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BOFH: I found a flying Dragonite on a Windows 2003 domain

Episode 9 Just slap on our custom VR headset, Boss
Simon Travaglia, 15 Jul 09:05

Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

In China, they get it, QR codes are like money and mobile payments are everywhere
Mark Pesce, 13 Jul 06:29

You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I can’t stand up for falling down
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Jul 09:01

A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Something weird happened last week
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Jul 09:56

I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Youth culture and the iron-cladding of backsides
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Jun 09:34

BOFH: Follow the paper trail

Episode 8 What are you doing in our stockroom, buddy?
Simon Travaglia, 17 Jun 09:01

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Dominic Connor

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Dominic Connor used to boss IT pros and quants around in banks, and now recruits people for less crappy jobs in the City.
The Playmobil bank set, complete with armed robber

How City IT is under attack from politicians, diesel bugs, HR

Comment The stupidest thing I’ve ever said was “if it was a jet, the tower would have collapsed” on September 11th and I feel the same about RBS. As I pass it most days, part of me expects to see crowds outside, perhaps including the police and TV camera crews, because I can’t understand why it still functions. The Reg has covered in …
Dominic Connor, 27 Jun 2013

Think you're ready to make a big career bet? Read this first...

Feature Disclaimer: Before taking any of my advice be aware that I once bet my career on OS/2 and that in all my careers articles my ambition is to help you avoid some of the mistakes I have made. The Politburo at The Reg wants me to stick my neck out and show some trends in this “future” thing that young people seem so keen on nowadays …
Dominic Connor, 31 May 2013
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So you want to be a contractor? Well, here's how it works

Back in the heady days of 1984, working on the development of Microsoft Unix (yes, that was a real product, AKA Xenix), we needed to write an Ethernet driver, but none of us really felt up to that. We needed to hire an expensive specialist. And so I met my first contractor, who turned up in a far better car than anyone else and …
Dominic Connor, 20 May 2013
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Is the IT industry short on Cobolers? This could be your lucky day

Let's make one thing clear: your previous jobs are not the reason why you were hired. You were hired for having skills that bosses need. People are employed because they are needed to do things that must be done, not because they can do something that is merely desired. It’s not all bad news. The current Big Data hype means …
Dominic Connor, 01 May 2013

Spotting a Big Data faker as you set up Big Data for someone

Having read my last Big Data piece, I fear that some of you will try to blag your way out of the declining Oracle/Java/VB market without the legs to support what’s on your CV. This article is not for you: it’s for the poor souls who have to catch you out whilst trying to get in someone who’s at least mildly competent. There are …
Dominic Connor, 28 Mar 2013
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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

Analysis Education in the USA has long been a stronghold of Apple, the venerable Apple II being cheap and tough enough to survive in that hostile environment, skool. But Apple’s gouging of UK consumers meant the prices were so high back in the day that it was worth flying to New York and paying air fares hotel and taxes to buy the beast …
Dominic Connor, 26 Mar 2013