Saturday, January 12, 2008

Fav5

My pick of the week's top 5 items of interest:
  1. What if Google lost your data? I think most of trust Google enough that this is very unlikely to happen, but it certainly is not outside the realm of possibility. Google Operating System offers tips to Creating a Backup for Your Google Account.

  2. According to a new study of IT managers, more than 50% of respondents described the Millennials (employees between the ages of 18 and 31) as the "toughest generation to manage." My generation faired a little better: Gen X (ages 32 to 42 years old) placed second with 17% of respondents saying we pose a management challenge.

  3. According to the Department of Homeland Security, open source code is just as vulnerable to security holes as commercial software: approximately one security exposure for every 1,000 lines of code.

  4. Joel Spolsky has written an interesting essay on the need for undergraduate programs for kids who love to program but who aren't as excited about computer science. I think our program at Harding isn't too far-off from what Joel is envisioning, although our faculty is a little light on industry experience (most of us have worked in the industry for just a few years and spent most of our time in academia).

  5. Finally, which is more dangerous: surfing or skateboarding? Google knows.