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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 10-26-12


5 10 26 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 most recent post, The Disappearing Cloud, please check it out now. A recent survey found that while most people don't understand the term "cloud computing," they use cloud services -- and that's fine, they don't need ot understand industry buzz words.

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

IT budgets up, but salary cuts still a concern: study | Network World

The good news is that a study by Society for Information Management finds that average IT budgets increased this year, and salaries increased for 60 percent of IT according to the study, but 16 percent of IT pros had to endure salary cuts so it's not all sunshine and light.

A Progress Report on HTML5 Apps Platforms | Dr. Dobbs

The enthusiasm for an HTML5 app store was strong last year, but this year it seems to have waned as developers started working in earnest with the platform. It doesn't mean it's not going to happen, but the pace has slowed and may actually move away from the storefront idea back to the browser. (Not sure why you can't have both as with the Chrome app store.)

Google Compute Engine Is Gonna Change The Public Cloud Game | Cloudave

Could the Google Cloud platform challenge the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS). This writer thinks it's possible. He tested the platform and found that he could set up instances almost instantly and he believes this along with a simple administrative interface could be attractive to IT pros, which could draw business from AWS. We shall see.

Hackers, Security Pros Talk Penetration Testing, Social Engineering |

Going to a security conference is bound to make you paranoid and CIO says they sent reporter to the GrrCon to get the low down. Read this post to find out what he learned about protecting your system from hackers.

Java still has a crucial role to play—despite security risks | Ars Technica

While many worry about security vulnerabilities in Java, it's so widely used by so many useful web services, it's difficult for users to shut down the Java Runtime Environment in spite of the risks.

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