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Why IT contractors get gray

Pilot fish is sent to a customer site to deal with a routine issue: getting a terminal controller to do what the customer wants. But that's not quite all that's going on.

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Just another day in the IT life

IT pilot fish is sent to a customer site in New York City, and the trip starts fine with a ride there in a company plane and a helicopter. Then it gets interesting.

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Wi-Charge demos wireless charging over distance

The ability to charge hardware over distances of several meters has always seemed to be something of a pipe dream. But Wi-Charge says the technology works – and actual product shipments could begin early in 2019.

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What the wireless industry of tomorrow will look like

Wireless has started its next transformation wave to 5G and beyond. This has implications for investors, workers, executives, competitors and regulators in the changing space. Let’s take a look at where the wireless industry is...

Never mind that it works, think how it LOOKS!

Flashback a couple decades to the days when this IT pilot fish at a big company has databases to administer, 100-plus PCs to maintain -- and a freshly sprained ankle.

How to negotiate (Extreme Clarity edition)

This small software vendor pitches its system to a sales prospect whose CEO is particularly hard nosed -- and a very tough negotiator who gets straight to the point.

The show must go on!

At this long-ago IT trade show, one demo requires a rack of equipment that must be moved down a flight of stairs. But with the official movers AWOL, what can be done?

You're not helping!

This large organization has two kinds of workstations: the regular ones and high-security workstations that, if they go down, people can die. Guess which ones are down?

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Shadow IT: When employees venture to the dark side

The consumerization of IT has users skirting the ‘law’ of IT in favor of renegade apps.

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The future of collaboration: all roads lead to channels

Faxes, pagers, email, instant messenger, channels – each have been the progression of business collaboration.

Why do we even bother paying these IT guys, anyway?

Tech-for-hire is sent to a local tax preparer's office, where he gets a to-do list and strict instructions not to do ANYTHING that will keep the employees from working.

Think of it as meeting the needs of the company

Flashback almost three decades to when this systems analyst is hired and immediately gets an unpleasant surprise: There are so many meetings he's ready to quit.

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Mingis on Tech: What makes a 'Best Place' to work in IT?

The organizations that make Computerworld's annual list go far beyond competitive salaries and healthcare benefits to woo, and then retain, employees. Here's what they're doing right.

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SEC official says Ethereum is not a security, freeing it from oversight

The Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly been scrutinizing Ether, second only to bitcoin in value, to determine whether it should be considered a security; today, an SEC official stated it is not.

Not so fast!

Computer science professor gets a call from a former student who's stumped by a database problem, and it's one that should be pretty easy to solve -- shouldn't it?

His last name wouldn't be Murphy, would it?

This soon-to-be-wed pilot fish and his fiancee are at a casino for the weekend at a combined bachelor/bachelorette party. What are the odds of a catastrophe at work?

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Mingis on Tech: Using blockchain to track carbon credits

With blockchain technology showing up in everything from global shipping to cloud storage and real estate transactions, it's no surprise that it's now seen as a way to help companies trade and sell carbon credits.

So you're saying we need to have THAT connected too?

Customer buys a pair of security appliances for its IT shop that are billed as high-reliability -- so why isn't the system switching over to box #2 when box #1 fails?

Well, he was half-right -- it WAS plugged in...

Flashback to the late 1980s, when this IT pilot fish working for a large city's Board of Education gets a call about a green-screen terminal that has stopped working.

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