The real value of mature IT workers

Forrester’s report defends the capacities and knowledge of mature workers as company assets.

In opposition with the British press and blogsphere that have filled lately with commentaries about how the path of new technologies, in continuous transformation, needs young workers, in conditions to fight with the digital age; now Forrester’s report tries to finish with this attitude of scorn towards the major IT workers.

The affirmation that claims that mature people have difficulties to adapt to technology is “irresponsible and simply false”, as Phil Murphy makes clear in his report, directed to “avoiding the war” between young and mature workers.

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Download Windows Media Player 11

Download Windows Media Player 11

Windows Media Player 11 (definitive version), is already available to download. About the characteristics there is no much to say (there’s bookshop and online shop improvement). But what bring my attention are the very fresh and renewed design and the simple but elegant interface, which gives signs of what is going to be the next Windows Vista.

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CSS changes for IE7

The development team of Internet Explorer 7 have published a post indicating the “improvements” of the new browser. Useful improvements for the CSS design and that only work under the <! DOCTYPE> switch, this to preserve the compatibility with IE’s previous versions.

Between the changes, I find five essential ones:

  • Support of Min/max width/height (ideal for designs with images)
  • To show transparent PNG (alpha channel support)
  • To show: hover in all the elements (not only for links)
  • Fixed Position‘s Support (to support a fixed element in certain position)
  • Background-attachment (to support the background of any fixed element)

And also it is necessary to emphasize the improvement of the support to the <objet> tag (to show multimedia – videos elements).

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The simplest RSS feed reader you could create

UsefulCode have published two small php classes that allow us to have a RSS feed reader in our web site. Actually, I have been testing it and indeed it has several deficiencies and many if we compare it with a powerful class, as Magpie RSS.

Nevertheless, it’s so simple to put it in execution that is ideal to do practices and to learn more about RSS’s managing with PHP.

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The secret to Yahoo Answers succes

Even when searches, in Yahoo! are losing market in comparison with Google, to call people to create their own content really can give result.

Business 2.0 has published an interesting article about Yahoo Answers’s success, considered the second most popular site of information on Internet, only after the Wikipedia.

In June, Yahoo Answers had more than 12 million unique visitors, 35 per cent more than the previous month (to have a clearer idea, YouTube had 13.4 million visitors in June).

Which is the secret of Yahoo Answers’s success?

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Using Technology to Manage Customer Loyalty

Don’t let your customer satisfaction research initiative collect dust on a shelf. Integrate technology with research to optimize the use of customer information.

The typical company spends 80% of customer research time and effort gathering information, and only 20% of that time using it. Companies conduct research to gather information, but it is only useful if it can be turned into positive action.

In the audio book, “Sound Advice on Customer Loyalty,” author Steve Walker suggests that integrating technology with research lets companies act on customer feedback intelligently everyday, translating into more loyal customers, and more profit at the bottom line.

Walker outlines three key applications of technology that help make customer research more effective.
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Microsoft’s Windows arrives on Apple’s Macs

Is this a breakthrough for Apple or a betrayal of its own operating system? Click here to have your say.

Apple, the computer maker, today shocked its army of fans by unveiling software that will let its newest Macintosh machines run on Windows, the operating system developed by arch-rival Microsoft.

The watershed decision could help Apple to dramatically expand its share of the computer market.

The company has already seen sales of its computers boosted by the massive popularity of its iPod music player, dubbed the “halo effect” by analysts. But more than 90 per cent of home machines still run on Windows.

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