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You can file this one in the drawer labeled "Weird, Weirder and Weirdest." In what's easily one of the strangest tales we're heard this year in the technology realm, a (former) Arizona school district employee has been shown his leaving papers after he tinkered with school computers. We know what you're thinking--some guy downloaded some not-so-nice material while on the clock, and now he's paying for it. What's the big deal, right? Not quite. credit:  East Valley TribuneThe big deal is that this story goes far deeper than that. Brad Niesluchowski, who was Higley Unified School District's Information Technology Director, reportedly downloaded SETI@home software onto a slew of the district's... Read more...
Palm has been taking a beating recently. The smartphone market they compete in was already crowded before the iPhone appeared to steal marketshare, and their ill-starred UMPC bombed so badly that the product was withdrawn. Now Palm is laying off about 10% of their workforce of 1150. Merry Christmas. Palm's statement said the restructuring, which also included some reassignments, was part of its ongoing effort to "focus and better align resources behind core initiatives" and "to ensure that our expenses are in line with projected revenues." Palm has struggled against stiffening competition over the past year. Some missteps, including product delays and the cancellation in September of a portable... Read more...
The need for IT workers with very specific skills is driving up the wages earned by those workers. And a reluctance to jump around from job to job  (Hello 1998!) is making it difficult for employers to fill IT positions. That translates into a shortage -- and higher wages for the right candidate. The AeA, a Washington-based trade group formerly known as the American Electronics Association, said in a report released April 24 that there were 5.8 million high-tech jobs in the U.S. last year — up by 3% year over year. In 2005, the number of jobs grew by only about 1%, the AeA said. Last December, Robert Half Technology said its quarterly survey of more than 1,400 CIOs showed that 16% planned... Read more...
According to York Region News, AMD has just given 100 Canadian employees their walking papers.  In this competition between AMD and Intel, both sides have been cutting workers to try to improve their positions as they continue to fight for top-dog status.  While Intel hasn't recently absorbed another major company the way AMD did when they brought ATI into the fold, it might be that this gives AMD an easier time trimming employees in the short run. "A sputtering start to 2007 has resulted in more than 100 layoffs at Markham's Advanced Micro Devices. AMD, a leading chipmaker and Silicon Valley archrival of Intel, has been forced to operate much leaner as spending soared... Read more...