictions (e.g., F. Scott Fitzgerald and Paul Klee) but it's slow going. This is a great reminder about how slow the law works: most people appropriate small bits of modern works when they need something, rather than seeking out or caring about...

Breaking down barriers to learning = faster on-the-job skills

Breaking down barriers to learning = faster on-the-job skills
By Trish Gray
September 25, 2010

I love getting unsolicited email like this from our students: "Hello Everyone at OST (especially Kelly), Just an update...Since I completed the Linux/Unix System Admin Certification courses, I have received 3 job offers to go to work as a Linux System Administrator. I have accepted one of the offers and I will be starting work next week." This email is from Bill McKinley, who enrolled in our Linux/Unix System Administration Certificate in April, and earned his Certificate in June.

Amazon's cloud platform still the largest, but others are closing the gap

By Ben Lorica
August 31, 2010

Tim's recent tweet on the growing demand for Google App Engine skills inspired me to measure the popularity of the major cloud computing platforms. Elance is one of many job boards in our data warehouse of U.S. job postings1 , and I wanted to measure demand across many more job sites. Measured in terms of (U.S.) job postings, Amazon's Cloud...

The number of Hadoop jobs continue to rise

By Ben Lorica
August 8, 2010

While still a small fraction1 of data management job postings, the number of job posts that mention "hadoop" continue to grow steadily. Year-over-year, there were 300% more such job posts2 in the first seven months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009: The fraction of "hadoop" jobs posted by California companies remain high, but is definitely lower than...

The Watering Hole - Where's Scotty When You Need Him?

By James Turner
July 12, 2010

Face it, it's either this, or they put something in the food at WWDC.

The Watering Hole - What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

The Watering Hole - What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
By James Turner
July 9, 2010

The most amusing thing about the iPhone 4 antenna debacle is that it's the first time the tech press has talked about sweaty palms, and it wasn't in reference to porn.

The Watering Hole - Back in Black

By James Turner
June 11, 2010

Ever stopped to consider that Steve Jobs might just be a puppet run by a parasitic black-turtleneck-shaped alien?

Google vs Apple: Google doesn't need to win

By Mike Loukides
May 24, 2010

Google does not have to dominate the smartphone business; they just have to make sure that there's an environment in which the business of selling ads thrives. While Apple wants to dominate smartphones, Google undeniably dominates online ad sales--and they clearly see ad placement on mobile as a huge opportunity. Conversely, failure to dominate mobile ad sales would be disastrous. At best, it would limit their potential; at worst, if we're heading for the end of the "desktop/laptop era", it could seriously threaten their core business.

Operating system expertise moves outward as programmers job-hop

By Andy Oram
November 3, 2009

I just held a reunion with people I worked with at a real-time and data acquisition computer vendor 20 years ago, and was interested to see how many ended up in another, related line of work.

The US Online Job Market Improved Slightly in July

By Ben Lorica
August 5, 2009

Measured in terms of online job postings, the U.S. job market† improved slightly in July. Here are two views of the number of job postings per day: note the slight uptick in July 2009 in both graphs. The worst year-over-year decline occurred in April, the online job market subsequently shed less postings in May and June. Given that July was...

The US Online Job Market Was (still) Down Big In June 2009

By Ben Lorica
July 1, 2009

Updating my post from early June, the U.S. online job market† still hasn't shown signs of recovering from steady declines that began in September of last year. Compared to the same period last year, there were 50% less job postings in June 2009. An alternate view highlights the start of the downward trend, as well as the smaller than expected...

The Economic Crisis and the US Online Job Market

By Ben Lorica
June 3, 2009

In my previous post, I noted that despite the large decline in total number of job postings, the number Hadoop/MapReduce job postings increased by 49%. What is the current state of the online job market? The financial crisis that began in the Fall of 2008 has had a lasting negative effect on the U.S. online job market. Since late 2008,...

Most Hadoop Jobs Are In California

By Ben Lorica
June 1, 2009

Given the recent buzz surrounding Hadoop and MapReduce, I was curious if employers were beginning to mention either term in their job postings. Fortunately I have access to a massive job data warehouse dating back to mid-2005. In partnership with SimplyHired and Greenplum, we maintain a data warehouse that contains most of the online job postings in the U.S. While...

Free

By Kurt Cagle
February 17, 2009

The paradox of contemporary life is upon us. I paid $2,000 for the laptop upon which I type these words, in addition to a hundred dollars a month paying for online access, yet the editor I'm using is a web page within a free web browser, connected to a server that is running either Linux or Open Solaris, which was downloaded for free from a distribution disk that no doubt someone paid for, albeit at a cost of pennies. Yet the time and energy to creating these operating systems were non-negligible, representing thousands of man years in total dedicated to writing this free system.

Analysis 2009: The Financial Crisis Hits IT Hard

By Kurt Cagle
January 6, 2009

The recession that started in January 2008 looks to be four phased. The first phase, The housing collapse, actually started in August 2007. The financial meltdown hit in September 2008, and likely will continue through to March 2009 or...

Macworld without Jobs

By Daniel H. Steinberg
December 16, 2008

Apple leaving Macworld

No Jobs at Macworld?

By Daniel H. Steinberg
December 12, 2008

On the features page there's a list of all of the Macworld feature presentations. David Pogue is scheduled for Wednesday and Leo Laporte on Thursday by Leo Laporte. You'll also find the Macworld Magazine's Best of Show Awards on Wednesday. No keynote. Nothing is listed for Tuesday.

Top Tech Jobs for 2012

By Kurt Cagle
October 30, 2008

Trying to predict the future is always tough, but in many ways its toughest for those in college, trying to figure out where they'll find jobs when they graduate ... especially if the thrust of your interest is in technical fields. It used to be that you could look at the industry as it stood and pick the job that you wanted to graduate into, but increasingly it is likely that the job that you'll have within ten years doesn't even have a name today.

Surviving the Pink Slip

Surviving the Pink Slip
By Kurt Cagle
October 20, 2008

Everyone's been nervous for months, watching the market numbers, the stock prices, the declining sales figures. In the IT department, it's not been uncommon to see programmers with one window open on code, the second on the app the code's supposed to generate ... and the third on a steady stream of plummeting financial indexes and bad news about the economy. Then, about two in the afternoon, your project manager taps you on the shoulder - special meeting in ten minutes. When you stand up from your cubicle and look around, you notice that there are several security types idling in the hallway ... and you know, instinctively, what that meeting's going to be about.


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