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Microsoft Project update

This updates the article at:

Microsoft Project for Not Yet Techies

The current version is Microsoft Project 2007. This is actually a"family"of products which includes:

Office Project Standard 2007

Office Project Professional 2007

Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

Microsoft Office Project Web Access

Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007

Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Web Access

Obviously, you'll need to check out carefully which one is most suited to your needs and budget.

The first is what normal people running the program on their own PC will need to use. The others are for businesses large and small.

New features included in the standard version include:

Background Cell Highlighting

Change Highlighting

Cost Resources

Desktop Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) Cube

Multiple Level Undo

Task Drivers pane

Budget Tracking

Visual Reports

Whether you want to get Microsoft Project or not, or upgrade or not, depends a lot on your needs. But if you are a project manager you need to look out how it can help you better run your projects on time and under budget.


Notes on outsourcing of customer service

For those of you concerned about the outsourcing of customer service to reps living in India, I have good news from a"secret"source. Dell Computer is concerned about how using customer service reps in India is affecting their reputation. They plan to start moving their customer service operations back to North America.

I rarely watch TV, but on Thanksgiving I did see some, and couldn't be notice during a commercial for Gateway Computers that they used"North American based customer service"as a benefit or selling point. Maybe that affected Dell's decision.

Of course, this is not to knock Indian customer service reps. They could not do worse than the American techie I had a few years ago who worked for Microsoft. He refused to read or understand what I wrote to him in my emails, just scanned them for keywords and sent back canned replies that didn't address MY problem. I finally got satisfaction from a supervisor.

My cousin told me that he had a quite positive experience with an Indian woman --"Grace"-- when he needed help with a wireless router for his home network. It took an hour and a half, but they finally got it working. He said that she knew what she was doing and was very patient. There were only a few times when he didn't understand her due to her accent and she didn't understand him due to him using some slang.

The latest page added to my site is:

Knoppix for Not Yet Techies


MSIL update

This updates the article at:

MSIL :: Microsoft Intermediate Language for Not Yet Techies

No real news here. Microsoft of course is always working on new advances in their technologies, but nothing significant has made the news on its Intermediate Language.

When a compiler uses MSIL it produces metadata about the program. MSIL and the metadata are stored in portable executable (PE) files based on common object file format (COFF). Therefore, code describes itself, doing away with the necessity for type libraries and Interface Definition Language (IDL).


City government internships for high school techies

Here's an interesting article on a city government accepting several interns from high school to help them with their computer and networking needs:

computer careers and high school interns

It's great that some areas have such internships for high school students. I know that many high school students are looking ahead and thinking about future careers working with computers. I get questions from them as an All Experts participants.

At that stage their class room education is most important, but it probably doesn't go as far as possible. And real life experience is also very important for them kids to learn that these are real, serious skills that can bring them money and employment. Plus, if they're smart enough to put some of that money away in an IRA, it can grow into a lot of money by the time they retire.

The latest page added to my site is:

VSTO 2005 SE for Not Yet Techies


How to Jumpstart Your Programming Career in Months Not Years

Kingsley Tagbo is an IT Career Coach who's come out with an ebook that somewhat competes with my own Secrets of Changing to a Computer Career, so I want to bring it to your attention.

I know that many people want to become computer programmers. My usual advice is that these jobs are mainly for 22 year old Computer Science degree holders. He says this is a myth.

So if you really want to become a programmer, check out his book:

Jump Start Your Programming Career in Months Not Years

The latest page added to my site is:

Podcasting for Not Yet Techies


mod_perl update

This updates the article at:

mod_perl for Not Yet Techies

The current releases of mod_perl are:

Version 2.0.2 - October 20, 2005. For use with Apache 2.0.x / 2.2.x.

Version 1.29 - Oct 7, 2003. For use with Apache 1.3.x.

Sites that use mod_perl with their Apache servers include Macromedia, Slashdot and Adobe. Big names!

There're many mod_perl modules which you can download. They are encapsulated inside a namespace and .pm formated file.


.NET Mobile Information Server update

This updates the article at:

Mobile Information Service for Not Yet Techies

Microsoft's .NET Mobile Information Server product has been discontinued. Many of its features and functions have been moved to Exchange Server 2003.

Plus, Exchange Server 2003 improves on .NET Mobile Information Server by offering: Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access and remote procedure call over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (RPC over HTTP).

Microsoft has left support pages for .NET Mobile Server on its website.


New media degrees in Indiana

The following link is to an interesting story on students at Indiana University seeking careers in the"new media."

degrees in new media computer careers

To me this is sort of a nebulous term -- the story refers to cell phones and PDAs. They're offering degrees in the new media from the School of Informatics.

The story makes the options look really broad, which I guess in inevitable -- ranging from graphics design in 2-D and 3-D, Adobe Photoshop, mentions of sound composition and video game design.

But one student is really interested in the design of patient medical records. I can hardly imagine that a college student is that focused, but at least there's the recognition this must all be channeled into practical uses.

So the purpose of the course offerings seem to give the students a basic knowledge of the broad range of possibilities of multimedia and how they might apply it to real life.

The latest page added to my site is:

Xcode for Not Yet Techies


from welfare to a computer career

Here's an interesting article about Goodwill in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania teaching people about computers as part of a welfare to work program:

computer careers for welfare recipients

From what little detail the article gives, these people are not being given enough training to actually start a computer program. However, maybe that's the reporter's fault.

Hopefully Goodwill is aiming to teach them enough to qualify for the CompTIA A+ certification to repair, install and upgrade PCs.

Knowing the parts of a computer is fine, but it's not enough to make a living.

Fixing computers is the lowest end of the IT industry, but it's certainly a step up from welfare.

Of course, just getting these people interested in computers is a step forward in itself, but they must go further.

If they're not being given a truly good course, Goodwill might as well stick to teaching them to search for other kinds of jobs online.

The latest article on my computer careers site is:

Ubuntu for Not Yet Techies


Marimba update

This article updates the information at:

Marimba for Not Yet Techies

Marimba is now part of BMC Software, Inc., a leading provider of business management software packages. They acquired the Marimba product line in July 2004 since it completes their IT business alignment lifecycle.

They offer products in the areas of: Application Management, Content Distribution, Inventory Management, OS Management, Patch and Anti-Virus Management, Remote Administration and Software Usage.

Marimba still focuses on providing solutions at a cost 50 to 75% below comparable products from the competition due to:

Built on Open Standards

Ease of Use and Ease of Deployment Equals Rapid ROI

Designed For Any end-point

Marimba has product families for both client and server management.


Need for information science degree

Here's an interesting article aimed at convincing people to get a degree in information technology, which I have to assume is the same as a Computer Science degree:

computer careers with a degree

I must point out that this article is evidently aimed primarily at convincing young people to major in information technology. That certainly is good -- the number of college undergraduates choosing computer science as a major is declining. That does have bad future implications.

(Especially if they become lawyers instead.)

And it does point out 3 basic areas to specialize in: programming, networking and security. Though strictly speaking, security is more specialized area of networking and programming combined.

And some might argue with its rosy presentation of the demand for software developers, given that many routine programming tasks are not being outsourced to programmers in India and other low-wage countries.

Still, I agree with the basic premise that computers are not going away -- just the opposite. Which means that there will always be some jobs in the IT industry.

The latest article on my computer careers site is:

Apple Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for Not Yet Techies


MAPI for Not Yet Techies Update

This article updates the information at:

MAPI for Not Yet Techies

Microsoft's Messaging Application Program Interface / MAPI is a set of proprietary functions with a closed architecture design. It has not changed much since it was introduced in the late 1990s for use with Microsoft Mail.

There's been no need to develop it much further. It's used in Microsoft Exchange and Outlook but not supported by Internet protocols.

Developers can use MAPI's functions to program mail applications. The full function library is MAPI 1.0 or Extended MAPI. This allows complete control over the messaging system.

As of Exchange 2007 Beta 2, the Messaging API client libraries are not part of the product install. Microsoft will distribute them as a web download.

Simple MAPI is not installed by Exchange Server 2003 or later, but it is supported by Exchange 2003.


fewer computer science majors means opportunity

I found an interesting article on the low (and declining) numbers of students majoring in Computer Science.

Many employers are having a hard time filling positions.

Mmmm, my niece graduated just this year with a Computer Science degree and seemed to have no trouble getting a job. However, she was a top student at an ivy league school so if she'd had a problem, so would everybody else. Even so, she went with the same company where she did an internship last summer.

(I advise everyone to get as much experience as possible any way that you can, including taking internships if available.)

Here's the article:

decline in Computer Science graduates

So I have to wonder -- will things get so bad that high tech companies actually consider hiring people over the age of 30?

Nahhh, they won't be that desperate. They'll import an Indian recent college graduate even if they have to drive them over the Mexican border and through the desert themselves, rather than hire anybody a little older.

Still, somewhere down the high tech road, companies will have such a need for computer science knowledge that they'll be willing to consider somebody halfway to retirement.

Heck, it might be somebody who's already retired from one job.

I expect large numbers of us baby boomers to simply switch from one demanding full time career we hate to looking for less demanding and more fulfilling part time careers we enjoy.

For many of us, that will be working with computers.

If you're looking to change to a computer career, the time to start learning the technical aspects is now.

Within a few years, many baby boomers are going to leave the high tech industry, and there aren't enough of our children and grandchildren to replace them.

Yes, of course a lot of routine work will be outsourced to India, China and other low-wage countries. However, a lot of IT work still must be done in on-site partnership with the prospect/client.

They can outsource routine programming, but not the attention to the needs of the customer that makes for great customer service.

The latest article on my computer careers site is:

Hibernate for Not Yet Techies


UNIX make update

This article updates the information at:

make for Not Yet Techies

Originally, make was a UNIX utility program to maintain C program files to prevent unnecessary recompilation. However, it's proven useful for maintaining any set of files with interdependencies, including the NIS (Network Information System), which uses make to hold information on users.
make is a standard UNIX utility which doesn't seem to undergo any change, from what I've been able to dig up. There is an open source GNU version of make which has some advanced functions not found in make itself.
Also, there's a GNAT Make program called gnatmake.

When started, make looks for a makefile in your target directory. This makefile is a set of make commands. It describes what set of files can be built and how to build them. There're four types of lines in a makefile:
Target lines
Shell command lines
Macro lines
make Directive lines


Working after age 50

Here's a fascinating and well-researched article on how 50 something boomers can change careers:

working and changing careers after age 50

I admit, I'm disappointed that changing to a computer job was barely mentioned.

However, it does describe five fields that will really need senior talent in the years to come.

One of those is the government. In the government, age discrimination is officially prohibited. I have mentioned this in other places, but this is a good time to repeat it -- the government is a good place for anybody who wants to change to a computer career when they're over age 25.

Especially if you want to be a programmer. That career isn't mentioned in this article, but the government is certainly expanding its use of computer technology to cut down on costs and (believe it or not) paperwork.

Plus, every time Congress passes a new law, that means some program somewhere must be changed -- often a lot of them.

Therefore, I heartily encourage anybody to consider applying for a government computer job once you have your official credentials.

You must at least have the official educational background -- whether it's a computer science degree, MCSE or whatever. They don't want anybody of any age who doesn't at least have the basic job knowledge.

The good news is that although experience does count -- lack of experience will not get your application automatically thrown into the waste can, as is the case in many private companies.

So you should apply to as many government agencies as possible, because the needs of each will be different.

And no, you won't make the big money that is possible (though hardly guaranteed) by working in the private sector.

But changing to a computer career has never been a get rich quick or even slowly scheme. It's about acquiring skills to make a good living at something you love.

The latest article on my computer careers site is:

Asterisk for Not Yet Techies


lex update

This article updates the information at:

lex for Not Yet Techies

There is now an open source version of lex available from the GNU project and known as flex.

lex has been around for many years -- it predates C++, for example -- but is little used by many programmers, partly because it's associated with yacc.

It is something to keep in mind when you need a tool to perform pattern matching on text. lex can generate scanners, or programs which can pick out lexical patterns of words within a given text file.


Computer careers -- the viewpoint of leftwing propaganda

Just to show you that I'm open minded, I'm linking to a long critique from the"other side"-- that is, from leftwingers who think that they can get support from Americans by pointing to economic and career changes (including computer careers) and pretending to have a solution.

Here's the article:

leftwing propaganda on outsourcing

Yeah, I'm biased. I just couldn't stand to read the whole thing. It's very long and reminds me of the many hours I wasted reading such stuff during the 80s when I was a progressive radical and tried to keep up with all these analyses of the failures of capitalism.

Now, I'm not saying that many of the article's facts are wrong. Many American jobs are being outsourced etc. We are no longer an fortress country protected from outside competition by two oceans and the limitations of 20th century technology.

Businesses in the U.S. did have to pay relatively high wages to American workers. In the face of global competition and the billions of people in this world who make far less than Americans, that imbalance is not going to continue.

So, I believe it's true that in 20 years American wages are going to be much closer on average to Chinese wages.

It's also true that the wealthiest people in the world will be even relatively wealthier. In 20 years some extremely people will make Bill Gates'current wealth look paltry -- and most of these people won't be Americans (though some will).

If you want to provide mindless labor, you are competing with several billion people who are used to living on next to nothing.

If you want to provide intelligent but standardized commodity intellectual products (such as software programming), you're competing with several hundred million people who are just as intelligent and educated as you are but you are used to living on close to next to nothing.

And yes, all of them want more money and more material goods in their lives. They're human. They're as greedy and needy as you -- and probably will to work a lot harder than you are. (Though I don't want to make that sound like a standard diatribe against Americans. I believe that compared to people in developing countries, we are spoiled. On the other hand, we're the hardest working people in developed countries, except Japan. European workers are the most spoiled on Earth, and are resisting the reforms that will keep them working in the future.)

It's ironic to me that this article which purports to protect American workers from foreign competition actually means these leftwingers are pitting American workers against foreign workers -- when they pretend to be the heros of the international working class.

In reality, protectionist economic policies hurt all working classes.

The billions in the"wretched of the Earth"classes around the world need capitalism to create new wealth.

That is the only way they can hope that their children will live a better life.

Technology and capitalism create the economic growth which will raise the standard of living of the global poor.

Socialism and economic protectionism stifle economic growth and therefore do what socialists refuse to recognize -- they keep the poor poor. No, the poor are supposed to get rich by stealing from the rich, according to the leftwingers. Make a revolution and reform land ownership and let the workers run the factories.

Sure has worked well where it's been tried, right? The U.S.S.R. is dead. China is communist in name only. Laos and Vietnam are reforming. Only Castro in Cuba and Kim Jong Il of North Korea truly are still on the socialist bandwagon -- and it's why the Cuban and North Korean people are starving.

The latest article on my computer careers site is:

Ajax for Not Yet Techies


Jabber update

This article updates the information at:

Jabber for Not Yet Techies

Jabber is now used for Google Talk. Google believes that Jabber's XMPP will become the open standard that all instant messaging and VOIP applications will use. Right now, people using Skype and MSN Messenger and other such services cannot talk to users of other such services.

Jabber Inc and Eyeball Networks have announced a partnership to come up with a program for IP (Internet Protocol) telephony that's based on SIP and extensible messaging and presence protocol (XMPP).

They'll combine the Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) with Eyeball’s Messenger, Messenger Software Development Kit (SDK), SIP Application Server, and Any-Firewall Server products.

VoIP service providers and application developers can use these for telephone calling applications and services such as guaranteed call completion and improving sound and video quality.

Jingle is a set of standard extensions to XMPP that allows SIP clients and devices, XMPP clients and devices, and traditional telephony devices to communicate with one another.

The Jabber / XMPP server ejabberd has released a new version -- 1.1.2.


Choosing your career at age 14

Recently, South Caroline passed a law forcing eighth grade students to choose a (nonbinding) career goal. By high school, they take classes in related subjects.

One article I read on this mentions that some people think this is a bad idea, but it focuses on people saying that the kids actually like it.

While I do think they need to leave their options open, I have to think this is a good law.

My personal opinion is that one reason for current problems among modern children is that they are forced to grow up in such a sheltered bubble. It was that way to a degree when I was under 18 -- and it's gotten worse.

They're expected to live in DisneyWorld until they turn 18, then they're expected to be fully responsible adults.

It's ridiculous to think that at the stroke of midnight, they go from nonsexual, nonresponsible etc children to fully responsible adults.

So it's good that South Caroline is forcing them to think about the future and start to get ready for it.

And if they happen to wind up working in a corporate environment, they may wind up needing to learn how to use an XML editing program calledMicrosoft InfoPath


IT Project Management

This article updates the information at:

IT Project Management for Not Yet Techies

The Project Management Institute recently announced a new credential for people managing entire programs. That is, the high level managers who must run multiple related projects at one time.

They haven't announced the new credential's name yet, however, or even many details.

It will consist of three levels:

1. Application:

There'll be an extensive application process consisting of reviews of your education and professional work history by a panel of program managers.

2. Multiple choice test:

This is expected to consist largely of questions that are situations and you must choose the correct action.

3. Multi-rater assessment:

A team will be evaluating your work competence.



I have neglected both my site for Secrets of Changing to a Computer Career and this blog which updates it for quite awhile. Hey, I had many other things to do.

But I am hopeful that because I've made some adjustments in the site, that'll it'll be worth more effort in the future.

To that end, I wrote and published a brand new article, on Drupal, earlier this week, and today one on BitTorrent:

BitTorrent for Not Yet Techies

We'll see how things go.

By the way, my niece graduated from college this year and already had herself a good job. Of course, it's true that she went to a prestigious school and was at the top of her class. And I'm sure it also helped that last summer she did an internship at the same company that hired her.

Plus, she'd spent years as a Teaching Assistant for beginning Computer Science degree undergrads.

But she followed my advice to network (surely her teaching assistant work helped her to brown nose . . . er, helped her university professors regard her favorably.

And she sought and got that internship and evidently worked hard at it, so they wanted her back.

She may be an aberration, but we're not hearing media sob stories about Computer Science graduates being unable to find jobs, so evidently the economy is now taking them in, which is good news.


Microsoft ISA 2006

This updates the article at:

.NET Internet Security and Accelerator ISA Server for not Yet Techies

The latest version is Microsoft ISA Server 2006. In Microsoft's words, it's the"integrated edge security gateway."

What that means is, it protects networks from Internet-based security threats such as hacker attacks, while allowing network users to access the resources of the Internet.

Microsoft Internet Security and Accelerator ISA Server 2006 can preserve bandwidth by compressing content over the HTTP network. It uses GZIP and Deflate compression technology algorithms to accomplish this.

It also uses the Differentiated Services protocol to give preferential treatment to certain packets going over the network. Thus, a critical document being sent to an important client can be given preference over Joe's who's just surfing the Net for fun (on his break, of course).

ISA 2006 uses flood mitigation to protect networks against viruses, worms and spyware -- and denial of service attacks from hackers. Plus, it tells you in real time the traffic coming through it, whether it was allowed or denied (and why denied), and records enough information about such traffic that it may be possible to track the attackers by IP address.

In effect, ISA 2006 operates as a super-firewall protecting a large business's security, while allowing normal business to continue.


Microsoft .NET IL Assembler

This updates the article at:

.NET IL Assembler for Not Yet Techies

No news is good news. Microsoft's Intermediate Language / IL is what all of the .NET higher level languages such as C# compile to. It's the intermediate step to the machine level assembler language. To change it would require a vast reworking of a lot of technologies.

Therefore, although the higher level languages such as VB.NET can and will evolve and change and expand their characteristics, .NET's IL assembler's function remains constant.

I can only speculate that Microsoft's .NET Intermediate Language / IL and Assembler will change only in reaction to changes in hardware design, function and capabilities.


Back again -- about Drupal

Seems like a long time, but I'm back working on my computer careers site.

I just put up my new article in a year (or maybe two) --Drupal for Not Yet Techies.

Drupal's a content management system/web site design software program that is primarily for allowing groups of people to communicate with each other. But I first heard of it on a discussion forum for webmasters and Internet marketers.

Hey, it's free! Unfortunately, that also means that all documentation is written by techies for techies and so it's rough going for the rest of us.

Last night I realized why such documentation is so hard for everybody else.

It's like chefs writing recipes for other chefs.

If you're told to boil an egg for two minutes, but you don't know what"boil"means -- you can't cook that egg.

Most people know how to boil an egg, but chefs must learn many esoteric cooking techniques and recipes. So if you were to read a high class recipe, you'd be scratching your head.

So when a techie writes instructions telling you to configure the"mod"file, that's fine if you know how to configure the mod file. If you don't, you need help deciphering the instructions.

If you don't know how to configure files, I suggest you stay away from Drupal or have an expert on hand to call on when you need it.


Microsoft Host Integration Server

This updates the article at:

Microsoft Host Integration Server for Not Yet Techies

The current version is Microsoft Host
Integration Server 2004.

Basic idea is to enable companies to use a
variety of new technologies, including
IBM mainframe and AS/400 application,
along with modern database, messaging and
security programs. It enables Windows
developers to produce programs for IBM
mainframe and AS/400 as XML Web

With Microsoft Host Integration Server 2004
you do NOT need:

Remotely administered branch cluster controllers
Front-end Processors
Data Link Switching capable routers

Microsoft Host Integration Server 2004

Transaction Integrator (TI) Host-Initiated
Processing (HIP)
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Support for IBM DB2 databases
New DB2 network protocol client (DRDA AR)
New Data Access Tool
.NET Framework Support
Remote Diagnostics

For more information go to:

Microsoft Host Integration Server Product Page


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