Adobe's Flash and Acrobat Reader programs will replace Microsoft's Office suite as the most-targeted applications for hackers in 2010, while social-networking sites and HTML 5 will also draw attacks, according to McAfee's "2010 Threat Predictions" report.
Stratus Technologies says it will pay customers $50,000 if its fault-tolerant ftServer 6300 experiences any unscheduled downtime in its first six months after purchase, as a guarantee of hardware, software and operating system reliability.
Microsoft Research has published a book of essays titled "The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery," expounding upon the data-based science theories of Dr. Jim Gray, who vanished at sea in 2007. Gray had insisted that scientists must respond to endless seas of data with new computing techniques, focusing on distributed computing across networks of machines.
IT professionals seeking contract work are more frequently looking to freelance marketplace sites such as Elance and oDesk to find contract-based assignments. To stand out among the sea of contractors, this article suggests, job seekers should showcase their employment background and portfolio, take the offered skills-assessment tests and carve out a niche that suits their strengths.
Pressure on the IT job market is coming from a variety of directions, including cloud computing and automation, and while layoffs are likely, so are "talent wars" for the most skilled workers or for those who offer business savvy, foreign-language knowledge and experience in the global market.