Stories by Linda Musthaler

Engineers fix the shortcomings of the traditional firewall

Sometimes, the problems we experience with computers are a result of a legacy design. Hardware or software might have been architected 10 or 20 years ago when the world of computing was vastly different from the way it is today. As a result, the product in use today isn't as effective as it could be because of aging or obsolete design.

The greying of the IT workforce continues

When I went to an IT technical conference recently, the first thing that struck me was how old the attendees were. Most seemed to be men and women in their 40s, 50s and even 60s. Baby boomers at their best — what I used to call "grey hairs" before I became one of them.

IT skills shortage — fact or fiction?

For several years we’ve been reading news stories about the impending shortage of skilled IT workers. The predictions have been fairly dire: as baby boomers retire and fewer young people join the IT workforce, hundreds of thousands of jobs in the US and other Western countries will go unfilled. IT projects will languish because companies can’t find the workers with the right skills to staff them. More imported workers will be needed and we’ll have to send more work overseas to outsourcers.

HP should stay in the PC business

FRAMINGHAM (09/30/2003) - Eighteen months after the largest merger ever in the technology industry, some analysts have grown impatient waiting to see if Hewlett-Packard Co. will reign supreme in the PC market. The thought is, if HP can't compete against Dell Inc., it should pull out of the PC business, in effect ceding the market to Dell.

Spam bills have unlikely supporter

There's something wrong with proposed anti-spam legislation when one of the country's foremost spammers supports its passage. In May, self-proclaimed "email mass marketer" Ronnie Scelson testified before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in a hearing about possible spam legislation. He supports bills that are wending their way through Congress.

Certifications are worth it

Every year, Certification Magazine conducts a survey to determine the effect of technical certifications on an IT professional's salary and career.