Congratulations to Tim Dougherty, a Test Technician in Santa Clara, CA., who was recently recognized by one of our clients for his outstanding efforts. Tim ensured that their new lab set up was completed, fully functional and on time after a building move.
We are aware that our employees are what make us a great company, and we are proud to have him as part of the eTECH team.
Way to go, Tim! You make us proud!
It’s a good time to be a Linux professional. Salaries on the rise and jobs are in high demand, and increasing.
A recent survey shows that it’s difficult to find Linux Pros, but yet companies need them now more than ever. And the good news is: companies are willing to pay real money for those who can do the job.
The staggering statistics tell it all:
- 9 out of 10 hiring managers say it’s difficult to find good Linux talent
- 93% of hiring managers say they will hire a Linux Pro in the next 6 months
- The average salary of a Linux Pro is currently around $90,000
While it’s a good time to break into this field, you might need some real experience to really the land the job that pays. 3-5 years experience is about what employers are looking for, with 6-9 years also thrown around something employers want to see.
Linux jobs are on the rise as enterprise systems look to run faster, cheaper and more reliably. Linux is becoming an essential piece of modern day computing and seems like it will stay that way for some time to come.
Source: ZDNet.com – February 21, 2013
In IT security news, The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning today that despite a recent patch to fix a massive security issue, Java is still vulnerable to remote attacks.
A new update recently released – Java 7 Update 11 – fixed some major security holes in Java but not all of them. This prompted the Department of Homeland Security to take internal action to protect itself by disabling Java in all computer browsers.
Java has been a hacking target for more than a decade due to it’s integration into just about every home PC, mobile devices, car electronics and countless other devices.
And that’s the problem – a vulnerability in Java means 850 million or more personal computers are vulnerable to attack. A piece of software this pervasive carries with it great risk.
What can you do to prevent this? Safe browsing on the Internet doesn’t always protect you, and antivirus programs are constantly trying to keep up with the latest threats but sometimes are behind.
The short term solution to protect yourself would be to disable Java in your Internet browsers as the Department of Homeland Security has recommended. To learn more, follow the instructions here or contact your trusted computer support person.
Happy New Year!!
Congratulations to Jon Gordon, a Program Manager in AZ for winning eTECH’s recent Social Media drawing!
All of our consultants were asked to “Like” eTECH on Facebook and to follow us on LinkedIn, followed by a drawing for all the participants. Jon wins a $50 American Express Gift Card as a great start to the New Year.
Watch for our next drawing soon!
Apple announced recently that it will be bringing some of the manufacturing of it’s products back to the US, and this is of course good news for US jobs. The US economy has suffered over the last decade partly due to the trend of outsourcing jobs to countries where labor and manufacturing are cheaper.
This outsourcing doesn’t come without a cost, and Apple is realizing that. Not only do shipping costs rise, but turn around time for getting products back to the US increase when the product has to travel overseas.
HP realized this, and started producing it’s desktop PC products locally to save on fuel costs, but also to improve the brand name by providing a faster turnaround time on orders.
The most interesting part of the article is at the bottom, where the emerging trend is to use robots for manufacturing. We’ll have to see how this plays out for the US job market, and whether bringing the manufacturing back home will actually lead to increased jobs.
Read the full article here: