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Hiring the Team

It’s beyond me why, like Estate Agents, Recruitment Agencies still exist. In this ultra-interconnected world why do people still insist on using an intermediary? Big data /algorithm should simply match your perfect candidate by criteria/skills required and automatically invite them...

Tags: careers, developers, hiring, james olden

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What is the saying? If you can't do...consult?

Contentious? Perhaps. Business consultants, management consultants, change consultants, whichever flavour of consultant will be in next, all have value to add in the right situation and a role to play. It’s no picnic starting a business and it can be...

Tags: blue chip, consultants, entrepreneurship, james olden, risk

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Windows XP - why Microsoft will continue to patch the zombie OS

Officially, Microsoft casts off Windows XP next week. In all probability it will have to continue patching it whether it whether it likes this prospect or not. You have to hand it to Windows XP, an operating system that seems...

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Edward Snowden has done cloud encryption a huge favour

Far from chilling cloud take-up, the Snowden effect could eventually be its making The possibility of NSA snooping has had barely any effect on the willingness of US IT professionals to commit sensitive data to the cloud, according to a...

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Microsoft should have explained the Word RTF security flaw in plain English

This week's RTF zero day in Word was a chance to reach out to the masses. But Microsoft only speaks to engineers and experts. Years after zero day flaws in popular software were accepted as a pressing security worry vendors...

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Bet Big. Lose Big. Win Big.

I bet big. Big bets mean they are more risky. They mean that you will lose more often than you win. But when you win; you win big. Alright, so we’re talking relatively, I’m no Zuckerberg. But I believe in...

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Everyone's an Entrepreneur

I always wanted to create an automatic cat food dispenser. One that would release the food at a predetermined time if you were late or away for the night. Perhaps it could even play a recording of your voice -...

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Why complex IT needs business service monitoring.

IT estates now have a complex and intricate setup, built with physical hardware, switches, servers, routers as well as virtualization, SaaS, PaaS and even IaaS solutions to mix into the ever changing and ever expanding IT setup. As this happens,...

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Huawei v the NSA - who is winning the farcical backdoor war?

Huawei allegedly put surveillance backdoors in its equipment to spy on the West. Now we know the NSA might have put its own back doors in these backdoors. The NSA has long harboured suspicions that Chinese firm Huawei has been...

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Finally, belatedly, mobile networks get behind '7726' SMS spam reporting

UK operators have this week unified on the 7726 spam reporting service they've been quietly using for some time. This should have happened long ago. Ever heard of the SMS 7726 shortcode? Ask that question of the average UK mobile...

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