Computer fossils that refuse to go away

Consider the abacus. Developed perhaps as long as 4,500 years ago, this handy gadget served the mathematical needs of merchants and accountants until the development of mechanical calculating machines in the 19th century.

Published on: May 11th, 2012 Josh Fruhlinger

Top 10 dead (or dying) computer skills

Those in search of eternal life need look no further than the computer industry. Here, last gasps are rarely taken, as aging systems crank away in back rooms, not unlike 1970s reruns on

Published on: September 8th, 2009 Mary Brandel

Canadian IT jobs market heats up as employers prepare to meet talent crunch

Canadian employers are being squeezed by a tech talent crunch...from both sides.Just as a mad rush to get on the Web 2.0 bandwagon is making .Net developers fresh out of school disappear like

Published on: May 27th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Five IT skills that won’t fatten your wallet

Technical skills may never die, but areas of expertise wane in importance as technology advances force companies to evolve and IT staff to forsake yesterday's craft in favor of tomorrow's must-have talent."There is

Published on: April 21st, 2008 Denise Dubie

Cobol career opportunities galore, but skilled coders hard to find

Last summer, Michael Vu, a 40-year-old independent IT consultant, found himself in a wholly unexpected place midway through his career.He'd signed a three-week contract to help a major U.S. retailer with an enterprise

Published on: February 22nd, 2008 Tam Harbert

COBOL coders needed again as mainframe projects increase

While the popularity of client servers and distributed computing seemed to mark the end of the "big iron" age, recent developments indicate mainframes may be around for many more years.Unfortunately the talent needed

Published on: January 24th, 2008 Nestor Arellano