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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 4-20-12

5 4 20 12It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our other post this week, Ellison Testimony Could Leave Java Developers Confused, please check it out now. When the Oracle CEO testified this week he wasn't sure if Java was free, he might have unknowingly released a hornet's nest of angst among Java developers, who were left to wonder what plans Oracle has for Java in the future.

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And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

But, Boss! I Have to Work at Home! The President Said So" | Input Output.

The US government has mandated telework. It relieves traffic congestion, reduces pollution and lowers the cost of doing business. If it works for the federal government, it might work for your business too. You have to click through for the accompanying infographic alone.

Report Says IT Worker Confidence is at the Highest Level on Record | TechTarget.

A new report oozes with optimism regarding IT workers. Why are you all feeling so good? It turns out it's because there's a high demand for your unique talents around the world. You can even learn what one employment expert considers to be the best countries for IT workers. It's all good news!

Ubuntu wants to be your cloud and data-center Linux | ZDNet.

Sure Ubuntu wants to be your Linux desktop of choice, but it also wants to run your cloud and data center. In fact, it has an interesting strategy to straddle both both Amazon EC2 and Open Stack with an awesome service that uses the acronym AWESOME. What's it mean? You'll have to read the article to find out.

Amazon Low Prices Disguise a High Cost |

The New York Times wants to know how the Justice Department could have missed Amazon in its ebook anti-trust law suit. Instead it goes for Apple, which has just a tiny piece of the eBook market. My favorite line: "That’s the modern equivalent of taking on Standard Oil but breaking up Ed’s Gas ’N’ Groceries on Route 19 instead."

Little Games, Big Business (infographic) | BusinessDegree.Net.

For games developers, the programs may be small, but there's a ton of income out there to be made beyond Zynga and Rovio. This infographic explores the mobile gaming industry and what's at stake economically.

And a bonus for you this week:

If Microsoft Made Google Glasses (video-humor) |

Imagine if Microsoft made Google's augmented reality glasses. This is a bit brutal, but still humorous parody of the Google Glasses video that came out a couple of weeks ago.

Photo by Tomma Henckel Used under Creative Commons Share Alike/Attribution License.
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