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Watching Trends = Job Security


I’ve been programming for 21 years now.  Most of my career I’ve spent being on the bleeding edge.  This has helped when it came time to find work because I normally am one of the few people companies can find who have the skills they are looking for.

While I never intentionally set out to watch trends and adjust my skills accordingly, I’ve found that it has been a great asset, so that now I am a lot more intentional about watching trends and creating hypothesis about what they will mean for the job market.  So, the following are some observations.

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Ubuntu – Using The Right Tool For The Job

My house is officially a three-operating-system house.  My wife and daughter switched to Mac a few years ago.  I’ve naturally stuck with Microsoft because that’s what pays the bills.  And my sons are using Microsoft because they like the games.

But recently my older son asked for a computer of his own.  When I asked him what he wanted to do with it, I thought to give him one of my old 700mghz Pentium 3 computers that I have hanging around from the dotCom days.  I think we got it in 1999.  This is the same computer that I have been hosting a Windows 2003 server on for the last several years, but I finally moved that to a faster laptop.

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