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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 12-14-12


5 12 17 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 posts, please check them out now. In Your IT Department Can't Ignore Disruption, Ness' Glenn Gruber looks at how most companies underestimate how difficult it is to make the transition from IT software projects to consumer ones. 

In the Big Data Could Be a Blessing or a Curse Infographic, we look at how the sheer volume of information that big data brings is going to change the way we make decisions -- but whether that's a good thing or not is debatable.

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

Are Cloud Data Security Fears Overblown? A Sensible View | Forbes 

The cloud offers a number of advantages to business, providing elastic services which you can buy only as needed. It takes away the complexity and cost of running a data center, but that doesn't mean that using cloud services doesn't come with security issues of its own -- and a smart consumer is an educated one.

Top Ten Major Security Breaches of 2012 - A Bad Year, and Getting Worse (Slideshow) | Tom's IT Pro

It was an ugly year for security breaches and this slide show takes us through some of the worst ones in excruciating detail. Unfortunately, security is a growing problem and it doesn't matter if your data is locked in a data center or in the cloud.

48 Hot Tech Companies To Build A Career | Wealthfront Knowledge Center

Startups might not be the best place for a young person to cut your teeth. Instead, If you're a young developer or IT pro looking for the best companies you might want to try one of these midsize companies with a growing reputation and lots of funding. 

Finding Funding for Your Software Projects with FundaGeek| Smartbear

Speaking of funding, if you're a software developer with an idea, but a dearth of funds to get going, there are options out there. One is FundaGeek. You can post your project and people find it worthwhile, perhaps you can get your project crowd funded.  

Is Windows 8’s Lack of Windows a Mistake? | IEEE Spectrum

Interface guru Jakob Nielsen thinks Windows 8 is a mess. He believes trying to place a single OS across multiple device types is a mistake and that it will ultimately confuse and confound users.   

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